Monday, December 21, 2009

Nikon's Taking You for a Test-Drive

While every gadget-proffering company uses great deals to vie for consumers' attention, (especially at this time of year) Nikon is using gadgetry of their own to entice potential buyers. Click on the link to check out their new Web-Based Lens Simulator.

Simply click on the camera body you're interested in or already have, then use the slider tool to view the sample photo using focusing lengths from 10-600mm. Choose from 3 different sample photos to view, viewing angles, FX and DX formats, zoom or fixed lens, and more. Even save or delete the combinations of your choice.

Before forking out hard-earned cash, (or that sweet cheque from Grandma that you found tucked inside your Christmas card) on a new Nikkor lens, you might want to let Nikon take you for a test-drive in order to help you determine which piece of glass suits you and your photographic needs best. I wish I'd found this tool last week before I purchased my new wide angle, but then again, it would have only confirmed that I'd done my research well and picked out exactly what I needed!

I'm a Nikon girl when it comes to SLR's and DSLR's, so I'm openly biased, but I've gotta admit that the simplicity and practicality featured by this slick web-based simulator is really appealing amidst the barrage of in-your-face holiday advertising and a market glutted with devices intended to help you capture the moment. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Retracing My Steps...

It has been 5 weeks since my last blog entry and I have a fabulous excuse: I have a home!!! A rented townhouse to be exact, but it's sole residents are Will and myself and we have spent the last month LOVING the fact that we are in our own place! Of course on the work end of things, photography has had to take a bit of a back seat while we hunted for furniture, moved our things in, set up accounts and services and the like. But, after not quite 30 days of living in our new California home, I'm back in the blogosphere, hunkered down in the digital darkroom, and out there on the web and in person looking for new clients, new opportunities, and new inspiration!

So until I find all these things, I'll be retracing my steps and showcasing a few shoots from the last 6-9 months that have kept me busy. One shoot I've been meaning to highlight for while is a portrait session featuring my sister-in-law, Kelly in a stunning cherry red satin ball gown that she wore as a bridesmaid. I'd seen the dress hanging in the guest room every time I returned to Mississippi and asked Kelly if I could photograph her in it--even on it's own the dress seemed photogenic and I was dying to bring Kelly and the dress together for a few fabulous photos. Throw in a southern church facade and ta-DAH!!!

Well enough photo talk, here are the photos I've been ranting about. Thanks Kelly for being such a great sport and fun subject!