Friday's Resource Roundup
Well folks it’s that time again; time for the Friday resource roundup. Now sometimes this is just an excuse not to come up with something that takes more effort, but that is not the case today as there is also a video tutorial that took me a long time and if I don’t get an “A” for execution then I should at least get one for effort. Make sure you check out the video review of the Polaroid Pogo.
If you don’t have the bandwidth – here’s what I like about it – small, lightweight, easy to use, the paper packets are small, and the paper is pull-and-peel backing which allows you to stick the images to model releases. Super cool. The prints themselves are 2″x3″ and take about a minute to print, and the quality is ok, though I’d compare it to a crappy print from a 4 year old colour printer. But I don’t see the quality being an issue, that’s not why I am so exited about this. I just want to give people copies when I am travelling internationally.
Other stuff. Lexar.com has published another of my articles – this one on finding inspiration. It’s a compilation of thoughts I’ve expressed here before, but if you need a refresher, the link is HERE.
Adobe Lightroom 2.0 was released this week, and you’ll find excellent resources HERE at Lightroom Killer Tips, HERE at NAPP, and HERE at Kelby Training (though this one’ll take a subscription – well worth it for the amount of information/education this makes available to you!) and HERE on Tom Hogarty’s blog. I’m already loving it and there are functions now that guarantee I will use Lightroom for 98% of my photography work. That’s up 3% and while I still love (LOOOOOVE) Photoshop, I use it more for graphics and design than I do for my photography. Is LR2 worth the upgrade? Yes, yes, a hundred times yes.
I was in line at the Canadian Passport Office at 6am yesterday morning. In less than three years I filled my passport. The gal in front of me was heading to Europe and desperately hoping to get a new passport in 24 hours because she hadn’t realized that most countries require not only a valid passport, but that the passport be valid for 6 month after the time of the trip. So, a reminder – while you are backing up your data and calibrating your monitor today, check the expiry on your passport. In Canada it is much less work getting a new passport while your current one is still valid than allowing it to lapse and then re-applying.
Speaking of travel readiness, if you were called out of country on assignment in a hurry, would your travel insurance and vaccinations be current? Now would be a good time to check those too. You have time, your hard drives are still backing-up, right?
And speaking of international photography, the Scott Kelby Worldwide PhotoWalk is adding new cities every day, and if your city is not represented, why not put your name in to lead one yourself? Check your city for a PhotoWalk HERE. I’m leading Vancouver’s walk and we’re already full. My friend Matt Brandon is leading in Penang, Malaysia and Gavin Gough is in Bangkok, Thailand. My friend Ted Waitt is leading in San Francisco, and RC is leading in Clearwater, FLA. This is turning into something really special.
Finally, check out this post by Nevada Weir (thanks to The Travel Photographer Tewfic El-Sawy for the link) on How To Become A Professional Photographer (And Not Starve)
Have a great weekend. Thanks for hanging out here. See you on Monday. In the mean-time, go shoot what you love.