Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
One of my favorite things about new technology is that there is often great things that come out of it's development. Stage lighting has been used for years to set the mood at concerts and other performances, it was a natural transition when it worked it's way into smaller events like weddings. Previous equipment used powerful (and energy hungry) bulbs that produced lots of heat. The old style lighting was white light and had to have a colored film called a gel added in order to change the color. New equipment has both lowered the operating cost, heat and weight by using LEDs. The added benefit is they can change color electronically, even being programed to shift color through out. Now you can change the mood of the event with the flip of a switch.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Wow! What a fun and fanciful day at the US Grant's 2010 Wedding Showcase! As always, the show was a spectacular display of many, many talents. Kool Party Rentals and Embellishmint Floral Design really brought their A-game and helped me to shine! Here are some photos of our table design. I warned you it was gonna be FUNKY! I definitely think we captured playful & sexy. We heard the design described in many colorful ways today: "like a tub of sherbet", "alice in wonderland meets your grandma's candy bowl", "a pretty version of Bettlejuice", and my favorite "Liberachi on cartoon steroids"! Uh... yeah, that about says it all and we like it that way! That's how we roll! Haha!
Oh yeah, and by the way, a big shout out to that cool photographer I know, Sean of Resolusean Photography ;-) Some of you might already know, but I kinda have a crush on him!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
The show is from 12pm to 4pm, tomorrow, Sunday, April 11. Stop by and say hi! We can wait to show off our fun and playful table-top design! It's kinda funky, but so are we! (Yea, I said it!)
I need to give a big shout out to my super hot rockin' design partners Dawn Stone of Embellishmint Floral Design and Anthony Griffin of Kool Party Rentals. They are such super-stars and I always love an excuse to work with them and their awesome products!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
So you finally got that fancy new digital SLR camera (the one that lets you change lenses), and now you have spots on all your photos. Usually you will notice the spots showing up against solid colors like the blue sky. These are typically the result of a dirty sensor. To avoid cleaning more than necessary there are a few practices that can help reduce the issue.
1. Always store your camera with a lens or body cap in place.
2. Minimize the time a lens or cap in removed during a lens change.
3. Always change a lens with the camera pointing down to minimize the dust that lands in the opening.
4. Lenses or caps should be clean before attaching to the camera.
5. Avoid changing lenses in a dusty or a dirty location (i.e. the beach), and if you must change a lens in an undesirable location look for cover like the trunk of your car or behind a wind block.
Once you have dirt on the sensor it must be cleaned. Many newer camera have a self cleaning function that can work very well. If the camera is very dirty you may need to run the action several times. If there is no self cleaning option or it is too dirty for self clean, the next step is to try air (never use canned or compressed air unless you have special training). My favorite tool is the Rocket. Holding the camera pointed down, insert the tip towards the opening (making sure to not poke inside the camera) and squeeze a burst of air into the camera body. Repeat several times then test for dirt. If you don't have a sensor scope, take a photo of the sky or other solid light colored area and inspect the image for dirt (for best results use an F16 or F22 aperture if possible). You may need to repeat several times to get the sensor clean. For stubborn dirt the next level is a dry cleaning with a static brush. Although the sensor has a piece of glass that covers it and you are not likely to do any lasting damage to it you should be aware that if this procedure goes badly you will be taking your camera to the shop for a professional cleaning. If the camera has never been professionally cleaned there is a near 100% chance that there is stray adhesive or lubrication around the edge of the sensor, if you touch this area when cleaning you will drag that product onto the sensor making it worse then when you started. If the dry cleaning fails the final option is for a wet (chemical cleaning) and although there are kits available I recommend having this type of cleaning done. There are specific hand skills needed as well as requiring lighted magnification to see what you are doing. Most camera shops offer this service for $50-$75 and it usually takes a day or so. Best advise is to avoid letting dust in, look for dust on your images and clean when you notice it. Letting dirt build up before attempting to clean causes the problem to be much worse.