November Presentation – Protecting Your Files

Ross Davis from Kingwood PC Repair (see also their Facebook page) spoke to the club about protecting our files.   As photographers we spend a lot of time capturing and processing images.  Our files are large and numerous.  It isn’t rare to exceed 20…30…80 thousand images.  Rose explained three important aspects of  things to consider.  Have a sound backup plan, invest in good antivirus software and reliable hard drives. (Slide below can  be enlarged by clicking on it.)

Backup plans need to be tested.  Don’t just assume your’s is working.  Your backups might be local, such as an external hard drive.  Cloud based, or a combination of the two.  Ross’s company provides a monitored cloud based solution that ensures your backups are safe.

Anti Virus software comes in various forms, and vendors.  The import thing is to have software installed that works, is updates, and doesn’t impact the performance of your computer.  There are services can be purchased also through and ongoing subscription 

Finally Hard Drives were discussed.  The newest type of drives are “SSD”, or Solid State Drives.  They don’t have the spinning disk and arm design and are less prone to damage.  They are also considerably faster than the older design hard drives.  The down side to SSD drives is that they are still more expensive than the older drives, and don’t have quite the same capacity.

 

 

 

November Meeting Topic – Protecting your files is as easy as 1-2-3

As photographers we all have the same nightmare in the back of our minds.  Something happens to all those precious pictures we’ve taken over the years and we can’t recover them, or we go on a trip, take a lot of pictures only to get home and find the memory card in the camera got corrupted and we loose those images.  There are hundreds of scenarios, and all of them have happened to several of us, and will happen to you unless you have a plan to protect your files.

Our speaker this month is Ross Davis from Kingwood PC repair, located in Town Center.  Ross will take us through the ins and outs of protecting our files, both on the road and in our homes and offices.

Ross, graduated from Humble High School, and has a  BBA in Finance from University of Houston.  He is married to his high school sweetheart Nicole and has two kids and two dogs.  His business, Kingwood PC Repair is now celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year and carries a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

August 15 Program: Post-Production Editing Techniques That Will Change Your Photography

Post processing plays a big role in today’s photographic society. Whether it’s used subtlety or for major composites, it’s definitely an important skill to know.

Pat Guard , owner of Pat and Ray’s Studio in Kingwood, will be available to answer questions and offer tips for preparing photos to share with the world. In this digital age, all photographers need to be knowledgeable with Photoshop and/or other post-production techniques. Pat sees Photoshop as a tool, just as the darkroom was a tool to manipulate images in her early career. She will discuss and demonstrate just a few techniques that help get the most out of your images.

Lightroom – Automating Your Workflow

The attached document covers most of what we discussed in the Post Processing SIG in December 2015 on workflow automation in Lightroom.  Our January SIG registration can be found on this page.

There are an amazing number tools to help you speed up repetitive tasks.  If you  find yourself doing the same thing over and over again, then there are tools to help you.

As you read the document and try out the various tools take note that I personally believe the most important thing you can do is to organize the way you name your files, your folder structure, and your use of ratings, colors, and keywords.  If you have a plan, and use it consistently, you will find using Lightroom a lot easier.  In addition automation tools like Smart Collections will work for you to help you sort through your image library.

 

Photography 101 – Class Materials

 Attached are the presentations used in the Photography 101 series this summer (2015).  They include the material used for the Lightroom Library Module (organizing your images), Know Your Camera, and Creating Art.  We plan to have one more basic session in the Fall on editing in Lightroom, using the Develop Module.

Lightroom library module

Know your camera

Creating Art 1

Video on Composition used in the workshop