Thursday, December 30, 2010

Homemade iPhone 4 Leica skin

I was just in Hong Kong on a business trip when I came across some old style camera skin/cases for the iPhone 4 but unfortunately they cost around $35. So as much as my inner geek wanted to get one I just couldn't justify the high price. So when I got back home I found this DIY skin that you can just print and make for yourself, FREE!

I originally found this through a link on

Here is the skin you can print. Needs to be printed at 2.282 x 4.528 and they recommend 600dpi!

The tricky part is cutting it out nicely especially the opening for the iPhone's lens and flash. Anyway I think its pretty cool and it turns a few heads when shooting with it. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Vivi magazine shoot

Originally uploaded by Shenanigans in Japan
My good photographer buddy Ohashi and I did a (long) one day bridal fashion shoot for Taiwan's fashion magazine Vivi. They had a small crew come over from Taiwan for the day including a couple of models. The shoot took us to various parts of the island including beaches, chapels, American Village and Murasaki Mura which is like a reproduction of vintage Okinawa. We often shoot couples here after their wedding ceremonies etc..
Heres a little sample with our great model at Murasaki Mura. The shot was lit with a reflector my assistant was holding outside the window.
Shot with a Nikon D3 and 50mm f1.4.

The magazine will be out in January 2011 and should be a four page spread. So when I get a copy I will post some scans.

Testing out Auto Stitch for iPhone

I'm a big fan of the panorama format of photography and have always wanted to get my hands on a Hasselblad Xpan to play with. However I would probably be made to sleep outside for a month or so if I bought one. But I heard about this cheap little iPhone app from a local Okinawa magazine about Auto Stitch which basically allows you to shoot multiple images of a scene then have this app stitch it altogether for you. Allowing you to make up to an 18 mega pixel image from the iPhone!

I gave it a quick try while I was shooting on location before shooting a job there. This was just a real quick and dirty 26 images and Auto Stitch managed pretty well to piece them all together pretty damn well considering my relaxed shooting technique.
The most fun you can have with a couple of bucks for sure!
I'm looking forward to playing with it more on my business trip to Hong Kong tomorrow. (If I get any free time)

Saturday, December 04, 2010

My new Ninja shot with new iPhone

My brand spanking new 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250r has arrived! Currently I'm trying to wear in the new engine, clutch etc.. for the first 1000klm which is killing me as I have to keep the RPM's under 5000. Which even in 6th gear only gets me to about 70kph. The bike sure is fun though but I would love to get a meaner sounding exhaust for it as the stock one thats on it now sounds a bit wimpy in my opinion.

Anyway this shot to the right was taken with my new iPhone 4 (which Im also loving!) just after the rain stopped and cleared up for a beautiful sunset over Naha city port. If the weather is good tomorrow for my day off I will get out and take some more photos.

Photo Q&A: Which entry level DSLR?

I am thinking of getting a new camera and was wondering what you think about the following.

Canon EOS Kiss X4

Nikon D3100

I think these are the current entry level DSLR cameras that are the best?
Anyway, your thoughts would be appreciated!

I actually have no idea about entry level DSLR's. But i do know they they would both be great cameras no doubt. I would suggest just buying the camera brand that your friends have. That way you can borrow lenses! Both Nikon and Canon are great, I use them both currently and neither is really better than the other, they both have good and bad points. Just get which ever feels more natural in your hands or one that friends have the same brand of. One thing I will recommend for getting a new entry level DSLR or starting out in photography is to get yourself a 50mm prime lens. So one that does not zoom. They are cheap and you can get great shots with them as they have "fast" apertures so you can shoot in low light and also allow you to make the background behind your subject go really out of focus which is a good thing for portraits and making the subject stand out etc... The kit lenses are pretty much rubbish, good "glass" is the most expensive but most important part of any camera system! Oh one more thought, a great place to research and compare cameras or lenses is So be sure to check that site out and research before you decide.

Hope this helps.