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Use A Felt Pad For Your DSLR Camera Shutter Button

While shooting urban exploring photos in old houses or buildings, I end up doing a lot of shots in low light, or often, complete darkness. While muscle memory / repetition always puts my finger on the general shutter button area, I wanted something a little more defined to let me know how far I was on to the button, and also to keep from slipping when the conditions get hot and sticky. After doing the obligatory Google search, I stumbled on the ProDot Shutter Button Upgrade, by Custom SLR.

Prodot shutter button

Basically, the ProDot is a two pack of rubber buttons, each with a sticky back, that gives you an extra height, and a bit of grip via some knobby areas. I was a little conflicted, 8 dollars is a bit much for two tiny pieces of rubber, but on the other hand, it’s exactly what I was looking for. I figured at the very least, I’d have an extra for backup, and $8 isn’t too much for something that in the long run, would really be helpful. I put it on my Amazon wish list, and planned to pick it up after I gave it my customary 1-2 week period of making sure it was what I needed and not just an impulse buy. Lo and behold, I was in a home improvement store one day during that time period, and while browsing, found my perfect DIY solution – a pack of brown 3/8 inch felt furniture pads. These are the type of pads that you use to keep your cabinet doors from slamming shut. Being a DIY DSLR type, my curiosity was piqued!

Felt furniture pads These can be found literally anywhere, hardware stores, Wal-Mart, or on Amazon. My pack is “Super Sliders” brand, and was a whopping $2 for – wait for it – 84 total pads. I have actually grown to like the pad, it’s brown, so it blends in pretty well (you could always Sharpie it black if you wanted), and the felt pad is easy to recognize, as well as grip on to. With the raised surface, it makes it a lot easier to “roll” your finger onto the shutter button. I threw a half a sheet into my camera bag in case any slipped off due to weak glue, or loosened by heat. I figured at the very least, the sticky part would eventually wear down with use, and I’d have 83 more replacements on deck. I’m shocked to report it’s been 6 months now, and I’m still on my first pad. Heavy users might wear one out faster, so your mileage may vary. But at approximately 2 cents a pad, you can afford to burn through a few.

If it turns out it’s not for you, pull it off, and remove any sticky residue with a paper towel soaked with WD-40. Hold against the sticky area for a few seconds, and then wipe off. This works great on store stickers on plastic as well, although you might need a bit more WD-40. In conclusion, if you need some extra grip, you can use a felt pad for your DSLR shutter button!

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H.R. Giger Passes Away At 74

H.R.Giger

H.R. Giger Passes Away At 74

Sadly, H.R. Giger has passed away today at 74, after sustaining injuries from a fall. The Swiss surrealist artist was best known in the public as the man behind the concept art and imagery of the movies Alien, Promethus, Species, and Dune.

As a child, Giger’s album covers for Emerson, Lake, and Palmer and Debbie Harry would peek out creepily at me from record bins for years (when record stores still existed). Giger has always been a huge influence on both my illustration and photography, and is a great loss to the art world. Giger was one of the only people working with a fully developed style of “biomorphic” portraits and creatures, yet spawned countless imitators and has influenced artists around the world for decades now. I can remember copying designs from the Alien movie art from movie special effects magazines over and over, until I could create them from memory.

His books Necronomicon, Biomechanics, and Giger’s Alien are all fantastic, but very expensive. I suggest you definitely try and take a peek at them, even if you can find one in a library. The art is spellbinding and other worldly. There are also two  less expensive retrospective type books that are available at a decent price from Taschen, here and here. You definitely want at least one of those in your collection. I have a stack of books from many different artists, but I find myself coming back to the HR Giger ones over and over. The scope and depth of his landscapes are creepy at first, but I find them calming and a great extrapolation of the subconscious and dream worlds we inhabit outside of day to day life.

H.R.Giger Art

H.R.Giger Art

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There are a lot of great installation and art show images from Giger and a great article over at The Verge.

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7 Simple Photography Hacks For Your Camera

7 Simple Photography Hacks For Your Camera

This is a great video of 7 simple, easy, and cheap photography hacks you can use for your DSLR camera (or even point and shoots in some cases). Most of these have been around a few years on the web, but this video collects them all and has great how-to footage, then shows great examples of the results. I’ll definitely be trying a few of these out – the egg timer time-lapse is definitely on my list, but I think I’ll be trying the plastic baggie that gives the light leak effect, and definitely the Vaseline lens (often used in 70s films and soap operas) effect in the next few weeks.

Credits go to COOPH magazine for the video, Leo Rosas for the photography and examples, and Peta Pixel for the link.

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Think Tank’s New Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket Review

 Think Tank Modular Pocket Rocket

The newest addition to my urban exploring gear is the Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket from the awesome photo gear company Think Tank. This is a super handy pouch that can hold compact flash and SD cards anywhere you can strap it to. You can mount it to a belt, camera strap, camera sling, or attach it to your camera backpack / bag via a Velcro patch on the back.

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See Inside My Urban Exploring (Urbex) Camera Bag!

Eli Bishop Urban Exploring Bag

See what’s inside my urban exploring camera bag! I’m featured today in an article / interview on the website In My Bag. Check the link for the full article, and click “more” below for a full list of what I carry on urbex expeditions!

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“How to Care for Introverts” (The Original List)

Introvert Image by Eli Bishop

Photography by Eli Bishop

“How to Care For Introverts” (The Original List)

Carl Jung said “There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum.”  I’m not entirely convinced there aren’t people that are extreme in one direction or another, considering I’ve either been them, or met them. Present day, we know most people really are made up of “parts” that can be more active at one time or another, thus seeming more introverted or extroverted. However, the introvert vs. extrovert continues to be a hotly debated topic and an easy way to classify people – although I’d rather use the divisive language to understand more about another person, rather than just write them off as a label.

Since my original posting of the list: Ten Myths About Introverts a year and a half ago, that single page has received over half a million hits. I received a lot of emails and comments on the original article, and since then have read dozens of articles on the differences between the two, and dozens more saying that people all have varying degrees of both introversion and extroversion (aka extraversion). There are also several books available on the subject. I thought I would follow up with thoughts from an article I ran across, written by Linda Kreger Silverman, in 1999. This is the original text that many blogs and webpages on the internet have formed their “How To Care For Introverts” lists from.

What follows is the original text from Linda Kreger Silverman.

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Eli Bishop Interview In North Roanoke & Botetourt County Life

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I’m very honored to have been interviewed by Charles Reynolds III for August issue of North Roanoke & County Life about my photography, urbex, and projects. Full interview can be seen by clicking on the images for the full view, or click into the post for a full transcript!

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Eli Bishop’s Photographs Featured In The Tricky Video ‘Hey Love’

I’m totally honored to have several of my photos from my Instagram (3-4 that I could spot) featured in the new Tricky video ‘Hey Love,’ featuring Francesca Belmonte! Also included is a shot of myself in a bear mask and my project partner, by Jeff Fralin, a promo photo for The Pink Box project / Addy Awards! Tricky is an influential and staple Trip-Hop artist from Bristol, UK. Many of his albums are key classics from the mid-nineties, and should be in everyone’s downtempo music folder or collection.

Follow my explorations (mostly urbex / urban exploring) on Instagram at: elibishop

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Black Dust Mandla – Inspiration Tumblr

Black Dust Mandala Tumblr Logo

Feel free to follow me on my Tumblr for art, photography, design, fashion, and visual inspiration!

http://blackdustmandala.tumblr.com/

Black Dust Mandala Tumblr

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Some Of My Older B/W Urbex (Urban Exploring) Photography

Alley B/W Urbex Photograph by Eli Bishop

Alley B/W Urbex Photograph by Eli Bishop

Wealth Is A Ghettho B/W Urbex Photograph by Eli Bishop

Wealth Is A Ghettho B/W Urbex Photograph by Eli Bishop

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