Saturday, January 27, 2007

Digital Photography vs. My Computers

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
OK people, I have a serious problem here. My ability to generate digital files has far outstripped my ability to store, archive and manage them.

I generate about 100 Gigabytes of photographs a month, on average. Depending on weddings and stuff, it is sometimes closer to 200 Gigabytes. I have just enough storage space to host a 5 month backlog, but that also means that each week I have to burn, archive and off-site a certain number of DVDs to move the out-of-date photographs off the system.

And to make matters worse, I am only a few weeks away from buying a another camera body with a large CMOS sensor -- even larger files!

That means another storage upgrade or less time of backlog on the filesystem. This presents a problem as now I often miss making use of my photographs (uploads to Flickr, prints, ect) because the photographs can only hang around in my workspace for a few months. Sometimes, when the workload gets bad, I may take entire cards of photographs off the camera and onto DVD without ever once looking at them! Sad that I'm "wasting" work.

Maybe someday if I'm famous people will go back through it ;) That's what I tell myself at least so I stop worrying. It'll not go to waste, don't worry.

Congratulations Christina & Andy

Best wishes and Congratulations go out to Christina and Andy on this their special day.


Friday, January 26, 2007

The Quest

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
The Quest to be remembered, to be unforgettable. The Quest that drives us always, sleepless and straining to seize the next moment, the next chance at greatness.

The Quest is the source of all our joys and also our frustration, exhaustion and disappointment.

Will we find greatness? Will the world deem our struggle worthy of notice or will we pass, silent and forgotten, into the ash-choked winds of time.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

What kind of camera will you bring to my wedding?

It is natural to want to be assured that your photographer is using professional, reliable and insured equipment.

See my complete Wedding Photography FAQ answered by me at

How many and what kind of cameras do you use? (Do you have backup equipment if something breaks?) Do you use film based or digital cameras or a combination of both?

Answer: I use Nikon's trusted professional grade cameras (and some special-purpose consumer grade ones as well.) I usually bring two or three cameras and a backup to each wedding. All of my equipment is well maintained and of the highest quality.

I use a 100% digital system to ensure rapid turn-around, consistent quality and lower prices. I have backups. And my backups have backups. I have insurance. I also have an established credit at a local photography store for emergencies -- If all my gear was stolen the night before your wedding, you would not even know unless I told you (and I wouldn't!)

Do you offer a website and CD of my images? If so, is this included in the packages or this is an extra fee?

Answer: I offer a website and DVD(s) of all the originals. If you cannot use DVDs, a multi-disk CD version will be created for you. The website is included in your package so that, if you want to, you can order prints from your wedding day.

Do you offer only traditional albums or do you have a wide variety of options to choose from including, any coffee table style books?

Answer: I can refer you to local (and national) vendors that produce incredibly high quality albums and coffee table books. The printer I use for all my work offers a wide variety of coffee table, album and proof book products. I always extend my preferred pricing from them to my clients.

See my complete Wedding Photography FAQ answered by me at

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Windy Irish Coast

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
We've had a snow fall and the world awoke covered in a silent white blanket. Not for a long though -- out come the snow blowers, snow melters, snow destroyers and all manner of scraping, plowing and roaring snow-wrecking machines.

This is my first weekend with my new work laptop and I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to be able to blog, drink my own coffee, look after the dog and write C# on a nice HP mobile workstation all from the comfort of my own office. No more late night drives into the heart of Dayton to reboot a server ... copy a file ... or anything else.

I will complain that the VPN is slow, the iPass connection method outdated and painful ... but it works, and it works for hours on end. And better yet, it was plug and play (well, with a little tweaking, but whatever!)

Friday, January 19, 2007

My New Nikkor Glass -- AF-S 17-55mm DX IF-ED f/2.8!

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
Just a photography of a model I finished painting yesterday. Still needs a coat of gloss, but they seem to photograph best just before the gloss is applied -- maybe just I like the more muted look of the colors and the sharper details (not obscured by the light-bending properties of the gloss.)

The main point of this series, however, is to test the new Nikkor glass I'm sporting on the front of the D200. Big, heavy, beautiful, creamy ... everything I could have asked for. I'm really looking forward to using it on it's first wedding assignment this weekend.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Stream Near Monastic Villiage

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
Ice cold, flooded, barren and windswept -- all fair enough words for the remote valley in western Ireland where the photograph's contents are found. The village served as a final hiding place for many religious relics during the time of the Vikings and is still today a place somehow both stark and verdant.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Rainbows, Magic and Memories

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
A random rainbow along a road between Dublin and Trim. What a site, a sudden surprise -- a break in the storm.

An image I like, even enough to make a print or two of it.

Sunset in Venice

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
The sky was this strange yellow color and the water an almost green blue, light dancing across the waves caught this gondolier in profile, as he ferried a collection of Venetian locals from one side of the grand canal to the other.

The Speed of Knowledge?

I must take a moment today to marvel at the stunning speed at which the modern world can deliver knowledge and information.  For example, today I needed a book on a somewhat obscure, somewhat bleeding-edge technology (I cannot talk about exactly what for reasons I will not go into) and I will have it, in my hand, tomorrow before 3:00PM.

That is amazing.  Ten years ago that order may have taken a few days, twenty years ago maybe a week.  Fifty years ago finding this information, much less a newly published and timely book about it, would have been far more difficult.

Monday, January 15, 2007

My Walls are Leaking

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
The wall in my computer room is leaking water. Nearly destroyed one of my precious IBM monitors. I am not pleased.

As you can see, it also makes Leena sad. Sad to see me in such a panic. Dogs are incredible, aren't they?

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Stuff From PhotoStream

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
In my quest to make use of Flickr again, I have rediscovered the sweet "Compose blog entry" integration with Blogger2.0 (finally.)

Happy days.

Flickr, Now With Unlimited Uploads

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
I guess you all know this already, but Flickr has decided to stay competitive and offer free unlimited uploads for Professional Accounts.

Well, my renew period is in December for Flickr so I just got my new unlimited uploader a few weeks ago. I think you'll see a lot of increased activity on that Photoblog.

In the meantime, I'm still trying to get Cory Trese Photography on SmugMug organized for public use. It really works well for my clients, but not very well as a full Flickr replacement from what I've seen.

What is Included in your Packages?

See my complete Wedding Photography FAQ answered by me at

Do you offer only traditional albums or do you have a wide variety of options to choose from including, any coffee table style books?

Answer: I can refer you to local (and national) vendors that produce incredibly high quality albums and coffee table books. The printer I use for all my work offers a wide variety of coffee table, album and proof book products. I always extend my preferred pricing from them to my clients.

The fact is that I am not a professional printing company. The albums I include in your package are the best that I can do. If I were to offer a wider variety of albums I would be buying them and reselling them to you at a markup. I do know where to get a wide variety of high quality albums in Ohio and on the web. I include free post-event consultation regarding album purchases and designs with every package.

Is unlimited coverage included in your packages or is there an extra fee for all day coverage? Are you willing to come extra early to get shots of us (the couple) before the ceremony if we choose to do that? Would there be a fee for this?

Answer: The Platinum Wedding Package includes unlimited coverage. All of my packages are based on "hours of coverage" (how long I am with you, taking pictures.) It is always up to you when you want me to start the photography. I arrive some time before that to configure the equipment and prepare.

Even with a package that does not include unlimited coverage, you can decide when to start -- with a Gold Wedding Package you could start at 2:00PM for the preparation and end at 9:00PM after the major events at the reception.

What payment forms do you accept?

Answer: I accept personal checks and credit cards using the Google Checkout service.

See my complete Wedding Photography FAQ answered by me at

Friday, January 12, 2007

Bridal Gala

In case you are curious about such things, a Bridal Gala is being held in Dayton, at Hara Arena, on 1/20/2007 and 1/21/2007. See you there!!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Professional Wedding Photography Prices

As some of you have noticed the prices on my wedding photography packages have changed.  I thought I would write a brief blog about what happened, what it means to me and what it might mean to you.

First, if we already have an agreement, do not worry your prices have not changed.  Second, if we have already had a consultation and you are considering my services, I will not ask you to pay the new prices.  In short, if you have already been presented with my old prices in any form I will honor them with you.

What brought me to raise my prices?  The short answer is "I have expenses."  I find myself spending more and more time with each photograph.  In fact, last week I found myself having spent about five times the expected number of hours going over a wedding.  This reflects both my ongoing quest for perfection in my work as well as the fact that my digital darkroom skills continue to grow.  However, more techniques and better photographs means longer hours -- which in turn means higher prices.

I have tried to keep the prices fair for the amount of time that I put into each project.  Since I first calculated and posted my prices the amount of time that goes into each project has grown.  I am including more options, a wider selection of equipment and more pre-event consultation. 

All of this has added up.  I need to make sure that my prices and packages are fair to both clients and myself.  I hope that the new price list can restore some of that balance.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Skip Traditional Publishing -- Do it Yourself Online -- Easy, Fast & Affordable

Great story today on CNet News about easy self-publishing online using Blurp

Blurb prices range from $18.95 for a 40-page, full-color paperback and $29.95 for the same hardcover version, to $69.95 for a 440-page, full-color paperback and $79.95 for the same in hardcover. Volume discounts are available for orders of 25 and up, with custom quotes for a print order of 400 or higher. Shipping and handling charges are separate.

Blurb allows users to slurp the content from their blogs and high-resolution photo sets on Flickr and iPhoto into the software and save it in print form as a book.

Blogging and book writing have come full circle.  You can today not only land a book deal with a great blog, you can print my mediocre blog as a mediocre book!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Who is Cory Trese Photography?

See my complete Wedding Photography FAQ answered by me at

Clients planning a wedding are justly concerned that they are dealing with professional vendors for wedding services.

Are you the only photographer in this company? If I hire you, am I guaranteed that you will be the one showing up to shoot my wedding? If yes, can I get that in writing?

Answer: I guarantee that I will be your wedding photographer and my standard photographic services contract states as much.

Is the work that I am seeing all yours and only yours or is it a compilation of work from more than one photographer?

Answer: All of the work I display on my web site and in print (during the consultation) is mine and mine alone.

Can you show me 3 or more complete weddings you've done?

Answer: Yes and I will during your consultation. My web site is designed to present a certain aesthetic and color scheme and shows a very small portion of my overall commercial portfolio. In addition, your wedding photographs are not displayed in any public fashion, on my site or any other site, without your express written permission.

Do your packages include one or two photographers and is there an extra fee for a second photographer?

Answer: The packages include the services of me, Cory Trese as the primary photographer. A second photographer can be purchased as an "a la cart" option. I will discuss this with you at your consultation if you are interested.

Do you work with an assistant?

Answer: The packages do not include an assistant fee, however, I reserve the option to bring a professional assistant to help with equipment, portage, lights and other wedding day tasks.

Will you be professional in your appearance?

Answer: Always. We are professional in both demeanor and dress, and will ensure that any assistants or second photographers are as well.

See my complete Wedding Photography FAQ answered by me at

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Useful Thread about Colorspaces

Wondering about the correct colorspace to use on Nikon DSLR? Curious why different colorspaces do not seem to work with RAW? This thread has some great posts about Adobe/sRBG and other colorspaces.

Another useful resource is this thread on the Nikon Forum, specifically about sRBG or Adobe on the D200 / D2X and RAW + Colorspaces.

And of course, because colorspace differences are easier to see than describe, I suggest this very useful resource by the makers of Qimage v8.32 to show visually some compression, colorspace and output format differences.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Blu-ray & HD-DVD

If the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray camps continue on their present paths, then cable and satellite providers will jump in to fill some of the HD void with better HD on demand, and I expect Blockbuster and Netflix will be looking at ways to allow HD downloads via high speed Internet.

I hope to see a simple set-top unit with a hard drive and Ethernet capability. Simply order your movies online like you do now with Netflix, and it smartly steams the titles to the box and is ready to watch in 12 hours or so.

It can only hold 3 movies at a time (or whatever you pay for it to hold) and you can keep a movie as long as you want (just like they currently offer with DVD's) then just delete it and then your queue will download the next title. No more postage costs. No more media costs. Tivo could also outfit their boxes with similar capabilities.

It would be grand!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Check Engine Light

I really, really seriously hate it when that little bastard turns on.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Irish Seascape From Dec 1, 2006 on the Ring of Kerry

Originally uploaded by digital2noise.
This seems to be a popular photo so I thought I would blog about it too!