The Beast

I finally retired my Manfrotto 458B tripod effective today.  After almost 5 years, the auto lock feature on one of her legs was acting up and after a few close calls, I just lost all faith in her.  I might send her back to Manfrotto and see if they can fix her, as I'd like to keep her as a back-up.

I've had my eyes on the Really Right Stuff TVC-33 Versa, and I finally bit the bullet last week and ordered one.  She arrived last night, and as soon as I pulled her out of the box, it was love at first site.  I immediately decided to name her "The Beast" because she's rock solid.  I couldn't wait to try her out, and today was quite the test with four different shoots.

All I can say is I wish I'd gotten her a long time ago.  Simply amazing!

Getting Around Mirrors

Getting Around Mirrors

Shooting bathrooms is no easy task.  For one thing, they can be small and cramped, making it extremely difficult to get your camera and tripod in just the right place to get the shot.  But it's not their size or configuration that challenges me as often as those pesky mirrors.  All bathrooms have them, and most of the time they are hard to dodge.  No matter how hard you try, it's almost impossible to get those much-needed shots without your camera being visible in the mirror.

In some situations, you can position the camera in such a way that it's hidden by an object that's on the counter...like a flower arrangement or something similar that's big enough to obstruct the reflection of the camera in the mirror.  But I find those situations to be extremely rare, and I just have to get the shot and then try my best to fix it in Photoshop.

Using Zurb's TwentyTwenty plugin with Squarespace

Since making the switch to Squarespace over a year or so ago, I've been searching for a "before/after" plugin that would allow me to basically stack two images on top of one another and then use a slider to drag back and forth to compare the two images.  My previous website utilized Wordpress as its CMS, and there were a few different plugins that could do this and they were relatively easy to implement.  But Squarespace doesn't really have a plugin community (at least that I'm aware of) so I've had a hard time finding something that worked.

Yesterday, however, I ran across TwentyTwenty, a visual diff tool created by Zurb.  It's free to download and although the documentation is pretty straightforward, getting it to work with my Squarespace site wasn't exactly a walk in the park.  But after a day of trial and error, I finally got it to work.

I've noticed a number of questions about a feature like TwentyTwenty in Squarespace's support forum, yet none of them have been answered or resolved.  I'm certainly not throwing Squarespace under the bus, however, because they can't be expected to support third party applications, plugins, etc.  And as far as I know, there doesn't seem to be anyone that's figured something like this out...or if they have, they just haven't shared it with the Squarespace community.

So that's the purpose of this post...to hopefully help those of you out there that are using Squarespace and are looking for help or guidance in implementing cool "before/after" functionality on your site.