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3HREE – Edition 002 – February 2018

EDITION 002 — FEBRUARY 2018
 
GUIDING LIGHT – no.11
(Somewhere in the Denver Tech Center, Colorado)
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PAST HAPPENINGS…

IMAGING USA
One of the many atriums at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, TN

January was a wonderful month and kicked 2018 into high gear right out of the gate. I finally went to IMAGING USA for the first time, and I must say I was highly impressed! This is the PPA’s (Professional Photographers of America) annual conference and expo, and this year it was held at the Opryland Resort in Nashville. This turned out to be the perfect location as the weather was brutally cold and absolutely everything you could need or want was all under ONE roof. There were plenty of places to eat, drink, and be merry while connecting with some dear friends from Colorado… all of this without ever leaving the resort!
 
I also gave my presentation, “VISION: A World Created, Not Captured,” on the 22nd to a nice crowd of around 60-70 here in Charleston. I have had some wonderful comments about how nice it was to see and hear a more philosophical side of our art, but the one comment below I couldn't pass up sharing…
 
“I had the privilege to see Kevin speak recently, and it was not only one of the best photo presentations I’ve ever seen, it was one of the best public speaking engagements I’ve ever seen. Highly recommended!”
~ Joel Cardwell
 
I tend to believe that we spend too much time focusing on the technical side of our medium, rather than on why we do it in the first place. I’m happy to hear that others agree, and happy to report this very presentation is catching fire and booking fast. I’ll circle back to this in a moment.
 
The Charleston County Library provided a wonderful location for my recent presentation


MORE RECENTLY…

(WARNING!!! Technical jibber-jabber coming up)
 
After a LONG and arduous amount of research, I’m finally happy to report that I have landed on my external hard drive solution. I was looking for something that could not only grow with my expanding storage needs, but also be a viable working drive for both speed and reliability with very large photography files.
 
At first I was considering a more traditional RAID 5 or 6 setup, but in the end realized that it was not the best option for growth. So after all of my research, I have landed on the Drobo 5D3 shown below. I am populating that with five Seagate Barracuda Pro drives at 2TB each. This will yield just shy of 6 terabytes of usable space after the dual redundancy has taken the other 4TB. I will then backup to 2 additional 4TB portable hard drives in which I will keep one at an off-site location at all times and simply swap those once a month. Please note that RAID (or Drobo’s proprietary ‘BeyondRAID’) is NOT a ‘backup’, it is a drive-failure security, and nothing more!
 
For my needs, this is plenty for now. For others, you may need much larger drives in the Drobo (or traditional RAID enclosure) and some other solution for your backups. That said, I’m anxious to see how this puppy performs over the following weeks and I will report back any findings, both good and/or bad. 

If you are wondering why I don't just backup to the cloud, it's simply because upload speeds aren't fast enough for my large (sometimes well over 3GB) file sizes. Cloud backups are not yet a viable option for most content creators, but as soon as upload speeds increase, that will be the direction I go for the backup portion. I may not need a ton of overall storage space like other photographers, but my individual file sizes are large and too slow to upload with the current internet connection in my area, simple as that. 

Footnote for those that are unfamiliar with RAID and what it is exactly… It stands for 'Redundant Array of Independent Disks' and is used primarily to have security of files in the event of a drive failure. As mentioned, this is not a backup strategy and other options for that should be explored for your individual needs. If you are interested in this type of solution, I would highly recommend reading up on RAID before jumping into anything, as it can be quite complicated and actually do more damage than good if you aren't careful. 
 

Just remember the 3-2-1 strategy and you should be good to go…
3 copies of your files with 2 on-site and 1 off-site!

Drobo 5D3


LOOKING AHEAD…


I have many exciting things forthcoming, but the one I’m most happy to share with you today is that I'm just about to begin the design and layout of my first book!!! I have partnered with Palmetto Publishing Group here in Charleston and I'm over the moon to be working with such an amazing company. Please check them out if you have any plans of doing your own book, and should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me directly and I'll be happy to help.

Because book projects take quite awhile to complete, I'm not exactly sure when I'll wrap mine up (after I actually begin the layout in the first place), but I’ll be sure to keep you apprised as things begin to come together! 



As mentioned up top, my latest presentation, “VISION: A World Created, Not Captured”, is catching fire and I have been asked to speak at several other locations around South Carolina, as well as one in metro Atlanta. If you are in any of the areas on the dates below, I would be honored to have you join me…
 
21st Century Photography Meetup Group
February 14th – Charleston, SC area
(Yes, Valentine's Day)
7:00 – 9:00pm
7665 Northwoods Blvd., North
Charleston, SC
 
Cobb Photographic Society
March 19th – Atlanta, GA area
7:00 – 9:00pm
1395 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30067
 
May 1st – Columbia, SC area
Time: TBD
Location: Columbia, SC
(more to come on this later)
 
Spring/Summer – Greenville, SC area
Time: TBD
Location: Greenville, SC
(More to come on this later)
 
I am also currently working on putting together some photographic workshops, both classroom and field based, and will hopefully be releasing those dates in the next newsletter. These workshops will be this spring and summer in my local area of Charleston, as well as in other locations across the country, so please stay tuned! 


3HREE IMAGES TO WRAP IT UP…

Watermark - DEVOTION
(James Island, South Carolina)
 
Breakwater Poetry - INLET
(Folly Beach, South Carolina)
 
STRANDED
(Folly Beach, South Carolina)
 

Why '3HREE'…

 
From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the ellipsis in my logo, the 'power of 3' exists in all things natural, spiritual, and creative. Like a perfectly weighted fulcrum providing balance to our lives, the power of 3HREE is real!
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