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In Topic: 17 inch notebook recommendation for editing and presentation

30 October 2015 - 07:19 AM

I went through this same process recently after my new pup mistook my tethered iPhone as a chew toy and dragged my aging 13" MacBook Pro off of my desk and through my house. It was never quite the same... :-(

My first thought is save yourself the grief and stick with Mac, although the prices are nuts and they don't have a 17". I looked at brand name PCs like Dell since the clones just seemed crappy and based on previous experience, they are!

I also came away feeling like if I compared a PC to a similarly equipped MacBook (which is hard) there isn't actually that much difference in cost. At the end of the day I ended up with a 15" MacBook Pro. It's incredibly fast (as in cold boot in 8 seconds, launch Photoshop in 3-4 seconds) and the display is gorgeous. Mercifully, Mrs. Stoo is an Educator so I was able to get the education discount which helps especially with AppleCare.

My only complaint is that a 500 GB solid state drive just isn't big enough so I had to rethink my workflow and backup procedures. And houseclean.

In the end, I'm glad I bought it even though it was stupid expensive. It sounds like you have some photo income so presumably you can write off whatever you buy... Happy shopping.

In Topic: Aquatica Vacuum Leak Sensor turns orange underwater

26 September 2015 - 05:41 PM

I've had some issues with mine, and in fact Aquatica replaced the first one I had. Smooth, be careful you are not over-pumping as well. I have done that as well, and it produces wonky results.


More recently, I couldn't get the sensor readings to make any sense. Mrs. Stoo (she's very smart) speculated that it was the pump that was the problem... and it was.  (I doubt that that is your problem however.)


My point is that if you can't pump and get a green flashing light (plus a couple more for good luck) then it might be worth sending it back for testing.

In Topic: Nikon D7100

26 September 2015 - 03:06 PM

Hi GL...


Congrats on your new system. I use a D7000/Aquatica system and have been very happy with it...


Regarding a tether, none of the housings come with a ready-to-go tether. There are several springy things that are available commercially, but I settled on a hunk of rope and a stainless bolt-snap. The chord is about 30" long. The Aquatica handles are hollow, so I run the free end up through the handle, and have a monkey-fist knot on that end, where it emerges from the other end of the handle. This is further held in place by the fitting that screws into the handle to hold the strobe.. I clip the bolt-snap to a D-ring on the right side of my harness or BCD. This system has the further benefit of being used to wrap around the arms to create a nice carrying handle out of the rope.


There's an old thread here, with pics of my stuff in the second post: http://wetpixel.com/...her#entry288632



As for one or two strobes, I don't think there's much argument to made in favour of having one, other than the one you make... weight and space. You will end up with some shadows and so on, and there is a risk with not having a "spare" strobe should that one fail. I'd suggest taking a second sync chord as many strobe problems are actually chord problems.


As for packing, well, good luck. I use a Pelican 1510 carry-on roller. Size-wise it's good, but it weights 42 pounds with my housing, one body (in the housing), two strobes, three lenses, chords, flat port, extension rings and a 45° viewfinder... and my strobe arms. I'm pretty good at sliding it past check in, and only once I had to gate check it on a puddle-hopper. If you know you have to check it, use a hard case, pack the least fragile items and put the rest in a pack or pockets. A friend is leaving for the Philippines in a couple of weeks and he's trying the photo vest route...

In Topic: Strobe positioning with fisheye - tips needed!

13 June 2015 - 01:25 PM

 I pulled the strobes closer to the housing and even angled them inwards, but I still had problems getting something even reminiscent of even lighting :(


This is exactly the opposite of what I would suggest doing normally. I use dual Ike 161s with diffusers and normally I would have the arms out as wide as I can with the stobes actually pointing outward. The centre of the image then, is lit by the overlapping "inside edge" of the strobes. This greatly reduces the amount of backscatter, but will still provide adequete light for the centre of your frame.


Like Tim, I really try to make it look like the strobes aren't even in play... natural light with just some fill. I shoot primarily in the great lakes where low light is the rule, and even then, my strobes are typically only set at about 1/2 power.


Also, diffusers will really help with the hotspots. If they don't make them for your strobes, I've seen them fashioned from white plastic container lids (like cream cheese) with a bunch of holes drilled into them, and then duct-taped to the strobe!

In Topic: My first magazine... and a brochure!

28 March 2015 - 06:30 PM

Another "Eau Canada" this month... I must say that I'm not crazy about the editing, but that's not my job!


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