We all know how important back up is, don’t we? You certainly don’t need me to tell you how critical it is to make regular backups of your data, to multiple locations, on and off site, and to test your backups on a regular basis. If you are not doing this, then you are taking a huge risk that can easily be mitigated with today’s advanced backup technologies.
I’ve used many different backup strategies over the years, and tried different scenarios in order to keep my personal and professional data safe. As they say, it is only a matter of time, not if, but when. And I have lost data in the past, either because my backup strategy wasn’t robust enough, or because it was too complicated and difficult to do regularly. I’ve simplified things drastically recently, so I wanted to share my current system and why it works for me.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting my friend Chris Klapheke at Outdoor Photo Gear, in Louisville, Kentucky. After a few hours catching up, we decided to do a quick video to show you some of the gear that I use from OPG.
I display a number of shortlinks for the products we look at as the video progresses, but I’ll list them all after the video too.
Chris also gave us an incredibly generous 10% discount by using the code MBP10 until Sept 2012, so if any of this stuff, or anything else from Outdoor Photo Gear’s line up appeals to you, now is the time to pick it up!
Don’t forget to select the HD version under the cog-wheel in the video settings and go full screen, to enjoy the video to the fullest.
X-Rite is offering two free webinars September 11th!
Adobe’s new Lightroom 4 offers new options for editing and output that make this a must-have upgrade for Lightroom users. In this free webinar sponsored by X-Rite, host Joe Brady will explore both basic and advanced image editing techniques in this new update and the importance of solid color managed workflow to take advantage of the new features.
One of the new additions to Lightroom 4 is its ability to soft-proof. Now you can choose your custom printer profile and see what effects it will have on the printed image. This makes monitor profiling and accurate printer profiles an important part of Lightroom 4′s workflow. We will walk you through the process from creating custom monitor and printer profiles to applying them in your Lightroom 4 workflow. Register now to reserve your spot.
Remember the first time you jumped off the diving board? One of those pivotal moments where you overcame your angst and (finally) dove into the cool water of the unknown.
In preparation for this seemingly seminal moment, you likely watched others use the diving board, listened to them recount their experience, and, most likely, asked questions of those who used the board. All of this in attempts to better predict what your own experience would be like.
Humans are very inquisitive. Even more so when faced with an unfamiliar situation. Observing, listening, and asking questions enable us to formulate an expectation of what will happen. This baseline expectation plays a large role in what eventually compels us to act. In this case, jumping off the diving board for the first time.
The same behavior is exhibited in how people use the web. Although surfing the web may play a less pivotal role in your life, people still look to establish an expectation with regard to an action. In this context, one of the most common examples is clicking on a link and/or button.
In terms of how we interact with computers, people look for hints and cues that aid in the development of an expectation based on an action. Most commonly, this is in the text we see in the link and/or button. We commonly refer to this text as a label.
This past Friday, a San Diego photographer was mauled and killed while trekking through Denali National Park. The scene of the attack, a 200 square mile division of Alaska’s backcountry remains closed, this is the first known fatal attack in the park’s history. Richard White was backpacking by himself, and stood about 50-100 yards from the 6oo-pound bear as he snapped the shutter.
“The photographs in the recovered camera show the bear grazing and not acting aggressively. Spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin said the bear did not even appear aware of the hiker until the final photos, which show the animal looking toward the camera.”
These days, you don’t have to purchase pro video gear to get pro results. The equipment you already have can give you a heck of a result! Check out this video that a few OPG staffers helped produce. What did they use? A Canon 5D mark II, 50mm and 24mm lenses, an Induro tripod and head and a Westcott softbox. Chances are, you have most of the gear you need. Just add creativity!
Editor’s note: Frequent blog contributor and pro photographer Robert Rodriguez Jr. has kindly made his new ebook FREE for a limited time! See Robert’s post below for a description and for download details.
It feels great to announce the release of my ebook “Insights from Beyond the Lens: Inside the Art and Craft of Landscape Photography.” It’s based on many of my previous blog posts and rewritten to flow as a single short book. I’ve added new images with background information on how I made them, and an updated resources section that highlights other great books and websites for further reading and inspiration.
Two Versions Available
In addition to a PDF version, I’ve also created an iBooks multi-touch version. It contains full screen views of all the images (compatible with Retina display), interactive galleries, and two videos. You’ll need an iPad (any version) and the free iBooks app to download it from the iBook Store.
I used iBooks Author to create the ebook which was a fantastic experience and lots of fun. I love the interactive capabilities and options to create rich media, and I’m really excited about making new books with it in the future.
Best of all, both versions will be available for free for a limited time as my way of sharing with all of you. Your support on the blog has inspired me to keep writing and sharing everything I’ve learned over the years, so I hope you find it beneficial in your photography and life in general. While I write about photography, I think many of the concepts are universal and reflect my desire to live life as creatively as possible.
How To Get The Book
Both versions of the ebook are available completely free, no strings attached. If you find the book beneficial or useful 1) consider signing up for my newsletter if you haven’t already, and 2) share and pass it along to others you think can benefit from the ebook.
Mike’s Macro Boot Camps offer three days of intense instruction on how to be a successful macro photographer.
These fun and informative workshops also include shooting time. Mike brings his favorite macro subjects for you to shoot, so you are sure to get some great macro images.
Here is the Macro Boot Camp schedule, and the winner can pick a seat at any one of these!
(FALL 2012) 2012 Macro Boot Camp – Concorde Inn, Rochester Hills, MI September 14,15,16 2012 Macro Boot Camp – Hilton Garden Inn, St Louis, MO area, September 28,29,30 2012 Two Day Macro Seminar – Wingate Hotel, Blue Ash, Ohio (north of Cincinnati) October 13,14 2012 Two Day Macro Seminar – Courtyard Marriott, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 20,21 – Cost $139 2012 Macro Boot Camp – Hampton Inn – Woodbridge, New Jersey, October 26,27,28 – Cost $169 2012 Macro Boot Camp – Fairfield Inn – Toledo, Ohio, November 2,3,4 – Cost $169 2012 Macro Seminar – Hampton Inn – Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 8,9 Cost $99
(SPRING 2013) 2013 Macro Boot Camp – Wingate Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, March 8,9,10 2013 Macro Boot Camp – Cambria Hotel, Morrisville (Near Raleigh), North Carolina, March 15,16,17