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Funny Man Tim Conway Photo Shoot

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Tim playing the piano

Over the weekend I went over to meet with Tim Conway to work on a project and since I had my camera we decided to take a few photos. There is not enough kind words I can say about Tim, he has always been a gentleman and kind person to me and anyone I have seen him around. Here are a few of the fun photos I took of the comedy god. Read more…

Puppet Making: How to Make Puppet Eyes

The “magic triangle” is what is known in the puppet world as the perfect placement of the eyes in relationship to the puppet nose and mouth hence why having a great set of puppet eyes is important. During the early days of the Muppet Studios chief architect, Don Sahlin, was the one who placed the eyes on the puppets. Jim Henson talked about this process, “It would be the last thing [Sahlin] would do, and he always wanted me there, to make sure it was right for both of us — making sure the eyes had a point of focus, because without that you had no character.”

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Let’s delve into how to make your own puppet eyes. Read more…

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Half Dome with Clouds

You can go to the most beautiful place in the world and the company you choose to travel with can ruin your trip. Pick the right travel partners for your life.

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Correct Settings to Photograph Lightning

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Robin Williams

DesertLightning5Standing in the middle of a thunderstorm with your camera pointing to God waiting for him to strike the earth with electricity is a little spark of madness. Whether you are chasing down a storm or driving through the desert at 2am; you will need to be prepared. Lightning storms change quickly and move even quicker, you need to be able to evaluate the storm before you determine your camera settings. Read more…

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Anatomy of a Puppet Set

KentCookNorthPole“It’s that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
“Merry Christmas
May your new year dreams come true”

And this song of mine
In three quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing, too”

Can you hear Frank Sinatra?

It is not yet Christmas and I do not want Christmas to be here yet because I have a lot of work to do before we launch iSpotSanta for it’s 6th year of spotting Santa Claus. I have to call Santa, write scripts, and prepare the AGP Studios for the AGP Newsroom sketches. These last two years we have really kicked up the production value of our sketches and that is because of our production manager, Autumn. She designed the set we will be examining. Read more…

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Cropped Sensor vs Full Frame Sensor Lens Choices

When you purchase a DSLR camera it either comes with a cropped sensor or full frame sensor. Cropped sensors are cheaper to produce so they come on lower end DSLR cameras while a full frame sensor is just the opposite of that, more expensive and on higher end DSLR cameras. What exactly does this mean? It means that when you own a full frame camera it uses the entire sensor which gives you a sharper image. With a cropped sensor it takes the picture with the full sensor but then crops it 40% reducing the quality of your image.

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Here is the crop factor difference of an FX vs. DX sensor

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