Build a Better Photograph – Book Review


Michael E. Stern is a photographer. He’s also a scientist, business man, and an educator. In this very informative and anecdotal book, Build a Better Photograph, he walks us through what it means to be a professional photographer in the fields of Environmental Portraiture, Product Photography, 3D Scanning, and Compositing Techniques. His personal stories of how he secured certain jobs keeps us on the edge of our seats. As he relates some of his experiences working with clients in the corporate world he discloses some of the pitfalls that photographers can run into when faced with tough assignments and less than cooperative people.

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Macally ECOFAN Bamboo Cooling Stand for Laptop – Review


The first thing that attracted me to the new Macally ECOFAN Bamboo Cooling Stand was that it was made from bamboo. Bamboo is not a wood, but a grass. It has incredible strength, both tensile and hard strength that is, pound for pound, stronger than steel. It grows very fast almost anywhere that’s temperate in climate, and is completely biodegradable, Hence, the name ECOFAN.

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RICKSHAW Bags


Our intrepid reviewer, Owen Rubin, reviewed these fine Rickshaw bags on 10-30-08. His incisive review and great photos are a must for those needing a quality messenger-style bag. At the MWSF ’09 show Owen introduced me to Mark Dwight, owner and designer of these pragmatic and stunning bags. At the time I was carrying my MacBook around in a smallish backpack, along with MacWorld materials, and running out of room. Owen said, “come with me. I know exactly what you need.”

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Audiobyte Computer Speakers w/ Amplifier – Review


One never knows what to expect when a company invites evaluation of the product they produce. I suppose they think that, for the money, their product can’t be beat. Well, guess what? There are lots of products out there which can be beat, easily, especially "for the money." I don’t know why some companies even bother putting out a product at all except for the fact that not everyone knows a good "widget" from a bad one. However, in our estimation, the Axiom Audiobyte Computer Speakers will stand with any home or professional speakers in their class.

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Zefyr
Review

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At the core of Zefyr’s design is a high-thermal conduction interface compound, which enhances heat dissipation by providing a direct heat conduction path between MacBook’s bottom casing and Zefyr’s cast aluminum heat sink assembly.

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The Digital Photography Companion – Review


Digital cameras are everywhere, in cell phones and even in pens. They’re relatively cheap. And obviously can be made very small. Along with the proliferation of these imaging devices comes a glut of how-to books on the subject, second only in how-to information for the computer and it’s relevant software. Photography has become the back-pocket art-form of millions of snappers.

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