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Posts have been few and far between in the last year here, but not because I haven’t been shooting… my photojournalism work with a Seattle-area news group has kept me more than busy. With the uncertainty in the world of the staff photographer, I have started the labor of love that is a portfolio rebuild and a heartfelt effort to find a personal project or two this year. Above, is an image from the Palouse in Eastern Washington, a country road intersection well off the beaten path on January 14, 2012. Good things on the horizon and a concerted effort to share more here on the blog.

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Data backup and workflow is an integral part of all business, but especially for photographers and a visual artists. There is no excuse for losing images in the digital age. Multiple redundant drives in the office and offsite are already a part of my standard backup protocol, but I’m always looking to improve and streamline my workflow and backup strategies. I’m currently test driving Apple’s Aperture 3 and Adobe’s Lightroom 3 to see which system I prefer as explore a change in my current workflow process. Friend and renowned photographer Chase Jarvis put together a recent video, above, and a blog post on how his shop handles their voluminous work load. Check it out, and find some nuggets that work for you. As Chase says about his system, it’s all scalable and to tailor your system to your specific needs. Also, photographer Zack Arias weighed in with his own workflow using Photo Mechanic — my current preference for import/editing/organizing before correcting images in the industry-standard Photoshop.

Data backup is not just for professional photographers, but for everyone! Remember that great photo from your kid’s first birthday? How about that sweet sunset in Hawaii on vacation? How about that video of crazy Uncle Bob dancing? Well, they will only be memories if you don’t take care to properly store and backup your data. It can be as simple as having an external hard drive (or 2!) at home with duplicate info and a third that you backup — monthly, weekly, whenever you shoot something new — stored in the closet at a friends house <——— I still do this, by the way, if only that it is easy, cheap and good reason to share a beer with a friend. Pick something that fits your needs and budget, but do back it up. Saves a lot of heartache and headache in the future.

I’m stoked to announce that I’ve got a new portfolio website up and running at www.chadcoleman.com. Bigger photos? Check. More photos? Yes. Better website? I sure think so… Portfolios of any type — be it web, print, or other format — are always a source of pride, stress, teeth gnashing, decisions and a whole range of other emotions. Here’s my latest, I hope you enjoy!

You can’t say, “but I need to make a fortune instead,” because that’s not happening right now. So you might as well join the people who can say, “I love doing this.”

Another great morsel to chew on from Seth Godin. Just another reminder of how much I love making photographs… One has little to complain about if they love their work. Follow your calling even if it takes time, blood, sweat and tears to make it happen.

“Your industry has been completely and permanently altered by the connections offered by the internet.”  -Seth Godin

A quick clip from today’s post on Seth Godin’s blog… Yes it has, so what are you doing about it as a photographer? What am I doing about it?

“The first time a previously expensive good or service is made free, we’re drawn to it precisely because of the freeness. The fifth time or tenth time, not so much.” from  Seth’s Blog. I find it to be an interesting and useful take on the concept of free in this changing world and economy…

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