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  As fun as watching ink dryOct 26, 2011 8:43 AM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:I got myself a new toy this weekend: a Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS compact digital camera. My dad, who knows a thing or two more than I do about photography, has and likes an older model Elph, I'd seen his take some nice pictures, and they're pretty reasonable price-wise--oh and the Amazon reviews were pretty positive--oh and they can record 1080p video at 24 fps--so that was more or less what made my decision.
 
I actually got it for A*! Eventually I'll have a magical script thingy so that you can buy the original artwork for any of these hand-painted pages directly from that page, and the buying display for each of them will show a photo I've taken of the page's painting drying on my drawing table; this will let you see what each one actually looks like, and just how much stuff is outside the margins of the web version--usually a fair amount at top and bottom, actually. For instance, here's the photo of today's page:
 
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The camera's tiny and pretty fun to play around with. At some point I want to do a little illustrated photo essay showing the various materials and things I'm using to make the comic now. And it has various special shooting modes that seemed to impress even my jaded smartphone-having friends; for instance, it can be set to snap a picture when it detects a smile or a wink, and to show a warning when someone's blinking; it can also do some Photoshop-like digital processing effects in real time as you look at the viewfinder screen--it can isolate just one color and render the rest of the scene in black and white, for instance, or it can swap one color for another; here's the effect of swapping I think it was red for yellow on a little glass of maple syrup:
 
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Weird! Anyway as mentioned Photoshop can do something like those effects easily, of course; the strange thing is seeing them done live in the viewfinder as you pan the camera around you.
 
The only downside I've found so far is that Windows (XP) does not like having both the camera and my scanner plugged in to USB ports simultaneously--if that happens, Explorer kind of freezes up, neither device responds, and I pretty much have to reboot. :P So I have to swap them back and forth each day for photographing and scanning each painting. =PP Ah, technology! Hopefully Windows 7 does that better or something.
 
 
 
 
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