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1  General / GPS/ Geotagging / Re: What do people do about missing GPS data? on: October 20, 2008, 07:39:43 PM

I'm on a Mac. Although I haven't used GeoSetter it sounds quite similar to HoudahGeo

The way I use it is locating photos in Google Earth and then 2 clicks puts the GPS data in the EXIF of the file.

It has a bunch of other options and features, but that's all I've used it for.


2  General / General Discussion / Re: What to do with all these DAM jpegs? on: April 13, 2008, 06:36:22 PM
I'll be interested in hearing what others do.

I've decided that space is cheap and the convenience of having everything in the same format is really nice. Certainly not necessary, but much more elegant.

Accordingly, I've converted all the shots where the masters are jpegs into DNG's.

3  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Best practice for associating derivatives with originals on: April 02, 2008, 03:15:50 PM
One thing that I had really hoped that LR 2 would do was allow the stacking of files from different folders.

I've got a bunch of dng folders with dng's and a bunch of derivative folders with derivatives. The corresponding files have the same root name, so they line up in the LR catalog just fine. But if I have one 'master' dng and 7 derivative versions the catalog would appear much cleaner if I could put these into a stack.
4  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Choices for offsite portable card backup on: July 20, 2007, 06:12:50 AM

Most of my photography tends to be on trips where I'm away from power and weight is a big issue.

Currently I use two HD80's, so I have two copies of each file. However, on my last trip I was taking some pretty good bumps and couldn't help picturing the head on those hard drives bouncing all over the platters.

What I'd really prefer is to have two sets of CF cards and a small device that copied one to the other with some type of backup confirmation. There are some USB bridges that do this (with two card readers), but they are all USB 1.1, so it is too slow to be a really usable option.

A hd device and a set of cf cards the same size is, I think, the most compact and lightweight field option out there now.
5  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: LR v1 now available on: February 19, 2007, 02:17:09 PM

If you haven't purchased it yet and are going to the promo code    Macworld07    will save you $30. Not sure when / if it will expire.

DNG 3.7 and Camera Raw 3.7 downloaded fine as well.

I haven't tried editing a file and metadata with LR on a RAW file and then running it through the new DNG converter to see if it picked up the changes, but it is supposed to.
6  DAM Stuff / Naming Issues / Re: Renaming Files on a Mac with Automator on: February 09, 2007, 05:25:13 PM

I suspect this program will answer just about all your needs.

As a perk the author is active here, very receptive to suggestions - and one of the forums on this board is dedicated to Image Ingester.

It's become an very valuable part of my workflow.
7  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Anyone using a UPS? on: January 18, 2007, 08:38:48 AM

I have them on all my home machines. They're not that expensive.

The one on my main computer has a small beeping noise it makes when it has switched to battery power - either due to a surge or incoming power levels being too low or whatever. While I cannot see the lights flicker or other apparent fluctuations I'm amazed at how often it goes off (once every 2-3 days - usually for jsut a few seconds).

Seems like pretty cheap insurance to me.
8  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Regular brand name DVD's for backup on: January 18, 2007, 08:34:47 AM

I use the brands you mention.

I've decided not to spend the extra on the "100 year" discs. My thinking is that within 3-5 years (maybe sooner?) I'll migrate to another media. I think I can trust the Verbatim (or whatever) disks to be as likely to last 3 years as the gold plated ones.

I expect I'll think the same way 3-5 years after that - some newer medium will be available and I'll transfer again.
9  Software Discussions / ImageIngester and ImageVerifier / Re: I'm thinking of removing the worksheet/checklist feature on: January 13, 2007, 03:02:30 PM

I've seen it in II but never used it.

Maybe others find it useful, but not me..
10  Software Discussions / iView MediaPro / Re: some dng speed observations on: December 27, 2006, 03:31:24 PM

I posted this at the ivmp site as wel, but thought I'd put it here as well as it might be helpful.


Saw your posts at PK's site as well.

Maybe this will help.

Under Edit > Thumbnails and Previews

(assuming you have embedded full sized jpegs in the DNG)

put your setting like this:

I think the key might be to have the "Display preview at all times" box checked.

Let me know if that makes any difference for you.
11  Software Discussions / Bridge/ Camera Raw / Re: some TIFF images not holding meta data on: December 20, 2006, 12:48:40 PM

I'm on a mac - I've had he same problem. Can't write metadata to some tiff's. Using the latest non-beta Bridge - haven't tried other programs.

I've repaired persmssions, run disk checks, etc. Still doesn't work.

I've decided that as long as the metadata is on the DNG and they have the same name I won't have any problem finding the tiff, but it is a bugger.
12  Software Discussions / Bridge/ Camera Raw / Re: Adobe CS3 Public Beta on: December 15, 2006, 11:56:21 AM

I'm sure we'll see a lot more as the days progress, but one really fun thing is that you can open a jpeg in Camera Raw b4 and edit it just like a RAW file.

Of course there is a greater bit depth, DR, etc to a RAW file, but I can't tell you how many times I've had folks want me to "fix" their jpegs - this will certainly be a fantastic tool to do this.

I still need to play around with comparing the develop tools of LR and ACRb4 - probably some even better stuff to be found there.

Exciting stuff.
13  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Going on the road. on: December 12, 2006, 11:49:04 AM
If you need an additional 80 GB(above the 20 GB)  then the cost is $1500.
If you only need an additional 40 GB, then the price is $750, which is probably not that far from the cost of the two devices.  Considering the cards are smaller, lighter, generally impervious to water, and safer, they would be preferred, if you can swing it.


With the drop in CF card prices the options have changed since I thought about it / purchased my current setup.

Although the cards are "smaller, lighter, etc", if away from power for a week would you prefer 1 copy on CF or two copies on portable HD devices?

No right answer, of course - just curious.
14  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Going on the road. on: December 11, 2006, 07:28:08 PM

Good advice. I am often away from power for several days when camping / hiking, and so could offer another suggestion.

I have about 20gb of CF cards. Typically this will last a day, but if not I can download in the field.

In my vest I have two 100gb PD70X portable hard drives. These are the fastest card downloaders, and as well can do 50-60gb per set of 4 AA batteries. While they do not have a screen to visually "see" the file, there is a checksum routine which "verifies" that the CF card download happened properly or not.

Card goes from camera to PD #1, is verified, then the card goes to PD #2, is verified, then back to the camera or wallet ready to use. Two backups.

While certainly not as good as running them through the DNG converter, I can be away from power for a week with two small (about 6"x2.5"x1") devices and two sets of lithium AA batteries and be confident that everything is going to make it home.

15  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Seagate 750 on sale at Best Buy $379 on: November 30, 2006, 06:33:12 PM

Had some coupons and a sale and what do you know, I ended up with 2 external Seagate 750's.

They've been running for about 2 weeks now - no problems.

Just thought I'd offer this as follow up to my first experience.
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