dPS: Prime vs. Zoom Lenses

Yet another excellent article from dPS, this time about lenses:

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What is a Prime Lens?

A prime lens is a lens that has one focal length only. They come in all focal lengths ranging from wide angle ones through to the longer telephoto ones.

What is a Zoom Lens?

A zoom lens is a lens that has a range of focal lengths available to the photographer in the one lens. These have become increasingly popular over the past few years as they are obviously a very convenient lens to have on your camera as they mean you can shoot at both wide and longer focal lengths without having to switch lenses mid shoot.

As you surf around different camera forums you’ll find people who argue strongly for both prime and zoom lenses. Each have their own fans and each will pull different arguments out about them. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons Zoom and Prime lenses:

(continued via: Prime vs Zoom Lenses – Which are Best?)

dPS: Moving Toward Manual Settings: Understanding Aperture

Excellent tutorial on a fundamental concept of photography from digital Photography School:

In this tutorial Natalie Norton explores the topic of Aperture.

A few months back I wrote an article here at DPS that created a bit of a stir:

4 Reasons Not to Write Off Shooting in Automatic.

I expected to get a lot of naysayers scolding me up and down and all around. I did get a few of those, but what I didn’t expect were the literally dozens of emails (not to mention comments on the post itself) from people sincerely thanking me for taking the pressure off, for helping them see that great photography is great no matter how it’s captured.

I stand by everything that I wrote in that post. I particularly maintain that photography should be FUN and rewarding and that focusing too much energy on the technical aspects of it shouldn’t detract from that.

HOWEVER one can’t argue with the fact that shooting in Manual does give you more control and greater creative freedom. Period. End of story.

So on we go to Manual settings: I know this topic has been discussed a ZILLION times over, and that it’s as boring as dry toast, but we’re going to go at it again. . . in layman’s terms.

(continue reading via: Moving Toward Manual Settings: Understanding Aperture)

Pacific Northwest Parkour Association

Cool stuff!

Who We Are:

The Pacific Northwest Parkour Association is a non-profit organization chartered by Northwest traceurs (Parkour practitioners) to further these goals:

  • Foster collaboration among Parkour communities
  • Educate new traceurs and the general public about Parkour
  • Build confidence through safe and effective Parkour training
  • Encourage overall fitness and healthy living in our communities

The PNWPA supports community projects that contribute to a healthier world. This includes coordinating and participating in cleanup and building/rebuilding efforts in our public places, particularly those where we enjoy practicing Parkour. We also offer guidance and support for Parkour training, including providing assistance to schools wishing to teach Parkour as part of a physical education curriculum

We are moving fast, but just getting started! Stay tuned for more information on membership and upcoming events!

(http://www.pnwpa.com/)

Update: There’s also a Flickr photo pool here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/849156@N23/

ASP.NET: Starter Kits and Community Projects

In relation to the last post, here are some starter kits and projects officially listed at Microsoft’s own ASP.NET site (http://www.asp.net/community/projects/)

Starter Kits

 

DotNetNuke® Web Application Starter Kit

DotNetNuke is an open source web application framework ideal for creating, deploying and managing interactive web, intranet and extranet sites. The combination of an enterprise portal, built-in content management system, elegant skinning engine, and the ability to display static and dynamic content makes DotNetNuke an essential tool for ASP.NET developers.

TheBeerHouse: CMS and E-commerce Starter Kit

TheBeerHouse starter kit enables you to implement a website with functionality typically associated with a CMS/e-commerce site. This website demonstrates key features of ASP.NET 2.0 and is the sample used in the book, “ASP.NET 2.0 Website Programming / Problem – Design – Solution.”

Small Business Starter Kit

The Small Business Starter Kit provides a sample of a business promotion website suitable for small and medium-sized businesses. It provides a template for customizing and creating a site for your own business out-of-the-box, with advanced features including integration with SQL and XML data sources for content and data management.

Open Source

dasBlog

dasBlog is a blogging engine that offers elegant visual aesthetics, powerful easy to use features, and a unique application architecture. dasBlog requires no database engine, using file-based content management with an architecture that ensures excellent performance.

Visit the dasBlog Web Site

ScrewTurn Wiki

ScrewTurn Wiki is a fast, powerful and simple ASP.NET wiki engine, installs in a matter of minutes and it’s available in different packages, fitting every need. It’s even free and open source.

Visit the ScrewTurn Wiki Web Site

BlogFodder: List Of Free / Open Source ASP.NET Web Applications

I started looking for free/open-source ASP.NET applications to run on my development instance of IIS (since IIS is already running on my machine), and stumbled upon this list today:

As a big ASP.NET advocate, I’m loving the recent surge in open source / free ASP.NET applications that are hitting the web – And what’s more because Microsoft have given us some great building foundations with the frameworks like the ASP.NET Membership Provider, a lot of these open source programs are very high quality!  More so than some of the paid applications.

I thought it would be a good idea to create an ever growing list of all the open source ASP.NET applications I could find – Obviously I haven’t had chance to download or install every application so I can’t vouch for them

Notable applications:

Full list available at:
http://www.blogfodder.co.uk/post/2008/07/List-Of-Free–Open-Source-ASPNET-Web-Applications.aspx)

ImgBurn: Creating an Audio CD

This one took me a little while to figure out, so I thought I’d share my steps with you:

1) Open ImgBurn and select “Write image file to disc” (or choose “Write” from the Mode menu)

Step 1

2) Click the CD with a music note button (Create CD CUE file)

Step 2

3) Click the top button on the right (Find Files)

Step 3

4) Once you’ve added your files, you can choose the tagging/gap preferences

Step 4

5) Then, click OK, and you can burn the compilation from here.

Step 5

You should be able to burn any audio format supported by DirectShow; if you need M4a/AAC support, you’ll have to download a plugin, such as the one below:

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/CoreAAC_Directshow_filter.htm

And…you can find the official instructions from the ImgBurn forums here:

http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?s=22c67d5cf8ed90447ab85dacfcb532d3&showtopic=5555

Lifehacker: How to Move On From Life-Changing Mistakes

This is a really good read…

I would like to tell you that I was down but not out. That I just brushed myself off and got on with life. I didn’t. At first, I kept myself hyper-busy. That lasted for about three months. Then, I sank into a depression. I’m sure I was in shock for a long time. It was a very dark, confused time in my life. I kept pushing myself to get back to normal. That didn’t happen. I never got back to myself. I became better than I was.

(via How to Move On From Life-Changing Mistakes)