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1  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: Image Verifier and Daylight Savings Time on: June 16, 2012, 04:39:48 PM
Marc Rocjhkind of Image Ingester is the one who developed this software. Check out his website and blog at Image Ingester.

Bill Bogle Jr.
2  General / General Discussion / Re: Canon PowerShot G10 DNG Profile issues on: September 20, 2011, 04:43:46 PM
I find if it is sunny that the Color Checker overexposes with my D2x, and I also have to underexpose a bit too. Or shoot it in indirect sun. Works best that way. It is a bit touchy. I was told to meter with a handheld meter with an incident reading in the event I could not get the image within range, even though the histogram looked good.

Bill Bogle, Jr.
3  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Make certain you demo the new Media Pro before paying for an upgrade from EM2 on: May 26, 2011, 01:10:38 PM
You don't need to log in to read the forum. only post. It seems that the public flogging that Microsoft took with EM2 on its site has continued, as Microsoft left up the forum well after it stopped supporting the software. So far, other than the increased size of the catalogs, this does not look promissing.

Bill Bogle, Jr.
4  Software Discussions / Media Pro & Expression Media / Re: Are there decent instructions around anywhere? on: April 28, 2011, 06:46:59 AM
There are a couple of threads on this on this site. There was an instruction manual, not very helpful, that was out (it may have been liimited to Version 1 with Microsoft). Microsoft had a site with some videos buit they were mostly basic setup. The forum they had was locked when it was sold to Phase One. There is a safari online book on this, but I have not looked at it. Phase One has posted 13 videos on different segements of EM2 on its website.

http://www.phaseone.com/en/Software/Expression-Media-2/XM-Tutorials.aspx

These are mostly Peter Krogh's videos for them. They probably would be the most helpful for you.

Peter covers the basics in the Dam Book 2, and then also posted a number of videos on Vimeo on this. You can search through Vimeo to get some videos on EM2.

Peter did some workshops on this in the past. I attended one and it was excellent.

I hope this helps.


Bill Bogle, Jr.
5  General / General Discussion / Re: Are full-specturm CFLs really full-spectrum? on: March 28, 2011, 08:08:45 AM
Patrick:

It is my experience that you get a great variety in color in "full spectrum" lights. The fact they may cover the full spectrum does not mean they are color consistent. I prefer to check my prints on a solux light that has a 5000K (D-50) bulk. I have a desk lamp that I use. I turn off my lights to edit, and then use the desk lamp to check the print. I do use so called "full spectrum" track light bulbs, but they are not all the same. I am systematically replacing them with solux track light bulbs as they burn out. The CFL I have in an overhead light not only gives of a different color, it changes color greatly from warm up to being on for a while. You can also get a print with a sticker that shows you by lines or bands if the light is actually what is says it is. Check out the dpBestflow website. That helps in trying to print what you see on your monitor. There is other information on that site on lighting as well.

You can fnd tracks that fit the solux bulbs if you look carefully. Home Depot used to have a 3 light track, but make sure the buld base is what you want. It is the thin pin not the thicker stud. Cannot remember the code for the base.

I hope this helps.

Bill Bogle, Jr.
6  General / General Discussion / Re: DAO - Digital File Organization (Years of Files) on: February 22, 2011, 06:28:59 AM
Linda,

The DAM book is more about the proicess than the current software or even hardware. I used the first book heavily. I thought the new book would update all of what I needed, but erally it is not software based. There weill always be new choices in software, each with a learning curve. I think the DAM Book 2nd edition is very relevant now, with the organiational ideas and processes to get to where you need to be. There are many options dependant on the size of your archive, and the size of your computer(s). It is a book, so it does take some time to digest, go back through, and digest again. The dpBestflow site has much good infoirmation and well, and videos. There are some basic videos up for Expression Media 2. If you look around and try out software, you can see how it can be intregrated. The book is a huge project. I thinkl Peter will have a bit of time before a third edition is thought about.

Bill
7  General / General Discussion / Re: Workflow Advise Amateur on: February 20, 2011, 05:56:52 PM
Rob

I keep them as long as I have space (the internal backups are 1TB each) and then take the oldest first once I make sure the archives and backups are visually checked and hashed verified. I can recommend to get extra drives to have as much space as possible. My desktop holds 4 drives just for photo work. One for the OS, one original, and the two back ups.

Bill Bogle Jr.
8  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: IIP and Process Version 2010 on: February 10, 2011, 09:30:52 PM
Peter,

Does this do auto blacks like prior Punch preset?

I am still having issues with ACR not working to convert NRW files in IIP. It works fine on the NEF files from my D2x, but not the NRW files from the P7000. I have the ACR/DNG converter 6.3 from December 2010 in IIP,a nd even went so far as to hack the Process Cersion you note to read 6.3 when it listed ACR. It does add the clarity and other changes as well as process version, so it seems to work, but it will not convert the NRW files. I read that it was changed to folders, and it seems to have an additional step involved that somehow when it looks at a NRW file it bypasses the conversion. Any thoughts?

Bill Bogle, Jr.
9  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Image Ingester and DNG conversions on ingestion: NRW issues on: February 10, 2011, 01:03:45 PM
I have been working with Image Ingester Pro for several years, and love its functionality and features. It is one of the best pieces of software in my workflow. I convert to DNG on ingestion (one of the backups is still the virgin NEF file from Nikon). Everything works fine on my D2x files. I bought a G10 a couple of years ago, and once the Camera Raw caught up with it, they work fine on conversion on download. I got a Nikon P7000 last year, and assumed the same issues with waiting for the camera raw updates and DNG converter update, and all would be fine. It is not.

For some reason, the NRW files/folders when brought through IIP don't convert with the latest DNG converter (6.3). The NEF files are fine, they convert and get put in the proper hard drives. The converter fails to run on the NRW files, and leaves all three folders (working HD, backup 1 HD and Backup 2 HD) as NRW files. I can open the DNG converter separately and drop the folder in there, but then I have both NRW and DNG files in the same folder. I then do a find and delete the NRWs in that folder. It is the bottleneck I had hoped to avoid.

Any thoughts on why the DNG 6.3 works on NEF and not on NRW in IIP? I understand that 6.3 works on folders not files, but it should be the same for both if both formats are recognized in the converter by Adobe.

Thanks.

Bill Bogle, Jr.
10  General / General Discussion / Re: Workflow Advise Amateur on: February 04, 2011, 12:51:49 PM
I cannot tell from your post if you are making backups of the card files on ingestion. Peter recommends (as  do I) to do your initial backups on ingestion. Image Ingester II is great for this. I have three different sources of the file once I download the card, one pure raw files with no conversions (the NEFS) as Back Up 1, one converted to DNG (my choice, as I see the benefit of DNG in size and flexibility) which is my working file, and a copy of that converted DNG as Back Up 2, all on separate hard drives. I also back up my working files nightly to an external hard drive, and make a weekly separate copy of that external that I take off site. Sounds complicated, but it is automated. When you do this you in essence have 4 or 5 copies of what is on the card, in different places. If one or two drives fail, I still have copies (and they probably have a lesser failure rate than operator error of deleting or refomatting a card). After I download, I visually check the files in bridge to see if they are all good, no corrupt images. Then I reformat the card, or leave it in my reformat pile. The ingested backups stay there (with the same file/folder structure as my working drive) as space permits, and my working files then migrate through to my archive in my workflow.

I have had much less duplicate files/folders than before, and less deleted files not downloaded, following this procedure. It took time for me to get ot this point of confidence, as I used to buy extra cards rather than reformat a shoot I especially liked. IIP also lets you tag the card you used for the shoot, so if one card starts to have issues, you can identify it and trash it.

Before reading the DAM book I had multiple copies everywhere, and never sure of what I had or the confidence to delete or refomat the card. Now the reformatting is part of my workflow and I have much less duplication of files or folders.

I also found that writing out a workflow helped.

Get the book and read it twice. It is worth its weight in gold.

Bill
11  Software Discussions / Choosing Software/Other DAM Applications / Re: Apps that import selections? on: February 04, 2011, 12:39:37 PM
I know I am in the minority as a windows and android (Droid X) user, Marc, but any thought to doing an Droid app? I would use it. Thanks for the great piece of software you did and the great support.

Everything is working great, even in Windows 7!

Bill Bogle, Jr.
12  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Which is faster 2.4GHz & 4 CPUs or 3.2Ghz & 2 CPUs on: January 02, 2011, 06:40:33 PM
I like Windows 7 64 bit. Networking is improved. I am running a 1 year old i7 at 2.67 quad core. With 12gb Ram, it is very fast for photoshop CS5 and Lightroom3. I heard that MS is not supporting XP much anymore. Windows 7 was everything Vista was supposed to be and more. Very stable for me.

Bill Bogle, Jr.
www.Boglephoto.com
13  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: offsite backup on: December 22, 2010, 10:03:13 PM
At that size, offsite backup will be very expensive and time consuming.

If you are comfortable with only hard drive back up, then I would suggest two offsite backups, which you have to verify the integrity from time to time. You don't want to overwrite these drives, and drives can fail and be prone to viruses or computer failure, not to mention operator error. A wrong setting on a backup can wipe it out fast. I see hard drive as an absolute minimum, and don't favor raids, but just copies of the disks in a JBOD. Right now, you could copy that drive on a couple of 1.5TB hard drives and stick them in different places, and be relatively sure with some integrity verification, that you have some safety in numbers. You also may want to separately back up your working files differently as opposed to your archive/portfolio.

Blu ray gives you the prefered second type of media, more resistant to operator error, viruses and other accidental changes. If you build the blu ray copies into your backup workflow, it is a lot more manageable than trying to do a year end backup of all data. Just think back when we were using CD's for back up.

I would strongly suggest reading Peter's book cover to cover before you decide, then go back through and look at what works for you. His suggestions are rock solid, but he is open to different ideas if you are willing to take the risk that such decisions may cause.

Bill Bogle, Jr.

14  Software Discussions / RAW File Converters / Adobe DNG 6.3 does not automatically convert nrw files? on: December 22, 2010, 09:51:37 PM
I have a Nikon P7000, which replaced my G10 I gave to my daughter. I use Image ingester, and downloaded Adobe DNG converter 6.3 and put it as the converter. It works for the NEF files fine, but when it goes to run the nrw files from the P7000, it stops after the first download and does not convert the file, leaving them as nrw files. I can run the DNG converter later loading all nrw files in the DNG program as a standalone, and it converts, but it adds a real cumbersome step to my workflow. I have to run it at the working file level and the second backup level. Any others having this issue with DNG 6.3? I am on windows 7, using CS5 and Bridge with Image ingester. Not an II Pro issue as far as I can tell, but it seems like Adobe has made it so that the DNG converter only does the new files as a standalone.

Any thoughts or help would be appreciated.

Bill Bogle, Jr.
15  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: MacGuru's Burly vs. G-Tech G-Speed vs. WiebeTech RTX400 on: December 07, 2010, 04:36:28 PM
Yes, I got a PCIe x1 card with two e-sata slots from Burly which has a port multiplier. It was about $50.00. I use one e-sata connection and run the five drives in the Burly box off that. I can see all five drives on my network with all five computers (two are laptops) either wirelessly or on a gigabit lan. It makes opening the files easy and in one place, and I can dedicate a desktop to photoshop and another for general, but stillbe able to edit and print from other locations, such as an attached printer.

A big thumbs up for Burly.
The box is very robust, well constructed and built to last. I think it has a pretty good power supply in it and the trays protect the drives as well as having individual smaller fans. Some of these drive boxes can be plastic and very thin (and sharp) metal.

Bill Bogle, Jr.
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