External Hard Drives – WARNING

I am a BIG advocate of using external hard drives to store your images and data. This is of course in addition to other back-up sources. Things such as DVD’s, extra external hard drives and additional computers.

External Hard Drives

New Drive

Recently I went out and bought another external hard drive. Picked up a Lacie to transfer all my nature pictures to. That way I would have them in one place and be able to take it with me when I am on the road without taking other files. Spent a Saturday night and part of Sunday transferring and organizing the new drive. I have several other Lacie drives as back-ups and have had no problems to date. Then I took the to the studio to download the files there.

I plugged the drive into one of the studio computers and watched as it said “New Drive Detected”, “Installing Hardware”, “New Device is now ready to use”. Then I clicked on My Computer to find that the device is not there. Tried a second computer then a third, all with the same results.

External Hard Drive
External Hard Drive

That not good

I was finally able to locate the drive through a couple of backdoor routes and found that the drive was running. But after a lot of research I found that even with the computer recognizing the drive it was not accessible. After looking into it I found out that it is the way the drive was set-up from the factory.

So a word of warning, if you have an external drive that you are using make sure that it is readable on other computers! You should do this ASAP!!! I would actually try several computers to make sure if your computer should die, or be upgraded, that the external drive is accessible.

Check your drives NOW!!!

Again as a word of warning, if you have an external drive check it on another computer ASAP to make sure that it can be read, before you need the drive to work and it doesn’t. This is one of those issues that if you find out when you have a computer problem it is too late!!!

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Lethbridge Journal Article

Lethbridge Journal Article

A number of years ago The Lethbridge Journal did an article on my teaching. Click here for a large size to read.

I am always amazed at how many people are shocked to know they can take a course on photography. Years ago the only place that you could get a course was at a university or a college. I was the first private teacher in southern Alberta. A couple of my students said that I was the only one they knew about in western Canada. It seems strange looking at the teachers of today, everyone is a teacher. If a photographer has shot a couple images they will offer to teach. When I started I was so nervous as I did not know what I would teach. Back then I taught how to shoot film and two hours was a lot of time. Now two hours can barely touch even a simple digital camera.

Lethbridge Journal Article
Lethbridge Journal Article

About my courses

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GREAT day of catch-up

A great day doing so many little projects and still working on one big project. Got some small house projects done. Took the dog for three long walks. Even as cold as it was today it felt nice to just be out. AND still working on updating the web site. The web site has had a lot of work done on it and in the process I have been pulling a lot of digital images in the files.

Ending a great day, looking at old images
Ending a great day, looking at old images

Came across this one and I still love it. Old wagon wheel in my backyard. From 2005. I have a 24×30 print of it in the studio but was amazed to see how well the file holds up against even the newest cameras today for sharpness and clarity.

As a side note if you are looking for more teaching material I have added a number of files to the website under courses. You can read and even download and print for free. I will try to keep adding to this list as I write more blog posts, another thing on my to do list for 2019.

At least with it being so cold outside I am able to get these jobs caught up. Would not argue with a warm spell for a while as long as the winds stay down!

#lethbridgephotographer #canon #cold #winter #project #staywarm #business #funday #snow

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Teaching Tip – bring on the bad!

Getting to the issue when teaching

Whenever I am teaching I always ask students to bring me their bad images.  If I am critiquing work to help improve someones photography I ask to see the unedited images.  WHY?  Because anyone can luck out and get a great image, or spend enough time in Photoshop to fix an image.  But seeing the bad or unedited images will show what a person does most of the time.  This is true in other areas as well.  I don’t care what you are like when everything is going perfect, but what are you like when things are going bad?  You may be a great wedding photographer when the temperature is 20C and there is no wind or bugs, but what are you like in -10C and a 100k wind, or with a bride that is in a miserable mood?

Read moreTeaching Tip – bring on the bad!

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Lethbridge City Hall Build

The building of the Lethbridge City Hall is another event that I wish I would have taken the time to photograph more.  Here are a couple photos from when #Lethbridge city hall was under construction.

I had the chance to pass the job site many times on the way to and from assignments. Unfortunately it always seemed that when the light was the best I did not have the time. When I had the time the light was not cooperating. Planning for a perfect shoot of the build just never worked out.

Build 1 Lethbridge City Hall
Build #1 © Paterson Photography Ltd. Lethbridge
Build 2 Lethbridge City Hall
Lethbridge City Hall Build #2 © Paterson Photography Ltd. Lethbridge
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Coaldale water tower – Some more from days gone by

In the process of cleaning up some old files and came across some more old negatives of the Coaldale water tower.

Coaldale Alberta

Removal of the water tower, shot on film then scanned. I always love it when I come across old negatives or even digital files. History is important and loosing it is worse than loosing the original structure. When we forget something it is gone. For us and for future generations will never get to know what the past was like. Most of the small towns on the prairies are gone forever. Many of the grain elevators are gone, only by pictures can we walk to the past!

WTR1 Coaldale water tower
Coaldale Water Tower Removal #1 © Paterson Photography Ltd.
WTR2
#2 Tower Removal © Paterson Photography Ltd.
WTR3 Coaldale water tower
Tower Removal #3 © Paterson Photography Ltd.

Grain elevators, our history

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