UCLA Beat SC Bonfire Rally 2014

Last month I was again invited to shoot the BEAT SC bonfire rally at UCLA. To get more coverage, I asked Yoselin from 6 Mono Media to assist me as second photographer. As always, it was a great evening of impressive performances, team fervor, and intense rivalry. But this year there were a few unexpected changes to the show.

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New Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer Released

George Miller’s upcoming film, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult, has a new trailer, and it looks incredible!

Miller is the creator and director of the original MAD MAX films, starring Mel Gibson. The first MAD MAX was a blast, even on a low budget and with unintelligible Australian accents. This trailer looks like Miller has kicked it up ten notches.

Have you seen the original MAD MAX movies? How do you think this new one will compare?

Point and Shoot: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

I’m putting my Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS up for sale. It is a fantastic camera, in excellent condition. It features 3x optical zoom, 10MP resolution, face detection, optical image stabilization, and video recording capability. You can find the Craigslist posting here.

Although point-and-shoot digital cameras have been largely supplanted by the rapid advance of smartphone technology, there is still much to be said for having a dedicated device for taking photos.

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Black Friday Deals on Nikon

What do you know — just after I wrote about the Nikon D3300, a smoking Black Friday deal shows up!

Beach Camera (legit) is selling the refurbished D3300, including Adobe Lightroom 5 (!), for $379.99 with free shipping via their Ebay page. If you’re in the market for an entry-level DSLR, I would snag this now before it’s gone!

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Which DSLR Should I Buy?

Now that DSLRs (digital single lens reflex) cameras are so affordable, more and more people are interested in high-quality photography. Although mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras have gained quite a bit of popularity, nothing beats the speed, control, versatility, and quality of a good DSLR.

There are a lot of cameras to choose from out there. Many people just getting into photography often ask me where to start. Here are my recommendations.

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Black Friday at Beckett Simonon

Happy early Thanksgiving from PRAKTICALA! Start celebrating with a coupon for $25 off at Beckett Simonon, an online footwear startup that specializes in full-grain leather, Goodyear welted shoes and boots. Click here to get your $25 off promo code, then enter the code at checkout.

I recently acquired the black Caine Oxford cap-toes, which I’ll write more about soon. In the meantime, check out their inventory and see if there’s anything you like!