Good Morning Everybody,
Hope you had a great weekend and I hope your week is shaping up to be a great one. I know for LaDawn and I, this has been a week we have been looking forward too for months. Why, because on Thursday, we head to New Orleans and are spending the weekend with my buddy, Ralph Romaguera and Cindi celebrating Mardi Gras.
That's right, I'm going to be one of the "Men in tights" throwing the beads off one of the floats - eh, crewes - this coming weekend! Ralph has asked us to come down the last four years to be part of the celebration and a convention, wedding, or some other circumstance has kept us from making the trip. Not this year - New Orleans, here we come! With the Saints in the Super Bowl on Sunday the whole town should be RRALLY excited. I'll keep you posted.
Hey gang, I've got a few things for you this Quick Hit Monday, including a few things I want to get off my back. Let's get right to it.
Why Not Double Your Prices for 2010 - iStockPhoto Did
OK, this is Gripe #1 from me on this Monday morning. You know as I write this blog, I occasionally head over to iStockPhoto for a quick picture to illustrate an article or two. As you might already know, a blog has to look "pretty" too.
My first experience with iStockPhoto [link] years ago before they were acquired by Getty Images was the fact that they "expired" your funds if you didn't use them within the year. They still have that same policy. That's right, you buy CREDITS and if you don't use them all up within the given time period, those credits evaporate - your money goes "Poof".
To me, it's kind of like buying a "Gift Certificate" from a store, restaurant, etc. that puts an expiration date on it. My dollars don't expire. Why should those same dollars expire if I change it the "currency" to a gift certificate? Hey, I guess it's just life.
Anyway, back to IStockPhoto. I always liked visiting iStockPhoto, doing the quick search, and finding a fun pic for the DPT blog. But, over these last 6-7 years, I've watched their prices continue to increase at more that an exponential rate. 6 years ago I could purchase a high res image for $3.00 . Now those images cost upwards of $40.00!!!
For 2010 everything took a GIANT price jump over at iStockPhoto. So, in a word to iStockPhoto from me, Adios! I'm heading to Fotolia [link] and checking them out.
DAZNOTE: I Spent a little time at Fotolia [link] this weekend and liked what I saw. Reasonable prices, about $1.20 for a low res image and only $12 for the super hi-res variety. Great selection, easy to navigate, and fun to use – Ahhhh.. I'm happy again.
Don't Let Disaster Strike - Is Your Backup Software's Guilty Of Bad Behavior?
Several months ago, I did a piece on backing up your data [link]. I mentioned a "nice" little backup program called Argentum Backup. I loved the program because it backed up my files in "native" file by file mode. It was recommended by PC Magazine and PC World. If disaster struck, all I had to do was swap out the crashed drive with the backup and I was back up and running in no time.
Well, here is the "super scary" thing about Argentum Backup that I just discovered last week. If your source hard drive fails (the drive you want backed up), Argentum DELETES ALL THE DATA from the destination (backup) drive!!! I am not joking.
Argentum's logic is this. If I can't see data on the source drive then it has to duplicate that same situation on the destination drive and deletes the backed up data. The first time this happened to me, it was no BIGGIE. I had a drive not come back on-line during a reboot and to my surprise Argentum wiped the data to the backup. I thought it was weird so once the drive was back on line, I just re-backed upped the data.
Last week, we had a old trusty drive fail. I checked my back up folder. The folder was still there, but the DAT WAS COMPLETELY GONE! That means that my data is only backed up as long as the source drive is in good working order. If the source drive dies, so does all the backup data.
SHOCKING! I wrote Argentum's tech support about the issue to see if I was missing some valuable link or information. Here are excerpts from my inquiry and their response:
Me To Tech Support:
“...Here is the shocking reality. I had a drive "die" or go offline. When Argentum saw the drive was no longer available, it DELETED ALL THE BACKED UP DATA!!!”
"This is the way it is supposed to work. If the files were originally deleted in the source they have to be deleted in the destination as well. Argentum Backup keeps destination fully synchronized with the source. That's why some files may be deleted in the destination if there are no corresponding files found in the source."
OK gang, two things. Check your backup software’s behavior. Unplug your source drive and tell your B-U software to do it’s job. Does it backup the information or delete it? If you find it deletes the data – CHANG SOFTWARE NOW!!!
If you are using Argentum Backup based on my recommendation - stop using it NOW and look for a solution that protects your backed up data not deletes it when your source drive fails.
And Speaking Of Blogs I Like
Hey gang, on a more positive note, let me point you towards two blogs I really like to visit when I get the time.
The first is Fashionable Tales of a Cincinnati Wedding Planner. It's run by by good friend and great event planner Elisa Mackenzie of Elegant Events. What I like about Elisa's site is the insight she brings to the field of weddings. If you are - or want to be - a wedding photographer, it would be fun for you to check out her site right here.
The upside is this. When you read through Elisa's site, YOU will become a BETTER INFORMED, more well rounded wedding photographer when conversing with your perspective client. I just like the different (not photographic) perspective that Elisa brings to the mix. Check out her favorite links too - more great ideas for ya'
OK, somebody is going to accuse me of "shameless self promotion" because Elisa featured my new book, “Captured By The Light" on her blog two weeks ago. Why, because a lot of the weddings featured in the book are events we BOTH worked together on. So, THANKS Elisa for the nice mention.
The second blog I want to mention is written by my good buddy, Larry Becker [link], the executive director of NAPP - National Association Of Photoshop Professionals. Larry launched his blog,"Phaim (fāme) — Larry Becker’s Blog" last May. It is really picking up steam and seems to be definitely heading on the fast track.
Larry is posting everyday with on a nice variety of topics. In his own words he includes, "Street-smart marketing, photography… oh yeah, and smart-phones." I love his post of the "pop up toaster" hard drive backup solution [link].
I'll tell ya' - it's a nice leisurely visit for me. I can't wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve for this week.
Hey everybody, that's it for me today. I'm spending a bit of today putting together a really cool tutorial for tomorrow's Technique Tuesday's post. Think of it as a fun "Do it yourself" gorilla product and marketing strategy for 2010. I promise, it will be a fun one to watch.
See ya' then, -David