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Equipment failure, and having backups #2.

I only recently finished writing a piece about equipment failure. My flash died at a shoot and fortunately I had a spare available for instant swapout. Only this week I read about a friend who had a bad thing happen, which I will pass on.

The issue relates to his Skyports used to trigger the flashes he uses. Well, he found them swimming in the sink one day. It turns our his little brother decided to see if they’d float. We never did find out the answer to that question, but we did find out that they aren’t waterproof. Continue reading

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Sony Vegas 8 and IE7. Error in script. Cannot start up.

 

I recently had need to use this application for the first time in a couple of weeks. When I tried to start Vegas 8, the application failed with an error:

Internet Explorer Script Error
Automation server can’t create object
file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Me/Local%20Settings/Temp/udat/upsell.htm
Do you want to continue running scripts on this page?

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Equipment failure, and having backups.

A couple of days ago I had a flash fail while at a photo shoot. I was half way through the shoot when a flash gave off a huge bang and puffs of smoke, this was fun to see, but not what I wanted! It was dead.

After looking at it in shock, disgust and general annoyance, I realised it needed replaced. Thankfully I had a spare flash of the exact same model so swapping out would be easy. A couple of minutes after the bang, we were back on the shoot. Continue reading

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The power of light.

I recently had a conversation with someone who just started photography. He saw I was using a flash on my camera (bounced off the ceiling) and was curious as to why I did this, rather than “just turn on the lights.” When told the answer, he dismissed it as a pointless exercise. I needed evidence!

So here we are, the evidence. I took out a single flash and some AA batteries along with a pair of 500w halogen security lights (normally used in the studio for video work) and did some comparisons. Continue reading

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So funny. Rent a cop looks a fool.

Here in the UK we are under very similar pressure to that of the USA. More and more locations with security guards seem to make up rules to suit themselves, some allowing photography, some not. Even the UK government recently got STUPID in London regarding the “See someone taking photos, report them to the Police” campaign. Continue reading

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