Archive for January, 2010

Winter Storm

Posted in Photography on January 29, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Oklahoma is in the middle of a winter storm so I decided to take advantage of the photo op. Here are a few of my photos so far. (Click on the photo below to see the gallery)

2nd day of photoshop class – Monkey Wrench

Posted in Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, education, Photography with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2010 by thomasrtucker

We had our 2nd day of Photoshop class yesterday. I have to say, from what I’ve seen so far, Photoshop if awesome. Of course, most of you already know that. The ability to stack two similar images and remove parts of one to allow the other to show through is amazing. I can’t wait to work with it more and discover all the great tools I’ve been missing.

I also discovered Photoshop just threw a big monkey wrench into my workflow. Up until now I’ve only been using Lightroom. Lightroom is very powerful but there are times when you need a little more and that’s where Photoshop comes in. With that, Photoshop does not work with dng files. So now, when I use to edit in dng and export to jpg, I now have to consider working with dng, exporting to work in Photoshop, then exporting to jpg. Hmm, I guess I’m not the first person with this problem and I’m sure I’ll figure something out. Guess I need to look at what others are doing.

Started Photoshop Class

Posted in Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, education, Photography with tags , , on January 26, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Wow, there sure are a lot of buttons in Photoshop! We started our class last night and I’m glad somebody is holding our hand. It was interesting to see where some of the tools in Lightroom came from.

I was very happy to discover our book for the class is Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom In A Book by Adobe Press. The official workbook from Adobe Systems

I really hope the class lives up to my expectations, if all goes well, I’ll sign up for the 2nd class.

Can does not mean we should

Posted in iPhone, Technology with tags , , on January 24, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Another iPhone story. Just because we can check our email while brushing our teeth does not mean we should. I have two minutes to kill every morning while brushing my teeth. So, I’m standing there with iPhone in hand. One of the few times I leave the water running since my cat decides she wants to watch. All of the sudden, the iPhone jumps out of my hand and lands in the sink. Spinning around the sink three times, like a basketball on the rim of the goal, each time passing through the running water. The iPhone was wet, top to bottom. I quickly dried the phone and looked it over. The phone was still working and appeared to be ok. The phone survived and the cat enjoyed the show. That was almost an expensive two minutes. Yep, I’ll still do it.

Always Learning

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on January 24, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Tomorrow starts a new and exciting chapter in my adventures in photography; I’m going back to school. It’s only a short program but I’m going to learn Photoshop. I had no idea post processing was going to be my biggest challenge when I got back in to photography. I started using Adobe Lightroom last year for digital asset management and basic editing but I want more, I want Photoshop. The problem is, Photoshop is a beast of a program. I know there are many great books on using Photoshop, and I’m sure I’ll end up with a few but for now; I’m looking forward to the personal touch as an introduction. I’ll post updates as the class progresses.

Back That Thang Up

Posted in Photography, Technology with tags , , on January 20, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Although I’m still fairly new to digital photography, I am not new to data, technology, and the potential problems associated with both. As a digital photographer, your data is critical. Errors, failures, and corruption happen. Don’t ask yourself if but when is it going to happen. It “is” going to happen, are you prepared?

Data backup does not have to be complicated but it can be confusing. I have come up with a pretty simple system that ensures data is backed up and off site.

*This is only one way, it works for me but might not be the best solution for everybody.

The system consists of the primary computer / hard drive, two portable hard drives, and Microsoft Sync Toy 2. Synch Toy 2 is a free application that will sync the contents from one drive to another. Sync Toy 2 and can be found at

The process is simple; first sync the data from the main pc to both portable drives. You now have your data in three places. The next time you go to the office, take one of the portable drives with you and leave it there, locked up. Then, when you go to the office again, make sure the drive at home is sync’d and take it with you to the office and swap.  Continue this process every time you make changes to your data. This process ensures you always have your primary data at home, one backup at home and one backup off site. As your bring your backup drives home, they will be sync’d with the all the changes since last time.

Your off site location does not have to be the office, it could by your friends or parents house, the safety deposit box, etc.  Also, you could only use one portable drive but your only backup copy will be vulnerable while at home.

Questions or comments?

DAM – What should I do

Posted in Photography on January 19, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Digital asset management (DAM) is something everybody needs but nobody really likes to think about. How do you manage your photos? Do you have a system? Is it solid? Will you be able to find that one photo you took three years ago of that one thing at that place?

While listening to one of my many podcast last year I came across an interview with Peter Krogh, author of The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Digital Photographers. Wow, what a mind-blowing concept. I picked up The DAM book the next day and began the journey down the DAM road. (I love saying DAM)

If you have never studied the concept it’s a lot to grasp all at once. For me, it actually took several months, almost in phases, before I was fully using the DAM methods. In short, stop using file and folder names and start using meta data to manage your photos.

If you have not looked at the concept yet, check it out. Have questions, give me a shout. It’s all about the DAM information.

Morning Fog

Posted in Photography on January 17, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Normally, I would not be happy with my sweet little dog waking me up at 5:00AM on a weekend. Lucky for her, when I let her out I discovered the entire area was covered in a dense fog. Just what I have been wanting. Instead of going back to bed, I made some coffee and began planning where I wanted to go shoot.

Here is a link to some of my “Morning Fog” photos:

A photo for today – iPhone Macro

Posted in Photography on January 16, 2010 by thomasrtucker

As I grow as a photographer I like to experiment with different photographic methods. I discovered a method for creating iPhone macro photographs and knew this is something I wanted to learn. The process is simple, find a lens cover that will allow the iPhone lense to focus at very close distances.

Here is my latest iPhone macro:

Podcast junkie

Posted in Photography on January 16, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Hi, my name is Thom and I’m a podcast junkie. Although photography is one of my passions and hobbies, I have a normal, Monday – Friday information technology job. What use to be the worst part of my job has turned into one of the best- the daily commute. My daily commute is about 45 minutes each way. Between bad drivers, cell phones, and non-stop commercials on the radio–the drive was stressful. [Insert podcast here] After jumping back in to photography and starving for resources I discovered the world of knowledge in podcasts. Wow! I now spend everyday, listening, learning, and enjoying my drive to and from work. I’ve included my current list here in the order they show up in iTunes.

The Art of Photography Podcast
The Candid Frame: A Photography Podcast
Chase Jarvis
D-Town TV
The Digital Photo Experience
EXIF and Beyond: Photography Discussions
FrederickVan – Photography Industry News, Reviews, and Interviews
Nikon Press Center – Multimedia
Nikonians Podcast: The Nikonians Image Doctors
Photography podcast – photography blog –
SCL: The Subject, Composition and Light Photography Podcast
This Week in Photography
Thoughts on Photography

What are you listening to?