We’ve just posted a new promotion video for our book Thousands of Images, Now What? Here’s the link to watch the video and learn about the book.
Our brand new book Thousands of Images, Now What? is shipping. We’ve just received our preliminary copies of the book and will be sending out autographed copies to all of you who pre-ordered. The book looks great and I’m very happy with the final product. You can order autographed copies at our website for Out There Images Books. Or, you can order from Amazon at this link: Thousands of Images at Amazon.com.
Our January 2012 newsletter is posted here: http://www.outthereimages.com/12_01_newsletter.html
Topics this month include an update on our new book (Thousands of Images), a review of Joe McNally’s new book (Sketching Light), tips on using Evernote and much more. Here’s the list:
– Thousands of Images, Now What?
– Stuff I Like This Month
– January GOAL Assignment: Fill the Frame
– Book Review: Sketching Light by Joe McNally
– Digital Tidbits: Evernote Service as a Photography Tool
– Photo Techniques: Dealing With Camera Condensation on Cold Days
– Workshop and Business Updates
If you are like most photographers, you are heavily invested in Adobe software. Many shooters I work with use Adobe Photoshop CS5 or Elements while also using Lightroom 3 for their organizational needs. I use these products as well and have grown to firmly rely on them over the years. However, there are lots of other software manufacturers in the business and each have their niche. Many times another company’s products fit your needs a little better and that’s what I’ve found with Phase One’s software.
Phase One has been known for their high-end medium format digital backs for many years, but recently they have been putting quite a bit of effort into their software division. I am a regular user of their digital asset management software called Media Pro 1 and recommend it highly for professional photographers. I also recommend it for photographers who are serious about organizing their photo, video and audio libraries since the program does such a great job of helping you organize your digital life.
Another of their newer software products is an iPad application that allows you to control your dSLR camera in the studio. Capture Pilot wirelessly interfaces with your computer to control a tethered camera and also provides beautiful photo reviews on the iPad screen.
I’ve written a number of articles on these programs over at the Nikonians.org website. If you are interested in taking your workflow to the next level, give these articles a good read and evaluate for yourself if they make sense.
Media Pro 1 Article: http://www.nikonians.org/resources/reviews/media-pro-commentary
Capture Pilot Article: http://www.nikonians.org/resources/reviews/capture-pilot
Happy software shopping!
How to display and find over 30,000 images on the internet.
By Lloyd Smith
It all began in a Mexican Restaurant seven years ago…
In 2004, Missionary David Wagner from Builders International spoke at our church in Longview, WA (Columbia Heights Assembly of God). After the service, Pastor Kent asked my wife Helen and I to join them for lunch at a Mexican restaurant. We sat across the table from David who said that he had heard I was a photographer and he needed one for his upcoming Builders International Vision Casting trip to Venezuela.
I had never heard of Builders International or Vision Casting. He went on to explain their plan and I joined him for the first Vision Casting event in Venezuela in November of 2004. Since that chance meeting at the Mexican restaurant, I have been to 19 countries shooting photos for the Assemblies of God missions. That meeting one meeting changed the direction of my life and the focus of my photography forever. I had taught photography at the college level for 15 years, but this experience really expanded my experiences.
After photographing Builder International projects around the world for the past seven years (Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, South Africa, Belize, Argentina, Poland, Philippines, Belgium, Mexico, Cambodia, Chile, Haiti, Honduras, Spain, Macedonia, Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, Venezuela and two Mexico cruises), I needed a platform to upload my photos to show the world. So I have placed over 30,000 photos from the trips in 92 albums on my Picasa web page. These include images from the building projects, volunteers, country scenes, and local people.
That Picasa album was getting so unwieldy and difficult to find photos that I have placed them on a BLOG Website – http://buildersinternational.info. The older albums begin at the bottom of the blog page in 2004 and end at the top in 2011. (Click older or newer posts to navigate the pages.) It is interesting to note that the years of 2004 and 2005 were photographed with film, and from 2006 on are photographed with Nikon digital cameras.
Click on the link (http://buildersinternational.info) to see all the 92 albums then scroll down and click older posts to move down the BLOG. My son, Keith Smith, helped me set up the BLOG so I could attach keywords. If you look to the right side of the page you will see the titles to all the albums and words that describe what is in the albums. Click on the word, i.e. Vision Casting, and it should bring up every album from any vision casting trip or Argentina to see all Argentina albums.
People look at my photos and ask how I can walk up to people on the street from around the world and take their photo. Some never see me…sometimes I think I might get beat up, but I generally get the shot. I shoot two Nikons, the D200 with a 12-24 mm lens and a D300 with the VR 18-200 mm lens. The reason I use the two-camera system is so I do not have to switch lenses in the rain or dust but so I can shoot quickly. I determined that if the world does not fit within my lens choices, I do not get the shot. I do sometimes use a micro lens for my close ups. I decided long ago that I cannot shot it all so I specialize in my 12-200mm area.
I do not own a copy of Photoshop. None of these have been Photoshopped as such. I shoot in the camera to make it work.
Just received a great question from Danny regarding online data storage.
Always appreciate and enjoy your newsletters. Do you use and/or recommend/discourage any of the online backup/restore services like Carbonite or Mosy? I gotta do “something” beyond my on-site hard drive mirroring using external drives. Want to cover my assets in case of fire or theft.
I’d appreciate your thoughts when you get a few moments.
Hi Danny –
I don’t use the online backup places for one significant reason: the amount of time it takes to upload/download data. Even over the fastest internet connections, transferring 1TB of data can take multiple hours and days. If my on-site disk drive fails it usually happens when I need the data the most. These things always happen when you are finishing a project for a client or trying to meet a deadline. Remember, Murphy’s Law is always in effect! Because of this, I don’t want to wait days (or even hours) to download my backup information.
I think the best solution is to create an off-site drive that is a clone of your on-site hard drive. Bring your off-site drive into the office once per week for data synchronization. Then, move it off-site immediately for safe keeping.
If disaster strikes my on-site drive, then I can quickly go grab the off-site backup and be back up and running in a matter of one hour.