Graph Paper Press themes

I have been using various GPP themes for our site for many years now.
(This site is currently using the GPP Albdo theme that interfaces with PhotoShelter’s Marquee theme very nicely).
The themes really are easy to configure, setup and use, and they sure beat trying to write your own code!

I am a GPP Affiliate.

Graph Paper Press WordPress themes

Graph Paper Press is a small team of web designers and developers based in Brooklyn, NY who build graphically minimal WordPress themes for photographers, artists and entrepreneurs. Their content-rich designs allow you to create a blog, build a portfolio and sell your photography or artwork online in one place! They offer a variety of free WordPress themes and premium WordPress themes that cater specifically to the needs of creatives. Getting started is easy:

  1. Register an account with Graph Paper Press.
  2. Browse and find a theme you love!
  3. Download it and follow the installation instructions!

Effortless Customization

Graph Paper Press has dozens of WordPress themes and plugins that are both easy to use and customize. Their themes allow you to change fonts, colors, backgrounds, headers, menus, insert logos and create slideshows so that your site is exactly what you want it to be.

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Graph Paper Press also makes a free plugin called Sell Media that allows you to sell photos, prints and other media directly through your WordPress site. Coupled with its many extensions, Sell Media becomes an easy platform through which you can track sales, calculate commissions, protect your work and connect with your customers. It’s a sure-fire way to create and manage a photography business through WordPress. Install Sell Media and voila! You’re running a business!

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A mini review of Sky Crystals

A mini review of Sky Crystals – Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes

Sky Crystals - Unraveling the Mysteries of SnowflakesSky Crystals – Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes by Don Komarechka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book! It is a hardcover printed on a heavy stock that showcases the images very well. The book is divided into 3 main sections, with lots of very well reproduced images.

The first section goes into the science and mechanics of how snow crystals are formed.
The second covers the equipment and how-to of shooting your own images of snowflakes.
And the final section covers post processing the many shots in software to arrive at the final image.

Highly recommended read if you are interested in the science, or photography of snowflakes or even just looking at all the pretty pictures of these short lived wonders.

It was a catalyst in rekindling my interest in macro photography!
Very pleased to have purchased it!

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The book can be obtained from http://skycrystals.ca/

New year and Finally done with all the changes!

lookng up through the trees

Looking up

New Year and DONE!

Finally just in time for the new year,
completed all the major changes to the image library.

It really nice to have Lightroom handling most tasks almost automatically, including uploading selected images to the Photoshelter image bank,  my 500px feed and even facebook (yuck on that one.)
So went forth and bought myself a new decent ASUS ProArt PA248Q IPS monitor to celebrate,  unfortunately it really shows how bad the color was on my supposedly calibrated Samsung  23″ consumer grade monitor.

However the 2 monitors are working out very well side by side with the Asus being used to display the image being worked on  while the Samsung is handling the text and menus.

Also picked up a NetGear Push2TV over the holidays, it lets me wireless display anything my Google  tablet & laptop see over  Miracast or WiDi,  will be great for shows & seminars  (Now hoping some nice Santa brings me a 1080p projector next year. )

Awesome new theme to compliment all the changes

painted chairs

Awesome new theme!

Trying out the brand new just released “Awesome” WordPress theme by Graph Paper Press.
It really is very interesting and quite different than what you normally see!
As usual for a GPP theme it has been very easy to implement and configure  to just the way you want it.

I suspect the hardest part will be to get our main image bank on Photoshelter to at least appear to integrate with this new awesome theme!

Right now it is a bit of a jarring switch going from the main GPP site over to our photo image bank and back again.

Workflow and library major changes in the works

Construction

Construction equipment

DAM (Digital Asset Management)

DAM is a pain at best of times.
Trying to hammer out workable, reliable and consistent backup schemes, file naming conventions, image workflow, key wording, meta data is not easy.
And as you keep changing things to hopefully simplify your work, you usually ending up with a lot of inconsistencies in the old image archives.

At least until I attended Gavin Gough’s Photo Workflow seminar at Photoshelter and watched his video on Vimo

Conveniently linked for you here:

Workflow changes

The first changes to my workflow include adding a new step to my backup strategy, and completely renaming all my existing image files! Would be a big ouch except it is actually turning out to be a painless process!

Good thing was my existing backup strategy was already good (decades of working as a IT analyst pays off) but even here I added a new step to separately backup all the raw image files automatically as they come in to an external drive using a neat feature of lightroom I did not know even existed!

At the moment all my existing working image files are being renamed to a consistent naming convention (one day at a time, just so I can watch what is happening) and converted to DNG format files.
All being done automatically and being handled by LightRoom itself!
Yes, I did take a full snapshot backup of the entire image library before beginning this process, so reverting in case something “not good” happens would be easy.

This is one eBook package (includes a lot of extra like pre-built Lightroom presets to speed things up) that can really help your workflow especially if you are handling large volumes of image files.

Wish I had found it sooner, going back and converting 10’s of thousands of digital image files to the new consistent workflow format from many years of shooting is going to take a bit of time.

The next step will be to implement the tagging process to keep track of where individual images are within the workflow process.

Gallery reorganisation completed

Gallery reorganisation completed

A gallery reorg, it  had to be done,  it is getting late and I now have eye strain from spending hours moving around and reorganising all the galleries in our image bank.
But it is finished, at least for now.

bulldozer on hill side gallery

Construction, bulldozer on hill side

Hopefully navigation will be  made  easier by the hierarchical collections of similar galleries that were created.
Should make locating images much easier as well as storing new images into the image bank!

Link to the new structured galleries http://portfolio.peterpauer.com/archive

Pete’s What’s in the bag – My Storm Kit box

Storm kit box

The grab and go storm kit box

What’s in the Bag

The Storm Kit Box

Peek into some of the equipment kit I carry in the “What’s in my bag article” on blogger
http://imagemakersjourneys.blogspot.ca/2013/06/storm-kit-box.html

The “Storm box” was assembled to hold all the small bits.
That might be needed to run after and photograph a storm.
A few of the larger “bits” don’t fit in the box.
But many server dual purposes especially the safety items.
Click the link above to see what is in the box and what the bigger items are that do not fit nicely in such a small Pelican 1300 case!

As with most things, especially storms think Safety First!

 

Pete’s how-to’s build a DIY Camera Slider

DIY Camera slider

DIY Camera slider using skateboard trucks

DIY Camera Slider

How to DIY Camera Slider build out of hardware store parts and skateboard trucks.

 

Image of V1 of the  DIY camera slider with motor removed, already getting ready for conversion to V2
See the DIY Camera Slider v1 build description and more images or it.

in our build “DIY Camera Slider – V1” construction article on blogger
http://imagemakersjourneys.blogspot.ca/2013/06/diy-camera-slider-v1.html

 

Pete’s how-to’s build a flash bracket for a monopod

Canada Lynx

DIY flash bracket

How to build a DIY flash clamping bracket.

Image of Canada Lynx created using the DIY flash bracket mounted on a monopod!
See the Flash Bracket #1  build process and more images taken utilizing it.

in our build “Flash Bracket #1” construction and use article on blogger
http://imagemakersjourneys.blogspot.ca/2013/03/flash-bracket-diy-1.html

 

 

Pete’s how-to’s build a portable bird shooting platform

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis)

DIY Bird shooting Platform

How to DIY build a portable DIY bird shooting platform.

Image of northern cardinal shot right outside our living room window, distance to shooting platform was about 3 meters or 10 feet!
See the platform build process and more images taken utilizing it

in our build a portable bird shooting platform construction and use article on blogger
http://imagemakersjourneys.blogspot.ca/2013/01/portable-bird-photography-feeder.html