Explaining the Canon Lens Line-Up


Whilst unpacking our recent move from Colorado back to Ohio (now nestled in Cleveland), I was sorting through the stacks of papers that I didn’t have to sift through prior to the move, and came across an email I had received from a reader a while back asking me if the blog had anything that explained the basic differences between EF and EF-S lenses from the Canon lineup.  I had written her back, but it never seemed to make it’s way into a blog post.  So, in reading the email, I did a search and realized I also had never followed up with something for the reading audience in general, so double shame on me! Read more



Shortly after reading the eBook Eyephone from Craft & Vision for review on its release, I started delving into phone camera photography seriously for the first time.  My eyes were opened that with a little bit of grit, creativity, and a vision in mind, one could quite possibly achieve something worthwhile with these camera phones.  After all, they’re in the 8 and 10MP counts these days.  I’d seen others achieve enough success with them to warrant making a serious go of it myself.

One of the problems was a publication stream – I use Flickr for the contest thread (now in the summer session), but not really for sharing my own photos out anymore as I have gotten pretty picky about what goes live!  Then there’s 500px.  A wonderful venue in and of itself – the photographs there are just extraordinary!  Half the time they make me want to drop my camera and never take another picture again!  Probably not the best venue for a mobile phone photography collage though – especially that this is a work-in-progress project.  I settled in on Instagram.  Aside from having their own nice set of editing tools, it seemed the perfect companion for my iPhone photo exploration.

Part of the reason for this exploration is to share photos with you – the readership!  Some of the photos I share through this feed I hope will make you go “Wow!”  Or “Great shot!” or something along those lines.  I also fully expect that some will make you shrug your shoulders and say “I could do that – no biggie!”  The end result though will be a collection of photos taken over a course of 365 days.  That’s right, a little micro photo-a-day-blog.  You can watch my own progression (assuming I progress of course) with the art of mobile phone photography.  Now granted, this idea started with a battle of dueling camera phones between myself and Kerry Garrison on our respective microblogs “My Droid Pics” and his now defunct “Kerry’s Droid Pics” domains.  Like most 365 photo projects, we lost track of it over time and never really got back.

For now – mine is back on track via my Instagram feed – so if you’d like to keep up on the progress there, join me over on Instagram under my handle there (CBJason).  Or, if you are not an Instagram fan, you can check back here periodically as I’ll likely add gallery posts every few weeks with the latest offerings.  Finally, you can also see current status and updates via this custom 3rd party app called Followgram

I have to admit, having the strong functionality of the iPhone for creative ideas as I go about my day is very handy, and something I am getting back into the habit of documenting, so join me (and tell me about your own efforts – I love to get ideas from others too!).  In the meantime, here’s a sampling of what I’ve shot so far:

And now – for the teaser of all teasers – on Friday I said that the weekend photo challenge was to take five pictures! Above you, there are three random pictures from a bunch I took over the course of the last week or so. Without cheating, who can say which three are the ones from the last 3 days? The winner is going to get something super fun! Share your guesses in the comments section below.

Fair warning – the images will rotate randomly, so don’t guess with “Column 1, Row 4” !

Mobile Phone-ography!


Okay, I am breaking two of my own rules today.  The Wordless Wednesday one is the first that I am pulling out of order, primarily because time is limited on this news.  The other reason I am breaking the rules is because this actually knocked my socks off!

Craft And Vision has released their latest eBook, called EyePhone!  Normally I am particular to David DuChemins line of writing, but this time Al Smith has surpassed even his standard because this eBook was just amazing.  I know this sounds gushing, but really….no joke.

So, remember when Chase Jarvis published "The Best Camera"?  It was a book extolling the virtues of using your iPhone (or mobile phone for Android fans) for photos…he shared photos and basically inspired you to just make sure you are out there taking photos with any camera – as long as you have one with you.  (Hence the title.)

Well, Eyephone takes this to the next level.  Rather than just saying to take a camera with you, or even share photos extolling the virtues of doing so, Eyephone actually gives you explicit instructions on how to take and make better pics with your mobiel phone.  Everything from camera functions, to Apps to download, and little secrets that are what I would call the "Insider Scoops" of the mobile phone photography phenomenon.

So, in typical fashion, the folks at Craft and Vision offer it at an amazing price of only $5 for nearly 50 pages of photo tips, tricks, and inspiration!  As if that’s not cheap enough for you, for a limited time you can save another buck through Saturday and get it for only $4!  Just use discount code EYEPHONE4 to get the deal.  Likewise, bundles are available too.  For instance, to save the same 20% on bundle deals, use EYEPHONE20 for bundles of 5+ eBooks.  Lastly, David’s own lines can be had for nearly 50% off the 7 book bundle – use discount code DAVID19 there to get the series for $19 (which is normally $35!).

In case you missed the link upthread here’s another one (it goes to the same landing page)…  Go here, go quickly, learn, save, and then (of course), DO!  I did and already am taking better camera shots!