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New Monolights

Posted in Equipment, Self-Portraits on November 10, 2008 by John Peralta

Just received my new JTL monolights and lots of extras. Below is a comparison of two portraits of your’s truly – on the right is a shot using the pop-up flash on my Canon, on the left is a shot using one strobe and a white reflector. Quite a difference.



Canon 500D

Posted in Equipment on August 17, 2008 by John Peralta
Dragonfly Eyes

Dragonfly Eyes

Blue Flower

Blue Flower

Just purchased a Canon 500D close-up lense. Here are my first efforts with macro photography.

New Canon!!!

Posted in Equipment on August 11, 2008 by John Peralta


Received my new Canon Digital Rebel Xsi over the weekend. Came with an 18-55 IS Zoom and I added a 55-250 IS Telephoto Zoom. I haven’t had a chance to take it for a test run yet, but at first blush there are three major improvements over my Xt:

1. Megapixals (12.2 versus 8.0) – nuff said.

2. The huge LCD – the images, histograms and menus are now easily readable.

3. The DIGIC III sensor – which, according to a photo magazine review I read, allows the ISO to be set at 800 with hardly any loss in image quality. For now I’m going to set mine at 400.

I’ll post some images after my first outing.

New Monitor – Woo Hoo!

Posted in Equipment on August 8, 2008 by John Peralta

My new monitor was delivered yesterday and WOW – viva le differance!


It’s a 22″ Samsung T220. I have it set up right next to my Dell laptop and when both monitors are running you can really see the difference. My laptop’s monitor looks like it’s submerged in murky water compared to the Samsung. The Samsung is easily twice as big, twice as bright and has twice as clear an image. Gives me a whole new appreciation for my work!  I still need to calibrate it with my colorometer and create a profile for printing.

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