John on April 30th, 2009
  • Wondering how much longer we’ll be using conventional HDs; SSDs are starting to become accessible and has anyone seen how fast they are?
  • Researching shows times for Star Trek next Thursday night; I’m pretty pumped!
John on April 29th, 2009
  • Am I wrong in laughing at people I see on the streets wearing sterile masks?
  • If you are @ a baseball game and you’re within camera scope (behind / near home plate) don’t take a phone call and then wave “Hi”; Dopes!
John on April 28th, 2009
  • Nursing a sore back; not sure how I got it – but it’s not really fun!
John on April 27th, 2009
  • Heading home; uggh! the R6 was 35 minutes late
  • OMG; I dropped my iPhone today @ work. (almost down an elevator shaft) Now I realize that it suffered a pretty significant dent!
  • Ryan Howard: Trade Him Now! He Stinks! :-)
  • No redemption for Tony Almeida now!
  • 2 Slams in 1 Night?! Are you Kidding Me? The funny thing is that I could have predicted it …
John on April 26th, 2009
  • Morning catch with John and now we’re making homemade lemonade!
  • Thinking that there is a new barbecue in our very near future
  • The Phillies offense is just sick! About to complete a sweep of the Florida Marlins; 13-1 in the 8th
John on April 25th, 2009
  • No one said it would be easy Flyers!
  • Heading to the Melting Pot for a 530 dinner appt; hopefully the Flyers can stay out of the soup!
  • Sigh! 34 years and counting …
  • All I know is that my children just murdered the dessert @ the Melting Pot. In a blink of an eye – it was gone!
John on April 24th, 2009
  • Home Appraisal completed, now my weekend can begin!
  • apparently, it’s bring your dog to the baseball game (Phillies vs. Marlins) in South Florida tonight! Stupid …
  • Holy Crap! Victorino with a Grand Slam! The Phillies come back from the dead in the 9th inning
  • & the 76ers! my night is pretty darned good so far;
  • David McCullough’s “1776” is on my late-night “reading” list!
John on April 24th, 2009

In the next installment of my DP Tips, I thought it would be useful to give all the “newbies” out there a brief run down on the role of software and the importance of establishing a digital workflow.

Software – Use It Or Lose It:

Regardless of your skill level or experience, everyone needs to have an idea about the software that is available and what it can do for you. My recommendation for people starting to think seriously about digital photography for the first time would be to research and begin experimenting with some of the more prevalent and free software management tools out there.  For most of us, Google’s Picasa or Microsoft’s Live Photo Gallery will give us all the features that we would ever need to: import, coordinate, manage and edit our photo collections.  Many family and friends that I talk to (who have digital cameras) admit to taking pictures but then leaving the pictures pile up on the memory card until they are either forced to erase them or until they have saved up enough cash to buy a new card. This is a recipe for disaster.  Get those pictures off your camera and loaded into a photo management tool on your home computer.  Picasa and Live Photo Gallery provide basic photo management, photo backup, editing and tagging capabilities.  Regardless of which tool you may choose to use, take my advice and spend a few hours researching the basic functions and features that each tool offers.  This is the first step in understanding and establishing a digital workflow.

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