Monthly Archives: May 2011

Cheaper Alternatives to PocketWizards

Check it out here, although I highly recommend buying genuine PocketWizard slaves if you are at all serious about photography. Remember, you get what you pay for. Also, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Lastly, never piss into the wind.


AOTC 2 Premiere

Come check it out, I’ve got some clips and it’s gonna be a pretty tight video

10 Free Alternatives to Photoshop for Mac & PC

While Photoshop is one of the the industry standards for photo editing, it can also be quite costly.  With Photoshop CS5 running you about $700 (and CS5 Extended costing as much as $1000), it can be a difficult purchase to have to make.  Of course, if you are a student or educator of some sort, Adobe will cut you some serious deals, with Photoshop CS5 Extended only costing $200.  Even if you’re not qualified for that discount but you know someone who is, have them buy it for you with their discount.  However if $200 is still too steep a price for you, one of my favorite tech websites did a little write up on some free alternatives, for both Mac & PC.  Unplgged is a great site for all things tech, and while there is generally more mac related content, you can count on some really interesting articles regarding photography/cameras.  Check out the 10 Free Alternatives Here

Random Tip #2

It’s always better to error by focusing too close instead of too far. This is because the depth-of-field works in a way where 1/3 of the depth is in front of the exact point of focus and 2/3 is behind said point. Except in the case where you have your lens focused to the closest focusing distance, in which case 1/2 the depth is in front and 1/2 is behind the point of focus.

Random Tip #1

When you are shooting film, specifically black and white, you want to expose for the shadows (that is, get a direct meter reading of the darkest area of the image (zone 0) and set exposure accordingly) and develop for the highlights (N-1 processing- shorten developer time or dilute the developer). This will ensure you have all tonal values present in the final image.

All things considered, it is better to overexpose negative film (black and white or color) and to underexpose color reversal film and digital images (slide film and 0’s and 1’s).

If none of this makes sense to you, learn the Zone System and thank Ansel Adams for his research.

Chad Phaire Cult edit