Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This picture taught me…

  1. Some planning can go a long way
  2. It doesn’t matter where you are…there is always potential for great pictures
  3. Light temperature is important when 2 light sources are being used
  4. Aperture is important. (H’s eyes are in focus but E is out of focus)

H and E

To get this image I was in the garage with a white sheet as the background, one light sitting on an old fish tank with a CTO gel and a siding piece acting as a GOBO, one light on a moving box with a diffuser in front of it and 2 great subjects.  I did have to color correct the background to get to white and I cropped the picture.  This is a great step in the right direction.  More to come I hope tonight.  I think we will try a black background with 1 light in front with a reflector on the other side and a hair light. 

Did I mention that the “other light” that I am using is from Home Depot?

Friday, August 27, 2010

How to Talk to Anyone

I picked up How to Talk to Anyone yesterday and have been listening to it in the car.  There are some great ideas on there although sometimes I think the author who is reading the book is just a little too joyous.  Some good ideas are to pretend that every door way you go through lifts you up by the chin.  You want to enter a room with confidence and be the best there.  Another idea was to wait a second when first talking to someone or after making eye contact to smile.  It gives them the impression they are super important.  They seem to be everyday things to try out but it is always good to hear them again.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

C.S. Lewis is a giant

I was listening to God in the Dock by C.S. Lewis and there were some great points and great logic in there but I couldn’t remember it for more than 10 seconds. It is a great book that I would like to pick up again some day and hopefully I will be able to grasp more of it. I made it though about half of the book.

Next I picked up Joy at Work which has been a great book so far and I will likely finish it this week. The book is all about decentralizing the decision making processes in a company and making every person in the company an owner of what they do and giving them the power to be great. They want most of all for work to be fun. An amazing fact that I heard was that people retain 5% of what they hear but upwards of 95% of what they teach others. Wow. There is something to be said about sharing what you know and asking for advice.

On another note the video that I submitted to Dave Ramsey to win a trip to EntreLEadership in Cancun! Right now I am at 386 votes and the leader is at more than 2000 votes. I still have a long way to go so help me out by voting everyday.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I did it!  After a week of floundering and brainstorming I put together a video and sent it in.  Here it is.

There will be a section where you can go to vote for me but that is not up yet.  I will let you know as soon as I know.

This was a great effort for me.  There are things that I would do different but this was a great shot!  More posts to come about how I would improve greatness here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Family Pictures

Today was my parents 40th anniversary and we took the opportunity to snap a couple quick family pictures.  I used one flash with a shoot through umbrella that was about 20 feet away.


  Family 49th-2


Family 49th


Things that I learned were that I should not shoot at 800 ISO although it turned out ok and when using the remote to trigger the shots use manual focus and have that completed before.  Most of all was that all the setup and pictures took all of about 20 minutes.

Monday, August 2, 2010

God in the Dock

This is the latest edition in my Automobile University curriculum.  Written by C.S. Lewis this book is dense.  Of the 2 essays that I have listened to so far each has been packed with information that taken in small pieces is quite useful and helpful.  The tough part is breaking up the information and not getting my tiny head overwhelmed.  There are 11 hours of essays in this book.  God in the Dock is sure to stretch my brain.