Over the past few days I’ve a watched a webinar on CreativeLive given by photographer Scott Robert Lim.  It was about using Speedlights and portable flashes to create a signature look and in general how to get the most out of your little speedlights.  It was absolutely one of the most inspiring webinars I’ve seen in a long time.  I really want to get out and start trying some of these techniques.  I’ve got a really busy weekend coming up and should have the opportunity to try some of them.  Prom on Friday night.  I’ll be at the Jersey shore  Saturday morning covering a JDRF fundraiser walk.  Then I have to race back to West Chester to get some pick-up shots for Westtown Township at a wedding at the Oakbourne Mansion.  Then it’s another prom on Saturday night.  So should be able to try a few new techniques somewhere in there.

Sometimes it’s hard to stay inspired when you’re just cranking things out.  But our creativity is what separates a professional photographer from just another picture taker.  So it’s really, really important to keep finding that inspiration and striving to make your images special and unique and captivating.  There’s one thing that I’ve noticed in watching photographers like Scott Lim, and Peter Hurley and Chase Jarvis.  And that is their passion for photography.  That’s the other element that separates the really great photographers.  Their love of photography and the creation of the image.  It’s not just about  about clicking the shutter, it’s about making everything in the image click.  So find what inspires you, challenges you, and most importantly find your passion.

Here’s the link to Scott Robert Lim’s website;

Out of Space

I know I might be dating myself when I say I remember the first 1G hard drives and how expensive they were.  And thinking that we could never use all that storage.  Seems like an eternity but in reality it’s probably only been about 12 years.  Things have come a long way since then.  3 years ago when I bought my Mac Pro I equipped it with 2 TB of image storage plus another 500GB for document storage AND another 500GB applicaitons drive thinking it would be a while before I filled up all of that.  WRONG!!!!  A year after I added another TB bringing my count to 3 Terabytes for images.  Well it didn’t take long to fill up all of that.  With the acquisition of new cameras with larger file sizes I blazed through that.  As well as filling a 3TB NAS for back up.  Well I’ve been out of space for several months and have resorted to using portable drives for storage.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  I just have a thing about keeping my files organized and all in the same place.  So I finally broke down and bought a new 3TB drive that will be my main images drive.  I’m going to migrate the 2TB drive that was my main images drive to be my auxiliary images drive.  In addition I’m going to take the 1TB drive that was my aux images drive and move that to be the new document drive.  That will give me a total of 6TB of storage.  Woohoo!  Let’s see how long that lasts.  Now I just have to expand my back-up NAS.  I don’t like the thought of having only one copy and no back-up.  I used to keep 3 levels.  Main image drive.  Back-up image drive and then a secondary off line back-up.  Then there was the DVD archives that I store in my safe.  So I was protected against any catastrophe.  Not so much any more and I’m really not comfortable with that.  Because there is one thing I’ve learned over my years of dealing with data and that is BACK-UP YOUR DATA!!!!!