Sunday, May 31, 2009

Time for a new external HD

Ah, my current RAW hard drive is just about full, so I'll go out today and get a new one. I thought I'd take a minute to talk about these little monsters while I was thinking about them.

I'd like to begin by thanking the manufacturers for selling them cheaper. About a year ago, I was paying 25 cents/GB for them on sale. Today, the one I'm looking at will be 12 cents/GB. Thanks!

I currently have 14 external hard drives. My workflow goes like this:

Shoot photos.
Download to HD RAW 1
Backup images to HD RAW 2
Process images from RAW and transfer them to HD PROC 1
Every night HD PROC 1 gets automatically backed up to HD PROC 2

So, I have four hard drives for current work. I used to backup everything on DVD, but with the file sizes of the images getting bigger, I now only backup processed jpegs to DVD. I can easily shoot between 10 and 20 GB of RAW photos in a single session, and backing these up with DVDs is a pain.

I've only had one external HD fail. For those of you who care, it was a Western Digital. It had lots of important stuff that I think was backed up, but I used to put the CDs on a spindle for storage, and it's such a pain to go back through the spindles, that I just let all that go (for now). Backing up to HD is much better because your work is organized and easy to access.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Very funny

This video hits home on so many levels!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

My only friend, the end

I'm retiring from teaching this year! I'll miss it. I love the kids, but I hate grading, I hate the bureaucracy, I HATE the stupid workshops, seminars, and meetings that have nothing to do with my class, I'm not particularly thrilled with the salary (catholic schools pay about 40% less than public schools--but you have to pay the same in college tuition to keep your license current), etc.

I do love teaching, and I will miss it. I will miss it terribly.

I am very excited that my senior portrait photography business has taken off to the extent that it has become a burden to continue teaching. I'll be focusing on the photography from now on--and I'll actually have some time to create new paintings! I'm also excited about that!--as are my art dealers.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

To see the newest senior work

To see my newest high school senior portraits, please visit my web site at

Working on Martial Arts influenced images

I'm currently working on a set of images focusing on martial arts, yoga, tai chi, and general exercise. These was shot for a fashion student who needed these for her senior project.