The Veronicas

Here's a handful of photos from The Veronicas show in Newcastle, from December 9th, 2007. 

Publishing my old photos

In a past life, I used to shoot a lot of live music. I've shot local acts from Newcastle, through to massive international acts. Some were fun to photograph, some less so, some were of bands I love, some less so.

With the deletion of my flickr account the other day, and that was where a lot of my photos lived, I decided that I should probably publish them somewhere else, and what better place than my own website.

Over the next few weeks / months, I'm planning on publishing as much of my old photos here as I possibly can, starting today, with The Veronicas. 

Goodbye Flickr

I've been umming and ahhing about closing my Flickr account for a while now, with the Verizon acquisition of Yahoo! pretty much a done deal, now is the time to hit delete. 

iOS 10.2 beta update bug

For the last 10-12 hours, every time I wake my iPhone, I get this notification that there's an update to download, yet when I go to Settings / General / Software Update it says that I've got the latest version.

It's kind of annoying. 

Web trends that shit me...

This is likely to be an open ended post that gets updated from time to time, as trends change and websites seemingly follow them;

  • Websites that paginate everything, i.e. instead of posting the full article on one page, each 'step' is a separate page that you have to click through, meaning that they get more and more page views, more page views means more advertising. 
  • Click bait headlines, e.g.  "He Changed His Name for a Horrible Reason. Now He's Telling Us Why"
  • List posts, e.g. "14 Things That You Have to See to Believe" and for bonus hate, when they combo list posts with over the top pagination and click bait headlines
  • Sites with slideshows that inject an advertisement every 4th-5th slide, or even at all

There seems to be a bit of a theme here, advertising. Basically, I'm sick of all the damn advertising that is being injected into websites, time to reinstate Ad-Block. 

Dead @Drobo

My Drobo has died, it won't power up at all, I've got a lot of data on it. I've either got to buy a new one and hope the disks work in it, or kiss that data goodbye. Ugh.

2016 photo workflow

Given where we are now, technology wise, compared to where we were 10-15 years ago, it's taken me a surprisingly long amount of time to actually come up with a decent, repeatable, workflow for shooting, editing, uploading, and sharing. 

Here's my current workflow, in brief;

  • shoot photos on iPhone 7 Plus, Panasonic GX7, GoPro Session, or Theta S
  • import photos not shot on iPhone into Photos.app, either on my MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, or iPhone 7 Plus
  • sort the keepers from the crap, all the while Photos.app is uploading and syncing to iCloud
  • do basic adjustments in Photos.app, i.e. rotate, crop, exposure
  • using Photos.app extension, open image in Priime for final style edits, save over the original image
  • export / share from Photos.app to Instagram and Flickr

Priime has been the app that has really brought it together for me as I was missing a decent editor that I could use on all my devices. Yeh I can achieve all of this using Lightroom on all devices, however that problem with a Lightroom-based workflow is that I end up with a lot of data duplication, i.e. Photos.app has a copy, and Lightroom has a copy. 

So far, this workflow has been really easy to adopt as my images are accessible and editable no matter what I'm working on. The only problem I've run into with it is that I have a Photos library in excess of 80,000 images and my upload connection is woefully slow, so it's taking a long time to get everything up on iCloud. Fortunately, I'm going to Switzerland at the end of November and staying with a friend who has 400/200 fibre in his apartment.