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  1. #581
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    The "Business of Photography" class is OVER! All the requested documentation has been submitted and we are so done.

    I turned in a 55-page Business Plan, 20-page final portfolio for the fashion imaging and three marketing instruments. That is along with seven reading responses, receiving "A" grades. The overall grade is looking good ... and I hope I set the bar. It was a ton of work. Whew!
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-13-2011 at 11:02 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  2. #582
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    Don, you're investing a lot of time and money into this. I really hope it works out for you.

  3. #583
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    Peter,

    If the economy does not turn around in the next year, we are all doomed. The financial fallout from the current economic failure already has chipped away, but when the economic levee really lets go, it will exhaust all saving accounts, as inflation swallows up and utterly diminishes everyone's hard-earned resources. In our little world, lens prices will become insane, here in the states, as material goods and consumables skyrocket.

    I sincerely hope it works out for us all.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  4. #584
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    I think "doomed" is probably a bit strong but I know what you mean. Being retired, my "investment pot" is fixed and currently devaluing and income with it. My main gripe is that the cause of the financial crisis was caused by the greed of Bankers and their shareholders but they seem to have got away pretty lightly.

    I can't see the economy turning round in a year or for quite a while come to that, in fact it may never recover to where we were before. There are too many mouths chasing finite resources, whether that be food, energy, oil ... whatever. I think we are in for a lengthy period of belt tightening all round.

  5. #585
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    Yes, perhaps "doomed" is a trifle too prophetic, but the mental anguish this is all causing is just enormous. The American Public deserves the government it allows and elects into office. Seems like there is a lot of exposure of moronic behaviors, recently. You cannot seem to go a day without some debacle or another being exposed. My goodness, where is the pride of being representative of your constituents?

    On a brighter note, I came within less than two percentage points of getting a perfect "ACE" in the Business of Photography class (fist-pump). You're right, Peter, a ton of investment to demonstrate that no matter how old you get... you still can learn something. It is fun sharing good stuff with the other students. I helped open a few more eyes with this quarter's efforts.

    The quarter ends on Saturday... and I am teetering on an "A" for my catalog. I have my eyes crossed and my fingers dotted.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-15-2011 at 07:28 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  6. #586
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    Still don't know my grade, which is par for the course. The quarter is "officially" over.

    Next quarter holds the infamous "internship," which typically comes with "no pay." Man, nothing like free help, especially in today's economy. We all can starve, together, and ride our bicycles on the Interstate while we are doing it.

    Is it just me?
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  7. #587
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    Spring has sprung, so it's up a rung

    Still don't know my grade, which is par for the course. The Spring Quarter is "officially" over.

    Next quarter holds the infamous "internship," which typically comes with "no pay." Man, nothing like free help and paying to take the damn course, especially in today's economy.

    I guess they figure that we all can starve, together, and ride our bicycles down the Interstate while we are doing it.

    Is it just me? I never thought the "Stone Age" was something to aspire to. What a world we now have. Film Photography may be on the rebound, as the cost of energy goes to infinite and the lights just go out.



    So, in deference to this problem, I want to share the idea of getting a solid book addressing these "near-future" problems, which I learned about in my Business of Photography class (Man, it is hell when you get religion):

    "The DAM Book" (Digital Asset Management for Photographers)

    which is soup to nuts explanation of becoming digitally proficient in continual control of your current, future and even past archiving of images. While I have been an Information Systems specialist for over 25 years, most photographers are not. Therein lies the problem. If you are a novice at how to manage your images and data, in a controlled fashion, this one book will teach you how to do it and do it in a way that not only protects your data for you, but for your future descendents and visitors to your photo archives. It provides a smooth method to track down photos you took years ago, but over time, you have simply lost track of what disk or hard drive they exist on. Think about it, some people are changing PCs every year or so, what are the chances or losing your images during this change over? Maybe you already have!

    Another dreaded issue that haunt all of us to differing degrees is changing the kind of media you store on. Remember, just a few years ago (okay, a decade... I'm no kid), you may have placed your precious digital images on 1.4 MB floppy disk (it was not that uncommon), then updated to CDs, but never moved those floppy images to the newer CDs. Now, just try and find a computer with a 1.4 MB drive in it. Oops, oh yeah! Okay ... consider the popular 100MB ZIP disk. It was an add-on device, which means ... the need for the dreaded software driver. Is there even one out there for Windows 7? Hmmm, scarey. Then, if you were using SCSI storage devices... another "dead end?" Scarier.

    Okay ... now, CD-oriented material is on the upcoming toss-away list. It may last a little longer, but people are moving solidly to imaging on 4.3 GB DVD and 25SL/50DL GB Blu-Ray. Bigger is better, right? How long before 650 MB CD becomes the new digital dinosaur and is... forgotten? Even if you start over... are you not still subject to the same kind of loss, with a newer media? Of course you are, unless you change the way you do things.

    Consider this: none of us are going to be around forever, but... happily (I hope), our respective work very well could be. While the printing your work is a nice, low-tech solution, most folks simply cannot afford to print it ALL (and they will, by default, rely on the electronic file as the soul source of the image), plus there is a good chance you are not using archival inks and acid-free paper to do your printing on, hence your relatively good looking printed images (now) are doomed to fade and eventually disappear (then), in a relatively short time. What I am trying to say is: YOU COULD OUTLIVE THESE PRINTS.

    Hence, the DAM Book. Gearing yourself up, in an affordable and easily-complied-to way that definitely improves finding your images in the morass of non-descript IMG_0597(s) and _DSC0013(s) files (and you asking that prize-winning question: "What in the heck was that of?")

    Again, the DAM Book describes an approach that eliminates that silly question. How cool is that? Eliminate the confusion between all your memory cards (CF, MS, MSD, SD, Mini-SD, Micro SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, XD), hard drives, USB drives, Jump Drives, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray ... shall I continue?

    If you want to buy a book that will be a true inspiration and solution on how to control your and your loved one's digital reference, this is it. I do not believe any of us are going to stop adding to the photo pile. I am just suggesting you should begin to organize it as soon as you can, before you lose something you really hold dear. I may have to give the devil his due, but it is NOT going to be with my imaging!

    Bottom line: All things break. It is not a question of IF... it is simply WHEN? Be prepared.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-18-2011 at 04:44 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  8. #588
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    Thumbs up Nailed it!

    Yes, depite a rather rocky start to "Print Production" and my objection to time being wasted in graphic design, I was still able to secure an "A" for all of it, with my catalog entry, making for tidy wrap up of two "A"s and a "B" for the quarter and a darn good chance I raised my GPA just another tenth. It does get harder, every quarter, to move the bar, despite the solid performances. In fact, I would say the chances are... I have reached the zenith, this time.

    So, time to step out and get some summer-stuff.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  9. #589
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    Congrats!!! All the hard work paid off.


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  10. #590
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    Angry Summer kicks the door in

    Well, June 21st (first day of Summer) and, suddenly, the wind picked up to an awesome 70-80mph and ripped the neighborhood trees to shreds. We actually heard the wind, like something being pressed against the house and running its length. I asked the S.O., "What do you think that was?"

    SHe rolled her eyes and shrugged. It was loud!

    Tornado warnings all over the place, except... no tornado, per se. Just straight line winds of a speed rarely seen around here. O'Hare Airport, just a mile away, takes a dive, as both United Airlines concourses run for shelter in the huge tunnel under the taxiway between then. We headed for the basement, too, because the power had been completely lost after that wind had hit, so there was no more information to base rational decisions on. The cable was toast. The wireless modem, ditto! Everywhere within three to four miles, literally "powerless" for the next 16 hours.

    By the time it ended, 245,000 electric customers were without power. That represents most of Chicago's northwestern collar cities. Heck, as I write this, some folks still don't have juice. Des Plaines and south Downer's Grove took the brunt.

    Heck, it punched a hole in my 40-year-old Sugar Maple, in the backyard. Couple hundred pounds of branches and leaves, either on the ground or still hanging, caught in the other lower branches (you can see them near the rear fence).


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    Tore the top off the neighbor's Maple and toppled a good portion of his 50-year-old crabapple tree, pulling on the power lines to boot.
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    You should have heard the birds, this morning. They're still screaming about the lost nests.

    The rain flooding, murderous winds... I tell ya, we don't need this in my pictures.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-22-2011 at 07:11 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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