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So after my joking about PervertCam, I now have one of sorts.

I got a WU-1a wifi dongle for my D7100 which means I can control it with a phone / tablet. Funnily enough, the android version of the app seems better than the iphone / ipad version did, just a few minor reasons.

It was really great for work events, where previously we'd have to tweet shitty phone-cam pictures of our event, now I was able to take 'proper' photos and tweet them there and then. Even more so, I was able to just snap away, go over to our copywriter who had the ipad, and say "yo I've got some new things for you to tweet out". But that's just a kind of glorified card reader. I haven't really played with the app yet controlling auto focus and shutter. It's a shame you can't use the app to adjust things like shutter speed and aperture, in fact, when it's active, it disables camera controls so you have to momentarily disable live view to change some settings.

However, once you've got the settings right, as a remote viewfinder and shutter release, it's better than nothing and I think it could potentially have some cool uses. It's obviously nowhere near as versatile as that lens-and-phone thing above.

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I'm looking for some inspiration.

How does everyone here archive and backup their work? I don't like deleting raw NEF files, ever. Even if they're something I don't like. They're memories and stuff. Initially my process was everything comes off the camera, syncs with Google Drive, which I'm paying for, and that way they're always in the cloud, never lost.

Photos that have been post processed are fine, I have web space for showing them off, and the idea is that everything will go on that, which will generate lower res versions for showing on the website / sharing. It's just those raw file archives I'm not sure to do with.

The above drive method was fine to a point but

a) it's filling up too quickly, I can't keep paying for more cloud storage

b) Drive is awful, the way it syncs slows my PC down, and kills my computers' bandwidth. It's gotten worse now, because since upgrading my camera these raw files are like 30 megs a pop.

The answer to this is probably simple I guess: Get a USB hard drive and put them on that. I just wonder if anyone else had some magical way of doing things.

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Store them in an Aperture library with external RAW files; back that folder up locally with Time Machine and remotely to Crashplan. I'm at about 225 GB.

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What I should really do is buy a new pc. I quite like the way Lightroom handles archiving, and then I can use synctoy to backup everything Lightroom does.

The problem is Lightroom doesn't run that well, and Bridge + Photoshop CC run better for me (I've got a CC account with work). Bridge just doesn't quite work as nicely as Lightroom though, for archiving and cataloguing, but if I upgraded to a PC that wasn't 6 years old I'd probably be alright with LR :)

I suppose I don't have to spend much on a PC to have a decent one for creative suite, that's all I use my PC for now (apart from watching netflix and browsing the web).

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It's a chore, but the best way I found for me (Mac) is to use the camera software to download the photos. These go onto a share on my NAS (ORF raw files + JPGs). Then I reference the files in Lightroom which lets you keep the files outside the library/computer. As the files are going to a folder rather than a locked up library file, I guess I could set something to sync them with dropbox or google drive etc.

I would say that if there are photos you only want to keep for the memories, they may as well be JPGs, possibly not even full size. You'll still be able to look at them, and even make decent prints.

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I manually copy all my raw files off the camera, into my own folder structure (based on date / event), from where I then import into Lightroom. I also have a NAS (two mirrored disks), where I manually copy those folders to whenever I feel like it (typically once or twice a month, or when I've taken some photos that I really don't want to lose). And lastly, I have an "offsite backup" consisting of an old drive located at my parents house, which I try to update at least once a year, to keep the data loss at a minimum in case something causes all three disks at my place to stop working...

Sure, it's a bit of manual work, but it hasn't bothered me enough yet to get me to start automating it :P

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I think that's the way. It's semi manual, because you can use sync toy and stuff to do the backup, and I guess you could do a scheduled backup.

I should probably do the parental backup thing. Sort of feels like just backing up in the house isn't that effective against fires or burglary! That's why I liked the idea of cloud storage but, it's just not cost effective for raws, which I want to keep.

If I had a connection as fast as my parents I could do an upload thing too :)

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The service I mentioned above -- Crashplan -- has unlimited cloud storage space. Like I said, mine has about 300 GB of stuff in it.

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More from my sporadic camera porn library:

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Alexa MkII shooting camera right, Red epic shooting t'otherway. All rigged to a rollercoaster on a job I was VFX supervising. Later we managed to rig two Alexas and an Epic on the same rig. How we didn't kill someone i don't know.

Edit: final spot has just been released.

http://youtu.be/P47eLknD0qo

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The service I mentioned above -- Crashplan -- has unlimited cloud storage space. Like I said, mine has about 300 GB of stuff in it.

Oh wow, Crashplan sounds brilliant - it's waaaaay cheaper for infinite space than drive! I'm not interested in a dropbox 'like' service as I have dropbox - I can use crashplan to backup dropbox as well. Since this really is for archiving, and not for back and forth access, then price point is the biggie.

A few questions:

Is it fast to sync? It doesn't slow your computer down too much?

How easy is it to browse and download uploaded files? So for example if I'm on my laptop out and about, and I need a recent shoot, can I just download that?

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Is it fast to sync?

As fast as your broadband. My initial upload took about six weeks! But keeping the upload up to date is no big deal of course, even when I come back from holiday and dump many gigabytes into it it catches up in a couple of days.

It doesn't slow your computer down too much?

Not in my experience. People have complained about that in the past but it's been fine for me. Disclaimer: I run it on a pretty beastly iMac so I'm unlikely to notice unless it's extremely intensive.

How easy is it to browse and download uploaded files? So for example if I'm on my laptop out and about, and I need a recent shoot, can I just download that?

Oooh, uhhh, I'm not sure. I've never had to do that. Try the free trial and see.

While we're on the subject of photo backups, people should look at Everpix. I like it a lot, for slightly different things than Crashplan.

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Google Drive slows things down and is horrible. Dropbox, which is the same thing, doesn't, so I don't know what the deal is with Google. I guess they're good at making Android and web apps, but windows applications they suck at.

Crashplan seems good because with the 10 computers family deal, I can go splits iwth my dad (who has the same need for backing up photos) and we just have a backup between all of us, and we have less than 10 pcs amongst us.

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Another shout for Crashplan - been using it mainly to backup photos for the last couple of months and haven't got any complaints.

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More from my sporadic camera porn library:

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Alexa MkII shooting camera right, Red epic shooting t'otherway. All rigged to a rollercoaster on a job I was VFX supervising. Later we managed to rig two Alexas and an Epic on the same rig. How we didn't kill someone i don't know.

Edit: final spot has just been released.

http://youtu.be/P47eLknD0qo

Top stuff! But don't forget the video equipment thread next time ;)

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Went to this today photography event today, http://gulfphotoplus.com/popup had the best portrait photographer in the world there and listening to him talk and seeing his photos made me decide I want to photograph things properly as well.

I need to get a camera but don't really know where to start, I'm looking to spend around £500. Is the fuji x100 worth it? People were hyping it up but the event is also sponsored by fuji. Am I better off buying a cannon dslr like a 600D? I like the discreteness of the fuji for transportation and use on the street but if I get a Canon then females are more likely to let me photograph them in states of undress.

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Thinking of selling my Canon 7D body. Been a long time since I have eBay'd and I'm not sure if I can be bothered worrying about scamming and such. Is there anywhere better these days? (Aside from rllmuk trading ofc...)

I have sold many cameras to dealers before, but that's trading convenience for value and I would rather get the full worth myself.

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Avforums is a good bet, I've sold and bought cameras there without issue a number of times! They can be a bit wary of first time sellers though, so sometimes ask you to send before payment, which to me seems massively dodgy but it seems to work from what I've seen! With eBay you will lose at least 15% of the sale in fees, which is too much when it comes to higher values!

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Or Talkphotography forum.

I would have liked to have gone to the GPP thing. Shame it was over two days, not one.

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This weekend has been the most demanding clientele I've had in my job. Photographers are the most picky/meticulous people I've ever had to work with, each one wanted the colour space on the projector changed and asked me to go beyond what was possible with the room lighting, ended up having to trip the breaker switches for different rows of lights in the theatre as the automation system simply wouldn't allow the theatre to be that dark. The usual audiences are more accustomed to pie charts than high quality pictures, we had a new 4k projector installed recently and that impressed them with blacks as well as the resolution (was installed as its used for displaying high resolution xray/mri scans and the older projector wouldn't display them well enough).


Was quite cool helping each photographer set up before the presentations. The cannon tethering software/hardware is atrocious though, took about 10 minutes each time having to restart the computers and camera's multiple times before it worked correctly. Some of the photographers had the Eye-Fi sd card but that didn't seem much better, took about a minute from snapping the shutter to displaying on the computer screen.

I'm so jealous, are you talking about Zack Arias?

The X100 is an amazing camera.


Meant Gregory Heisler, seems like he's photographed pretty much everyone of note over the past half century. He had some interesting things to say around the theme of "motivating the practical" which basically meant adding artificial lighting but making it look natural.
People were taking photo's of Zack after his presentation exclusively with dslr's, I took a sly one from my projection booth then decided to rock down there with my camera phone and ask for a photo, it was probably the worst photo anyone's ever taken of him :lol:
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I went to the fuji stand and demoed the X100s today, they were explaining how it was superior to its successor in pretty much every way but its twice the price. I know I don't want to spend over a grand yet on a camera but if I buy the X100 then I'll always feel that I should have paid more and bought the successor instead.

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Very jealous, big fan of Zacks.

The X100 was the same price new as the X100S is now, fwiw. The main differences are better auto focus and way better manual focus, the rest is just small, albeit nice tweaks here and there. Zack did a nice review of the X100S.

/end gushing.

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I need to get a camera but don't really know where to start, I'm looking to spend around £500. Is the fuji x100 worth it? People were hyping it up but the event is also sponsored by fuji. Am I better off buying a cannon dslr like a 600D? I like the discreteness of the fuji for transportation and use on the street but if I get a Canon then females are more likely to let me photograph them in states of undress.

I'm not sure there are any bad cameras any more- Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic... Some are a bit more niche than others. If your main objective is to look "Pro" to potential models, then no Canon with more than two digits in the number, or Nikon with more than three- and without a battery grip- is going to give you that empowering sense of photographic dominance you seek.

I use Olympus Pens, preferably with C-Mount primes.

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I've been so dissatisfied with my digital pictures of late that last week I took the plunge and bought a Leica M6 with a 50mm Summicron. It's so exciting to shoot film again where every photograph feels like some sort of event; I find I put much more planning and preparation into each shot, and every time I collect the prints it feels like a little Christmas. That said, some of my favourite pictures are the ones where I've got the aperture, shutter speed or focus out of whack (or possibly all three). I like that film photography produces those happy accidents that I found my more clinical digital shots failed to create. I live in a small flat at the moment so I don't have space for a darkroom, which limits my creative control to an extent, but I have found a decent place in central Hong Kong that know what they're doing when it comes to processing film (and doing it quickly).

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Would love an M6. Enjoy! I'll make do with my Olympus Trip/RC 35 for now..

You could certainly develop B&W film in a small kitchen area. The stuff you need would fit into a small box, could all be used in a sink and dried in a bathroom.

I sold my Canon 7D. Should hopefully have a Canon.... /drumroll/ 100d coming. Yes a smaller camera. Less of many of the 7D's features, but most importantly less weight. A slightly better sensor by the looks of it.

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Anyone use the Tamron 17-50? I've heard it's a lot better than the canon kit lens, and was thinking about giving it a try.

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