Text and Image Photography

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Text–Days Gone By–The Card Catalog


Ever woken up in the morning wondering what happened to card catalogs? Probably not, that is unless your a retired librarian. If you’re old enough the words call number and subject heading might ring a bell.

The index cards with holes in them, neatly stacked inside of long narrow drawers had been the librarians Bible, packed with goofy number/letter combinations that made students’ heads spin. I can hear the ghost of library past now, “Go look it up in the card catalog. Go look it up in the card catalog.” Only a select few would attempt to show you where a book was. You were supposed to know because of that quick lesson you got about the Dewy Decimal System.

Have a keen interest in libraries? If so, check out The Story of Libraries, Second Edition: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age

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Avoid Camera Shake


Sonoma City Hall

Shaking hands can wreck havoc with your images? It’s called camera shake—can happen to anybody no matter how still he/she feels the camera is while shooting.

Camera shake is related to shutter speed and focal length. Recall that fast shutter speeds can freeze camera shake, and long shutter speeds can cause softness in the frame, so that you either need a solid surface on which to place your camera for longer shutter speeds or a high ISO speed, which limits shutter speeds so blur can be avoided, the former being better bet for a more dramatic photo.

Focal length is also a factor with regard to sharpness in a photo. A 400 mm focal length needs to be handheld at a shutter speed of 1/400 second or less in order to create a sharp photo.

Notice the image above taken at a shutter speed of 20 seconds. If you tried that with a hand-held shot, your photo would be so soft that the subject might be unrecognizable. Set the camera on a solid surface and your photo will twinkle with incredible clarity.

Your gear for shots with longer shutter speeds must be high-quality. A kit with everything you need for shots like this is a Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Zoom Lens & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens + 10pc Bundle 16GB Deluxe Accessory Kit.

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