Heading to Palm Springs

We’re packing up the truck and movin’ on from Beverly – Hills that is (well, Hollywood, actually) over to Palm Springs for the Palm Springs Photo Festival.  The fine people at Microsoft have made my Digital Asset Management seminar possible.  I’ll be talking at 2:45-4:30 on Thursday.

The PSPF is one of my favorite industry events. While I’ll be speaking about technology, the festival is really all about photography, and that’s a refereshing break from the non-stop technoweenie fests I normally habituate.  If you’re driving distance from Palm springs and can take a break, I highly recommend it.

If you’re going to be there, feel free to find me and say hello – I’ll be at a lot of events.

And thanks again to the Microsoft Icons of Imaging for making this possible.

Lightroom 3 Beta 2 Released

Yes, kids, it’s that time again – another Lightroom Beta has hit the streets. Big news includes Video support, tethered shooting, and new noise reduction. This one’s much closer to finished software than the first beta, although it still has some kinks in it, and it’s not totally feature-complete.  Read more from these Lightroom experts.

Victoria Bampton, Lightroom Queen

Richard Earney’s Lightroom Blog

Tom Hogarty, Lightroom Product Manager

Sean McCormack’s Lightroom Blog

Jeffrey Friedl, Master Plug-in maker

Ian Lyons at Computer-Darkroom

Nametags save local man’s bacon

You never can predict where and how things are going to go wrong, but you can have a good idea that it will happen eventually. I was going through security for my flight to Miami this morning and the baggage screener asked to send my bags back through the machine.  This has happened to me dozens of times, since I travel with a fair amount of electronic stuff packed in my computer bag.

This time, however, the screener did something unusual – he unpacked a bunch of stuff from my bag and sent it through separately. He did this without telling me, and out of my sight.  Worse, there were some other bags between my zipped-up case and the tray full of expensive camera gear going through separately. I picked up my bag, slid the laptop back in, and headed down to catch the tram to the gate.

As I was about to step onto the tram, a security officer appeared at the top of the escalator shouting my name. He informed me that they had unpacked the items from my bag, and that I needed to go back to security to pick them up.

If my name had not been on the camera and wireless receiver, they would not have known whose name to call, and that could have been the end of this gear (more than $4k – ouch).

Moral of the story –  put you name on your stuff.  Metadata for Physical Asset Management.

DC Shootoff Tomorrow

I have the privilege of speaking to Navy photographers tomorrow at the DC Shootoff. There’s a great lineup of photographers and industry representatives appearing at this event tomorrow.  My grandfather Harry Gordon Donald (pictured at right) was a captain in the Navy, where he oversaw the creation of the Mothball Fleet (archiving ships, hmmm), so I have a soft spot for this particular branch of the armed services.

Check out the galleries on the website to see what these excellent photographers produce during the weekend.

While the presentation won’t be an official dpBestflow event, that’s what I’ll be showing, since it’s what’s on my mind.

dpBestflow in Washington DC Tuesday March 9

Richard Anderson and I will present the dpBestflow material at CDIA on Tuesday. This two hour presentation describes the dpBestflow project and well as the fundamentals of workflow design.  Learn how to understand and customize workflow, and make use of some critical workflow components.

The program, sponsored by ASMP, is free, but reservations are required.  Signups are nearly closed, so if you want to come, make your reservations as soon as possible.

See you there.

Day-long DAM program at FotoCare in New York Wednesday

There are 2 slots left for my program on digital asset management at FotoCare in New York Wednesday. Here’s what I’m doing:

Tuesday afternoon, I’ll be doing a 2 hour presentation – this is entirely full (but room would be available for anyone signing up for the Wednesday program). On Wednesday, I’ll be doing an all-day program, as described below.  The day-long program costs $200, and includes attendance at both.  Call 212-741-2990 to reserve your spot.

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We got shot at Adobe headquarters

On Monday and Tuesday, Richard and I took the dpBestflow project to Adobe to meet with people on the Photoshop and Lightroom teams. We wanted to make sure they were aware of what we doing, and discuss how we might want to expand the project in the future.

While we were there, we had the privilege of becoming part of Kelly Castro’s “Exteriors” series. Using a super-secret (but deceptively simple and cheap) lighting rig, Kelly makes these stark and stylized portraits. Nearly all the post processing is done in Lightroom, where Kelly works as an engineer on the Develop module.