85mm Photography by Abinyah Walker: Blog https://www.85mm.ca/blog en-us (C) 85mm Photography by Abinyah Walker photography@abinyah.com (85mm Photography by Abinyah Walker) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:37:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:37:00 GMT https://www.85mm.ca/img/s/v-12/u696697119-o867294386-50.jpg 85mm Photography by Abinyah Walker: Blog https://www.85mm.ca/blog 101 120 Discover the secret, moving files off Dropbox https://www.85mm.ca/blog/2014/5/discover-the-secret-and-move-your-files-off-dropbox Today I completed my move away from using Dropbox. At $100/year for 100GB it wasn't that it wasn't great or expensive - in fact I would save my aperture libraries to Dropbox for added backup security. I am simply trying to save money on my cloud subscriptions whenever possible and increase my personal and customers security at all times.

 I found a new solution that works exactly the same as Dropbox, except it costs me nothing for unlimited storage and I host my own files.

What's my secret? AeroFS. It's Dropbox behind your corporate firewall. It provides three key benefits: 

1) Unlimited storage

2) On your own IT infrastructure

3) Creating your own private cloud.

I have been testing out this solution since January and have been more than satisfied with it's reliability, flexibility and the great technical support.

AeroFS works on Mac OS X, Windows, iOS and Android.

My present setup involves two AeroFS Team Server clients. One Team Server saves data to an External 4TB drive, while the other saves data to a RAID 6 7TB FreeNAS ZFS volume. Both setup to use Block Storage, which provides compression and de-duplication of the data, as well as a host of other advantages, namely a way to obscure the data when at rest.

AeroFS offers the ability to share folders and to allow the most basic forms on data recovery.

If you haven't tried it out, I suggest you do. It's free for the first 3 users and its dumb simple to setup.

 

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photography@abinyah.com (85mm Photography by Abinyah Walker) aerofs dropbox file files freenas money moving off on save server https://www.85mm.ca/blog/2014/5/discover-the-secret-and-move-your-files-off-dropbox Thu, 01 May 2014 17:46:28 GMT
AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G https://www.85mm.ca/blog/2013/10/af-s-nikkor-58mm-f-1-4g AF-S NIKKOR
58mm f/1.4G

 

Nikon has added an odd 58mm f/1.4 to their line up, and according to Nikon, this is a perfect fit for the portraiture and video market.

Perspective is one of the key advantages Nikon sees for photographers. Nikon positions this lens as an update to the acclaimed manual Nikkor Noct-NIKKOR AI, discontinued in the late 90s, as the sweet spot between the 50mm and the 85mm. This lens provides good perspective with enough telephoto characteristics to engage the subject. While the narrow depth of field allows you to pull the subject out of their surroundings.  When used on a DX-format D-SLR, or when set to DX mode on a D800 for example, its 87mm focal length makes this an idea portrait lens. 

Bokeh is the highlight of this lens when shooting wide open with its 9 blade rounded aperture. This creates beautiful aesthetics in the out of focus areas for both low light portraiture and HD video.

Low light sharpness and good contrast was the highlight of the Noct-Nikkor 58mm, and Nikon aimed to reproduce those same benefits in the 58mm 1.4G. With the latest nano crystal, aspherical and super integrated coating, Nikon has put the latest technology and techniques into this compact package. Unlike the previous 58mm Nikon has included autofocus. At $1,800, this lens is not cheap but still beats out the manual focus Noct-58mm now topping $6,000 used.

I can see myself replacing my 50mm with this 58mm lens on my D800 especially when I'm out taking urban night photography. I think I'll leave my 35mm on my D2Xs and just bring my 70-200 along with me when shooting nature photography. That covers my my entire day and night of nature and portrait photography with just two cameras as three lenses. 

Have a look at the Nikon website for additional details. 
MSRP - $1,799.95

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photography@abinyah.com (85mm Photography by Abinyah Walker) NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Noct-NIKKOR nikkor nikon https://www.85mm.ca/blog/2013/10/af-s-nikkor-58mm-f-1-4g Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:15:47 GMT
BAN - Body Area Network https://www.85mm.ca/blog/2013/6/ban---body-area-network Body Area Networks (BAN)

 

Body Area Networks (BAN's) are becoming more common place as the explosion of Personal Area Networks (PAN) like those setup when we tether our iPhones and Android devices to our computers and tablets.  BANs enable wearable computing devices, like Google Glass, pace makers or biometric devices, to interacting with our smartphones and computer over next generation IPv6 6LoWPAN protocols schemas.

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Security Spring Cleaning https://www.85mm.ca/blog/2013/3/security-spring-cleaning  

Simple Spring Security Tips
 
Its spring again and it is time to go over your security policies and best practices for 2013.  There are just two things you can do to make sure your safe this season.
 
1. Revisit your passwords and policy.  If you are still using the same password for everything, or if your password is "D0G" or "Pa55w0rd" its probably time to think about getting a new one.  For starters make sure your passwords are more than 8 characters, not found the the dictionary and use a combination of upper case, numbers and special characters.  Try to make a dictionary attack as hard as possible. For your servers reset your automatic password reset, length and complexity. Audit for empty passwords. Use a program like 1Password and start using OpenGPG.
 
2. Enable two-factor authentication. Even with a simple password you can make it that much more difficult to crack your account if you enable two-factor authentication.  Google has an Authenticator app for iphone and android that makes securing some of your more vulnerable services more secure.  
 
Safe surfing
 
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Mastering the D800 Series - DF/FX https://www.85mm.ca/blog/2012/12/mastering-the-d800 Mastering the D800 Series 
FX and DX custom controls

f5 - Custom Menu + f (Controls) - Assign preview button
Preview + command dials- Choose image area

Controlling the DX/FX controls is one of the best features of owning a Nikon D800.  With this function at your finger tips any photographer can quickly frame and re-frame a subject at a press of a button.

The crop factor when used on an inexpensive lens like the Nikkor 50mm 1.8D turns it into a 75mm lens more suitable for portraits. A longer lens is useful when you want to step away from your subject, or to tighten the framing around a specific subject in a group gathering.
Another great technical reason for having the FX/DX switch is the ability to use the sharpest part of the lens glass. It is not unusual for the centre part of the lens to be the sharpest at certain apertures. By using the DX crop and and  framing your subject within the crop lines, you are staying away from the soft edges, especially important in portraits. Using the crop factor in this way makes maintaining sharpness throughout any photo shoot session effortless.

I customize my D800 with FX/DX button + command dial. It makes for a quick operation without taking your eye off your subject. See Page 79 - Image Area, in the D800 English manual for more information on image sizes of the FX, Square, DX, and 5:4 aspect ratio offered by the D800.

 

FX (36×24) 1.0× (FX format) 
1.2× (30×20) 1.2 ×
DX (24×16) 1.5× (DX format) 
5 : 4 (30×24)    

 

 

 

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Aperture 3 Networked Library - Ten Steps to a perfect backup workflow using mac server and AFP https://www.85mm.ca/blog/2012/9/aperture-3-backup-workflow-setup-using-mac-server Having a backup is extremely important when shooting digital only files.  Unfortunately many forget to backup their photo libraries. Here is one way to never forget - simply make it part of your workflow.

How we do things: 85mm.ca Aperture Library Workflow Using Mac 10.6 Server

1. The Hard Drive - RAID 1 Mirrored

Using a Mac Mini Server setup as a Mirrored RAID 1 provides be benefit of having data copied simultaneously to two different hard drives. This allows for redundancy in case one drive should fail. Remember hard drive specifications are measured in Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF), measured in hours is the predicted elapsed time between inherent failures of a system during operation.

2. The Operating System -  Snow Leopard 10.6 Server

Setup your Mac Server and Create a set of users who will have access to use it. Run your updates and setup the necessary monitoring applications and patches. Attached and setup your external hard drives and Time Machine Backup as soon as possible and before you put any data on your server.  Note: You do not need to use Mac Sever, almost any version of Mac OS will work.

Use Mac OS Extended (journaled) whenever possible. You can also use an encrypted filing system to protect your sensitive data from unauthorized access or recovery.

3. Server Administrator and Share Points

Using 10.6 (or 10.7 or 10.8) Server requires that you setup a network share using AFP (Apple File Service) sharepoint. A sharepoint is a folder on a hard drive you would like to share with you network users.

A) Create a folder where you would like to store your Aperture Library. The fileshare is secured by a User Name and Password.  

B) Secure your Sharepoint with strong user names and passwords.

Now you are ready to access your libraries from remotely attached workstations.

4. Accessing your Aperture Library Remotely

A) Connect to your server using the Finder or the menu bar Go > Connect to Server.  

B) Enter the user name and password that has been granted access to the shared Aperture Library Folder.  

c) If you have not yet created an Aperture Library to store you pictures, now is the time. If you already have an Aperture Library in the shared folder, double click it to open Aperture.

If you cannot save files to the Aperture Library, make sure the user has Read/Write access to the Sharepoint.

5. Creating a new Aperture Library on the network Share Point

Option + (Double) Click Aperture. Create New Library. Save the newly created library to the Sharepoint on the Server.

If you cannot save you Aperture Library to the Share Point, make sure the user has Read/Write access to the Sharepoint.

6. Using Aperture on the Network

Using an aperture Sharepoint over the network (wired or wireless) is the same as using an Aperture Library from the local hard drive. There is only a negligible difference in rendering speed.

7. Speeding up network access

Saving to a network Sharepoint is usually as fast as saving pictures to your local hard drive. If you have a wired network using a wired 100 Gigabit network connection, data will be transferred between your computer and the network at about 10 MB/Sec.

Over a wireless connection using the less congested 5GHZ band, data rates are roughly the same, up to 300 Megabits or 10-30 MB/sec. This is roughly the same speed as your locally hard drive. 

Use a 1000 gigabit network connection if faster only if your server has a RAID or Solid State Drive that can deliver data at that speed.

The above noted speed is based on real world experience, not theoretical nonsense.  Meaning in an office environment with 10-20 other wireless networks, lots of wireless phones (handsfree, iPhones, blackberries), televisions and microwaves.

Viewing a 36MP RAW file and waiting for it to fully render takes 4-8 seconds over 85mm.ca 5GHz network.
Viewing the same files locally using an SSD hard drive takes 2-5 seconds to render.

The difference between the load time can be attributed to two things.

A) 1-2 seconds are added because of server is using a fast 7200RPM drive, not a Solid State Drive
B) 1-2 seconds of network latency over the 5GHz network.

8. Additional Techniques - Time Machine, External Drives and DropBox

A common mistake users make is assuming DATA will never become corrupted. Corruption occurs when errors are written to the hard drive during reading and writing. The drive is physically fine, but your data is still unreadable.

Even with a mirrored RAID having multiple backups or a Time Machine backup is an important step in guarding against data loss.

Multiple external backups on a rotating basis helps guard against data corruption or physical damage to drives and backups.

Saving Aperture Libraries to dropbox is an easy way to ensure an offsite backup.

9. Backup Mistakes

Save your Aperture library periodically from an external RAID drive and Time Machine backup to another connected drive or server. There are two reasons for this.
1. If your server should fail, detach the drive and connect it to another server/computer - no downtime due to repairs.
2. If the Aperture Library is corrupted requiring many hours of repair or rebuilding, continue your work on a shadow drive.

But there are still mistakes that can happen and I will outline a few.

A. The library you are working on has become corrupted. A secondary backup can get you back up and running quickly.

B.  Data was accidentally deleted and the library was backed up multiple times. Rotating that backup drive can help prevent data loss.

B. Time Machine isn't an ARCHIVE, but a short term backup.  When Time Machine is full the oldest backup is deleted. Rotating that backup drive can help prevent data loss.

10. Final Thoughts

RAID said it best: Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. Compared to the loss of time and money, hard drives are cheap. When one external hard drive gets full buy a new one (usually bigger and cheaper). Put the old drive in a safe place: safety deposit box off site or into a firebox onsite.

 

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photography@abinyah.com (85mm Photography by Abinyah Walker) AFP Aperture Apple Backup Library Network Server Workflow https://www.85mm.ca/blog/2012/9/aperture-3-backup-workflow-setup-using-mac-server Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:52:44 GMT
85mm photography - by Abinyah Walker https://www.85mm.ca/blog/2012/8/85mm-photography 85mm photography.

I love 85mm framing. Distance, intimacy, clarity. Portraiture is something that starts on either side of the lens.  Keep your eyes on this blog for the day to day adventure of a film photographer exploring digital photography.

 

Abinyah

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