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In this video, I unbox the ThinkTankPhoto Production Manager 40. I take you thru all of the features, talk about build quality, versatility and even show you my first pack with my lighting kit in the bag. This is the bag I’ve been waiting for and I’m sure there are plenty of photographers out there that will want to scoop one up.
DigiRichie and I both got our hands on the new Western Digital My Passport Pro 4TB Thunderbolt external hard drive. This little guy is a beast like nothing we have seen before. Inside you have 2, 2TB drives that when raided together give you 4TB of storage in a package much smaller than you would expect.
Being that this is a Thunderbolt only hard drive it comes already formatted and ready to go for your Mac. This speed and portability does come at a price, $399.99. But after digging a little deeper you wont find another company producing anything similar or close to the same storage size. I am sure in the next few months they will become more prevalent.
Before I get into the notes from DigiRichie who is currently out on assignment let me tell you how Stephen and I have been using this drive. After that I will post DigiRichies notes.
Stephen and I have been traveling the world shooting videos, photos and recording audio. We always need fast and reliable backup solutions when traveling. Since we use the latest MacBook Pro 15 inch with Thunderbolt this hard drive is the perfect solution. It allows us to not only backup all our files quickly using Thunderbolt but it allows Stephen the ability to edit full HD Video straight off the drive.
We have the drive set up currently to be redundant. That means it’s only 2TB of storage but it’s saving everything twice, once to each drive inside. I feel better when traveling to use this option over the RAID 4TB option. I will tell you that we didn’t rely on just this one hard drive for backup. We also made sure to store all file on the laptop as added security.
Let’s take a look at the drive itself, it’s a little thick, has a built in fan and is bus powered via the built in Thunderbolt cable. You might think the thickness or size of this drive might be an issue for travel but it’s honestly not that much larger than some of the smaller 2TB drives currently on the market. If you don’t think the 4TB is for you WD offers this drive in a 2TB option.
There are always small tweaks you can make to your website that may lead to more jobs. A long time friend of mine asked me to take a look at her page to give my honest take.
First off her site is clean, pleasant and houses some very nice work. It is built off of Squarespace which means she will be able to make any changes quickly and efficiently on her own without any HTML skills.
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One of the first things I noticed on her site is that it did not have a definitive portfolio featured. It did have galleries that showcase some very nice images but not one “catch all” portfolio that someone seeing your work for the first time could latch onto before diving deeper.
In this case the tip is to make sure you have a place where people can find a definitive portfolio of your work. The reason being is they can see your best of the best work in one place than take a closer look at your separate galleries.
When I first logged onto her site I noticed a big WELCOME photo. But I couldn’t click it, it didn’t change to show me more, it simply said welcome. My suggestion is to utilize your home page to make the most impact on people showing up. You want to grab them right than and there with your best work. You can put up a slide show of 10-20 images that when you click them take you into the site to further your message.
Make sure your message is on point from page to page to page. The site is Taylor’s and her husband is Ryan. On different pages you see “Thanks Taylor and Ryan” but on one you see it reversed. Being that the name of the website has Taylor in the name her name should always come first. This is one subtle tweak I noticed that may seem like not a big deal. But a consistent message can go a very long way to success.
This book was Created as a companion piece to Martin Scorsese’s PBS documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan. I picked it up for under $10 on sale back when there was still a Borders Books.
This has to be one of the most interesting and all around cool books I have seen. It’s like a popup book accept many of the items can be removed.
You have old news paper clips that have been reproduced. You have lyric sheets that look like they are hand written on lined paper, you have all tour posters. The quality and detail of the information that was included in this thing is pretty mind blowing.
If you can still find one of these books new I highly recommend you pick one up.
You can find some of these books on Amazon right here. The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, 1956-1966