Friday, March 4, 2011

Time for Spring Cleaning...

We all know the excitement of being in the field or on location with creative juices flowing and our visions being recorded onto numerous CF cards. There is nothing more inspiring than witnessing and capturing a beautiful sunrise or sunset, cascading waterfalls, or wildlife engaging in unusual behaviors.
What a glamorous profession we have chosen...until we bring home the thousands of images. Then the flip side of that glamour appears.

This past month, I have been using my time to catch up from all those wonderful experiences in the field, and I assure you, it has been quite time consuming! I really do enjoy the importing and editing process . (however, key wording them is another story...!) I must say, it has been a very long while since I have spent extended periods of time working on my images.
Upon opening certain programs, I found they needed updating. Having the most current versions of software updates insures that the programs are running at optimum performance. And so, I took a day to go through all of my software programs searching for updates and bringing them up to speed. (Updates are usually found under the 'help' menu on the tool bar) I then took the time to visit the web sites of the hardware components of my computer system and updated drivers as well.

Another important thing to check is the current firmware version of your camera. This can be done by visiting the manufacturer's web site, locating the model of your camera and looking for drivers and downloads. By comparing the firmware listed in the camera's menu to the most recent posted firmware update, you are able to tell if it is necessary to perform the upgrade. The camera manufacturer's web site posts easy to follow instructions to perform the firmware update.

OK, now the camera's software has been updated...what about the hardware? Lens calibration is worth the time and effort to get the most out of your camera and lens combinations. And speaking of camera hardware...when was the last time it was in for serious cleaning?? I am using the gray days of February and early March to send some of my gear to Canon for a professional cleaning in order to be ready for the next photo adventure.

So, when was the last time you took the time to make sure all of your photo equipment, computer hardware and software were up to date? If you can't remember when, then you are long overdue! (And as fast as technology changes, it's a good idea to check for updates monthly)

2 comments:

  1. Wendy
    Are the drives to the right your back up
    set up?
    John sumner

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  2. Hi, John- Yes, the drives to the right are part of my back up set up. The Drobo houses my working drives and the SATA drives are my back up to the working drives- both on and off site. They are in removable hot swappable trays so I can switch them 'on the fly.'

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