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Monthly Archives: September 2013

The 3 Most Important Rules of Computing {Photography Workflow}

The 3 Most Important Rules of Computing {Photography Workflow}

Today we are talking about the three most important rules of computing: Save! Save!! Save!!!

This one quarter I had a teacher that I felt needed a good dose of female companionship, if I may be so bold. He was a quiet yet uptight dude; quite an odd combination if you ask me. And his eccentricities knew no bounds. I distinctly remember coming into class one day as this professor, with his sweater vest pulled up exposing his small ghostly-white pot belly, was fishing for belly button lint.  The point I’m trying to make is…the dude needed some real help.

With all that the man had going against him, he did teach me an important lesson: The Three Most Important Rules of Computing! All I have to say is this: imagine having the most important moments of a client’s life on a hard drive in your computer and the unthinkable happens! Yes, that’s right, your puppy has relieved himself on your laptop!! The first thing you think, besides how does something SO small produce SO much of something SO bad, is Oh MY GOD I hope my hard drive is ok!!!

This may be an unlikely scenario, but listen up: that’s the whole point!! The unlikely scenario WILL HAPPEN TO YOU BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T FOLLOW THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT RULES OF COMPUTING!!! Wow! I am feeling very emphatic today, evidently. Backing up your most critical data and the data that is used with that aforementioned data (confused yet) is so vital to a healthy digital life. You need a Safe Computing Strategy; an action plan for your digital life and its workflow. Please watch this video with one of my favorite photographers on this planet as he and his team describe in vivid detail just such a strategy:

Our photography business follows this model:

1. Save to computer’s hard drive
2. Backup to Drobo immediately
3. Backup to additional external drive that lives off-site (safe deposit box)
4. Ongoing system cloud backup via Carbonite
5. Automated backup to additional external drive hourly via Apple Time Machine.

Some may call us paranoid. I like to think we are just prepared 🙂 It’s so easy to forget to save your work. Come up with a plan that works for you and make sure to implement something that’s automated (Time Machine, Carbonite, etc) in case you accidentally forget a step!

Cheers,
Stephen
Introducing First Year Photographer

Introducing First Year Photographer

Hey everyone! We are so excited for the launch of our First Year Photographer program today! We have an awesome group of new photographers getting started with us and can’t wait to get to know them better and help them develop their businesses over the next year! We just wanted to take a few moments… Continue Reading

3 Tips for Marketing Yourself

3 Tips for Marketing Yourself

full disclosure:  i do not have a degree in marketing. i didn’t even take more than one class on it in college.  however, i started and ran my own non-profit organization for 5 years, and i have now run my photography business for 4 years, so i have learned a few things along the way!… Continue Reading

Vendor Spotlight: Kraft & Jute {Photographer Packaging & Wedding Invitations}

Vendor Spotlight: Kraft & Jute {Photographer Packaging & Wedding Invitations}

Happy Monday!!! We’re so excited to feature another AMAZING vendor for today’s Vendor Spotlight, Kraft & Jute!   When it comes to looking for a vendor for any product, we not only look for amazing quality & reasonable pricing, but customer service is definitely at the top of our list. And the ladies at Kraft & Jute are… Continue Reading

The Seller’s Permit

The Seller’s Permit

one of the things i’m so excited about with our upcoming First Year Photographer course is helping people do it right the first time around! i have to admit, i had to work backwards in a few areas since starting my photography business.  when i had the realization that this was what i wanted to… Continue Reading

Vendor Spotlight: Colorati {Photography Post Production Editing Service}

Vendor Spotlight: Colorati {Photography Post Production Editing Service}

happy Tuesday! i hope you all had a great holiday weekend! we are so excited to introduce our Vendor Spotlight posts today! we will be showcasing some of our favorite vendors here each month. deciding on who to work with as a photographer is like putting together a kick-ass team for your business. it’s so important!… Continue Reading

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