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Episode 49 – New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013

Episode 49 – New Year’s Resolutions

In this episode, the guys talk about their photographic New Year’s Resolutions goals for 2013.

Tom starts with his resolution to improve his off-camera lighting skills. He received this off-camera lighting set-up for Christmas and has already been testing it on the world famous Yossarian the Cat. Ryan’s first resolution is to improve his video skills. Cory wants to slow down (he’s nearing Ryan’s age, after all) and be more deliberate with his photography. He referenced this article on DPS about slowing down and taking in your environment before shooting.

For the second go-round, Tom indicates that he wants to become an expert of clown-barf processing (or just learn other styles of post-processing, in general). Similarly, Ryan wants to improve his Photoshop CS6 skills. Cory wants to spend less money on gear. Immediately after which he started drooling over the Sigma 35mm f/1.4. Ha…good luck on buying less!

Tom’s next resolution is for 50% of his “good” photos to come from non-Disney destinations. The “hippy trip” he and Ryan are taking to Yosemite involves shooting the Horsetail Falls “firefall.” Ryan wants to get back into Flickr now that the new app is out and since he has a 3-month trial of Flickr Pro.

The podcast also made some New Year’s Resolutions, mostly involving excellence, etc.

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  1. Just finished listening and I just want to say that I DID listen the whole year. :-)

  2. I’m not sure I understand the use of a gaming machine as a photo processing machine. Gaming machines are good at processing video frames on the fly quickly with a beefy video card, where lighting, textures, shading, etc are offloaded to the video card where they’re rendered dynamically. Mostly this interaction happens with the use of some graphics package such as Microsoft Direct X. When you’re rendering a photo, you’re not using DirectX and offloading the dynamic frame processing on the video card, you’re interested in mathematics operations being performed on a static image at a fast rate. I would think this would be more of a tax on the processor and RAM (to hold the photo’s contents and history locally rather than having to read it from disk), and not the video card. Just a thought for anyone looking to buy a primarily photo processing machine. I could be wrong, but just my 2c.

    • Yep, I agree 100%

      • I guess I should have added that I got the gaming machine because I found an insane deal on that. 1920 resolution as mentioned, dual HDD bay w/ HD & SSD, i7 processor, etc. all for $698 last year via

        I don’t know enough about computers to know whether you’re right or wrong (I’ll assume you’re right), but I do know that the computer I got for that price is a powerful machine, and there’s at least some overlap between a gaming machine and a photo processing machine (enough that it does the job for me).

  3. On 16 May 2006, Flickr updated its services from beta to “gamma”, along with a design and structural overhaul. According to the site’s FAQ, the term “gamma”, rarely used in software development, is intended to be tongue-in-cheek to indicate that the service is always being tested by its users, and is in a state of perpetual improvement.;^

    I’ll see you in a bit

  4. Horsetail contains silicon, which plays a role in strengthening bone. For that reason, it is sometimes suggested as a treatment for osteoporosis. It is also used as a diuretic, and as an ingredient in some cosmetics. However, very few studies have looked at horsetail’s effect in humans.^”`’

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