Home Studio

So I though I’d give a quick rundown on my studio strobes this evening.

When it comes to setting up a home studio for Photography it can get quite expensive. But if you shop around and do your research you can save quite a bit of coin. I purchased my gear late last year, and it works quite well considering. I have 3 strobes, with 2 umbrella/boxes (Kinda work like an octabox but they are a umbrella setup with a diffuser over the front.) and 3 Soft boxes. There was a bunch of other stuff that came with the kit but I haven’t really used it as yet. The strobes are about 180w, and from what I can gather doing tests with my fuji x100, the flash duration is about 1/800sec. They have a guide number of 36 apparently, but this is chinarific ebay stuff so who knows.

Studio Strobe

Either way they fire in slave mode off any other flash triggered. They also have a sync connector. step-less power control and modeling light.

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New Canon DSLR’s 100D and 700D and Sony A65V Feedback.

Mixed thoughts on the new gear. They have are still using an 18 megapixel sensor. They have beefed up the Movie modes on both and giving Audio inputs and outputs apparently. That’s all well and good but they still have a 22min cut off on the video even if they can shoot full HD. I’d be interested to see if they can do the file splitting cause I know my 60D cuts off at 4gb or about 13min presently, and it’s frankly annoying.

On another camera related subject, I got a response from Sony as I submitted some feedback on my A65V that I own, requesting for a firmware update to enable manual audio levels and the ability to turn off Auto Gain Control, plus 24P HD video rather than just the 25p and 50p it currently has.

They say they have passed on the feedback. Any other A65V owners out there, spam them with the same request.

Anyhow, looking forward to seeing these new Canon DSLR’s when they land.

Lack of inspiration

I had all plans to blog about my studio gear tonight, particularly to share info of what to buy when buying chinarific studio gear.

I got a really awesome deal with mine and I was going to share some tips.

But I got home this afternoon and couldn’t be bothered.

I baked another loaf of bread too, this time with a new brand of flower I hadn’t used before. Instagram photo to follow.

This Sabbath I was pondering sharing of the investigative judgment and the cleansing of the sanctuary for prelims at church. I’ll have to get down and prepare something to share.

The Sabbath School lesson i recorded for the online church was uploaded today. I haven’t watched it and probably won’t, I hate watching myself on film. Photos I can Handel, but video…. I enjoyed the lesson very much so hopefully that came through in my presentation.

Anyhow that’s all for now.

1888 Message and Faith

The knowledge of what the Scripture means when urging upon us the necessity of cultivating faith, is more essential than any other knowledge that can be acquired.{RH, October 18, 1898 par. 7}

Lessons on Faith is a collection of Studies and sermons by A.T.Jones and E.J.Waggoner that was compiled in 1977 from content preached and published from the 1890’s.

Jones and Waggoner distill the content on these topics down to such clear presentations that it can leave no shadow of doubt.

You can get the audio here. http://adventaudio.org/2010/08/26/lessons-on-faith/

You can also get the content here in PDF. http://www.adventpioneerbooks.com/Text/pioneer/ATJONES/LESSONSONFAITH.PDF

Check out both Sites while you’re there. Advent Audio has some excellent content and Tim Turner works hard to get more and more fresh content up on http://www.adventpioneerbooks.com .

I’ve purchased some audio books from him and they are good quality.

The Sanctuary

So we had to work back late at work this evening because of stock take. While we were going around doing the scan one of my colleagues was quizzing me on what why I believe what I do. He ended up getting me to explain the Sanctuary to him. It was actually very interesting as he repeated back what i was saying and simplified it very clearly which was rather startling.

As SDA’s we believe that the Feast of Yom Kippur, Also known as the day of Atonement or the Cleansing of the Sanctuary has been underway since Oct 22 1844.

And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. (Dan 8:14)

That the sins of those who accept Christ by faith are transferred buy merit of his blood to the sanctuary and the record of them is on/against the veil that hangs between the Holy and Most Holy Place. Since 1844 Christ has commenced the work of removing the record of those sins and he will not return until the last Christian’s character is perfected and his Sins are blotted out.

My colleague described the matter along the lines of “So Jesus is cleaning the curtains in heaven and you guys are still messing them up, and he can’t come back until you stop making them dirty.”

 Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.  {COL 69.1} 

It was fascinating to see someone who doesn’t profess any flavor of Christianity grasp a concept that so many other Christians fail to understand.

Test Photos from the 18-135IS STM in the Studio with Tia

So I finally got around to shooting a bit in the studio to give the new Canon 18-135IS STM a run for it’s money. It’s much better than the old Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 I was using. I still however think the Sony 18-135mm on the A65 has the leggs on it, at least under brightly lit conditions.

I’ve got a chinarific lens hood on the way for the Canon lens, $2 Besta quality.

So here is a test shot of…you guessed it, my cat Miss Tia.