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Canon EOS 450D - Digital Rebel XSi


When I'm traveling for work I usually like to take pictures, certainly in nice locations. But sometimes I'm not really in the mood or I'm a bit ashamed for my "toy" camera but then I always end up feeling a bit disappointed that I didn't take any pictures.
So, to force myself to take some nice pictures I decided to buy a decent digital SLR: the Canon EOS 450D. I had been thinking about it for a while but I finally made the decision. The price was always too high but now I found a good deal, they made me an offer I couldn't refuse wink
The main reason for the high price was the lens, I didn't want the standard one but instead the EF-S 17-85 mm IS USM which is a nice all-round lens with decent zoom and good image quality. It's probably not the best lens to take close-ups but I can buy a different one for that later.
I also bought a Sigma UV filter and a rubber lens hood, essential stuff if you ask me. And I got a 4GB SD card, a backpack and a cleaning set for free with the camera smile

Let’s play.

posted by khasmir on 10 January, 2009 | add a comment
category: photography

WLXQuickTimeControlHost.exe using all CPU

A friend of mine ran into a problem with the Windows Live Photo Gallery. Seems like it contains some buggy code that tries to generate thumbnails for Quicktime movies. This can cause your computer to freeze when you open a folder that contains Quicktime movies.

See the link at the end for a solution, this will stop windows trying to generate those thumbnails, it will also make Windows Live Photo Gallery more responsive.
Note: if you install updates for WLPG you will most likely need to run the fix again.

posted by khasmir on 5 January, 2009 | add a comment
categories: photography, software

Panoramic photo's the easy way


Found a very easy way to make panoramic photo's using Windows Live Photo Gallery. I'm not a big fan of Microsoft but this is not a bad app to organize your photo's on a PC (nowhere as good as iPhoto on Mac but still... wink)

The great thing about it is that it's very easy to combine multiple sequential pictures in one panoramic photo. Just select the pictures with the checkboxes, goto Make -> Create panoramic photo... just wait a min and there you go, a nice panoramic photo that would take you a very long time to make manually in Photoshop. Sometimes there are some errors or visual distortions but nothing you can't fix in Photoshop. Just click on the image above, it's a 360 degree panoramic view of Sydney, taken from the Sydney Tower. I made this one in 2 minutes, just selected and make...

posted by khasmir on 2 January, 2009 | add a comment
categories: photography, software

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