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A product photo is a "bonus feature" of what I write. It's great to put together exactly the sort of photo I need, and loads of fun to aspire towards basic competence as a photographer.


I know that this photo has some problems. I tilted the DX up to give it a little pop in relation to the old-school Kindle behind it; I shoulda tilted it up more, or adjusted the angle of the camera, to avoid keystoning. There's also a little flash bloom on the lower-right side.


I suppose if I had more time to work on it I'd have spotted and fixed that stuff. But I had fun. I enjoyed the process of shooting and editing the photo.


I spent hours writing 2400 words total about the Kindle DX. If I may be immodest, my first draft was perfectly good. Every additional ounce of equity I put into it is was to simply make it better.


With photography -- particularly studio photography done on the cheap -- I don't get adequacy "for free" as I do with writing. I have to work hard, think carefully, move cautiously, and make plenty of mistakes.


The valuable life lesson from all of this: exhibiting basic competence in an unfamiliar field can be just as satisfying as being successful at a skill you've been cultivating all of your life.



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Taken on June 25, 2009