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19 minutes ago, Sylverthorne said:

Right. I have a working SMRTphone-to-tripod mount. (thank you, ... um ... I think it was Doug...  your tip about the  Square Jellyfish thing was a good one. >.>)

 

Probably. It's the one I have and it's worked pretty well for me. Glad it's working for you.

 

19 minutes ago, Sylverthorne said:

... now all I need is to figure out how to do lighting for jewelry, and I can actually get some pictures of this stuff!

 

Unlike with miniatures*, a light box really is useful for shooting shiny stuff like jewelry. It gives you a very broad light source that doesn't have too many specular highlights. IME, jewelry often looks really good on black, but if you do that, you'll need to reduce the exposure from where the phone starts (Exposure Compensation something like -1.5).

 

19 minutes ago, Sylverthorne said:

This is what we call an 'on-going project'. I /think/ I can jury-rig something, I've got duct tape around here somewhere... <.<

 

Do you have bailing wire? Because that's the other universally useful thing for jury rigging. ::D:

 

* Caveat: Light boxes can be used to good effect when photographing miniatures, but not usually by themselves. They mostly bring light in from the sides and top where you want light on the front of a miniature. If you already know exactly why you want a light box when photographing a miniature, then you probably don't need my advice. If you don't, you probably don't need a light box. :poke:

3 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

A little good news---I just put down a security deposit on a place for us to move to. So, I can breath a little easier now about that. Still need to figure out moving, but having a place to move is a really nice first step.:winkthumbs:

 

I don't know whether they're easily available where you are or whether your circumstances would actually allow them, but the last time we moved, we used pods (not the brand name ones, but a similar product from somebody else).

 

We could rent a batch of pods, fill them, and have them taken away to a warehouse, then get another batch. When we got to the new house, we had them delivered in batches as well. With the company we used, a month of storage was included in the base price, so as long as we unloaded promptly, the base price was all we needed to pay. We chose to put the most critical stuff into a storage unit, so we could make sure we had that stuff when we needed it, just in case they delivered the pods in the wrong order, but it was about as painless as it could have been for as much cr... stuff as we had.

 

At any rate, good luck on the move.

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13 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

A little good news---I just put down a security deposit on a place for us to move to. So, I can breath a little easier now about that. Still need to figure out moving, but having a place to move is a really nice first step.:winkthumbs:

Great news! I heard about how you got your motto at Reapercon last night. Although, the bit about the velcro gloves and the pig statue was a bit frightening.

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For those who aren't aware of the context of my previous posts - this is the Rural Fire Service website for my State - https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me

We are just north of Canberra on the map (in the space where there aren't any fire warnings) - unfortunately I do have family on the South Coast (where the red markers are)

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Just got home from the doctor, teenage daughter did indeed break her elbow.  So it's in a sling and we get to follow up with an orthopedist.  At least I got my CPAP part.  So tomorrow I might stop being irritable.  

 

Correction, I should have said "fracture".  It's probably not a serious fracture, but still needs tending.

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39 minutes ago, ratsmitglied said:

For those who aren't aware of the context of my previous posts - this is the Rural Fire Service website for my State - https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me

We are just north of Canberra on the map (in the space where there aren't any fire warnings) - unfortunately I do have family on the South Coast (where the red markers are)

 

South Canberra here. But the fires are keeping me busy at work when I'm supposed to be on holidays, I've been called in four times so far (to clarify I provide analysis so the Emergency Management section can do their thing, I'm not actually out fighting fires or anything important like that). I'm currently betting that I will soon get a call relating to Victoria. ::(: I hope your family are all safe.

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27 minutes ago, Sibling said:

 

South Canberra here. But the fires are keeping me busy at work when I'm supposed to be on holidays, I've been called in four times so far (to clarify I provide analysis so the Emergency Management section can do their thing, I'm not actually out fighting fires or anything important like that). I'm currently betting that I will soon get a call relating to Victoria. ::(: I hope your family are all safe.

That analysis is important for keeping the firies and everyone else safe, so it is an important job! Without your work I suspect they'd have a much harder time of it.

 

My family is safe so far, although some have evacuated.

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2 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

A little good news---I just put down a security deposit on a place for us to move to. So, I can breath a little easier now about that. Still need to figure out moving, but having a place to move is a really nice first step.:winkthumbs:

Awesome!  That has to be a huge load off...

 

 

2 hours ago, ratsmitglied said:

I suppose I can at least say we aren't on fire like much of the rest of the country

 

Not on fire is definitely the preferred state to be in.  

I had a friend out West (and North) here in Canada who was evacuated for most of a month last summer. It is a hard time of waiting and worry.  I hope you and all of yours are safe.

 

 

1 hour ago, LittleBluberry said:

Just got home from the doctor, teenage daughter did indeed break her elbow.  So it's in a sling and we get to follow up with an orthopedist.  At least I got my CPAP part.  So tomorrow I might stop being irritable.  

 

Correction, I should have said "fracture".  It's probably not a serious fracture, but still needs tending.

Woohoo for REM sleep!!!

Sorry to hear about your daughter's arm though. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, LittleBluberry said:

Just got home from the doctor, teenage daughter did indeed break her elbow.  So it's in a sling and we get to follow up with an orthopedist.  At least I got my CPAP part.  So tomorrow I might stop being irritable.  

 

Correction, I should have said "fracture".  It's probably not a serious fracture, but still needs tending.

I'm glad to hear that you were able to get the part you needed for thew CPAP machine, and i hope your daughter heals up quickly.

 

54 minutes ago, Sibling said:

 

South Canberra here. But the fires are keeping me busy at work when I'm supposed to be on holidays, I've been called in four times so far (to clarify I provide analysis so the Emergency Management section can do their thing, I'm not actually out fighting fires or anything important like that). I'm currently betting that I will soon get a call relating to Victoria. ::(: I hope your family are all safe.

 

24 minutes ago, ratsmitglied said:

That analysis is important for keeping the firies and everyone else safe, so it is an important job! Without your work I suspect they'd have a much harder time of it.

 

Exactly! Doing your part behind the scenes to help the guys on the front lines is just as important.

 

Here's hoping that you both and your families stay safe.

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1 hour ago, Chaoswolf said:
2 hours ago, ratsmitglied said:

That analysis is important for keeping the firies and everyone else safe, so it is an important job! Without your work I suspect they'd have a much harder time of it.

 

Exactly! Doing your part behind the scenes to help the guys on the front lines is just as important.

 

Uh, I think I've inadvertently mislead people here. My analysis comes into play to make sure the people impacted by the event get support. I don't do the analysis for the firies, I'm pretty sure they have their own people for that.

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1 hour ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

Probably. It's the one I have and it's worked pretty well for me. Glad it's working for you.

 

 

Unlike with miniatures*, a light box really is useful for shooting shiny stuff like jewelry. It gives you a very broad light source that doesn't have too many specular highlights. IME, jewelry often looks really good on black, but if you do that, you'll need to reduce the exposure from where the phone starts (Exposure Compensation something like -1.5).

 

 

Do you have bailing wire? Because that's the other universally useful thing for jury rigging. ::D:

 

* Caveat: Light boxes can be used to good effect when photographing miniatures, but not usually by themselves. They mostly bring light in from the sides and top where you want light on the front of a miniature. If you already know exactly why you want a light box when photographing a miniature, then you probably don't need my advice. If you don't, you probably don't need a light box. :poke:

 

I don't know whether they're easily available where you are or whether your circumstances would actually allow them, but the last time we moved, we used pods (not the brand name ones, but a similar product from somebody else).

 

 

I built a light box; it ... is.. very primitive. 

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8 minutes ago, Sylverthorne said:

 

I built a light box; it ... is.. very primitive. 

 

You can make a very effective light box out of a cardboard box and some parchment. Photons are photons and as long as the source isn't in the final frame, nobody will ever know that you used a steak knife to cut the cardboard. ::D:

 

The trick is to be able to visualize what the cropped image will show, which comes much easier with experience.

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46 minutes ago, Sibling said:

 

Uh, I think I've inadvertently mislead people here. My analysis comes into play to make sure the people impacted by the event get support. I don't do the analysis for the firies, I'm pretty sure they have their own people for that.

Still incredibly important  - especially with the latest news that I'm seeing!

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