6 Tips For Summer Shooting

By   April 15, 2015

1 Go flying!

ssSummer means hot, but it’s the perfect season for an early-morning or late-afternoon hike. The temperature is most pleasant then, and by fortuitous coincidence, these are also the best times for most outdoor photography: The low-angle sunlight produces long shadows that add interest to scenic shots, and the warm illumination enhances people and wildlife portraits. It’s beautiful early and late in the day, and a wonderful time to explore the world around you with your camera, whether that world is your local neighborhood or a national park. Look for exciting lighting, grand vistas and small details, and try different lens focal lengths.

2 Make an outdoor portrait!

Direct noon sunlight is terrible for people pictures, because its harshness makes subjects squint, and its high angle

Cashing In On Your Talents

By   April 7, 2015

cioytOnce you determine what you like to shoot the most and what you’re best at, this will determine the market(s) that you target to sell your work. One advantage that you have over an established, full-time pro is that you don’t have to shoot things that don’t interest you. By specializing, you’ll probably develop your craft more than a photographer who generalizes, and you’ll enjoy doing it.

In the process, it’s important to develop your own personal style. While you’re learning, or doing photography for your own enjoyment, it’s fine to imitate someone whose work you admire. However, when you want to sell your photography, it’s time to strike out on your own. Besides, if a photo buyer prefers your mentor’s style, they’ll probably call that photographer –

Rockin’ With Roxen

By   April 3, 2015

pwsFeaturing a powerful web server and a flexible Web publishing component, Idonex AB’s Roxen Platform is a comprehensive and highly extensible suite of tools for building and maintaining a busy Web site.

Roxen Platform 1.3 Release 2 is one of the most complete Web server packages we tested. A former Best of Comdex winner, Roxen Platform earned an Analyst’s Choice designation with its latest release.

The Roxen Challenger Web server has many of the strengths of the popular freeware Apache Web server, such as modular extensibility and wide platform support, but is much more easily managed and configured through its excellent browser-based interface.

These capabilities, coupled with a solid publishing component, an excellent feature for building searchable site indexes and thorough administration capabilities, make Roxen Platform an excellent

Mo’ Websites, Mo’ Problems!

By   March 25, 2015

mwmpWeb sites are a magnet for Murphy’s law. If there is the slightest possibility for something to degrade site performance, it will. In interviews with large companies (those with more than 500 employees), the HTRC Group found that 54 percent of the respondents named hardware failure-mostly of servers and some network equipment-as the cause for outages and service degradations.

By maintaining multiple data centers, however, site owners can not only improve their sites’ performance by moving content closer to users but also gain protection in the event that an equipment failure disables one or more data centers. Such a solution, however, is expensive to deploy and manage. Recently, content delivery service providers have stepped in, with their global network of data centers and load balancers, to offer an

ArticleBase: Not A Pretender

By   March 13, 2015

abnapRunning start inc.’s articleBase 2.0 is a powerful high-end Web content management system with highly flexible workflow and user role management capabilities.

Even now, we’re impressed with the product’s broad range of capabilities and its ease of use. In fact, like many of its competitors, ArticleBase can pretty much do or be anything a company wants it to do or be because it is an advanced Web application, designed to run on top of Apple Computer Inc.’s WebObjects application server.

Running Start, which released ArticleBase last month, sells both products and related support and will customize ArticleBase to fit a company’s specific needs.

Herein lies the greatest obstacle facing companies such as Running Start that function more like traditional consulting firms than software vendors: Any business with extensive …

Monitoring Software: Worth The Money?

By   March 6, 2015

mswCall it a new kind of performance anxiety. Spurred on in part by an ever-brightening media spotlight examining how well popular Web sites are performing, a growing number of service providers are bundling third-party site and network measurement services as part of the menu of hosting and management items they now offer to their business customers.

“These metrics provide valuable insight for the service provider,” says Joel Yaffe, an analyst with Giga Information Group (Cambridge, Mass.). “Providers are beginning to use these services as an early-warning system to let their business customers know if site performance is meeting expectations.”

At the same time, Yaffe says, the companies providing these statistics are finding service providers to be a lucrative new marketplace as they try to expand their own customer

Got The Blues? Mute Them…

By   March 5, 2015

gtbThis gorge just above Athabasca Falls in the Canadian Rockies was one of those compositions that was very easy to recognize. A bridge had been built across the waterway and looking upriver, the wonderful composition was immediately apparent. Two things struck me: First, the irregular, upside-down “V” design of the gorge was very artistic; secondly, the colors in the scene were quite unique. The icy looking water was cyan, and this was juxtaposed against the cold, gray granite walls of the gorge.

When composing a photograph, the precise position of the camera can be critical. I studied the gorge through the viewfinder on my Mamiya RZ67 II as I moved from right to left. Even a foot or two made a difference in the shape of the “V.”

Learn How To Make A Blog In A Few Weeks!

By   March 4, 2015

lhtsbDo you want to know how to make a blog in just a few days? Well worry no more. With the help of the internet, there are many ways you can learn how to make a blog. There are so many ways how you can learn about blogging especially if you have an idea and interest about article writing. There are actually forums all over the internet that are made up of people who are interested in blogging, people who want to start blogging and people who are expert in blogging. There are people who love to blog and whose passion is blogging. Blogging is one way to earn cash. How? There are many sites that need a lot of blogs to advertise their site.

There are …

Asset Management Is For Smart Photographers

By   February 21, 2015

spgAsset management extends beyond tracking electronic files to touch most aspects of business. After all, a site’s assets can range from the hardware on every desktop to the digital media assets that are manipulated on that hardware.

As most chief information officers will agree, it’s necessary to track equipment and manage desktop configurations. When including intellectual assets and proprietary business information, however, the solutions to managing assets are both difficult to come by and critical to the success of a company.

Digital photograph vendor PhotoDisc of Seattle, for example, found it necessary to create different cross-platform systems to address its various types of assets. To maintain management and control, PhotoDisc splits assets into different categories: hardware and software, a data mart, and its image library.

An important aspect

BaconSalt: because everything should taste like bacon

By   August 23, 2007

I spent ages contemplating the BaconSalt web site, trying to figure out if it was real or a joke.

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Dave Lefkow, one of the founders and self-described “Bacontrepreneur”, has previously been known as a force in the recruiting world, but not as purveyor of pork-flavored condiments.  Kosher, bacon flavored salt– could it really be?

Well, friends, I can now report that BaconSalt is real, very real– it’s salt with an intense bacon flavor that will permeate your very soul. I dropped by Christian’s desk and tried a sample which still lingers on my taste buds.

BaconSalt has been featured in the November issue of PC Gamer magazine as well as numerous kosher publications, and is clearly on its way to internet-fueled world domination.  Get in on the …