Alien Abductions: Can we even stop them?

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One common misconception that’s been so oft-repeated that it’s become axiomatic within abduction research: There is nothing we can do about alien abductions. The aliens have superior technology, pass through solid objects (like walls) at will, and paralyze us and disable our defenses at will. There is no point in resisting. Resistance is futile! While it’s true that the typical bedroom abductee appears to be outmatched by the abducting and obviously-prepared gray aliens, it doesn’t necessarily follow that nothing can be done. In fact, there is a wealth of information from abduction investigators who’ve published credible content on preventing alien abduction.

Stopping Alien Abduction

There are countless instances of abductees successfully fighting back against their (would- be) captors. In some cases, said would-be captors have even been killed. There are even instances where the aliens apparently Continue reading

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Never Lose An Image With This File Backup And Cloud Storage Guide

You’ve no doubt heard the idiom that warns against putting “all of your eggs into one basket.” However cliche the phrase may be, these words of wisdom ring especially true when it comes to backing up your files.

A failed memory card or external hard drive can have a significant negative impact on a photographer’s business. Clients lose the captured moments that can never be recreated and photographers suffer a loss in reputation and revenue.

Follow this five-step workflow to securely back up your files and keep your photography business moving forward.

1. Use Cameras With Dual Card Slots

If you get hired to photograph an event, whether it be for corporate,  wedding, or even newborn clients, you should use a professional camera that offers dual memory card slots. The last thing you want to tell your client after shooting an event is that you lost some or all of the images due to a corrupt memory card. Recording onto two cards simultaneously provides an instant backup.

Redundancy at this level will save you from having to have that difficult conversation with the client whose memories have just been lost.

2. Upload All Important Files To Cloud Storage

Having an organized workflow is critical when backing up files. The moment you get back from a shoot, back up your files to the cloud!

This minimizes the risk of losing files in the event of a natural disaster, hardware failure, or worse, having your hardware stolen. If a particular device is stolen, files can be wiped from that device but kept safe in cloud storage.

Lastly, cloud storage files can be backed up for periods of 30 to 120 days from the time they’re deleted, which is especially useful in case of accidental deletions.

3. Separate Primary And Backup Memory Cards After Any Shoot

After each shoot, separate your memory cards. Keeping all of your cards together in one place may seem more practical, but it opens up a greater potential for loss should anything happen to the cards.

Assuming that you and the other shooters are using cameras with dual card slots, each shooter should have a minimum of two cards. Create sets that include one card from each shooter and place them into separate bags to be kept in different locations.  For example, you take one set home and keep the other set in your studio; or you can take one set to your home and the other set to your second shooter’s home. Include a piece of paper that contains the following information with each bag of cards:

  • Client’s name
  • Shooters’ names (if you have multiple shooters)
  • Date of the event
  • Number of cards each shooter submitted

Place this paper in the bag with the memory cards. Also, make sure the number of cards on the piece of paper and in the bag match.

4. Check File Count Before Formatting Memory Cards

We recommend creating a new catalog for each event you photograph, whether it be a wedding, corporate event, or bar mitzvah.

When uploading your images into photo editing software, select all photos from each card and write down the total image count. You should also verify that the date on all images on the card matches the date of the event.

After you’ve uploaded all of your cards, add up the number of images from each individual card and ensure that the total matches the number of files in the folder(s) you’re using to store the images.

For Lightroom users, make sure the number of images within your image folder matches that displayed on the bottom left corner when importing images.

Once the import is finished, scroll through all images to ensure that there are no corrupt images. If there are corrupt images, go to your backup card and re-import the corrupt images.

5. Deliver Files To The Client Before Deleting Archives

If possible, deliver your images to your client using your preferred online proofing method before deleting your image archive. Even then, when it comes time to decide between clearing out your storage or archiving your images in perpetuity, consider the following. The cost of storing your images is minimal in comparison to having a client return at a later date to ask for photos and having nothing to offer them but an apology.

At the very least, you should consider archiving the RAW “keeper” images that you delivered. Using the storage cloud is an affordable way to do this and it will free up space on your main workstation.

Conclusion

There are plenty of reasons to start using cloud storage to simply and safely backup your files, and very few reasons to put it off. From being able to access a variety of files offsite to keeping your files safe from hardware failure and theft, you have less to lose when using the cloud storage is part of your regular workflow.

What are some other benefits you’ve found when using cloud storage for your photography business?

 

 

This is a sponsored post for Dropbox. All opinions are my own. Dropbox is not affiliated with nor endorses any other products or services mentioned.

2018 Black Friday Deal Tracker

It’s that time of year again…. That month between late November through the new year when we photographers load up on all of the gear and software we need (and lots that we don’t need) for 2019.

To simplify things for you, our editorial staff is back with our annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deal Tracker for photographers.

Be sure to bookmark this page and visit DAILY as we’ll update it with the latest and greatest Black Friday deals that we find!

SLR Lounge Education: 30% of ALL Store Products, Training Systems, and SLR Lounge Premium.

Notable workshops and resources include the following:

  • Dell P2715Q 27″ Ultra HD 4K Monitor – $409 – Link
  • Dell S2715H 27″ 16:9 IPS Monitor – $184.95 – Link
  • Dell S2317HWi 23″ 16:9 IPS Wireless Connect Monitor w/ Wireless Charging Stand – $149 – Link
  • LG 29UM69G-B 29″ 21:9 UltraWide IPS Gaming Monitor – $179 – Link
  • Apple 21.5″ iMac (Mid 2017) – $999 – Link

 

  • Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Space Gray) – $2,499 – Link
  • Apple 13.3″ MacBook Pro (Mid 2018, Silver) – $1,689 – Link
  • Lenovo 15.6″ IdeaPad 330s Notebook – $399 – Link
  • Dell 15.6″ Inspiron 15 5000 Series 5570 Notebook – $599 – Link
  • ASUS 15.6″ VivoBook S15 S510UQ Notebook – $729 – Link
  • Lenovo 2019 15.6″ HD Laptop Computer – $314 – Link
  • Apple 13.3″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017, Space Gray) – $1,399 – Link

 

  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card (160MB/s) – $69 – Link
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme PLUS UHS-I microSDXC Memory Card with SD Adapter – $34,99 – Link
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO UHS-II microSDXC Memory Card with USB 3.0 Adapter – $44.99 – Link
  • SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO UHS-II microSDXC Memory Card with USB 3.0 Adapter – $89.99 – Link
  • SanDisk 32 GB Extreme CompactFlash Memory Card – $30.77 – Link
  • SanDisk 128GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card – $42.51 – Link
  • Samsung 128GB EVO Plus UHS-I microSDXC Memory Card with SD Adapter – $32.95 – Link
  • SanDisk 200GB Ultra UHS-I microSDXC Memory Card (Class 10) – $41.99 – Link
  • Samsung 256GB EVO+ microSDXC Memory Card with SD Adapter – $79.95 – Link
  • SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 Memory Card – $679.74 – Link
  • Samsung 32GB EVO+ UHS-I microSDHC Memory Card with SD Adapter – $9.99 – Link
  • SanDisk 256GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card (160MB/s) – $259 – Link
  • Samsung 128GB EVO Plus UHS-I microSDXC Memory Card with SD Adapter – $32.95 – Link

  • Samsung 500GB 960 EVO NVMe M.2 Internal SSD – $109.99 – Link
  • Samsung 1TB 960 EVO NVMe M.2 Internal SSD – $219.99 – Link
  • G-Technology 3TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive – $109.99 – Link
  • Samsung 1TB 860 EVO SATA III 2.5″ Internal SSD – $147.99 – Link
  • G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE Mobile Micro-USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black) – $49.99 – Link

Camera Lenses

  • Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF – $1,199 – Link
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens – $299 – Link
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens – $1,699 – Link
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens – $699 – Link
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens – $299 – Link
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens – $1,196 – Link

Camera Bodies

  • Nikon D750 DSLR Camera (Body Only) – $1,396.95 – Link
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera (Body Only) – $3,099 – Link
  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only) – $999 – Link
  • Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with 24-120mm Lens – $1,896.95 – Link
  • Nikon D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only) – $1,796.95 – Link

Cinema Gear

  • ikan EC1 Beholder 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer – $369 – Link
  • GoPro HERO Session – $149 – Link
  • GoPro HERO7 Black – $399 – Link
  • Zhiyun-Tech WEEBILL LAB Handheld Stabilizer for Mirrorless Cameras – $599 – Link

Tech Accessories

  • USB C Hub, Micar 7-in-1 Type C Hub – $32.99 – Link
  • All-new Echo (2nd Generation) – $59 – Link
  • Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, Black – $113 – Link
  • Apple TV 4K (32GB) – $169 – Link
  • Apple TV 4K (64GB) – $189 – Link

MAGMOD

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Offer: Black Friday early birds get free gift cards with orders over $300. Shipping is free all weekend long, too. Icing on the cake: up to 20% off thru Cyber Monday.

Valid: 11/16 – 11/26

Code: No coupon necessary (click link above)

About: MagMod makes flash modifiers the way they were meant to be. Our mission is to make awesome photography easy, by making tools that get out of the way of being more creative.


HONEYBOOK

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Offer: 50% off your first year subscription

Valid: Undefined.

Code: No coupon necessary (click link above)

About: HoneyBook helps you book your ideal client faster, more frequently, and with less legwork.

Black Friday at the Big Retailers

AMAZON PHOTO DEALS

Of course, it’s not Black Friday unless you have Amazon in the mix.

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B&HPHOTO DEALS

The next place we always check is B&H.

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Black Friday Starts NOW at SLR Lounge | Huge Discounts

Black Friday starts early this year! We’re offering huge discounts on our most exciting products, including:

  1. The Photography Business Training System (Preorders)
  2. The Wedding Photography Training System
  3. SLR Lounge Premium
  4. The Entire Store!

30% Off business training system

If you’re ready to take your business to the next level in 2019 with comprehensive education on pricing, sales, marketing, SEO and more, jump into The Photography Business Training System. Our Black Friday Sale offers 30% off the entire training system. 

Step 1: Visit the Product Page

Step 2: Add This Workshop To Your Cart

Step 3: Enter Code BLACKFRIDAY2018

Note: Valid until 12/01/2018 or after the first 500 redemptions

See the trailer below:

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Start Training

30% Off Wedding Training System

If you’re looking for the most comprehensive, A-Z wedding photography workshops and resources, our Black Friday sale also offers 30% off the entire training system. 

Step 1: Visit the Product Page

Step 2: Add Your Selected Workshops to Your Cart

Step 3: Enter Code BLACKFRIDAY2018

Note: Valid until 12/01/2018 or after the first 500 redemptions

See the trailer below:

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Start Training

$150 Off SLR Lounge Premium

Take control of your photography career with the best education for photography.  Premium gives you streaming access to ALL of our courses.  Individually purchased, all of this education is over $2,500, but our Black Friday Sale makes it only $349.

Here is how you can take advantage:

Step 1: Visit the Premium Page

Step 2: Select the “Annual Plan”

Step 3: Enter code BLACKFRIDAY2018

Note: Valid until 12/01/2018 or after the first 500 redemptions.

Join Premium

30% Off All Workshops

If you would rather download and own our education, instead of stream it through Premium, our Black Friday sale also offers 30% off all of our store products.

Step 1: Visit Our Store

Step 2: Add Your Selected Workshops to Your Cart

Step 3: Enter Code BLACKFRIDAY2018

Note: Valid until 12/01/2018 or after the first 500 redemptions.

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SLR Lounge Premium testimonials

“SLR Lounge Premium membership totally changed my life by improving my business 10 fold!” – Rashad Mosley of Vision & Style Photography

“Having SLR Lounge Premium in my back pocket is invaluable.” – Michael Waller of Michael Waller Photography

“Their tutorials were the most comprehensive, entertaining, incredibly well produced and by far the best bang of the buck! The little time I do have available to improve my skills is spent watching SLR Lounge.” – Trevor Dayley Photography

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