Monitor Balancing

Monitor balancing – two words that strike fear into the hearts of relatively sane people.

So what is it that most people don’t understand or makes them fearful to tackle?  I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that articles and blog posts are being written, books being published and all they are doing is trying to sell equipment and programs so it makes it look a lot harder than it is.  I also believe many people simply do not understand what monitor balancing it is and why it needs to be done.  So before we go any further let me explain what monitor balancing is.  Monitor balancing is simply balancing your monitor so that the image you see on the screen is the correct color and density, in addition it insures that it is the same color and density that the final print will be.  It is no harder than this, it is no more difficult, that is it.  Many people believe that when they buy a monitor, or computer system, that the monitor is already balanced.  This is not so, every computer and monitor combination is different.

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How do you treat people???

How do you treat people???

I am always surprised by how many photographers treat other people, especially other photographers, like garbage. Maybe it is an artist thing, or maybe there is a course out there about if you treat people badly you will make more money, I am just not sure what it is.

This past trip to Waterton I ran into two different people that must have taken the course about treating others badly as both were not nice people. One lady, using that term very loosely, could have cut through steel with the glare that she gave me. I pulled off the road where there was a bear and after stopping realized that I was still in traffic and that the bear was walking away from my vehicle so I decided to pass this couple and pull off onto a part that was well off the road and well ahead of the bear. In order to do this I had to pass the couple that were ahead of me, so I pulled out onto the road, passed them and then parked. When I got out of my vehicle to get a monopod she was glaring at me like I was on her private land. She turned to her husband that was photographing the bear and said something that I barley caught but he just ignored her and went on with his photography.

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Are you ready for ????? (Part 2)

Are you ready????

I stopped where I did in the last post for a reason, I wanted to address something to start this post that you have to consider carefully before you decide what type of emergency that you have.  I mentioned that if you have had a major computer crash, lost power or the Internet at your house that you could go someplace else to use the Internet, but before doing this you need to decide if you really have to?  I know people that have an emergency an hour; “this is wrong”, “that happened”, “I cannot”, “I have to” and so on.  One person I know was panicking that they did not have Internet at home, but they had a smart phone that they could still check E-mails, text and post on Facebook but they were upset and were ready to drive 20 minutes in a snow storm to a friend’s house to use their computer when in fact they did not even need the Internet.

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Are you ready for ??????

It could be my upbringing, or it could just be me, but I seem to always be considering the “what ifs”. One of the big what ifs is what would I do if I suffered a major computer failure, or worse if we had a power or Internet failure that caused me to loose access to my computers, or the web, for a day, week or even a month?

Well I know a few things that I would do, first depending on the situation I would more than likely head to the mountains to camp (sorry that is my solution to many things, and it does help 🙂 )……

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External storage

External storage a quick caution (I must sound like a broken record). I am a big fan on using an external hard drive to store images, a low cost VERY effective tool to add storage to your computer. BUT there are a couple things to check, and it seems like many people miss this part (as I find out each week at the studio). 1- If you get a new external drive check that it works on a couple computers. Some drives are set-up to only work on one computer, this is bad. If your computer dies that you had this drive set-up to work on you are out of luck. Make sure that the drive will work on other computers. I get one or two of these a month and people are always shocked that the drive worked at home, why doesn’t it work here? 2- If you are getting a drive for occasional use, like an hour a day or every couple of days you can get a passport or a external hard drive. If you are going to be running the external drive for several hours a day stay away from the passport type drives, These drives are not designed to cool themselves and will get hot. If you want a drive for a lot of use get a drive that plugs into an adapter and has cooling fans / vents. Once again better to prepare now than to get in trouble later.

BEWARE of the negative helper!

I have read a lot of helpful posts this past month on a variety of photography related topics but I have to say BEWARE of the negative helper!  This really is not just on the Internet but is involved in so many areas. As an example someone asked on one forum if they should take X or Y lens on a trip and they included a lot of information about what they wanted to do on the trip, both are good lenses and have a good zoom range and both can work for the person that was asking. There were a number of good replies but then there are a couple that came out with “I would not take either lens as the pictures that you will take will be inferior because of your camera and you should buy an entire new camera system” or “Why take either, you obviously have no idea of what you will be shooting so leave your camera at home”.

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