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Posted on January 15, 2013 at 16:17 by Jonathan Tessier · Permalink · Leave a comment
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My favorite resources to learn photography

Here is a list of my favorite resources if you want to learn more about photography in general :

Posted on January 6, 2013 at 10:37 by Jonathan Tessier · Permalink · Leave a comment
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DIY alternative to the Lumiquest® UltraStrap for flash accessory mounting

There is no doubt that the Lumiquest® UltraStrap remains the best and quickest solution. But if you like the DIY stuff here is how I set up my flash to accept Lumiquest® (or other similar) accessories without sticking the adhesive Velcro® bands to it. I did not want my flash to get sticky in the long run, especially if I ever need to sell it later.

All you need is a rubber band that will fit tight on the flash head. I used an old mountain bike tube from which I cut out a strip to get a round rubber band. After cleaning I put it on my flash head and then put the sticky Velcro® bands that came with my Lumiquest® accessories on it. Since the rubber band is very tight, it hold perfectly all my Lumiquest® accessories (I have the ProMax System and the Softbox). Voila! You just got yourself a cheap non-adhesive Velcro® strap.

DIY strap replacement of Lumiquest(R) Ultrastrap. DIY strap replacement of Lumiquest(R) Ultrastrap with softbox.

Posted on December 11, 2010 at 22:17 by Jonathan Tessier · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Am I pushing my copyright too far ?

Last weekend I went on a three day hiking trip to the Adirondack Park in the US with a friend of mine. We hiked mount Algonquin where there was a great view of Mount Marcy. I installed my tripod and camera for a portrait of my friend with Mount Marcy’s white peak in the background. After I took the picture, my friend offered to take a picture of me. I liked the idea since the landscape was very nice. I saw an opportunity to have a good picture of myself. With the camera already on the tripod, I double checked the camera settings (composition, exposure and focus) then asked him to press the shutter once I was in place in the frame.

Hiker on top of snowy mountain with backpack.

On our way down, a question came to my mind. Who gets the copyright on the picture? The photographer that did all the adjustments or the friend that simply pressed the shutter release ? I would like to know your opinion about it.

Posted on November 25, 2010 at 20:21 by Jonathan Tessier · Permalink · One Comment
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Cheap replacement to Nikon MC-30 10 Pin Remote Cord for my D200

The first time I shopped for a simple remote trigger was in the film days when I had my Nikon F90x. I found the Nikon MC-30, a simple remote trigger that suited my needs. I jumped when I saw the price tag of 89.95$ CDN. So I digged on the Internet to find a cheaper solution. I was able to find some information on the connector circuitry (pin information). So I tried it by using simple wires that I stuck in the connector’s pins and shorted them together to trigger the camera shutter. It was working but not a practical solution. I then looked at some connectors that may fit but since the Nikon 10 pin connector is unique to Nikon, I found no match. I had no simple solutions to connect a DIY remote trigger. Since I had a second film camera that was accepting the old mechanical remote triggers (Nikon F3HP) I used this camera for macro work instead.

It did the job until I switched to digital and bought the Nikon D200. Now I was stuck with the same old problem. I digged up on ebay this time, to see if I can find a used one that would be cheaper. I came upon cheap chinese equivalents. The price tag was 10x less than a brand new Nikon. I was skeptical. I figured I had not much to loose so I ordered two (in case one would break) for a total of 5.60$ CDN, shipping included! They even marked it as a gift on the shipping slip, so I had no tax nor customs to pay. Three weeks later (yes, Hong-Kong is far from Canada) I received the little package in the post. I was surprised I did not get screwed.

Nikon MC-30 and instructions booklet

When I opened the package I was very satisfied with the construction quality (I know, not much complexity in it but still). I tried them both right away and they worked perfectly. It even have the screw ring for the 10 pin connector and the handling is very smooth and comfortable. Here as some pictures I took of the front face, the back and the 10 pin connector.

Nikon MC-30 front view

Nikon MC-30 back view

Nikon MC-30 10 Pin connector

Yes, it was stronger than me. I had to open one to see what is inside. Here it is. Very simple, no complex electronics since it use the camera power.

Nikon MC-30 inside view

In conclusion I strongly recommend it. It saved me almost 85$ CDN and I got two since the cost per unit was 0.99$ US. I will have a backup one in case else I will probably use the second one for a DIY project. The shipping was more expensive than the units (they probably are making money out of the shipping but who cares). I believe it is working for all Nikon cameras with a 10 Pin connectors (D3(x), D700, D300/200, D2X(s), D2H(s)).

Posted on November 17, 2010 at 21:17 by Jonathan Tessier · Permalink · Leave a comment
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