I have just returned from the ASMP’s Strictly Business 3 conference, and several people have asked me to report on the worthiness of the event. I can say with real enthusiasm that it would be quite helpful for professional photographers of any level. Whether you are just starting out or have an established business, there is a lot to benefit from.
In some ways the event was mis-branded. It’s not just a continuation of the earlier SB1 and SB2 events, because that’s not what our industry needs. We are facing huge changes, and the conference is really geared to helping photographers understand and survive the seismic changes we are currenly undergoing. Details after the jump.
Acronis, maker of backup software, has commissioned a survey of computer users, and found that only 15% do regular backups, despite the understanding that catastrophe is only a spilled coffee cup away.
Here’s a video they produced to help encourage you to maintain a more timely backup of your computer.
Which is totally different from this:
The month of October has been crazy in the shipping department here (otherwise known as the kitchen.) Today we sent out 47 books, including international orders to Japan, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.
It’s been keeping Alyson pretty busy.
The offer for a free copy of Expression Media 2 with the purchase of The DAM Book lasts until the end of October. Details here.
One of the most useful features of Expression Media is the ability to understand a lot of different media types. While it’s great for cataloging your photos, it’s also useful for a lot more. You can catalog audio files, movie clips, PDF, text and more.
This movie shows a number of the file types that expression can work with.
The clock is counting down on the special offer – buy The DAM Book from us and get Expression Media 2 for free.
This short movie (3:34) shows how the View Options in Expression Media can be used to help sort between different versions of image files. You have the choice of lots of different metadata to show under a thumbnail, such as file size, pixel dimensions, color space and modification dates.
When you couple that with the “Sort” command, it’s easy to find the version of the file you are looking for.
For the month of October, get a free copy of Expression Media when you buy The DAM Book from us here.
Durning the course of October 2010, we’re running a special at theDAMbook.com. Buy a copy of the book from us, and get a free copy of Expression Media 2. For those who aren’t familiar with the software, here’s a rundown of what this versatile program can do for you. In subsequent posts, I’ll dive deeper into these areas.
Catalog your photo collection
In order to get the most from your photo collection, you need to know what you’ve got. Expression Media 2 is a great program for viewing and organizing large numbers of image files at one time. This can help you keep a whole collection at your fingertips, and, if you’re like me, find images you would have forgotten about.
(Read more after the jump)
Continue reading What is Expression Media 2 good for?
I’ll be presenting a day-long workshop on digital asset management for photographers at Fotocare in New York on Thursday the 30th of September. We’ll look at storage hardware, metadata, backup practices, catalog software and workflow options. I did this program last March, and the response was extremely positive.
The program is limited to 12 people and there are a few spots left. Sign up here
Writing the filename into the IPTC title field is a really useful practice. It preserves the name in a place that’s accessible, and likely to survive any kind of renaming I typically use it for one of three reasons.
I like to write the name in the title field of all my images after they get their permanent name in the ingestion process. That way, if a client renames the file and asks for the original, I have a breadcrumb trail back tp the original. All I need to do is look in the metadata of the renamed file.
Another reason to do this is that you are using a service of some kind that needs the files renamed. Pictage is a popular wedding print service that requires files to be renamed or upload.
And finally (and the real reason I made the script), you might want to rename files if your file renaming convention changes. When I started in digital, I used several different naming conventions before I settled on the one I use and promote now (Krogh_YYMMDD_####.ext). I’ve been working on the deep archive for a project, and decided it was time to rename the older files. But I wanted to keep the old name, in case someone might refer to the file this way.
I wanted to do this work in Expression Media 2, since that’s the program that manages my legacy archive. There is an existing script for iView, and I’ve made one available free for Bridge here.
This movie shows how the script works. If you are interested, it sells for $9.99. Available here.
It would probably be more accurate to say “how copyright enforcement by multi-national entertainment companies can threaten democracy.” No, I’m not going all “copyleft” on you. This movie picks up on a thread from several weeks ago when I recommended watching RIP, A Remix Manifesto.
Current US copyright laws have arguably gone over the edge, as both RIP and this movie point out. In the process the individual creator is getting squeezed. Part of the general public sees rights holders as unreasonable and greedy operators, trying to lock up the most recent version of our cultural heritage behind a pay wall forever (even as the current culture borrows liberally from intellectual property of the recent past.)
Many media conglomerates, meanwhile, see the residual value attached to the work of creators, and are doing their best to acquire all rights without regard to fair compensation to the creator. If the work has a hundred-year economic life, then they have even more reason to wrest total ownership of the work from other parties.
It is arguable that the extension of copyright has therefore hurt the economic interests of many creators.
At the recent NDIIPP partners meeting, we heard the phrase “fix the copyright problem”. I don’t have high hopes that a fix would be working in the interest of the independent creator.
In any case, for your viewing pleasure. The intro to Cory starts at 9 minutes in. There’s a question about how this relates to photography at 52 minutes. (I’m going to turn comments back on, and hope the spam does not return):