Beginners guide to your camera : The ISO

by jonathan | Sep 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Featured, guides, photography

The Aperture | The ShutterThe ISO

Welcome back for the third and last part of the beginners guide to your camera series. This part I will focus on the ISO setting and how it effects your photographs. If you have not read the other parts in the series I recommend you do so. I explain a few basics as well as the aperture and shutter mode.


ISO is a numbering system created by the International Organization for Standardization to represent the sensitivity of film negatives. Film sensitivity may also use a scale created by the American Standards Association or ASA however most digital cameras now call the setting ISO. There is a bunch of complicated math that goes into figuring out the ISO number for a sensor or file negative. However your digital camera will come with several predetermined levels for you to select.

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Beginners guide to your camera : The Shutter

by jonathan | Mar 3, 2010 at 9:00 am | guides, photography

The Aperture | The ShutterThe ISO

Welcome back for the second part of the beginners guide to your camera series. This part will focus on the shutter speed and how it effects photographs and your flash. If you have not read the first part in the series I recommend you do so. I go over some of the basics of selecting modes on your camera. I also explain the aperture mode and how to best use it. Continue Reading…

Updated Panoramas

by jonathan | Jan 31, 2010 at 9:28 pm | photography

I have added a few new panoramas to my gallery. Some are from the recent trip to Califonria and some are from older trips.

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Tour of Missouri (photo set)

by jonathan | Sep 11, 2009 at 9:00 am | photography

The cycling event, the Tour of Missouri is happening all this week. The athletes will travel across the Missouri over seven stages. They start is St. Louis and the final stage is in Kansas City. I was lucky enough to be in Jefferson City for the stage 4 finish. It was overcast and also later in the day so the light was lacking. I took a few photos and they are posted below. If you are interested in watching the rest of the stage live head over to or if you want more information about the event try

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Years past after the break.

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New Beach Panoramas

by jonathan | Sep 9, 2009 at 9:00 am | photography

I really enjoy taking photographs and when I get a chance to go out to California I try and get a few good panoramas. We also when whale watching and saw one blue whale and lots of dolphins. Those pictures might be up later as well.

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A few more after the break.

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Beginners guide to your camera : The Aperture

by jonathan | Aug 12, 2009 at 3:36 pm | guides, photography


The Aperture | The ShutterThe ISO

This guide is directed towards people who know very little about cameras. Maybe you own a small point and shoot but do not know what all the manual settings mean. Or you want to know what the numbers are that flash up right before you take a photograph. This is for you. I plan to talk a little about the aperture in this guide and will talk about the shutter speed and sensitivity in future guides. Expect this is be very basic and nothing ground breaking. I will try and keep everything in plain English and include a lot of pictures.

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Worlds First Digital Projector Camera

by jonathan | Aug 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm | photography, technology

Nikon has just unveiled its new S1000pj camera, the first of its kind to have a built in projector. Imagine you have just come back from a vacation and you want to show your photographs off to your friends and family. Normally you have a few options, you can offload the images to a laptop, hook the camera up to a TV / monitor or have everyone huddle behind the small screen of your camera. Well now Nikon wants to add a fourth option. With the S1000pj you can turn on the mini projector built right into the camera and show off your images or video on the closest wall. Nikon says the projected image can be as large as 40 inches.

Is this the next big thing to hit compact digital cameras or is Nikon just taking a shot in the dark? Is this how Nikon will differ themselves from other companies like Canon and Fuji? I wonder if other companies are hard at work right now coming up with their own version of the projector camera. Whether it is a big hit or not I do believe that this is a feature that not many people saw coming. I also think we will not know how people will use or react to having the projector until it is in the reviewers hands for a few weeks. Nikon is hedging its bets by not making the camera  just a one hit projector wonder. It has all the good stats of an excellent camera, 12.1 megapixels from a 1/2.3″ CCD, 5x image stabilizing zoom lens and 2.7″ LCD screen. Check out the video after the break.

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Ooma unboxed (photo set)

by jonathan | Jul 24, 2009 at 9:00 am | photography, technology

I recently have switched from normal phone / DSL to Cable Internet / VOIP. The VOIP solution I choose was ooma (or Ooma I am not really sure). Ooma is a free VOIP phone service provider. You only pay for the initial hardware and as long as you have an internet connection you will have phone service. I have to say that I was very surprised with this product. My first reaction to unboxing the devices was the build quality of the product. The design of the product and the box it came in has a very Apple like feel. It was very easy to setup and sits between my router and cable modem. More of a review coming after I get some time with the devices. For now here is the unboxing photo set. Enjoy.

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Independence Day 2009 Photoset

by jonathan | Jul 15, 2009 at 9:41 am | photography

I spent the fourth in Springfield with some good friends of mine. They live outside of the city limits and around Independence Day their neighborhood turns into a bomb range. You should not plan on trying to sleep that night because mortar shells or bottle rocks will be going off at all hours. Of course you eventually wake up to a yard full of sticks and burnt paper. This year I did not get to take as many photos and we had a brief rain delay but I still had a good time. Check out the moments I was able to capture. I love shooting fireworks with long exposures.

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The Big House Photoset

by jonathan | May 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm | photography

I was lucky enough to spend some time in the decommissioned Jefferson City prison were I live. I had a limited amount of time to shoot and ended up with a few good photos. I do not know if they give tours but defiantly check it out.

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