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Yet again the weekend has crept up on us at an alarming rate so I thought I’d finish the week off with a couple of items and a bit of a ‘heads up’ as to what to expect next week…
Photo Shoot & Editing Walk-through
To give you a brief overview the post covers not just using the iPad for portfolios but also for importing and editing photos ‘on the go’ plus a whole lot more.
Like I said I shan’t say who the Guest is just yet nor will I bow to pressure and say that he’s from Ireland and a Lightroom Guru…just in case you guess correctly
Joe ‘Jackie Chan’ McNally
In January 2011 Joe McNally is taking his photography workshops around Asia and this is the promotional video; classic:
Ok so that’s me out of here, but before I go I just want to say a BIG thank you to everyone that passed on their thoughts about the new video page on my main website. The resounding decision was to keep all the ‘Behind the Scenes’ videos to the main site so that’s what I’ll be doing.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m rather partial to putting together and sharing videos showing ‘Behind the Scenes’ footage from recent photo shoots and Post Production using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Every video I’ve put together gets uploaded onto my YouTube and Vimeo Pages but ever since the wonderful folks over at Livebooks designed my new site I’ve wanted somehow to integrate them into that too.
Now I love video, I really do and I’m a big believer that over time, it will become much more important with regards to advertising, SEO and attracting clients; I mean who would have thought that a couple of years ago that we’d now be able to record and watch High Definition Video from something as small as a mobile phone???
Needless to say when Livebooks recently announced that they were now able to offer ‘video’ page upgrades I jumped at the chance and put the upgrade request in straight away; a request they fulfilled within 2 hours by the way and is now ‘live’ on the site.
This is probably stating the obvious but as a photographer it’s really important for clients to ‘like’ you and get a feel for how you work and think so another way that I’m looking to integrate video within the site is in the ‘About’ page with maybe snippets from photo shoots, editing and some kind of voice over/interview; the exact details I’m not 100% sure of at the moment but I’m working on it.
Can you help?
Should I restrict the videos on my main website to being just those showing ‘Behind the Scenes’ footage from Photo Shoots or should I also include some of the Post Production ones too? If I do include some of the Post Production videos, should I restrict it to the ones that run at 2x speed showing the editing process from start to finish rather than the ‘instructional’ videos?
I’d really appreciate your thoughts on this so if you get the time or inclination feel free to let me know what you think using the comments section below or shout me out on Facebook and Twitter. In the mean time though you can check out the new video page over on my main website www.glyndewis.com
This past weekend I’ve been back photographing food, finishing the new promotional material for The Cape, Grand Cafe…this time though considerably more prepared than last time when the ‘brief’ was changed on the day of the shoot.
This time however, just like the last still meant photographing in a working restaurant as opposed to the studio which brought with it the challenges of limited space; so…adaptability was the name of the game.
With a client brief to produce images that were fresh, clean and simple with the focus on the food and not a ‘scene’ we opted for the same White Seamless look that I use in the studio, but on a miniature scale.
The ‘Miniature’ White Seamless
Getting it right ‘in camera’:
Shooting tethered as I’ve said before is something I’m doing more and more whether I’m in the studio or ‘on location’. The advantage of being able to see the images on a much larger screen than that on the back of the camera enables you to see all the little things that maybe you wouldn’t have picked up on so any minor tweeks can be made and you’re 99% of the way there ‘out of camera’. The only adjustment applied at the capture stage is a preset I’ve recorded in Lightroom to reduce the ‘Red’ Channel by 25% as Nikon’s do tend to run a little hot in that area.
Any questions or comments as always feel free to make use of the comments section below,
“Hard Drives are only ever in one of two states…failing or about to fail” ~ Unknown
Now I’ve no idea who it was said this but it’s something that’s stuck with me and I’ve no doubt has contributed to my paranoia about backing up, but then as a photographer I don’t think I’m alone. Certainly the experience of having a hard drive fail on me earlier in the year didn’t help…despite Apple’s Time Machine saving the day.
Workflow is something that’s very personal born out of previous experiences & recommendations but also something that’s forever evolving in the search for the perfect solution. Speaking for myself I’ve been looking for a better way of doing things for sometime now as I’ve come to realise that the attitude of “That’ll do” maybe isn’t the way to be.
My Backing Up Workflow
Point of Capture
Direct to the camera
Now I always shoot in RAW so what I do is choose the other option which is to have the camera write identical images on both cards so immediately at the point of capture I have a backup. Setting up the D3 to perform this backup is really simple and accessed via the SHOOTING MENU:
Epson P7000 which is a massive improvement and very popular so who knows in the near future I may well go back to using one.
Basically as I shoot, images appear in Lightoom and those original files are written onto the MacBook Pro’s Hard Drive. As this happens I use a piece of software called SuperDuper to then Backup those original files on to the external Hard Drive, so now I have two(2) versions of the same image. Finally, every hour the whole system is backed up using Time Machine incase the unthinkable happens:
This whole process happens automatically leaving me to just keep shooting and the only thing I manually do is to make another Time Machine backup when we’re all finished and packing up.
Importing & Backing Up
I use a superb piece of software called Photo Mechanic for importing the image files directly into a folder on my desktop which I have named ‘PM_IMPORT’ and the reason I use Photo Mechanic for importing the files is that it’s blisteringly fast. I used to import files directly into Lightroom but always found it a slow process plus another advantage of Photo Mechanic is that I can import from more than one card reader at a time.
*Note: If I’ve been shooting tethered then the files are imported directly off the MacBook Pro’s external Hard Drive which I connect to the iMac.
Ok so to explain the above workflow diagram…
* I also have an external Hard Drive that is used to automatically back up Time Machine using SuperDuper.
Once this whole process has gone through, then and only then will I format the memory cards and/or delete the files off the MacBook Pro’s external Hard Drive.
Now there are things that I do at a later stage once I’ve gone through all the Post Production such as exporting all the edited images to their own folder and backing this up on the Drobo, Time Machine and Carbonite. That’s something I do since I had a catalogue corrupt in Lightroom and all my edits were lost; like I said workflow is born out of experiences
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So there you have it, my own personal backing up workflow which like I said at the beginning I’m sure will change over time but for now I’m quite happy with this.
Sure there’ll be ways that you do things very differently to the way I do, and that’s great because there’s no real right or wrong way so long as you backup in some form or another, and that being said it’s always great to get some feedback, so if you have any questions, comments or maybe some recommendations then as always feel free to make use of the comments section below.
ps> I was going to ask if you thought that doing this amount of backing up made me paranoid but then decided against it as you were probably talking about me last night anyway to your friends saying exactly that