On Monday, January 16th, Nikon Inc. sent a letter to independent camera repair technicians in the US to say that “it will no longer make repair parts available for purchase by repair facilities that have not been authorized by Nikon Inc. to perform camera repairs.” So after July 13, 2012, all Nikon repairs will be pushed through Nikon’s own repair service or one of 22 “Nikon authorized repair stations.” Local, independent camera repair shops will no longer be able to repair Nikon cameras with manufacturer-approved parts.
This is unnerving news.
Here’s why: How Nikon is Killing Camera Repair
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Going Dark Again.
I gave in and came back to good ol’ Deviantart and I’m selling prints there. Not for a profit, just because when I was going through my old galleries I saw “fifty billion print requests for this image” stuff and figured what the hell.
So yeah, if you’re a weirdo like me who wants my face to stare at you creepily on your bedroom wall while you “take care of some things,” click the link above.
I have spent the last few years learning Photoshop, Lightroom, lighting and all the ways to make people look perfect, and tried to apply them to myself. Sometimes it worked, and I was glad. Then one day, what I knew stopped being good enough.
One day, I manipulated so much of a photo intended to be a shot of who I really am, to the point I didn’t recognise myself. I haven’t really been shooting much since I hit that point of disatisfaction, both with my own looks on camera and with my abilities in photoshop and the like.
I’m back, at least for the time being. I am not using photoshop to smooth things out for now. In fact, I am using Lightroom and doing the opposite.
For a short time, I’ll be posting Flawless pieces. Using a LR preset that brings out the reds as harsh blacks, flaws that are even covered by my makeup show through, and quite boldly at that. It is dramatic and intense and I think it’s the right kind of shock to reboot my brain again. Hopefully that will be the case and I’ll start shooting the way I used to: with complete abandon, silliness, and joy.
Thanks for listening,
The Self Portraitist