Category Archives: Announcements

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.

Brooks Institute

Richard Anderson and I spent last friday speaking to the good people of Brooks Institute School of Photography. In the morning we spoke to a large group of students and faculty, presenting the dpbestflow material, and in the afternoon we had a great round table with the faculty. The principle discussion centered around the integration of digital assert management material into the curriculum.

There are some very sharp people in that group, and they are working hard to provide a good educational experience for their students. I think we helped them get some more insight on how to integrate this important information into their program. Thanks to David Litschel for setting up the day’s events.  We look forward to coming back and discussing it further (even hen there is not 2 feet of snow on the ground in DC.)

Here we are with David, Chris Broughton, and Glenn Rand.  Photo taken by the restaurant’s owner.

Headed to LA for Presentations

I’m headed to Los Angeles to make a couple of presentations for dBestlfow. The first one will take place at the Createasphere DAM Conference, in Universal City.  This 70 minute presentation will showcase the dpBestflow website as a great resource for collection managers and the photographers who supply them with images.

You can find out more about the program here. I’ll be speaking Wednesday.

Once I’m done with that, I’ll be speaking at Brooks Institute with Richard Anderson.  We’re doing a moring program on digital asset management, and then we’ll have a more free-form afternoon discussion with faculty and students about the DAM needs of a photo education program.

If you are at either event, please be sure to find me and say hello.

Aperture 3 announced

Apple has just announced Aperture 3, the long-awaited next version of its catalog PIEware program. I’ve been looking at it the past few days, and there is some good stuff in the program.  Specifically, I’m happy that they have now allowed the export of metadata back to original files. This removes my most important concern with using the program – an exit strategy for your organizational work.

There is also some cool stuff, such as integrated geotagging, and the Faces technology that is not available in the main competitor, Lightroom.

I’ve encountered some bugs and stability problems, but that’s probably not too out of line with a .0 release.  Hopefully these issues will be addressed soon.  I’ve outlined some of my findings in the DAM Forum.

Glad to see Apple pushing things forward.

Mac Break Weekly #171

Last December I did a Mac Break Weekly netcast with my fellow Tasmanian traveler Leo Laporte. It’s a really fun show to do, and you can catch it in the site archives. Caveat – mostly it’s a lot of goofing around. This is infotainment, people.

If you don’t know Leo, I suggest you check out his rapidly growing internet media empire TWiT TV. He’s building a new kind of broadcast network for the internet age.  Anybody who is creating content and is concerned with  the rapidly changing media landscape could do well to learn by his example.  Leo is one of the poster children for a content provider who creates his own distribution channels.

He’s also great fun to watch. Which, is, um, one reason he’s been so successful.

Tampa FL Feb 4 – Digital Boot Camp

I’ll be in Tampa this Thursday, from 6-8 PM doing a free program on the dpBestflow project at the International Academy of Design and Technology’s Digital Boot Camp.  Like all of my currently scheduled dpBestflow appearances, this is sponsored by ASMP. (Thanks to the Central Florida chapter for making this one happen).

Here’s a map:

This presentation is a discussion of the nature of digital photography workflow, and how to create a workflow that is appropriate for your budget and skillset, as well as the objectives of the job at hand. This program presents a strategy for the use of the tools we’ve created in dpBestflow.org, as well as The DAM Book.

This is an entirely new presentation – built from the ground up with Richard Anderson over the last couple of months.

First come, first served. I’m told that the they have always been able to accommodate everyone who shows up, but that some people may not get seats, so you might want to show up a little early.