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The Best Starting Point for Your Website

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I decided to do my first website partly because my studio manager at the time was getting a bit bored, and I thought doing it might engage him. So I said, “Let’s do a website.” He said, “Great! …What’s a website?” And I said, “I don’t know.” Back then no one really knew. There was no way everyone did it, because pretty much no one had done it. So we had to think about what we wanted…

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Are Your Photos Protected?

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If your studio were to catch fire right now, would your digital photos be safe? Many photographers make the mistake of backing up to two separate hard drives, only to leave both hard drives sitting on their desk. This protects against a hard drive failure, but does nothing to protect against fire, flood or theft. To ensure you’re adequately protected, store your files in at least two physical locations. One option is to rotate a…

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Vertical TV Sets

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Have you ever seen a vertical TV?  I haven’t, but I wonder with the hybrid cameras that look like still cameras and shoot video, will we all be turning our TV’s on end? The point is that just because the camera shoots video, doesn’t mean the operator will be thinking like a video shooter.  As one who still shoots in both mediums – still photography and video – I have to turn a switch in…

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What Photos Do You Really Need in Your Image Library?

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After shooting digitally for many years, many photographers have amassed prodigious collections of digital photos, often surpassing 100,000 or 200,000 images. These photographers now find themselves struggling to organize, manage and backup this immense image library effectively. Unless you’ve invested tens of thousands of dollars in an enterprise-level asset management system and server system, you’re likely to find any database program slow, unwieldy and crash-prone. All-in-one applications like Adobe Lightroom and Apple’s Aperture begin to…

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Multimedia Made (Relatively) Easy

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If you’re looking for a way to produce a simple audio slide show (stills combined with either music or an ambient sound/interview track) that is fairly straightforward and does not require extensive training, look into a program called SoundSlides.  Labeling itself as “Ridiculously Simple Storytelling,” it is just that.  I have been producing multimedia for three years now, and for the first two and a half I produced everything in SoundSlides.  With it I was…

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Lightroom Tip: If You Perform Any Step Twice, Build a Preset

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I know you are too busy to keep repeating tasks in your photography workflow when your programs can do it for you. That’s one of the myriad things I like about Adobe Lightroom. One of Lightroom’s great advantages is it gives you the ability to quickly create and apply presets to streamline your image processing workflow. One rule of thumb I give clients is if they perform any step within their workflow process more than…

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Using Headphones

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When shooting video where the audio is also important – always wear headphones.  The camera meters might indicate that you are getting sound (visually) but it might not be good clean sound.  Headphones are important.

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My Sketchbook

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When studying fine arts in college my professors always emphasized the importance of carrying a sketchbook at all times. Ideas can pop up randomly when I least expect them, so to keep them from escaping me, I need to get them captured somehow before forgetting. The best part about a sketchbook is that I can brainstorm and revise whenever the creative moment hits me again. I always have some kind of idea in progress and…

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