Scott Alan Photography

Creating portraits and documenting life!



Ye shall know thy camera


How well do you know your camera? I am not talking about how the shutter speeds, aperture, and ISO work. I am not talking about whether you’ve looked into the user manual to figure out some features it offers. I am talking about using your camera in the field. Back around 2000 I met photographer Zack Arias. He had become a mentor of mine for a little while before he moved. One of the things he said that was required of him during photography school was that they had to know their camera. One of their tests in school required them to be blind folded. The teacher would call out shutter speeds and f stops and they would have to remember where they were currently at and then adjust the camera to the settings the teacher called out. Now that is knowing your camera. This is beneficial because in the field professionals are expected to be professional. Part of being professional is knowing ones gear. If as professionals we can change settings on the fly that is just one more notch in the belt towards mastering our art and craft. This might be a great technique to practice with a fellow photographer who is also wanting to master their gear.

Stiff Strap Wrist Strap


I’ve been doing photography for 23 years. I’ve purchased various photography products off of others recommendations as well as my own research, or lack thereof. I’ve purchased very inexpensive gear as well as dished out a lot of cash on various items. I overpaid for junk as well as found some great items that didn’t break the bank.

The other day I received a package in the mail and in the pack was the Stiff Strap wrist strap (I did an un-packaging video which you can see here). This strap is made of 550 paracord. It’s hand made. It’s made right here in the U.S.A., and most importantly, it’s comfortable! The Stiff Strap has a lifetime warranty. I’ve owned several wrist straps and honestly, because of the quality, I lost interest in them. I had just decided to wrap my neck strap around my wrist several times. However, that gets messy. LOL. Now, I have the perfect wrist strap. I liked it so much that I purchased another one and will be receiving it in the mail just a few days after I placed the order. For just under $25, in my opinion, it’s the best wrist strap you could buy!

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