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Rafael Atempa

Rafael Atempa

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"Beauty is essential to humanity. It's a reflection of who we are as a species and what we want to be. It inspires us, drives us, and comes from each of us. To be human is to be beautiful." Follow me ;) IG @byatempa Twitter @byatempa Facebook - facebook.com/byatempa 500px - 500px.com/byatempa
  • Canon 5D MKII
  • Canon 24-105mm IS f4
  • Canon 70-200mm IS f2.8MKII

Back to PC

Published December 3rd, 2012

My very first computer (family computer) was a PC. I think it was a Packard Bell. It was amazing. I think that first year my brother and I reformatted the drive about four times. We loved tinkering with it and occasionally broke it. When I went to college in 2002 I chose a PC laptop over a MacBook. That laptop weighed about 15lb with the battery and 11lb without! It was a beast. It actually housed a desktop processor.

A year later my brother got a MacBook Pro (power PC). It was so much sleeker and lighter than my behemoth. A couple of years later I also switched to Mac. I never thought I would be back.

To be honest I love working on Macs. They're great machines with an amazing OS. However I've gotten to the point where I can't justify to spend another $2400 for an upgrade. That's when I started hunting for a PC.

I finally settled on a great deal. Final price tag? $1150.00. That's right, half the price of a MacBook Pro. Sure it's not portable and definitely not glamorous, but it get ...

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Price of a Picture

Published March 10th, 2012

I recently quit my job and went full time with my favorite hobby. I started out in photography not really looking for a paycheck. When I tell people I’m a photographer they seem surprised. One of the first questions I get asked is, how much do you charge? I’ve thought about that question for quite a long time. Of course there’s the price that allows me to eat and stay afloat. However there is also the price that they expect to pay. What gets to me is the fact that people seem to undervalue themselves.

When I say that people undervalue themselves I don’t mean they undervalue the photographer. If you think about it, when does someone hire a photographer? They are hired for special moments in life. The memories of those events are engraved into pictures and those pictures are priceless. Like most, I’ve heard my share of horror stories. I guess it’s hard to quantify the value of a moment until you realize it’s gone forever.

So what is a picture really worth? Thankfully there’s no MSRP ...

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Vagabond Mini Lithium - My experience.

Published February 23rd, 2012

About three weeks ago my bowens travelpak battery died. The battery itself is fine, but something is wrong with the converter. It's not the first time I had an issue with it. The first time around the actual connectors that power the flash heads burned up. I don't know how it happened, but it did. It took them three months, maybe more, to get it repaired and back to me. I wasn't going to wait around another 3 months again.

I started to look for alternatives and decided to pick up a Vagabond Mini LIthium from Paul C. Bluff. Before buying my strobes about a year ago I had contemplated getting Alien Bee's but went for the travelite's from calumet instead (750r) instead. Now I feel I should have gone with the whitelightning but whatever. So this is how I knew that Paul C. Bluff offered power supplies as well. I was hoping to get the 2nd generation vagabond but found that it had been replaced with the VML. After watching a couple of reviews on youtube I decided to gamble on it. I had not ...

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Vagabond Mini Lithium

Published February 23rd, 2012

About three weeks ago my bowens travelpak battery died. The battery itself is fine, but something is wrong with the converter. It's not the first time I had an issue with it. The first time around the actual connectors that power the flash heads burned up. I don't know how it happened, but it did. It took them three months, maybe more, to get it repaired and back to me. I wasn't going to wait around another 3 months again.

I started to look for alternatives and decided to pick up a Vagabond Mini LIthium from Paul C. Bluff. Before buying my strobes about a year ago I had contemplated getting Alien Bee's but went for the travelite's from calumet instead (750r) instead. Now I feel I should have gone with the whitelightning but whatever. So this is how I knew that Paul C. Bluff offered power supplies as well. I was hoping to get the 2nd generation vagabond but found that it had been replaced with the VML. After watching a couple of reviews on youtube I decided to gamble on it. I had not ...

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Recent Natural lighting

Published December 7th, 2011

I got a chance to shoot in natural lighting a couple of days ago. I didn't have a choice. I forgot my battery pack at home! That's what happens when you're rushing out the door without any sleep.

While the pictures are usable they are by no means what I wanted. I know and have seen a lot of great work done with natural lighting. However it's not the look I'm looking for. From what I can see natural lighting requires a lot of creativity when it comes to positioning the subject. Strobes allow me to take out the equation of ambient light to a degree. I can be a lot more flexible and still get away with great exposures.

I'll take some natural lighting workshops before I shoot NL again. Definitely need an assistant for it too. Then again I might as well remind the assistant to not let me forget my dang battery pack!

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