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Photographer, tech head, and extreme sport enthusiast.

I'm an amateur who likes to shoot everything from portraits to landscapes. My favorite venues are half way up a 14k mountain, Ontario in Fall, and the Mediterranean at sunset.

I love talking technology, new equipment, and Canon lenses.

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Jan
30
comment What can I do with a 500W work light in terms of lighting?
250W halogens like that nearly burn my skin when I use them for DIY home improvement projects if I get within 12 inches. I would be most concerned with the heat issues as well as laying gels in front of the heat source.
Jan
29
comment Body difference of D90 and D7100
You are worried about the battery charger construction?
Jan
27
comment Baby photo shoot lens selection
No, you don't need to upgrade from a D40! You must have read too many internet forums with gear heads! At this point you likely will get the most benefit from three things: 1.An external flash unit 2.Reading photography books 3.Experience.
Jan
27
comment Baby photo shoot lens selection
I completely disagree that a blanket statement of "don't use flash" applies. If you use flash improperly you will have poor results and yes can upset babies(as well as adults); but used correctly is a very useful and important tool for newborn photography. I like the added line: "trust me" which is another way of saying; I have no proof of this logic being valid, but only an anecdote that is useful to no one. Also see: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/16411/…
Jan
27
comment What Digital Asset Management software supports multi-user collaborative catalog management?
* from $999 USD
Jan
23
comment Create a track from gps data
I'm not sure what you are asking for has anything to do with photography, instead it seems like you are just interested in something like gpsvisualizer.com or GPS Tracking with Google Earth: support.google.com/earth/answer/183681?hl=en
Jan
22
comment How to achieve clean landscape night photography editing
Clean = low noise? Something else? Please clarify.
Jan
22
comment Looking for a unique handwriting font for photos
I could see how this could be edited to stay on topic potentially, but it is pretty rough as is. Asking for a specific font name isn't really what this website is for. Instead maybe you could ask how to add a signature to a photo or what tools will do it.
Jan
20
comment Is this rather high resolution possible to achieve?
Sure you could stitch multiple images together or you could scale the images to the higher resolution(at a quality loss) - but do you really need that high of resolution? Is the sticker going to be photo quality or will it be viewed at an extremely close distance?
Jan
17
comment Nikon D3100 Won't Take Photo — says light is too low
I know that on a similar Canon camera it has quite a bit of trouble in very low light so it uses the popup flash to help achieve focus. Will the flash popup on it's own in any mode? It is possible the flash mechanics are broken.
Jan
17
comment How can I shoot in a studio at the widest apertures?
@BBking - Thanks, you are hilarious.
Jan
14
comment What can Aperture or Lightroom do that Picasa or iPhoto can't?
More information about how Picasa is non-destructive: support.google.com/picasa/answer/11021 "Picasa is designed to keep your original photos safe when you save your photo edits. This is done by creating a new JPEG file that's a copy of the original with your edits applied. The original photo is never altered, but depending on how you save the file, its location on your hard drive may change."
Jan
14
comment What can Aperture or Lightroom do that Picasa or iPhoto can't?
Both Picasa and iPhoto are also non-destructive editors. This wasn't always true in the history of iPhoto, but in both pieces of software currently it is. Picasa NEVER touches your originals, it stores the changes in the Picasa database, very similar to how the Lightroom catalog works. iPhoto works a bit different as it opens the original and saves a new file for each change you make, but again it is non-destructive. Have a read if you are interested: support.apple.com/kb/PH2531?viewlocale=en_US
Jan
14
comment How to make female chest look bigger?
Honestly I wouldn't do much when actually capturing the image, instead I would take this task to Photoshop and use the liquify tool which excels at this very task.
Jan
14
comment Best practices for documenting your photography gear
Note, the user appears to be requesting legal advice(see tags) and the four answers thus far do not follow the meta suggestions for legal advice here: meta.photo.stackexchange.com/questions/719/…
Jan
13
comment What are the biggest pros & cons of the Canon 6D vs 5D mark II
@drfrogsplat - In my opinion Canon has done nothing to clarify it for either model. They don't backup any "sealing" claim with a warranty that covers it from water or the elements, so doing so is always at your own risk anyways. I have personally had my 6D soaked completely in ocean waves and it had no issues if that helps you.
Jan
12
comment Why my Canon T3i shutter won't release when activated
What program mode are you in on the top dial? Try the "A+" mode in the green square on the top. Do you have the same issue? I think you might be in live view or video mode.
Jan
10
comment What is the right lens for photographing the northern lights?
Make sure to browse the astrophotography and aurora-borealis tags!
Jan
10
comment What is the right lens for photographing the northern lights?
This is already covered quite well in this question and answer, along with other tips and advise relating to the aurora borealis: What tips and advice do you have for photographing the Aurora Borealis?. Also note that "low end budget" can mean widely different things for different people. If all you have is your existing equipment, you will have to rely on technique and quite a bit of luck! If you can spend some money, look for wide angle Nikon primes with large apertures!
Jan
9
comment How to stop images coming out in black and white in any manual or semi manual modes on my Nikon DSLR?
I would recommend taking a look at page 94 of the manual: nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/noprint/D3100_ENnoprint.pdf