Paint Shop Pro X2

January 8, 2008

I use Paint Shop Pro X2 but the other night I stumbled on to a forum post stating that PSP X2 installs spyware.

Well that was a real shocker for me so I had to investigate further. I started investigating my system and found that PSIService.exe had been installed on my system. This didn’t make me happy.

I’ve now disabled PSIService.exe and I’m seriously thinking about moving CS3 or Lightroom. I like the Lightroom but my son wants to do graphics design so that means I’ll probably go the CS3 route.


New stuff

January 4, 2008

The local CompUSA store is closing (actually all of them are) so I went by there today to check prices on CF cards. They were 15% off but they only had 2/4/8 gig cards. I don’t like trusting that many images to a single card. I have a 1 gig card and it will hold 285 images if I’m shooting .jpeg and 125 if shooting raw.

The way I shoot I won’t normally fill up a card even when shooting raw. Even on vacation where I may shoot a few hundred images I always have a laptop available and transfer my images each evening. I don’t need or want such a large CF card so I left CompUSA without purchasing anything.

Next stop was BestBuy as I was also looking for a case to carry my cards in. I ended up picking up a Lowepro case and spending some time looking at the cameras and accessories. I also spent some time helping a customer by answering questions about the Canon line. All the employee seemed able to do was go to a terminal and print the specs for the customer.

I’ll give you the same advice that I gave the customer – there really isn’t a lot of differences between Canon and Nikon. Both have cameras that will meet your needs so concentrate on one that feels good in your hands and has the features you need.

I also advise them that when it comes down to picking a camera a lot can be said for going with the same brand most of your friends use (we’re talking DSLRs here not point and shoot). Having friends around using similar equipment means you have someone you can share lenses, flash and such with as well as someone to help you learn the features on your camera. It really isn’t fun being the lone Nikon dude when all of your friends are shooting Canons.

I’m working on getting some of my images ready for posting so keep checking back.


Hello world!

January 3, 2008

Welcome to my new blog. Since this is my first post I thought I would tell you a little about me.

I’m a 51 year old father and husband who has been interested in photography since before my teen years. I got my first camera as part of a Secret Sam spy toy for Christmas in the mid 1960s. The first pictures I ever took were of the Kentucky Dam and were taken with this camera. By 1968 I had a Kodak Instamatic 104 with that neat little rotating flash cube. Remember those?

During my junior high-school days I had a complete B&W darkroom setup in my bedroom closet and I could develop my own film and prints. I spend many of an hour in that closet doing enlargements of my images. I was also the photographer for the school newspaper and some of my images ended up in the school yearbook. As the newspaper photographer I had access to the “real” cameras owned by the school – a Mamiya Sekor 100 DTL and an older Richoflex TLR that I used for all of my photos.

By the time I joined the Army in 1979 I owned a Pentax K1000 which I later upgraded to a Canon AE1. I got away from photography for a while sometime in the mid 1980s I purchased a Nikon FG20 and a N5005 ( I still have this camera but is has a sticky curtain so I don’t use it). However family and career caught up with me and my hobby got set aside for more pressing matters.

About 2 years ago the bug caught up with me again and I went digital with a Canon Digital Rebel and started taking photos again. This lasted for a while before my career again took up most of my time and my photo taking died off considerably as I was only documenting things like birthdays and other life events.

Late last year I decided that I needed some kind of stress outlet and my interest in photography came pouring back. I purchased a a Canon PowerShot SD870 IS so that I would have a point and shoot camera that I could easily carry everywhere I go. I now carry this in a cell phone case on my belt so I am never without a camera. I still have the Rebel and it’s accessories (see the My Equipment page) that I use when I’m on some kind of assignment.

I’m not in this for the money but rather for the enjoyment and my own growth as a photographer. My interests are varied and I shoot everything that interests me. I’ll be using this blog to document my journey and display images that I shoot. Sometimes there will be something everyday and sometimes there won’t. It all depends on what I shoot and if I think it is good enough to include.