Letter to Santa Fe Workshop Attendees. (ust in case you were wondering what we will be up to out there):
I'd like to send a warm (well, as warm as we get from frozen Maryland) welcome to all of you attending my Santa Fe workshop. I'm very excited about spending a whole week with you, in a total photography immersion.
We'll cover a lot of ground over the week. We'll get a great understanding of the non-destructive image editing that Camera Raw and Lightroom can provide. And, of course, we'll also spend a lot of time learning how to get control of our entire collections with iView MediaPro. And let's not forget the opportunity we will have to make some pictures we'll be proud to have in that newly-organized collection.
In preparation, let's do a few important things.
You'll need to bring some shooting gear if you will want to make pictures while you're at the workshop. Expect it to be pretty chilly, so a good jacket, gloves, etc will come in handy. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to be out at either sunrise or sunset, so a tripod would also be good to have.
For those of you who are most excited about doing image organization, you might want to think about bringing a portable hard drive (or two) with lots of your image files. We will be able to do lots of organization to the images over the week, so don't skimp on what you bring. I like the Seagate 750GB drives, which are available as Firewire/USB external drives at Best Buy for a little over $400.
(Remember if you are bringing files, that you should be bringing duplicate versions of the files - not your only copy of the images. We'll talk a lot about backup strategies over the week.)
I have recently been working on some hardware and software tools that can help with high-volume scanning of Black and White negatives. With this set-up, I have been able to scan as many as 300 images an hour. I'll be bringing the hardware I use, and the software I have written for this work. If you have some Black and White negatives you'd like to digitize, you might want to bring them.
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