2014 Project Neon Calendar
Maybe for sale next week on Etsy
Hey, so I was thinking I needed a little wall calendar for next year, so I made this one. Maybe you would like one, too? It’s 4” x 6”, printed on heavyweight specially coated matte paper with archival inks. You can hang it with a binder or bulldog clip (or a magnetic bulldog clip), put it in a frame (if it’s under glass, you can write on it with an erasable pen!), use double-sided tape to mount all 12 at once, or just tack it to the wall. I had thought of getting out the jig saw and making a fancy stand, but in the interests of keeping things simple, I thought I’d just let you sort out how to hang it, OK? If I hear some rumblings of interest, I’ll aim to get it listed by next weekend on Etsy, probably for about $25 (a bargain for 12 lovely neon photos!), plus a couple bucks for domestic shipping.
Is this something that would interest you?
Q:What type of camera/lens/setting do you use for your photos?
Hey, OK, I’m very slow to answer questions! Sorry about that charlesfox.
My newish camera is a Canon EOS 60D, and I used to have a Canon Digital Rebel xTi. I nearly always use a 50mm fixed lens, aka the “thrifty 50.” It’s (relatively) cheap, lightweight, and does really well with low light. The downside is that because it is fixed, I often have to stand quite a ways away from the sign, ie in a snow berm or the middle of the street.
I do also have a 17-85mm zoom lens, which I use occasionally, usually when I want to photograph an entire storefront. It’s heavy, though, so I don’t always carry it with me.
I don’t carry a tripod with me, and while I’ve gotten quite good at bracing myself and holding the camera as still as possible, I do need to use a relatively fast shutter speed to avoid blurriness. I aim for at least 125, but will try as low as 80 if I have to. Since the signs are generally flat, I can usually open the aperture all the way, which on the 50mm is a whopping F1.8. My new camera has fantastic ISO settings (up to 6400), but I usually keep it below 1000 if I can. The large aperture and high ISO mean I can usually get the fast-ish shutter speed I need for focus.
One thing that helped me a lot when I was first learning, was looking at the settings of photos I liked on Flickr. It’s now on the right under Additional Information > Show More > Settings.
OK, I hope that was helpful! Happy photoing!