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Startup in home studio equipment reccommendations

16 April 2018 - 11:07 PM

My home office is plenty big enough for a small studio. I am wanting to start this out on a budget and there are so many options it makes my head spin. 

I think starting out I would like to use my 2 speed lights with umbrellas and softboxes along with stands, and trigger them remote wireless.

I have an SB800 and SB700. I will also need a backdrop of some type. 

I don't mind spending a bit more for equipment that I can continue to use later as I upgrade.

So what equipment would you recommend? Be as specific as possible and please share why you would recommend.

Star Wars Canyon / The Jedi Transition

15 April 2018 - 09:34 AM

I made a trip recently to Los Angeles with the intent to visit some family. As some may know I have a thing for aircraft photography.  For some time I have been following some folks who gather at this small canyon at the edge of Death Valley. On Hwy 190 there is a small town at the base of the canyon named Panimint Springs. I believe the real name is Rainbow Canyon, but it has gained a reputation for the military aircraft that drop in on occasion and blast through. The canyon has un-offically been renamed. It has become quite the tourist destination with visitors from all over the planet.


12 April 2018 - 11:41 AM

On occasion I help out a dog trainer that works his winters in Texas, because New York is just too cold. After a recent day in the field I broke out my D750 with a 70-200 2.8 and played photographer for a few minutes.

Blanco's version ofthe DIY lens hood

23 January 2018 - 10:08 PM

Gordon inspired me to make my own hood for my 400 2.8

Following his lead I got an old hand cleaner towel bucket. i happened across a thick piece of cardboard tube that was almost the correct diameter.

I peeled away layers of the cardboard until i had a tight fit over the end of the lens and a tight fit on the bottom lip of the bucket.

I heated a disposable razor knife with a MAPP torch and using the cardboard as a template I melted out the bottom circle. 

I glued in the cardboard ring and sprayed inside with flat black paint. 

Then just to be different i ordered some vinyl with a carbon fibre pattern.

I cut the piece and used a heat gun to shrink the vinyl around the outside of the bucket.

It is just a slip on fit but is really pretty snug.

In all my total outlay / Black Paint $1.99 / Carbon fibre pattern vinyl $6.00

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Using calibration function with 400 2.8D

19 January 2018 - 10:46 AM

My latest acquisition is a AFS 400 2.8D
When processing my first batch of photos, I noticed that all of them were a bit blurry. My buddy suggested using the calibration function of my D500. The auto cal didn't work so I Had to go to trial by combat.After nearly a day of shooting and adjusting I found it to work best at a setting of +20 which is the maximum setting. Is there a better way with this lens & camera. Can I send the combo in to Nikon for a lens and camera tune up & calibration???