Here you will find tips, techniques, tutorials, and news items from Prairie Rim Images, a photography studio in Lincoln, Nebraska, specializing in events, real estate, product, fine art, and candid photography by Ben Hollingsworth.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
DIY SBIII Soft Box
LumiQuest SBIII soft box for a while now. The SBIII is a great size for close-in work. It's about as large as you can get and still use it with the speedlight flash mounted on your camera's hot shoe. It's big enough to soften the light for tight portraits or product shots. It collapses down small enough to fit into large camera bags or laptop bags. It also only costs about $40 online. Alas, it costs considerably more at our only local camera shop. When I found myself needing a softbox just like that on short notice, I decided to make my own for a few pennies. Here's how I did it.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Why format your camera's memory card?
One topic that I've seen come up periodically is how to clear out all the photos from your camera's memory card. Some say that it's better to simply erase the photos, while others say it's better to completely reformat the card. I'm a firm believer that unnecessarily reformatting a flash card is a bad idea. Here's why...
Monday, March 5, 2012
Installing a split image focusing screen
If you play much with manual focus lenses -- or even if you like to manually focus your AF lenses (for macro photography, for instance), you'll realize that the factory focusing screen in new DSLR's really wasn't designed to make this easy. They're small, dim, and have no focusing aids. By contrast, older, mechanical cameras have glorious picture window viewfinders, usually with a split image focusing circle surrounded by a microprism ring to help you know when your subject is in focus. I've installed aftermarket focusing screens in all three of my Canon DSLR bodies, and I've illustrated below how to do so in an 50D.
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