James Skemp Photography

  • July 26, 2008
  • James Skemp
I'm sure I'll need to tweak it, but I've technically launched my galleries for my photography 'business' (I use the word lightly at this point). View the galleries online at http://jamesrskemp.com/gallery/ It only took three days, but I'm pretty happy with how things turned out. I'd really like to have the individual photos display a bit better, but ...

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Over 10,000 digital photos taken

  • March 30, 2008
  • James Skemp
Yesterday afternoon I took digital photo number 10,000. Between the three digital cameras that I've owned (and excluding the one that I borrowed from my sister, which was a gift from her friend Char), I've taken the following. From April 6 2005 to May 9 2007, I took 2924 photos with a Canon 300D (Digital Rebel). From May 18 2007 to March 29 2008, I took 6447 photos with a Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D).

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Are the Adobe Photoshop Express terms too tough to work with?

  • March 27, 2008
  • James Skemp
Recently the much anticipated Photoshop Express was released. However, crawling through the general terms of use there's a rather troublesome paragraph. Using the terms that are effective 3/1/2008, at http://www.photoshop.com/express/terms.html, we have the following at 8.a.: Adobe does not claim ownership of Your Content. However, with respect to Your Content that you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Services, you grant Adobe a worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other Materials or works in any format or medium now known or later developed.

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Using Xml4Ssp 1.3 Rev 1

  • February 24, 2008
  • James Skemp
Xml4Ssp is a Windows XML generator for SlideShowPro. While the program still needs some work, it's pretty usable as it is. Since there's no real documentation, I'll be covering how I ended up using it to generate my latest gallery. Starting folder structure I began with the following folder structure: casio_images  Pearl FullsizeImage Images Thumb The only folder that contained content was the FullsizeImage directory, in which I dumped my JPG originals.

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Gallery updates: Capitol - Madison WI

  • May 23, 2007
  • James Skemp
These four pictures were taken last night off of John Nolen Drive. They still need some cleanup before I even think about printing them off, but, it's a start. Best of all, the perspective includes the 'magic spot', where I've been wanting to take a picture from for a very long time ...

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New gallery posted

  • May 21, 2007
  • James Skemp
You can see what I've currently got available at http://strivinglife.net/gallery/. There's still a lot I've got to play with, but, it's at least got a start of 12 images (at this time). The gallery requires a pretty fast connection, but it is what it is.

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Upgrading my digital camera

  • May 18, 2007
  • James Skemp
Due, in no small part, to my sister Tiffany Skemp's help, and the great salesperson at Madison's very own The Camera Company (East location), I bought a Canon EOS Digital Rebel (300D) kit, with the EF-S 18-55mm lens. He threw in a UV Filter (58mm), and I purchased a Promaster CompactFlash Memory Card (256MB). 799.99 + 35.99 = a lot of money. Add to that Wisconsin's sales tax of $45.

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Picture resolution requirements for prints

  • April 28, 2007
  • James Skemp

What follows is, for more my own information than for anyone else, is a listing of common print sizes, and the approximate resolution a photo must be in order to print well and acceptably.

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Photoshop is fun!

  • October 5, 2006
  • James Skemp
Duh. Unfortunately, much like Google Video, you can get sucked into the program and end up spending hours (2 and a half in my case) goofing around, getting nothing of real value done. Of course, that begs the question of whether experience, as experience, is of any value. Do we, simply by experiencing, benefit? I suppose when it comes to use a technology, like Photoshop, any experience is a good experience.

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The Earth: Blue Marble

  • May 15, 2006
  • James Skemp
I've got a great image of North America on my desktop at work - full sized image. Beautiful.

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