A New Adventure -
For the past 5 years I have been working a day job, but now I am finally making the move to running my photography business full time once again. I am branching out from my landscape work and have added real estate photography to my portfolio. This addition has necessitated that I move from this small town to the big city once again, a change that I have not been looking forward to but sometimes we do what we must.
As a result of this change, I hope to be able to devote more of my time to the landscape work and get to do a bit of traveling that has been a restriction over the past few years due to the day job obligations. For the next six months I will be putting much of my energy into making the real estate photography venture a success, so there will be a balancing act involved in keeping both going. At the end of the day, I am looking forward to this new challenge!
And now here's an image from my recent trip down to the Arbuckle Mountains with fellow Google+ photographer Tom Crews. This image is of the Price Falls Waterwheel which used to pump water by gravity feed to the Falls Creek Baptist Church Camp back in the early 1900's. The first time I came down here in the late 1990's the wheel was still functioning, but sadly that is no longer true as can be seen by it's condition in the photograph. Processed in Lightroom 5 and Topaz Black & White Effects 2.
A New Product -
For some time now, I have been using a new product that I think will interest many of you. We all know how easy it is to scratch the preview monitor on the backs of our digital cameras. Well, I have found an inexpensive solution. A thin plastic film made by a company based in the United Kingdom, Expert Shield has entered the market with a product that works. Over the past 5 years, I have used products offered by several other companies and none have lived up to their claims. Expert Shield is different in many ways but the one selling point that is more important than any other claim is that the product is guaranteed for the life of the camera it is used on. That's right - Lifetime Guarantee! If you scratch it or scuff it - send it back and they will replace it for Free.
Installing the shield is a piece of cake. Just follow the instructions that come with your shield and I guarantee success. It took me less than 15 minutes to install both shields on my Nikon D700 - one for the view screen on back and one for the exposure monitor on top of the camera. I can't even tell that they are on there! After using this product for the last several months I am pleased to recommend them to my fellow photographers. Not only do they make these screens for cameras including DSLRs, Mirrorless, and Point And Shoots, they make them for phones, tablets, and a myriad of other devices. The best part of all is that these shields are so inexpensive that you would be crazy not to get them for your gear. Screens for my D700 run just over $12.00 with the current exchange rate plus a nominal shipping charge to the USA. Delivery takes a few weeks but what doesn't when buying from overseas. Believe me when I say that it is worth the wait!
And now for a few product photos:
Inside the package you will find a clear glasine envelope containing both shields and a lens cloth. I wetted my cloth with Isopropyl alcohol to clean my screens, then used Dust OFF to ensure there were no specks of dust remaining. There are two blue tabs on each shield. One allows you to peel back the adhesive side and the other is a convienent tab to hold the shield without touching it while you align the shield to your screen. This part is a bit tricky. The shield is actually a tiny (and I mean tiny) bit smaller than your screen so care must be made when positioning the shield. Work in a very well lit area for this installation. Place your camera body cover on and lay your camera face down on a towel or similar cloth. Align the screen at one corner of the screen and attach to your monitor. I then used another lens cloth to smooth the shield into place. You can remove the shield if you don't quite get it lined up correctly, but I don't imagine you can do this too many times before the adhesive will not function properly. That's it!
You can find Expert Shield at http://www.expertshield.com/?___store=us
***And now for a bit of DISCLOSURE. Expert Shield provided me with this kit for free in exchange for my possibly writing a review. I received no other monies or compensation from them for this review. I fully endorse and recommend this product of my own freewill.***
Until next time, I wish you all good shooting and good light - TGW