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Pakistani (Islamic) Wedding at Santa Clara, CA


What a wedding Daniah and Ali’s Pakistani had few weeks ago in Santa Clara, CA. Both were simply amazing in the pre-wedding session as well during the ceremony and reception. Their wedding story and highlights are also posted on my website: Pakistani (Islamic) Wedding at Santa Clara, CA

It was a pleasure to be around these two so much in love souls. Congratulations on their marriage and I wish them many happy years together! Like a wedding photographer, I cannot be happier and honored to be their photographer. Love is awesome!

Here is a slideshow highlight from their wedding day:

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding Photographer in Mountain View, CA. Many clients in the entire San Francisco Bay Area have entrusted us with capturing their wedding days.

To learn more about the wedding photography services we offer and book a wedding or portrait appointment, visit our Wedding and Portrait Photography Site

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What Does It Take To Be a Wedding Photographer


Romantic Wedding in Saratoga Country Club in Saratoga, CA

Bridal Bouquet at Romantic Wedding in Saratoga Country Club in Saratoga, CA

Stark contrast with 20 years ago, when there were only a handful local wedding photographers available in each area. Back then, medium format film cameras and lighting equipment required to shoot a wedding could cost a small fortune. Not to mention that it took years to learn and practice the craft before one can call itself a wedding photographer.

Talk to wedding photographer veterans and many will remember spending long hours in the darkroom as apprentices, assisting established wedding photographers for years before picking up the camera and photographing a wedding on their own.

Nowadays, professional cameras and lenses are more affordable than ever. There are more wedding photography online tutorials, videos on YouTube and books than one can watch and absorb in a lifetime (for the fact gigs in us: 11,000 years based on the latest estimates). Opening a website and marketing a wedding photography business can take from few weeks to few months.

In other words, more affordable photography equipment and more information being available online, made possible for many photographers to enter the wedding photography business.

Wedding photography is also a field that can generate a steady stream of clients (during the wedding season) year over year. And the business is not as cyclical as an advertisement or commercial photography which tend to tank when the economy is not doing very well, and companies spend less on creating ads to market their products. People get married all the time and are less likely to cancel their weddings even when the economy turns sour.

But just because it is easier to get into it and start practicing, it doesn’t mean it easy to sustain and master it. It is indeed, a demanding and complex photography field, which is the reason so many new wedding photographers last only a few years before giving up. Of course, new entrants take their place, only to shut down their practices in few short years and to be replaced by the next batch of newly minted wedding photographers.

So, what is causing this high failure rate and high turnover among wedding photographers? Is it because is not as easy as it appears to be? Or is it that with so much competition around and rates going down, many decide the money they get paid is not worth the energy and time they invest? Or is it that over time it could become a bit of “Been There, Seen That, Done That”?

As a wedding photographer, working with San Francisco Bay Area clients and fellow local wedding photographers for few years already, I had the opportunity to build and sustain a wedding photography business. All points below (the most important but not everything) are what I think it takes to be a wedding photographer.

I hope many inspired to be wedding photographers would consider these when deciding to join the ranks of the wedding photographers. These are by no means all that one should consider, but I think are the one that are most demanding and can cause one to fail if not well prepared and able to handle. I grouped them into three main categories:

  • Skills
  • Time
  • Efforts

So let’s go over the list and see why each one is important to understand and prepare for.

Summer Wedding at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Gilroy, CA

Summer Wedding at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Gilroy, CA

Skills: 

1. Knowing How To Market Yourself:

The most important skill that wedding photographers should learn in my mind (besides knowing how to photograph which is mandatory and not open for any discussions). Vision and talent are great to have, but if one doesn’t know how to market it (aka convince others to hire its talent), there is no business. With no business, there is no income and no way to sustain the practice.

As a wedding photographer, marketing means:

  • meeting lots of people (brides, grooms, vendors, photographers, etc) and getting them excited about your vision and talent
  • attending bridal fairs to meet your clients and sell your services
  • making and maintaining an appealing website to showcase your work
  • advancing your website ranking by SEO
  • meeting potential clients all the time
  • keeping up with social media
  • maintaining your blog
  • answering your email
  • etc

Your marketing efforts would never stop. Unless, you decide to retire and stop looking for new clients.

2. Knowing How To Sell Your Services and Products:

If the marketing was skill #1 to learn and master, as a wedding photographer, the actual selling of what you market, is as skill #2, you need to be absolutely good at it. Ok. I lied. You don’t have to be good at it. You have to be absolutely amazing at it.

The sale is what gets you paid and would allow you to not only sustain but also to grow your business. Not to mention would open the doors to different type of clients and different types of venues. And I am not only talking about collecting payments and keeping track of them.

There is much more as:

  • keeping track of leads
  • following up with clients and guiding them through the booking process
  • writing contracts
  • collecting and keeping track of deposits and payments
  • bookkeeping of sales records
  • invoicing and receipting

So much for taking pictures, ah? We will come to the photography part below. Promise.

3. Learning and Practicing Multiple Photography Areas:

No other photography field blends so many different photography areas as the wedding photography. It requires one to learn and master areas as:

  • landscape photography (all this amazing environmental shots with the bride and groom in it)
  • macro photography (think of ring, shoes, dress, flowers, decorations, invitations, etc details)
  • portraiture (bride and groom portraits)
  • action photography (all the dance floor action in low light)

All of these have their place during a wedding, and a successful wedding photographer would need to have the experience and know how to apply them all.

Related: Top 10 Mistakes Every Photographer Should Avoid

4. Learning To Pose and Direct People:

Most brides and grooms don’t feel very comfortable in front of a camera. After all, modeling and posing requires practice. So as a wedding photographer, you would have to learn and get very good at posing and directing others to create visually interesting photos. It is another soft skill, and you need to master it if you want to set yourself apart from the competition.

Do you have what it takes to communicate to others how to position their bodies, heads and bring the best expressions out of them? Do you enjoy it or absolutely hate it? Having an answer would help you down the path to becoming a great wedding photographer.

5. Learning and Mastering Different Lighting Conditions: 

Weddings are very challenging when it comes to lighting conditions. From the low light ceremony locations (churches, temples, etc), to the transition to bright light events after the ceremony, to outdoor or indoor receptions, to the dark or no lights at all (except for all colors of the rainbow DJ lights), wedding photographers have it all. All the challenging and requiring knowledge how to capture, lighting conditions.

Not to mention that moving from one lighting condition to another happens very rapidly. Wedding photographers must know the light by heart and be able to react instantly.

DIY Decoration at Romantic Backyard Wedding in Livermore, CA

DIY Decoration at Romantic Backyard Wedding in Livermore, CA

Time: 

6. Working Long Hours:

Most weddings can last about 6-12 hours. On top of that, wedding photographers are commuting to and from the wedding venues for another 1-3 hours which means they are pulling 7 – 15 hours working days. It requires lots of energy and stamina to go through a normal wedding day.

Make sure you are mentally and physically ready for it. This will not be like a walk in the park for a one-hour photo session with posed clients.

Related: Getting Ready, Ceremony, Formals, Reception Planning Guide

7. Post-Processing For Thrice the Shooting Time:

If working long hours to capture thousands of wedding images doesn’t wear you off, prepare yourself for what comes after that. Wedding photographers have to download all the wedding images first. Then comes the culling, cataloging, tagging, editing, backup and delivering to the clients. On average it takes 3 hours of post-processing for every hour of shooting.

Unless you can charge high enough service fee and outsource the post-processing work, you will be up to long hours on your computer before having a final set of images to deliver to the bride and groom. Keep in mind that during the busy wedding season you will be shooting almost every weekend (some weeks on Saturday and Sunday), so you will most likely have a backlog of weddings to post-process. Red Bull and coffee usually help you to stay awake.

6. Missing All Summer Weekends For Years:

Most weddings take place during the summer months (for some states as California – almost the entire year) and on the weekends: Saturday and Sunday, which means you will not be free for your friends, family or simply to go somewhere during these weekends.

Be ready to miss many birthdays, graduation events, summer parties and trips to the beach on hot summer days. Decide if this is worth the sacrifice. You will earn money for sure, but all these money, even all the money in the World will not bring back the time you have missed. Make sure you are ready for this and can commit to it.

7. Maintaining Your Gear:

As a wedding photographer, you will need to deal with lots of technologies, which means you need to be tech savvy to make the best use of it. What you need to do besides taking pictures is:

  • upgrading your computer’s hardware and software
  • installing software programs and patches
  • maintaining your camera: cleaning, configuring, learning the manuals
  • keeping up you lenses, flashes and all related gadgets

If technology is not your thing, you would need to pay someone to do that for you. It is another time allocation you need to factor in your workflow and business plan.

Mandap Decoration at Pakistani Wedding Ceremony in Fremont, CA

Mandap Decoration at Pakistani Wedding Ceremony in Fremont, CA

Efforts:

8. Shooting is Just 1/5 of What You Would Do:

Many new wedding photographers think is all about taking pictures of beautiful brides on amazing venues. However, this is not what a wedding photographer primarily do. Some estimates put the shooting time to just 1/5th (or 20%) of the time wedding photographers spent.

Activities like post-processing, marketing, clients management, selling, education, etc. take the majority of the time. If you like the taking pictures part but dislike the rest, you might be due for a big disappointment.

9. Working Under Pressure:

Many weddings fall behind their planned schedules which mean certain functions and events will get compressed into less time. Wedding photographers are under constant stress to take the images their clients want, even when the time is just 1/4 of what was allocated.

And if this is not enough, traveling between the locations, posing large groups and dealing with vendors on the site, is going to be part of your working day as a wedding photographer.

And before I forget to mention it: Losing your temper is not an option.

Related: How To Prepare For Photographing a Wedding

10. Keeping Up With Your Craft:

Wedding photography is a competitive and fast changing field. Photographers constantly introduce new themes and techniques to stand out among the increasing competition, which means one has to spend the time to stay current.

Attending conferences, watching video tutorials, reading magazines and books, networking with fellow wedding photographers and constantly practicing and improving are just a few of the activities that you will need to do besides photographing weddings. Falling behind and becoming obsolete, is not an option. It’s a constant “rate race” to stay ahead of the competition and book clients that many others are also trying to book.

11. Making Your Clients Happy (aka Be a People’s Person):

A big part of having a successful wedding photography business is to know how to get liked by potential brides and grooms. Sure, your portfolio can turn heads around but unless you “click” with the clients and they like you as a person, the chances are there will not be many bookings at the end. The couples look for someone they can get along on their wedding day, someone who seems trustworthy and they like dealing with.

You need to be able to:

  • handle impossible to meet demands
  • educate your clients on your services and packages in plan language they can understand
  • answer all their questions
  • be available and approachable
  • find a compromises to potential conflicts
  • build relationships with vendors and fellow photographers

These are just a few of the soft skills; one needs to have to be a successful wedding photographer. If you are introvert and despise working with people, you might be better trying to make it as a wildlife or landscape photographer instead.

Related: Photographer’s Jargon For Everyday People

 Conclusion:

Wedding photography is an exciting photography field. It offers the unique opportunity to witness and experience love stories and capture amazing life moments. But it is a demanding and could become overwhelming if not approached carefully. It is important that photographers understand what they are getting into and are prepared both mentally and physically to manage the workload and stress.

Many have succeeded, and many have failed. The difference between them is that one group was better prepared, loved what they were doing and persisted along the way. Others were not prepared, didn’t realize what does it take to make it as a wedding photographer and gave up at the end.

It is up to you to decide which group you would be. The bottom line is that you need to love what you do and need to enjoy it, to be successful in a long term.

I hope you found this article useful. If so, feel free to share with anyone who is planning to get into the wedding photography or would be interested. The wedding photographer’s community would be stronger and more successful if everyone helps the others to become better photographers.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a premiere wedding and events photography business based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area, CA. You can read more about the author and review his portfolio on his website. For a complete list of services and to book your wedding, visit his Wedding Packages page.


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How To Look Better on Your Wedding Pictures


Wedding Ceremony by Trifon Anguelov PhotographyLike a wedding photographer, I go to and photograph weddings almost every other week . In San Francisco Bay Area and the sun drenched California, the wedding season allows for year around weddings which means there are plenty of weddings to photograph all the time. And after a while one realizes that there are commonalities between all weddings: Every brides wishes for a happy wedding and to look great on their wedding photos.

This comes to no surprise. Many brides have been planning their weddings for years and are expecting nothing else but the best. When it comes to wedding photography, discussing the locations and poses for the bride & groom portraits, the poses for the family formals, deciding on adding a secondary photographer for the ceremony, etc are just few of the ways photographers and brides prepare for their weddings.

But even the most elaborate planning and preparation efforts, can fall short sometimes. In many cases, the missing ingredient for better wedding photos is simply the facial expressions and postures of those being photographed. While many wedding photographers fill their portfolios with staged, themed wedding images featuring experienced and very pretty models, posing in front of the camera is not something many brides have experience with. And while the themed photo sessions can stretch for several hours and are the result of elaborate preparation, weddings on the other side, no matter how carefully planned and rehearsed, are still non choreographed and feature “every day” brides.

So what, brides can do to look better on their wedding photos?

I have compiled a list of eight easy tips to keep in mind (or even share with your wedding photographer). These tips, which I gave to all the brides I have worked with, did make improvements into the way how the final images turned out, so I hope they will be helpful for other brides as well.

1. Slow Down:

No matter if you walk down the aisle, kissing your husband or wife for the first time during the ceremony, leaving the ceremony as a married couple, remember to slow down. Holding your first kiss for few seconds rather than a quick one second touch on the lips, means you will have much more images to picks from for your album later.

Same when walking: the slower you walk down the aisle, the more images your wedding photographer could capture. This is the best day of your life, so try not to rush through it. There are so many pictures your photographer can take while you are on the move. Slowing down really helps to capture the moments.

2. Look Up, Ideally at Your Photographer:

The most telling and exciting part of a human face are the eyes. They speak about how the bride and groom fell during their wedding, so it is important for your wedding photographer to get a good sight of them while photographing you. Remember to look up and towards your photographer when:

  • walking down the aisle
  • during the ceremony
  • especially during the formal group portraits
  • first dance
  • cake cutting
  • etc

While many photographers nowadays capture candid images during the wedding as part of their photojournalistic style photography, capturing images of the bride or groom looking down or away during the formal pictures, looks bit unnatural and disengaging. It is much better to capture an image of the bride looking upon her groom while walking down the aisle rather than at her feet. Or in the camera during the group formals. Believe me, I have seen many pictures which otherwise would have been perfect only if the eyes were pointed at the right direction: towards the camera.

Related: Wedding Photography Styles Explained

3. Smile:

Wedding day if both stressful and exciting for the bride and groom. The emotions are running high with so many things happening or the whole program running behind schedule. So with all the stress and rushing, brides and grooms often forget to enjoy the moments of their wedding and crack a smile.

Smiling faces are what makes great wedding photos, especially genuine laughs and unpretentious display of joy. It is what every wedding photographers looks for and dream of capturing.

So if there is anything you should remember for your wedding day, it is to SMILE. A lot. Be happy, smile often and look at your photographer from time to time. He or she will be around and expecting your smiles and laughs. Believe me, later you would love these joyful pictures of you smiling and having fun on your wedding.

First Look during Pakistani Wedding in Santa Clara, CA

First Look during Pakistani Wedding in Santa Clara, CA

4. Relax and Enjoy the Moment:

Don’t let your nervousness ruin your wedding pictures. Feeling relaxed deep inside yourself, would make you look and appear more relaxed on your wedding photos. Try to breathe deep and not to rush through the moments. Enjoy the day and take your time.

Keep on eye on your wedding schedule but don’t let it control you. It’s your day and yes things will get off track, but it is more important for you to have fun and look relaxed rather than stressed and nervous. Remember, no photographer in the world can make you look relaxed and smiling on your photos, when you are actually not. Sadly, no Photoshop can fix this either.

5. Get Great Looking Arms:

There is a simple tip I like to give my bride clients for great looking arms: Try to lift out your arms out slightly to the side of you body. Leaving some room between your biceps and triceps, helps in two ways:

  • it reduces the appearance of broad shoulders when the arms are down and tightly pressed against your body. The opening between your arms and body would make you look slimmer and shoulders looking less bulky
  • it makes your arms look slimmer not bloated by simply not pressing them against your body

So instead of trying to camouflage the underarm jiggle, slightly lift out your arms when posing. It would make your arms look much better on the wedding pictures.

6. Keep a Good Posture:

Ask a psychologist what contributes to a good posture and he will tell you the answer: Self Confidence. When you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious, you tends to shrink into yourself. It is a natural survival instinct: smaller body is the defensive mechanism our brains are instructing us to take, when we don’t feel confident. So we tend to slouch and bring in our shoulders. And for brides it makes it even worst: it exaggerates the appearance of a double chin.

So do yourself a big favor and remember not to slouch during your wedding. Instead, put your shoulders back, push your chest forward and pull your belly button towards your spine. This will not only make you taller but will make you look slimmer too.

Standing up straight would make you look tall, confident, and more photogenic. It has worked for many brides I have coached before their weddings and would work for you as well.

For a great looking chin and to conceal any sightings of a double chin, extend your chin slightly. It is easy to do and it makes a huge difference in the final images.

The last thing for a great looking posture is to reduce the tension out of your jaw, shoulders and neck while taking few deep breaths from time to time. And voila! You will have a great looking posture on your wedding photos.

Beach Wedding in Monterey, CA

Beach Wedding in Monterey, CA

7. Pose Sideways:

For a slimmer look on your wedding pictures, remember to pose sideways instead of straight towards the camera. You will be amazed by how much slimmer you would look if you remember to turn your body slightly left or right when posing. The camera would capture your body at an angle and this will make you look much slimmer than you actually are. And lastly don’t forget to turn your upper body and head towards the camera.

8. Pop The Hip Away From The Camera:

Most people like to stay balanced when posing or standing on their feet. It feels natural and safer, so that is what we all do when asked to pose standing.

But this results into a straight body line which doesn’t make as visual impact as curved body shapes. The viewer’s eye would go from top to bottom in a straight line instead of wandering and exploring your wedding photos. And the less time someone’s eyes spend on looking at an image, the less time their brains have to get excited and remember it.

So here is a simple tip to remember: When posing in a standing pose, shift the weight of your body onto the back leg (the leg which is not facing the camera) and pop your hip away from the camera. This will add curve to your body posture (more interest) and also make your hip appear smaller on the photos. Or as photographers like to say: Whatever is closer to the camera, it looks larger.

Related: Photographer’s Jargon For Everyday People

Conclusion:

There are so many things a bride can do to look better on her wedding pictures. From keeping fit before the wedding, to having plenty of rest the night before the wedding, to having the best hair and makeup she can afford. And this is what most of the brides do. But by adding the steps above to your wedding preparation, you can look even better on what matters the most: your wedding pictures and album. This is what you would pick later and show to your friends. These are the memories you would pass to your children so they can see your beauty and excitement on your wedding day.

But these tips are not brides only. They could be used  by wedding photographers as well to remind their clients on how to look better on their wedding day. So if you are bride, share them with your wedding photographer. Or if you are a wedding photographer, educate your bride. Everyone wins!

I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it and found it useful. If so, feel free to share with anyone who is planning their wedding or would be interested. Weddings are such an amazing and exciting event and everyone deserves to look at their best on their pictures.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a premiere wedding and events photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area, CA. You can read more about the author and review his portfolio on his website. For complete list of services and to book your wedding, visit his Wedding Packages page.


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New Domain for My Wedding Blog


wedding bouquet at st cecilia church in san francisco

Wedding bouquet at elegant wedding in St. Cecilia Church in San Francisco, CA

I have great news to share with you. The new sparkling domain name for my wedding photography blog is now active.

It was long overdue but as the traffic to the blog increased over the last year and more and more readers started to find it online, it became necessary to provide an easier to remember and type domain name.

You can bookmark and share the blog’s URL with your friends if you have enjoyed reading it. The new domain name is: http://www.weddingphotographyblogger.com . I hope it is easier to remember than the old one, although both are still valid so you don’t have to change any bookmarks to older posts you already favored.

It has been more than a year since I published my first blog post (or 17 months to be exact) here and I really enjoy sharing knowledge and experience with my readers. Wedding photography is a vast photography niche and there are so many blogs online already but having different points of view and sharing experiences from a different prospective is what makes us better wedding photographers.

There are so many topics and information to be shared, so stick around and come back to read the latest stories. You can also share and recommend the blog to your friends if you think they will benefit from the information here.

I am currently working with clients from the entire San Francisco Bay area as well doing destination weddings to selected locations, so there are a plenty of experience and insights I can share. It makes me happy to hear back from clients who found my blogs online and found it useful, or someone shared with them. The more future brides, grooms, their families or fellow wedding photographers know, the better they will be educated and prepared for their weddings.

Well, that’s all for this week’s announcement. Thank you for reading my blog and feel free to suggest a topic or provide feedback. You can reach me at: info@trifonanguelov.com

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right side block of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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How To Reclaim Disk Space in Adobe Lightroom


adobe lightroom digital editing software One of the most used management and editing software for digital images is Adobe Lightroom. Surpassing Apple’s Aperture, ACDSee Pro and PaintShop Pro competitive products, it gained popularity for its easy to use interface, intuitive controls and features rich capabilities. Some even consider it, Photoshop trimmed and affordable version.

Lightroom allows professional photographers and almost everyone to import, catalog, edit, print and share their digital images. For the purpose of this article, I will focus just one capability of Lightroom: cataloging and organizing of digital images. Lightroom catalog contains an index of all digital files imported and organized into the catalog by adding tags, flags or collections.

One of the problems when working with Lightroom catalogs is that when files are deleted from the catalog, they might not always be deleted from the hard drives or disk storage. In other words, the RAW files already imported into Lightroom catalog can remain on your hard drives and only the Lightroom catalog (think of it as index or a pointer to the files) can be updated. This leads to wasted space and digital images hard to determine if they are part of the live catalog and therefore should be archives and retained.

Sounds like a thing we should be aware and fix. But before I give you the solution to the problem, let’s first understand the problem so we can prevent it in the future.

So, how all this happens:

It all starts with the delete images dialog in Lightroom. When you select images in Lightroom and hit the Backspace buttona dialog window would pop up with two options:

  • Delete from Disk
  • Remove from Lightroom
Delete photos from Adobe Lightroom catalog

Delete photos from Adobe Lightroom catalog

The first option would remove the photos from your computer hard drive and also would remove them from your Lightroom catalog. This is the best and preferred method to remove photos from Lightroom. However this is not the default option in the delete dialog and many times when a hurry, one can chose the second default option.

The second option, simply removed the pointers for the photos from Ligthroom catalog while leaving on the files untouched on your hard drive. It is the safest option and it is default because it can do less damage if executed by mistake. But unfortunately, the user might not even realize he is only updating Lightroom catalog and not delete the photos.

So next time your hard drives fill up at 95% or more, check if any orphan files are at fault before forking over more cash to upgrade your drives. The solution might be easier and less costly than you think.

As with every destructive action you take on your computer, a work of caution is advised. Please, make sure you have backup and double check the files you have selected. WARNING: the steps below, would delete photos from your computer permanently!

1. Check The Current Space Usage:

First thing first. We need to measure how much space we reclaimed so go ahead and check how much storage Lightroom uses for your photos now. If you use Windows OS, navigate to the folder, right click and click on Properties. You will see the total storage used by all files in this folder. For Mac and OSX, once you navigate to the directory, hit Cmd+I keys or right click and click on Get Info option.

 

Check  used disk space by photos

Check used disk space by photos

 

2. Navigate to Your Images Library:

In Lightroom, click G button to go to Library mode and select the top level folder which contains all your images. If your photos are stored under multiple drives or folders, repeat the steps starting from Step #3 till Step #6 below for each hard drive or directory.

3. Synchronize the Library Folder:

Now that you are in the Library mode and in the folder where Lightroom thinks all yout photos are, go ahead and right click on the folder and pick Synchronize Folder menu option. Lightroom will visit the folder you selected and will check if all files in this folder already exist in its catalog. If any discrepancies are found, Lightroom would update its records. For large number of files this might take a while, so be patient. Grab a coffee or a snack while you wait to update.  The wait would be worth it. Lightroom after crunching the numbers would show you how may files in the folder doesn’t exist in the catalog and therefore can be deleted.

 

Sync catalog  in Adobe Lightroom

Sync catalog in Adobe Lightroom

Confirm the catalog  sync in Adobe Lightroom

Confirm the catalog sync in Adobe Lightroom

 

4. Import All New Photos:

Now that we found which orphant files we need to deal with, let’s take some action. First, we will import these into Lightroom so we can delete them later. Go ahead and click on Synchronize button and Lightroom would import all the orphan files into its current catalog. And not to make things confusing, but you will have two options: Add and Copy. You need to select Add option as the files already exist and all we need to do is to add them to the catalog. If you select Copy, Lightroom would try to copy the files in addition to additing to its catalog.

And here is the option Lightroom gives us to deal with this files. Every time you import files into Lightroom, it created new view called Previous Import into the Catalog panel, so we would have the list and preview of all orphan images available to us. I can almost see the sparkles if your eyes. We can then go ahead and do what we have not done before. Delete instead of Remove these files and get rid of them forever.

5. Delete The Orphan Files:

Please, go ahead and scroll through the images in the film strip to make sure none of these images is something you actually need. CAUTION: The files you select would be deleted forever, so if you think you need any of them, backup before proceeding with the next step.

Now go ahead and select all pictures from Previous Import, hit the Backspace which is the shortcut of deleting images in Lightroom and click on Delete from Disk option. Lightroom will now delete the photos from the hard drive and also from its catalog. If you make a mistake, not to worry, go to your recycle bin, restore the deleted files to their original locations and import them back into your Lightroom catalog.

 

Delete photos from Adobe Lightroom catalog

Delete photos from Adobe Lightroom catalog

 

6. Check The Disk Cleanup Savings:

Now that we have actually asked Lightroom to delete the orphan files and Ligthroom did such a great job, it it time to check the space savings. First, go ahead and empty your Trash (OSX) or Recicle bin (Windows). Then check the disk spaces used by the same folder you started working on. If you have photos to delete in Step #5, then you should be able to see less space used.

7. Backup Your Photos:

Last step. Take a fresh backup of the remaining files on the hard drive you just cleaned and if you backup this drive to second or third hard drive, you can not go ahead and sync them up so you have the disk savings on the backup drives too.

Conclusion:

Archiving and maintaining client’s digital files is part of every photographer’s workflow. Although the price for disk storage has declined significantly for the last 5 years, it still makes sense to maintain your Lightroom catalog and digital files archive and keep it well organized and clean. Smaller volume of digital files makes it easy to archive and restore, it also frees up space for new images. And we all know how much images a wedding photographer can bring home after each wedding. So be smart and keep your hard drives clutter free.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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3 Reasons Why Photographers Don’t Give RAW Files


Bridal Flowers Photo by Trifon Anguelov Photography

Bridal Flowers Photo by Trifon Anguelov Photography

Welcome to the digital imaging age. No longer one has to buy rolls of films, load them into their camera and later wait for them to be developed before seeing the final images on prints. The digital revolution made all this obsolete. The age of instant gratification started long time ago and there is no way going back.

Nowadays clients expect to receive and see their images few days after the portrait or events sessions (for weddings few weeks). And many photographers share the digital images with their clients, enhanced and ready to print. But still, there is one questions which I hear from my clients: Can I have the RAW files from my portrait session?

Although the short answer is: NO, the fact that the clients are asking the question deserves a reasonable explanation. Portrait, Event and Wedding Photography, in which Trifon Anguelov Photography is specializing, is a service based business and a photographer cannot expect everyone to known the RAW files details.

One way I try to explain to clients is that asking for RAW files is the same thing as going to Ihop for breakfast and instead of ready to eat pancakes, the waitress brings the clients bag of flour, eggs, milk and mixing bowl and expecting them to cook their own pancakes instead of enjoying the weekend and time with their families. Not to mention that the reason they came to Ihop was because of the ready to eat delicious pancakes only Ihop can make.  

RAW files by itself and the intermediate step for photographers to capture, process and deliver the final ready to view and print images to their clients. It’s not the end product and therefore sharing them doesn’t make sense.

1. RAW files are not the final product:

They are like a granite boulder, the sculptors use to carve a beautiful statue, or a canvas, brushes and oil paint the painters use to pain their master pieces, or the ingredients master chefs use to create the delicious dishes for their restaurants. As the raw ingredients are not enough to create the flavor, taste, presentation and experience we get from restaurant to restaurant, so RAW digital images by itself don’t provide the entire experience.

As such, all the enhancements and creativity a photographer does on top of the RAW digital files, cannot be presented and provided to the clients unless these changes are captured and saved. The process of enhancing the RAW files and saving all the changes a photographer does, is possible by creating a JPEG, TIFF or PNG file and sharing it with the clients.

2. Hard to View and Share:

Most commonly used image viewer applications don’t understand and can open RAW files.

Photo sharing websites, which make sharing and viewing images very easy, also cannot handle RAW files. To see an example of shared images online, take a look at Trifon Anguelov Photography’s Portfolio.

3. RAW files are huge:

They contain lots of information which cannot be easily displayed on a computer screen. Because the RAW files very large  sharing, downloading and uploading them is a time and network bandwidth consuming process. RAW files contain information which is used for enhancing the images, but once the look and feel are finalized, the RAW files are exported into compressed and more manageable digital image formats as: JPEG, TIFF, PNG.

Think of the RAW files as video footage captured during filming the latest movie blockbuster. The same way as the raw video footage is then edited, certain scenes are selected to implement the film director’s vision, audio and video effects are added to come up with the final movie we all see in the movie theaters, the RAW digital files are being processed and enhanced by the photographers. The final results are much better version than the original RAW files.

Conclusion:

I hope this blog article explained what digital RAW files are and why photographers don’t share them with their clients. It’s not that they cannot or simply don’t like sharing them, but it has more to do with the customer experience the photographers are trying to provide to their clients. The digital images shared with the clients in JPEG format are the final product of photographer’s talent, creativity and experience. The RAW files are simply the raw material, the photographers use to craft the beautiful and stunning images their clients hired them to do.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can read more about the author and follow his work on his Bay Area Wedding Photography Site


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How To Repair Your Corrupted USB Flash Drive


Wires by Trifon Anguelov Photography  As a wedding and portrait photographer, I have been using DVD disks the last few years to deliver the final images to my clients. It was a convenient way to store up to 4.35GB of digital images and mail them. But as with technologies which change overtime,  DVD disks soon became obsolete.

With the price of USB Flash Drives dropping significantly and becoming more affordable and widespread, many computer manufacturers nowadays don’t simply add DVD disk drives to their laptops anymore. The trend has been to store and share data (including digital images) between computers with flash memory instead.

Using USB Flash drives is also more convenient. These drives are small to carry around and very sturdy in comparison to DVD disks which scratch and break easily. Not to mention to copy and read from USB Flash drives is much faster.

Recently purchased a batch of USB Flash drives for the 2015 Wedding season and after formatting and verifying all the memory sticks, found two with problems. Both were not recognized on my Windows 8 workstation so I decided to try to fix them on my MacBook Pro laptop. If you are also looking for information on how to prevent SD or CF memory cards corruption in your digital camera, this article explains in details: Five Easy Steps To Prevent Memory Card Corruption And Losing Your Photos

Here are the steps I took to repair and format them. Both are usable now and I can copy and erase digital images just fine.

First, you’ll need to figure out the disk number of the USB Flash drive. Go ahead and plug it into your Mac laptop, open new terminal window and check if the drive is recognized:

# df -k
Filesystem    1024-blocks     Used Available Capacity  iused    ifree %iused  Mounted on
/dev/disk1      117190724 50159960  66774764    43% 12603988 16693691   43%   /
/dev/disk2s1       983148      844    982304     1%        0        0  100%   /Volumes/USB #6

In this case the new device /dev/sidk2s1 has been recognized and available. In case df 0k command doesn’t give you any input, open Disk Utility application and disk out the device number for the USB Flash drive.

Next using the Disk Utility command line tool, try to verify and repair the drive by using these commands:

# diskutil info /dev/disk2
Device Identifier:        disk2
Device Node:              /dev/disk2
Part of Whole:            disk2
Device / Media Name:      General UDisk Media

Volume Name:              Not applicable (no file system)

Mounted:                  Not applicable (no file system)

File System:              None

Content (IOContent):      None
OS Can Be Installed:      No
Media Type:               Generic
Protocol:                 USB
SMART Status:             Not Supported

Total Size:               8.2 GB (8178892800 Bytes) (exactly 15974400 512-Byte-Units)
Volume Free Space:        Not applicable (no file system)
Device Block Size:        512 Bytes

Read-Only Media:          No
Read-Only Volume:         Not applicable (no file system)
Ejectable:                Yes

Whole:                    Yes
Internal:                 No
OS 9 Drivers:             No
Low Level Format:         Not supported

# diskutil verifydisk disk2

Nonexistent, unknown, or damaged partition map scheme
If you are sure this disk contains a (damaged) APM, MBR, or GPT partition
scheme, you might be able to repair it with “diskutil repairDisk disk2”

# diskutil repairdisk disk2
Nonexistent, unknown, or damaged partition map scheme
If you are sure this disk contains a (damaged) APM, MBR, or GPT partition map,
you can hereby try to repair it enough to be recognized as a map; another
“diskutil repairDisk disk2” might then be necessary for further repairs
Proceed? (y/N) y
Error repairing map: POSIX reports: Input/output error (5)

In my case as expected, both verify and repair command options failed, so it was time to bring the low level tool: gpt. This is a nice utility which will modify and recreate the disk partition table. The following commands will rewrite the partition table for /dev/disk2 to near-default (possibly a little bigger primary volume). You will need to change the /dev/disk2 with the disk number for the USB Flash drive you have before running the commands:

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/disk2 bs=512 count=10 conv=sync,noerror
sudo gpt destroy /dev/disk2
sudo gpt create /dev/disk2
sudo gpt add -i1 -b40 -s409600 -tC12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B /dev/disk2
sudo gpt add -i2 -b409640 -t48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC /dev/disk2

Then use Disk Utility (or preferably Disk Warrior) to repair the directory structure.

Here is the output of the above commands for my USB Flash drive I was trying to repair:

# gpt recover /dev/disk2
gpt recover: unable to open device ‘/dev/disk2’: Device not configured

# diskutil list
/dev/disk0
#:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *121.3 GB   disk0
1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk0s1
2:          Apple_CoreStorage                         120.3 GB   disk0s2
3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s3
/dev/disk1
#:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
0:                  Apple_HFS Macintosh HD           *120.0 GB   disk1
/dev/disk2
#:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
0:                                                   *8.2 GB     disk2

# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/disk2 bs=512 count=10 conv=sync,noerror

10+0 records in
10+0 records out
5120 bytes transferred in 0.012109 secs (422825 bytes/sec)

# gpt destroy /dev/disk2
gpt destroy: /dev/disk2: error: device doesn’t contain a GPT

# gpt create /dev/disk2

# gpt add -i1 -b40 -s409600 -tC12A7328-F81F-11D2-BA4B-00A0C93EC93B /dev/disk2
/dev/disk2s1 added

# gpt add -i2 -b409640 -t48465300-0000-11AA-AA11-00306543ECAC /dev/disk2
/dev/disk2s2 added

# diskutil repairdisk disk2
Repairing the partition map might erase disk2s1, proceed? (y/N) y
Started partition map repair on disk2
Checking prerequisites
Checking the partition list
Adjusting partition map to fit whole disk as required
Checking for an EFI system partition
Checking the EFI system partition’s size
Checking the EFI system partition’s file system
Repairing the EFI system partition’s file system
Creating a new EFI system partition

 

Viola. The partition table was recreated and the USB Flash drives are again usable. After that you can unmount the USB Flash drive and mount it again, then use Disk Utility tool to create partition or format it.

Conclusion:

I hope you found this article useful and helpful to solve USB Flash drives problems you might have experienced. A word of warning: The above steps would erase all data on your flash drive and would format it blank, so make sure you are OK with losing all the data before executing the commands. This approach is also not guaranteed or recommended by all USB Flash drive manufacturers, so please check and confirm before using it. I will not be liable for any lost of data or damages you might experience by using the above steps.

If you USB Flash drive contains data and you are trying to recover digital files from it, but the drive cannot be recognized at all, then consider these memory card and USB Flash Drive recovery tools and services: How To Recover Photos From Memory Card

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can read more about the author and follow his work on his Bay Area Wedding Photography Site