Is The Golden Ratio Just BS, Not An Universal Constant?

Golden Ratio

Is the Golden Ratio nothing more than a construct of our imagination, something that we want to see?

Youtuber Joe Scott says:

The Golden Ratio is a mathematical construct that has been observed all throughout nature, architecture, and art. And some think it’s a universal constant, and divine. But… is it? Or are we only seeing what we want to see?

And he discusses the topic in the video below. I do not agree but your mileage might be different.

Golden Ratio article at Wikipedia. More articles about the Golden Ratio are listed here.

How To Get Composition And Background Right When Photographing Children (video)

How To Get Composition

Need a short tutorial about how to get composition and background right when taking pictures of your children? Here it is.

Blogger and journalist, and Canon contributor, Jennifer Borget shares some tips about how to get composition and background in the right way in the 5 minutes video below.

Take photos of your kids with confidence! Blogger/journalist, Jennifer Borget, has the tips and tricks for getting better shots of your little ones. Watch as she covers the basics of composition, helping you navigate the rule of thirds, control distracting backgrounds and arrange your subject in a way that tells a story.

More tips are listed here.

How To Sanitize Your Canon Gear Explained In 40 Seconds

How To Sanitize

CanonUSA posted a 43 seconds video with instructions how to sanitize Canon gear (and every other brand too, for that matter).

We have more tips about how to clean and sanitize your cameras and lenses:

More tips and tricks are listed here.

How To Use A Canon EOS R As Webcam On A Mac Computer (and use it with Zoom)

Professional Canon EOS R Mirrorless

Why use a Canon EOS R as a webcam? Canon recently released a pretty cool free software, Canon EOS Webcam Utility Beta. Unfortunately, for the time being it’s available only for Windows computer.

However, Marius Masalar published a short and easy to follow tutorial about how to use an EOS R as an external webcam on a Mac OS X system. Following Marius how-to you’ll be able to use your EOS R as a high-quality webcam, even in the latest versions of Zoom that has disabled virtual webcams.

You need only three things:

  1. A Canon EOS R, and an USB cable to connect it to your computer
  2. Camera Live: Download the latest version from GitHub
  3. CamTwist: Download it from their website

If you have these, then follow Marius Masalar’s easy instructions to set up your EOS R as a webcam on Mac OS X.

Thanks Marius!

Explained: The Best And The Worst Ways To Clean Lenses

Clean Lenses

Honestly: who didn’t question what is the best way to clean lenses? Well, here are some advices.

The folks at DPReview has some tips about how to do it best, and about how to do it in the wrong way in the 10 minutes video below. Enjoy.

Table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • A few things first…
  • Wiping surfaces
  • Cleaning liquids
  • Scratch resistance
  • Sand damage
  • An exciting new tool from Chris and Jordan!
  • In summary…
  • Lens tissues

More tips about how to clean lenses and camera:

How To Disinfect Camera Equipment And Working Space, Told By A Physician

Disinfect Camera

Here are some tips about how to disinfect camera and lenses. Did you know that Roger Cicala of Lens Rentals was a physician? I did not.

So, instead of tearing down lenses, this time Roger Cicala gives some valuable and professional advice about how to disinfect camera gear and the space where you are working.

We feature only a small excerpt of the instructions and invite you to head over to Lens Rentals to learn the best practices to disinfect and properly clean cameras, lenses, and your working space.

Alcohol  and Soap

Despite what some manufacturers have said, we, and every repair shop I know have used isopropyl alcohol in 60% or greater concentrations on camera equipment for a long time and haven’t seen any adverse effects. Some manufacturers said 99% isopropyl might maybe affect lens coatings. I respectfully disagree, although I will say vigorous rubbing can affect some lens coatings, so take it easy and don’t use wire brushes or such.

Don’t soak it; that is asking for trouble and isn’t necessary. Just moisten it. Use common sense to try to keep your disinfectant on the outside and not let it run into the inside. A light mist with a spray bottle, or a cloth or paper towel dipped in alcohol works great for large surfaces. You might want to dip a Q tip or similar thing to get into small areas or places where you’d rather not spray.

Read the article at Lens Rentals

Stay safe!