Speedlight Lighting Gears

For portability and to keep cost down, I decided to go the speedlight route as I start to learn lighting. These are the gears I am starting with.

The choices are partly dictated by what are available in, or easily shipped to, Thailand. This precludes quite a few items often recommended online. Brands like Westcott can't be found. But at the same time, some decent Chinese brands like Godox are more easily available than in the US.


Yongnuo YN-560 III x 4

Responsive design and viewport tag

I was just asked to help fix a problem for a website. Their responsive design was working correctly on desktop browsers, but fail to response on both iOS and Android. 

After some 30 minutes, everything seems to be done correctly. Where could the problem be? With my limited knowledge, I thought that perhaps max-width is one of those CSS that does not work well on mobile browsers, but that does not turn out to be the case. After some further fumbling, I noticed this meta tag.

<meta name = "viewport" content = "width=1280, initial-scale=0.75, minimum-scale=0.75, user-scalable = yes">

Why 1280 wide and 0.75 scale? I had no idea and no one to ask. But this seems to be overriding the width that mobile browser reports, thus render (pun intended) the responsive design inactive.

When I commented that out and replace with the standard

Mulling real estate photography with Yongnuo YN-560 III and the new YN-560TX

In a few months, we will be moving to a new house. While I am not looking forward to the actual transporting of stuffs, there is an aspect of it which I am about: Taking picture of the current condo for listing.

I have started to use an Olympus FL-600R flash with my Panasonic GX7--my first external flash--and had been happy with the results. But I know real estate photography is a whole new ball game.

After hearing about Scott Hargis's The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors, I decided to get the ebook for 2 reasons. First, it looks to be easy enough to follow for a newcomer. Second, the approach taken in the book relies on a few small flashes, rather than larger lightings. 

Will Fuji match MFT comprehensive lens range in 2014?

I have been very happy with Micro Four Thirds, especially with the extensive range and quality of lenses available to the system. The other mirrorless systems like Fuji X mount, Sony E and FE mount, or Nikon 1 had not come close on the lens range.

But Fuji is working very hard lately to change that. They are putting out quality lenses on a rapid pace, and with good strategy. In tandem with my continued admiration for the Fuji look, better ISO noise control, and JPG quality, this had me sat down yesterday and assess how Fuji lens range is panning out.

This assessment is to satisfy my own curiousity, so I am approaching this questions based on how I might be able to replace my current MFT lenses with somewhat equivalent X lenses. While this comprehensive list shows more than 50 lenses for MFT, the ones that matter most to me are these following 3 primes and 2 zooms, starting with..

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8

My micro four third kit has gone through continuous expansion and contraction, but it has started with one camera and one lens. Panasonic GF2 and the 14/f2.5 lens. I had shot with this lens exclusively for 11 months. I actually went on holiday to Japan for a week with this kit. The 28mm equivalent focal length feels natural to me.

After picking up the acclaimed Panasonic Leica 25/1.4 for the faster maximum aperture, I have always struggled with the 50mm equivalent focal length. It may be considered the normal field of view, but I found it either too short or too long most of the time.