Tips, Reviews & Tutorials

Carbonite Review

One of the most important things that photographers need to do is maintain up-to-date backups of all of their photographs. Ideally all of your photos should be stored in three locations; 1. In your Aperture, Lightroom, or iPhoto Libraries, or in a specific directory on your hard dive if you are old school about photo management. 2. An external drive that you can plug in to your computer in case your main hard drive fails. 3.

Beautiful Screen Savers

Sometimes after a long session of photo editing or working on the CSS and PHP on our websites I find that my eyes need a little beak. That's where screen savers are useful, although they aren't really necessary on modern displays, I think they can help blank your mind and rest your eyes. On my work computer I prefer the more abstract screen savers. They give my visual cortex something to work on without making me think about what I'm seeing.

Flash Etiquette

I have some difficulty finding the right word to properly describe how I feel about people who flash inappropriately (photo flash, that is). Many options come to mind, however most of them are not appropriate for a mixed readership.

First Tip: Botanical Gradens

Last year Ruth and I had some unexpected free time in Seattle (the cause being a touchy subject involving differences between 2009 and 2010 calendars and scheduling the right dates on the wrong year). Since we were at a bit of a loss as to how to spend some time without spending too much money, we decided to look for places to do some photography. What we came up with was the Bellevue Botanical Gardens (http://www.bellevuebotanical.org/); which turned out to be one of the most fascinating and beautiful places we'd been in a long time.