Analog Notes

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Blog, Stuff, Tech

So I mentioned notes on a paper.  You do remember those, right?  Paper? Products?  Sometimes it just feels good to put them there.  Or there is an appropriate time to make those notes as opposed to putting them on your phone, tablet or Laptop.

When I need to, and I do this in the lab, on the road, in the field, taking pics, wandering around, just don’t feel like taking out an electronic device (read: battery is low), then these are my go to note pads.

Field Notes notepads are small, easy to carry around, excellent for lists of IP address, router locations and configuration and parameters, as well as who was in what image during an event shoot.  I have a few in my camera bag, Laptop Bag, commuter bag.  It’s just a thing with me to have them.  Sure I use digital notes (more on that later).  But when it’s time to go old school, these win out every time.

Thank You

By ltsolet / On / In Blog, Health, Personal, Stuff

So it’s been a while.  And I wish that I could tell you that in that time there have been major changes, major revelations, an epiphany.  But alas, no.  Sadly, I’ve just gotten lazy as spring wore on and things wee not going as planned.  This blog is an outlet for me.  Something that I put together to gather my thoughts on things that I read, the places that I go and the things that I do.  It’s supposed to be therapeutic and helpful to others at the same time.  But like that friend you mean to call but “forget” because of [enter some excuse here], you don’t.

It happens.

Instead of apologizing, I’m going to thank you.  It’s something I read along the way that I noted on a piece of paper.  I know, very analog of me.  Surprising it’s still with me given how I’m prone to lose things or misplace them (see Tile post).

Anyway, reform is on the way.  Some simple changes and one or two things that only make sense once we start to engage again.

Until then, thank you for reading.  More to come shortly.


Free Photography Books

By ltsolet / On / In Photography, Read, Stuff

Who doesn’t like free?  Rhetorical question, I know.  Sure I love free as much as the next person but you have have to ask yourself sometimes, if it’s free, is it any good.

Questions answered:  Yes.

So our friends at (from Australia) have compiled a list of Photography books that are 100% free, readily available and pretty darn good.  Some will change the game for you out there who have reached a plateau  and are looking to expand your vision.  For others, it will be a quick reminder of things that you have taken for granted over time.  And for still others, it will be a recommended reading list for those you are passing down your knowledge to.

Many of my friends here me say it all the time: “Knowledge wants to be free and finds a way to be so.”  This excellent compilation shows just that and the generosity of the photographic community in sharing what it knows.  Great job Mark!


The Ultimate List of FREE Photography Books! Get them ALL

There’s no easier way to improve your photography than devouring all the free photography books available on the Internet. Along with watching free YouTube tutorials, you can improve your photography and learn how to run a photography business… all for free. I’ve scoured the web to create what I consider to be the ultimate list of free photography books.

Paperwhite and a Good Read

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Podcast, Read, Tech

Travel is good for the soul.  Getting there is great for books.

My iPad is great for many things that sometimes area  great many distractions from ready, the Kindle Paperwhite is none of those things.  Easy to read in any light, especially the starboard seat of an morning flight north, sun coming through the open window that won’t get closed.  Or if you don’t fly, outside at the table during your lunch break.

At $99.99, wireless sync, backlight for might time reading, light as a paperback but hold thousands of books, it’s a no brainer.

Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

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And while you’re at it, pre-order the Grit by Angela Duckworth and stick to it!

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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Storage Junkie

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Gear, Tech

Everyone knows that I am a storage junkie.  As a media and data guy, it’s always on my mind.  From storing the latest images into my QNAP RAID, pushing datasets to portable Toshiba USB3 drives or synching them to the cloud for safekeeping, storage is on my mind 24/7.

Being a Apple user, ultrafast SSD drives come to the table some time ago and have made the systems fast and reliable but at a compromise: size.  Sure you could upgrade but if you’re like me, you’ll like to be able to switch things up, move them around and make copies for safe keeping.

Transcend’s Jet Drive is happy to oblige in every way.  Small, huge storage options and nearly undetectable, this card slot solution can double your storage and best of all, you don’t have to open up your Mac to do it.  This is especially good for MacBook Air users.

With 128GB and 256 GB options for Macbook Pro and Macbook Air, it’s a simple, fast update that will put more music and video storage at your fingertips without cables and other power concerns.

Transcend 256GB JetDrive Lite 360 Storage Expansion Card for 15-Inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (TS256GJDL360)

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Transcend 256GB JetDrive Lite 130 Storage Expansion Card for 13-Inch MacBook Air (TS256GJDL130)

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Trial and Error But Better

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Gear, Stuff, Tech

Form and function is something that comes natural to come designers.  It’s a gift and a curse.  The gift is that they have it at all.  The curse is that the rest of us have to wait for inspiration to hit and then product marketing and filtering to happen before it gets down to us.

So the story goes.

I bought my wife an Apple Watch a few weeks after they came out.  It’s main use it to track our daughter’s CGM.  As a Type 1 Diabetic, being able to monitor these things in real time on a wearable is not just remarkable but a lifesaver.  But the trouble with eery new device is managing it and it’s accessories.  It’s not enough that it needs cables but it need a different cable, new stands, etc.  It adds up over time. Watch, phones, tablet, laptop.  The bedside table has no room for a lamp anymore.  “Good thing the phone comes with an LED, right?” I say to her.  To which the response is that look.  You know the one.  It says, “Figure this out or you’ll be sleeping with one eye open until you do.”  I know that look.

So scared and a little tired I find this.  Bury cables inside, add others right to it.  One outlet, simple design.  Sits next to lamp.  I get to sleep with both eyes closed.  Sold!

Apple Watch Stand, Oittm 4 Ports Desktop Smart Charging Station Nightstand Apple Watch Charger Dock Apple iWatch Charging Stand for iPhone SE, iPad Pro, Samsung S7/Edge and More (White) Apple Watch Stand, Oittm 4 Ports Desktop Smart Charging Station Nightstand Apple Watch Charger Dock Apple iWatch Charging Stand for iPhone SE, iPad Pro, Samsung S7/Edge and More (White): Cell Phones & Accessories

Apple Watch Stand, Oittm 4 Ports Desktop Smart Charging Station Nightstand Apple Watch Charger Dock Apple iWatch Charging Stand for iPhone SE, iPad Pro, Samsung S7/Edge and More (White) Apple Watch Stand, Oittm 4 Ports Desktop Smart Charging Station Nightstand Apple Watch Charger Dock Apple iWatch Charging Stand for iPhone SE, iPad Pro, Samsung S7/Edge and More (White): Cell Phones & Accessories

Nikon Camera Giveaway

By ltsolet / On / In Gear, Giveaway

The good folks at Preservation and Creation are giving away a Nikon D750 and some other cool stuff.  Preservation and Creation are all about timeless classics, creating photo books and journals that stand out as art not just simple albums of your memories.   Use them for something special, create your own coffee table conversation starter.  And for a limited time, there is 50% off some really cool stuff.


camera giveaway | Preservation & Creation

(Retail Value = $2,379.99) We believe in the collection of moments – not things. We also believe each and every moment deserves to be preserved in the best light possible, so we are giving away to one lucky winner a Nikon D750 with a 24-120 Lens Kit to help preserve the unforgettable moments of your life.