Behind the scenes foreground bokeh visual effect lens modification or a recent healthcare shoot.
Behind the scenes foreground bokeh visual effect lens modification or a recent healthcare shoot.
I have been supplying digital images to clients for many years, using a mixture of optical discs (CD/DVD’s) sent by post or by uploading to a server such as YouSendIt or Dropbox. For me online delivery provides speed, a guaranteed delivery time and a reduction in the use of environment damaging plastics and paper.
As a commercial photographer I need online delivery, proofing and storage. These are essential elements to my workflow. Having a service provider like Photoshelter has enabled me to provide a consistent, secure and adaptable solution to send images to clients. Along with tools for proofing and collaboration there is also long term storage of image files in almost all formats.
Clients can access image files by a secure link accessible only to a specific user login or a password. The default for all client galleries is no access, this makes galleries very secure. From this starting point I have to manually select those who have access. I never provide password only or open access to galleries unless this is requested by the client. Permission to access and download images is setup initially by entering the recipient client’s email into the Photoshelter address book. I then send a link to the client, which directs them to a login page. An email and password is requested at this point. Clients who are receiving access for the first time will have to create their own password by creating an account.
Clients set up with a Photoshelter account can access all the galleries I have shared with them. This can be achieved by viewing the ‘Client Area’ from here its possible to see a list all of galleries and gallery collections. Its also possible to see shared light boxes as well.
Photo shelter has continued to advance its technology and provide better tools and value for money. It is now possible to store images long term online in the cloud. There are plans to integrate the Lightbox and Proofing Tool to make the whole system more user friendly.
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After considering the options I opted to configure the 4 drive R4 Promise Pegasus unit with RAID 10. Despite losing half the available storage I felt this would suit my image editing workflow best. Providing fast throughput while providing a good level of redundancy should I lose one drive or even two, I would still be able to continue working. As soon as the R4 begins to get near to full capacity I will remove images which will already have been backed up.
A little about the unit and my initial experience.
The R4 ships ready to use configured with a RAID 5 logical drive. As soon as you plug the unit in, it begins the synchronisation process which takes several hours. The drive comes with the Promise Utility app already installed so you just have to drag this to your applications folder. Once the syncronisation had completed I decide to go ahead and change from RAID 5 to RAID 10. The process of configuring a new logical drive using the Promise Utility application is straight forward once you discover how to do it. As a first time user of both a RAID drive and to Promise, I didn’t understand the need to delete both the logical drive and disc array in order to change the RAID level. Helpfully the Promise utility app provides a wizard for simplifying this process however it does not automatically delete the array and drive when you want to change raid level in fact no options are available in the wizard until you have deleted those two elements. I was puzzled by this at first and disappointed that the Promise Pegasus Utility manual did not feel the gap for new users and explain the need to delete the disc array and logical drive.
It took some quite extensive research via the net to discover exactly what was needed. I also contacted Promise support although this proved to be a complex and unhelpful process.
Only just found out how easy it is to take a screen shot of your iphone screen. By this I mean the ability to take a photograph or copy the iphone screen to your Photos folder on the iphone. This is useful if you want to store information that might only be available when you have an internet connection, copy a message, or if you need to quickly send an error message for technical support.
Once your iphone is displaying the page you want to capture e.g. a webpage, email, message etc. follow these steps.
1) Simply press the Home button and the On/Off/Lock switch at the same time.
2) As you press the Home button and On/off Switch simultaneously the screen will flash white and a camera shutter will sound. You have then captured a screen shot of your iphone screen and this can be viewed in Photos.
If you get the timing wrong Siri will open or you will lock the iphone.
I believe this works for all iphone/ipad’s running iOS 2.0 or higher.
For some time now I have longed to have a simple light weight tethering solution for Nikon cameras, more portable and light weight than a laptop. When the ipad and camera connection kit came along I thought this might be the solution, unfortunately it was not that simple. There is now a fantastic product available called CamRanger that allows wireless tethering to mobile devices and laptops via wifi. Created by Dave Pawlowski and his wife Melissa, who both have a love of the outdoors. They needed a wireless device to control the focus and framing while taking distance shots with both Dave and Melissa in a kayak.
Its a small device about the size of an iphone which plugs into the USB port of your camera and then transmits via an ad-hoc wifi network to your mobile device phone/tablet or computer. It has a range of 50m and is straight forward to setup and quick to use.
I love this device for location shooting and an aid to composition especially as it has the ability to operate the Camera’s LiveView function. Enabling me to leave the camera position and work in front of the camera, positioning objects or directing models while viewing a live image of the frame on an ipad/iphone. It also makes reviewing the frame or image by the client/art director very straight forward especially as the ipad is cable free. The transmitter will fit in a pocket or clip to a belt/tripod in the provided pouch and so its very easy to shoot with the USB cable attached and walk around with camera in hand. Dave and Melissa’s blog provide some other creative ways of attaching the transmitter to a camera
I have not tested the range of the signal yet, but as I do not have a need to be more than a few metres from the camera I am not to concerned with any range limitations.
The camera is controlled via the free software available for mac OS/iOS, Android and Windows OS. Setup takes about 2mins and the interface is well designed and thought out. Once connected to the camera its possibleto view images alreday captured to the camera memory card or to import directly to the tablet/laptop. Obviously its a lot faster to view jpgs rather than raw files and I tend to capture Raw+jpg for this reason.
My drawbacks to the CamRanger iOS application:
I’m very pleased that this device has come to the market place, I think it fits well the photographer who needs a portable lightweight tethering solution for location shooting. It would not be well suited for those shooting very large files or who need the reliability of wired tethering. I have yet to go kayaking with it but its inspiring some great possibilities for self portraiture. I will update this post as I use CamRanger more in the future for commercial work and hopefully provide more insight into how effective its use can be in the field.
Simple corporate headshot diagram. The is a typical lighting set up I use when space is limited and I need to travel with minimal equipment. The back light usually a lastolite umbrella softbox allows for the choice of either a rim highlight with lighting on the background as well or just a rim light if the umbrella is swivelled 180 degrees and feathered away from the subject and background.
This video shows in slow motion what happens inside the mirror housing of a Nikon D4 as the shutter is released at 10 Frames per second at 1/200th of a second shutter speed. The vibration created during this short burst is not surprising. Despite the amazing mechanics its surprising how antiquated it all appears, it seems likely that the next generation of Nikon DSLR will be mirror less.
This is in an interesting video I came across via fstoppers blog, Comparing the 14mp Red Epic with a Hasselblad H3d-22. The video shows headshot photographer Peter Hurley shooting a model with the Red Epic and then pulling stills from the footage to be printed and compared to stills shot with the Hasselblad in the same setup. The comparison is interesting not so much for the printed results but how Peter had to change his approach to working with the model and the time spent editing the footage. Read the full post here.
I previously wrote about upgrading to Mac OS Lion and the process I used for testing before installing on the main hard drive volume. I have now upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion using the same method of testing before install on the main hard drive. Results on the test volume have been satisfactory with no obvious bugs or problems.
After purchasing and downloading the new OS update for the first time from the App store. Its worth noting that when returning to the App store, it was still asking me to purchase Lion. At first it was not obvious but you can download the update again without purchase by clicking on Purchases in the App Store menu bar. You should see a list of previous purchases and Lion should say Download next to it.
There is a very useful set of articles covering all of this and more from Macworld.
I have included some additional about information about my configuration which might be useful.
Main 3rd party Software: