About Me

Okay, so why a blog? I suppose it’s because everyone else has one.  I can express my opinions and pretend that someone else actually cares to listen. It’s also because I enjoy online publishing technology — getting my opinionated ideas published is secondary to the fact that I love playing with this stuff.Steve4 6X6 72dpi

Publishing has come from printing with lead type, a giant press, and lots of paper, something that only the elite few could accomplish, to a simple computer and some free software. In years past, many ideas died along with the originator because mass communication was something that was either closely controlled by an autocratic government or just too costly and complex for the average person to undertake.

Digital publishing affords me not only the opportunity to express myself in words, it allows me to explore the art of typography. I get to control the fonts, colors, layout, and photos and graphics on this site. It’s a place to play as much as it is a place to get serious. It’s an escape as much as it is a workshop.

On this site I get to promote the things that I like, amateur radio, photography, and exploring Arizona.  Hopefully, we share some of the same interests and you will enjoy your visit.


2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Both Nikon D300 and Canon 40D are overshot for a begnenir. They are the professional cameras that have things in them desirable by seasoned pro, and which drive the costs very hight up, that aren’t needed by an amateur. Yet both D40 from Nikon and Rebel from Canon are great starter cameras. They have everything you need for the results nearly the same as from those expensive bodies. Less a little convenience and speed that a pro may not afford to lose, but you very well can live with things like having to go to a menu to change ISO! A pro needs that button at their fingertips, because if they’re on assignment, and suddenly the action got into a dark corner, he needs to adjust ISO quickly and without taking his eye off the viewfinder So stick to the cheaper ones.Also a comment on 6mp. Yes, by todays standard it’s on a low side. But who sets the standards? Surprise: it’s the marketing people! They will tell you with upmost confidence, how 10 megapixels is almost twice as many as 6 woo-hoo! The fact is, 10 megapixels is only about 30% more than 6 megapixels, because the real deal is not the actual pixel count, but the number of pixels per inch on the printed image. And since the total pixel count is a product of width x length the actual advantage is determined by how many more pixels there are over the length of the image. The 6mp image is 2000 3000The 10mp image is 2592 3872So if you look at it that way, 2592 is only 30% more than 2000 and respectively 3872 is 30% more than 3000 .And of course if you’re between 6mp and 8mp we’re talking about only mere 15% advantage!Basically it’s proportional to the square root of total pixel count. So you need to quadruple the megapixels to get double the resolution When I’m talking about these percentages what I mean is that you can make a print of the same exact quality that is this much bigger on a side. So if you print 6mp image at 8 10, you can make a 10 13 print from 10mp image with the same exact quality and pixel density. As you see not a huge advantage!I hope I am making sense with all this math. In any case you should not have any troubles printing anything up to 11 14 inches from a 6 megapixel camera in great quality! So unless you’re going to do posters or a lot of cropping out you’re just about as good with 6mp as you would be with 10. Much more important is the kind of lens you get. Because that’s what usually makes night and day in image quality. While you can and should save money on the body lens is a different story. First of all lenses are your long term investment. Once you graduate to either a higher level body or a newer model in the same class, which come out every few years your lenses will stay with you!With your budget you are pretty much limited to either a kit with 18-55 lens, or if you’re lucky the two lens kit: 18-55 and 55-200. But I would instead try to get a single 18-55 lens with VR, which is a bit more money, but again, it is your long term investment! You can always buy another lens later, when budget allows.I hope I didn’t bore you to death with all these calculations and speculations and silly examples,Good luck with your choice,LEM.

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