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For those of you without a firplace this holiday season:

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I present the youtube carbon neutral yule log:

After 20 minutes I suggest clicking “replay” to toss a few new logs on the fire.

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December 17th, 2011 at 12:02 am

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Stunning Photos from Google Street View

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Recently the iphone has been gaining notoriety for the amazing photos that it has been able to produce. The best camera isn’t necessarily the most expensive DSLR. The best camera is the one that is with you, ready to go and capture moments as they are happening. To further the point that you don’t need an expensive DSLR to take extraordinary images, check out these photos people found while browsing through Google Street View:

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Written by Cameron Brown

December 5th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

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Collect Moments, Not Things

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August 23rd, 2011 at 10:33 am

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Stages of a Photographer… as a Graph

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I recently stumbled across this scientific graph.

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August 22nd, 2011 at 10:03 am

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Google Analytics helps retrieve my stolen laptop

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This afternoon I was greeted with some great news from California. The Indio police department was able to successfully execute a search warrant and retrieved my stolen laptop.

During the second day of Coachella in April, some crook managed to get in to my truck and take off with my laptop and cellphone… little did they know I’ve been diligently tracking them remotely ever since. I didn’t have any fancy theft monitoring software running, but I was able to get crafty and trace their ip address through the Google Analytics back-end built in to this website.

Analytics is usually used as a market research tool, and it is also a great way to see where your website traffic is coming from, but as I discovered, if you try hard enough it is apparently much more powerful than just that.

After the thief tried to log in to my facebook account I was notified via email and I logged his ip address, one that I would later continue to track remotely through server-side ip logs . Through the wonders of Google Analytics I was able to establish enough probably cause to open an investigation. There were too many coincidences, and as such with no photo or video evidence we were able to subpoena Verizon for the thief’s physical address and retrieve the stolen computer and cellphone.

Going forward I have installed a remote monitoring system on my computer that I can remotely activate and log ip addresses, screenshots, GPS coordinates and keystrokes…  heck I can even take photos of the thief via the installed webcam.

I’d like to extend a huge thanks to the Indio police department for their role in returning my stolen property.


Let this be a warning to the three rioters who smashed my camera… The police and I know more than you think we do, and you should probably turn yourselves in.

Written by Cameron Brown

July 22nd, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Why light needs darkness

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Something that it seems most people forget about lighting is that darkness is just as important to it as light is. The two complement each other in such a way that one doesn’t even exist without the other. Sometimes new photographers are so concerned with getting “the right” exposure (50% grey), that they don’t stop to think about all the possibilities they can achieve by over or under exposing the amount of light they are allowing the camera to capture. The dark shrouds in mystery, while the light highlights and illuminates. All too often a blank flatly lit scene is nowhere near as interesting as a one with dynamic interesting shadows and highlights.

This Ted talk is mostly architectural lighting, but I think it applies just as well to photography. Check it out:

Written by Cameron Brown

March 17th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

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