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stu-stu-studio

Photography can be a pretty expensive endeavor, especially when you're still starting out and slowly building your arsenal. "Do what you can with what you've got" becomes your mantra, and "DIY" quickly joins your panoply of other photography acronyms. My little in-home studio won't work very well for more than one person, and living with a roommate means that I have to set and strike it whenever I need to use it (rather than just keep it up 24/7), but for what it is, it does a pretty good job. And for one-person shoots, it performs admirably. Read more [...]
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new york frame of mind

Like most people who grew up outside of the States, I grew up with a very specific view of the country that lead the world, which I developed through exposure to its greatest export, popular culture. The only difference was that my view was time-shifted by a few decades. And while I recognized that America was made up of fifty states that were home to millions of people living in thousands of cities, it only ever came down to one of them: New York. Read more [...]
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no do-overs

In my last entry, one of the photos I posted was of the benches along the East River. I loved the shot, but one thing bugged me—the wire fencing to the right of the image. It broke the whole "pattern of repeating elements" aspect to the photo. If I had just moved up two benches, I'd have had no distractions from the seemingly-infinite line of benches and railing. Problem was, I didn't notice it until long after I'd processed and uploaded the photo; there was nothing I could do about it. I determined to go out and re-shoot the scene after the next decent snowfall. To get it right. Read more [...]
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endtimes square

Sometimes I think I'll never be a "real New Yorker" because I actually kinda like Times Square. It seems that more often than not, simply mentioning the words "Times Square" to a New Yorker will elicit responses of "Dear god, why?" (a coworker actually said that to me once) and a disdain normally reserved for Hoboken, L.A., and the Red Sox. Read more [...]
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ounce of prevention

Updates have been few and far between lately on account of me still wrestling with my library of over 36,000 photos. I'm hoping to use "this photography thing" to help supplement my main income, or at the very least bring in enough money to pay for itself. God knows photography is no cheap endeavor, and it'd be nice if it pulled its own weight once in a while. Read more [...]