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My Hard Drive is Full!…. What Now?

September 2, 2010

I just had an interesting experience dealing with one of the inevitable hassles of digital storage. My external hard drive (750gig) which holds all my photography was filling up! So off I went to a local computer store (Canada Computers on College Street) and bought a big spacious 2 TB drive (For a mere $109). I bought just the bare drive, as I was planning on putting it in the enclosure which houses my current drive.

So now my question was how to get all the photos and some various other stuff I stored on the drive onto my new drive. No big deal, except that I didn’t want to break all my connections in Lightroom and have to go through the process of getting Lightroom to find all my photos again. Since I have a few different catalogs (mostly for teaching purposes) on this one drive it would be a pain to have to reconnect all the Lightroom catalogs.

I thought about migrating all the photographs through the Lightroom interface, but this would involve doing each catalog separately and then copying over the remaining bits and pieces of data that I have on the drive. I didn’t like that idea!

So I decided to try a different approach. I placed the new drive in an enclosure that I happened to have lying around (this is where one of those drive docks would come in handy!). When I mounted and formatted the new drive I was careful to name it exactly the same name as my existing photo drive. To my surprise, both drives showed up on my desktop even though they both have the same name!

I then used a really handy little free program from Lacie (SilverKeeper) to create an exact copy of my very full hard drive on the new drive. The advantage of using a program like SilverKeeper to do this exercise is that it makes an exact copy of your drive, including any invisible files and directory information. The copying process took a while, so I ran it over night while I was sleeping.

In the morning I came down and unplugged both drives. Then I switched the new drive into the old enclosure. (This isn’t really totally necessary step, as I could have left it in the enclosure it was in. However I wanted to use the FireWire 800 enclosure that I had been using, since it provides faster read times than USB) after the switch I plugged in the new drive and launched Lightroom, with my fingers crossed. To my delight, Lightroom found its catalog and all the photos, no problem!

I was very pleased to save myself the hassle of having to relocate all those photos in all my different catalogs. I guess the secret to the trick is to have the new drive named exactly the same name as the old drive so that Lightroom gets tricked into believing that the location hasn’t really changed.

By the way, the ultimate solution to this issue is to purchase a Drobo. These are multi-bay hard drive enclosures that hold four, five, or eight drives. The cool thing about the Drobo is that it combines all the drives into one volume, and it does it in a way that you can actually switch out smaller drives for larger ones without losing any data. It also protects you in case of one drive failing. For those of you who shoot large quantities of photos and or video, the Drobo is a really good idea!

I just thought I’d share this solution with you, since it’s inevitable that one day you’re going to fill up your drive and have to migrate your data, and this method works well with Lightroom.

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Poured Resin Workshop… last chance for a while!

July 14, 2010

This very popular presentation technique transforms your images into beautiful, rich works of art ready to be proudly displayed. The thick, high gloss resin finish makes prints look like they’ve been preserved under molten glass. It’s a very popular technique in galleries and shows, so you may have seen examples of it and wondered exactly how it was done.

Here’s your chance to learn this process, and transform your own print into a beautiful work of art! You’ll see each step demonstrated by Talia Shipman, and you’ll mount and finish your own print as well. This is a technique that you can easily set up and execute at home, so you will get a complete set of instructions and materials list so you can continue to create beautiful artworks on your own.

If you’ve been wanting to learn this technique but haven’t had a chance yet, I do want to mention that Talia is moving to New York soon so this may be your last chance for a while. Also note that we’ve included a special discounted price for full time students [we understand your pain].

For complete details on the workshop see this link.

Workshop date: Sunday, August 15    Location: my studio in Liberty Village.

Workshop fee: $360 including 11 x 14 print and all materials.   [Student discounted fee: $270]

To register, contact me below:

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Online Gallery of my show

May 25, 2010

I’ve posted an online gallery of the Polo Motion photos from my current show at Snowball Gallery.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the show, you can view the images here.  You can also use this site to order prints from the show.  Simply enter the size of print you would like in the comments section, and click the ADD button.  When you’ve finished making your selection, click the SUBMIT MY ORDER button and fill out the form.  I’ll email you to confirm your order.

I’ve had a few queries about the very reasonable print prices for these images.  I debated whether to offer limited editions, at higher prices, but in the end opted for non-editioned prints, and a lower price point. I feel that I would rather have more people able to purchase prints and enjoy them on their walls.

This weekend is the last chance to see the show in person!  Snowball Gallery is open Thursday – Sunday, at 1690 Queen Street West.

BTW, this online gallery is a Lightroom template from Lightroom Galleries, and it’s available as a free download (donationware).

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Show Announcement!

April 12, 2010

Nadia Cheema and I are having a show of new photographs at the Snowball Gallery on Queen Street West, near Roncesvalles.  The show is titled Stillness and Motion, and features Nadia’s haunting Irish landscapes, and my abstract images of the game of Polo.  They make an interesting contrast.  Please come to the opening if you can, or drop by during the month of May.  Here’s the invite:

Hope to see you on the 6th!

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Makeup for Photographers Workshop

April 12, 2010

Natalia Zurawska’s very entertaining and informative workshop will take place on two new dates:

Friday, May 7  from 6:30 – 10:00

Friday, June 4  from 6:30 – 10:00

Everyone who’s attended this in the past has agreed that it’s a must for any photographer working with people.  You’ll learn about how makeup works for photography, how to find and work with makeup artists, and a variety of products and techniques that you can use yourself when you don’t have a makeup artist.  You’ll watch as Natalia transforms a model, and you’ll see before and after photos.

Complete details on the workshop are here.

The cost is $105 (incl GST), and it will be held in my studio.  To register, contact me here:

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The Creative Nude… by Struan…new date!

March 24, 2010

This workshop was a great hit last month!  Everyone involved had a fun time, and some great photographs were made!  So Struan has decided to run it again!

The (very full) day will start with a presentation and shooting demo by Struan, where he will explain how he shoots, works with models, and produces his unique and provocative nude studies.  He’ll work with our models, showing a variety of lighting set-ups and shooting styles.

We’ll take a brief lunch break (served in the studio), then you’ll have a chance to apply what you’ve learned!  We’ll break up into small groups to photograph the models on a variety of sets.  Struan (and I) will be on hand to offer suggestions, help with lighting and answer questions.  At the end of the day review your work and hold a brief critique.  Here’s a PDF with the complete workshop details.

Workshop Date: Sunday, May 30   9:30 – 6:30            Location: My studio in Downtown Toronto

Workshop Fee:  $350 (+gst) includes Lunch ($100 deposit to reserve a space)

There are limited spaces in this workshop, and  it will be popular, so enroll soon!  Contact me below to enroll:

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The Business of Photography Workshop

January 20, 2010

Have you ever dreamed of turning your passion for photography into a profitable business?  This workshop is a great way to get started on that goal!  This has been a very popular workshop in the past, and has started numerous photographers on their way to building successful businesses.

It’s an intensive two days where you learn all you need to set up, promote and run your photography business. We’ll cover everything from the necessary government registrations and taxes, through developing your portfolio, website and marketing materials, to dealing with clients, pricing your work and producing excellent results and profits! Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Business planning and set-up: Business Plans, Financial plans and cash flow management, start-up costs, registering for GST and RST, naming your business.
  • Estimates and Billing: Quoting jobs, fees, expenses and mark-ups, job docketing, invoicing and collections.
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping: A simplified approach to financial record keeping and cash management.
  • Marketing: Identifying potential markets, marketing plans, portfolios, developing and selling your image, reps, mailers and promotion.
  • General Business Practices: Attitude, professionalism, client management, copyright, making and surviving mistakes.
  • Digital: Impact of digital on the studio, equipment issues, billing issues, business opportunities.

Additionally, after the course each student can schedule an individual consultation with me to review their work and get information on potential markets and business opportunities.

Detailed info on the workshop is HERE, and some testimonials from past students are HERE

Dates: March 6 & 7, 2010          9:30 – 6:00 both days

Workshop Fee: $420 (incl gst)    Location: My studio in Downtown Toronto

Advance registration and a 50% deposit are required.  To register contact me here:

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Makeup Workshop for Photographers

January 17, 2010

This is a great workshop for anybody who photographs people! Whether your interest is in fashion, portraiture, weddings or corporate photography, you get lots of helpful information that will improve your work and save you hours of retouching.

Learn how to find and work with a make-up artist to enhance your photos of people (especially if they’re not supermodels!).  Natalia Zurawska will share the secrets she’s learned through working with top photographers and directors, shooting supermodels, celebrities, and just plain folk (like you and your clients).  You’ll learn exactly how the make-up artist does her magic, see before and after photos of a live demo shoot, and learn how to work with this key member of your creative team.

As well, you’ll learn some invaluable make-up tips and techniques that you can use yourself, for those times when you don’t have a make-up artist on hand.  Assemble a simple kit of items you can use for quick touch ups and fixes that you can always have with you.   For portraits, weddings or just casual shots of people, these tips can save you hours of retouching, and could save your shoot.

You’ll also get a complete set of notes, and a shopping list!

This is definitely a fun workshop (Natalia’s a delight), you’ll learn lots, and your clients (and friends) will thank you!  We ran this workshop for the first time last fall, and it was a great success!

I’ve posted two detailed information sheets about this workshop here and here.

Workshop Date & Time:

Saturday, March 13  1:00 – 5:00

Location is my studio in Liberty Village

Workshop fee: $105 (incl GST)

Advanced registration is required, so you can contact me here:

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What Lens Should I Buy?

March 21, 2008

This is the question most often asked by my students. So I thought I should take this opportunity  to set down my thoughts on lens choices.

Read the rest of this entry ?

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And you might want to attend this!

February 6, 2008

Every year CAPIC runs a workshop about assisting.  It usually involved some equipment demos, and discussions of how to become an assistant, how to assist effectively, running your business, etc. This years workshop is on March 8th, at a studio on Davies Ave. If you’re at all interested in assisting (and you should be!)… here’s the link:Capic Assistant Workshop 

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