|A||_||Finish reading digital asset management book|
|A||_||Ask mom about current digital asset management|
|A||_||Observe one shoot all the way to filing|
|A||_||Digital asset management system - offline indexing of images; ask who is doing this, and how|
|A||_||Website redesign: photo blog on front page|
|A||_||Get in touch with Luis Buenaventura over Yahoo (2006.01.02)|
|A||X||Ask iPowerweb about hosting (2006.01.26)|
|A||X||Update billing information on iPowerweb (2006.01.26)|
|A||X||Set up WPA password for Adphoto wireless network (2006.01.02)|
5. Creating thumbnails with Imagemagick: 13:41
convert -size 400x400 sacha-20051201.jpg -thumbnail '400x400>' -bordercolor black -border 200 -gravity center -crop 400x400+0+0 +repage test.jpg
4. 360' virtual tours: 23:53
*Take photos.* First take super-wide-angle shots, rotating your camera around a fixed point. A number of stores sell fisheye lenses and camera mounts for this purpose. The mount for spherical pictures (all directions, including up and down) is more complicated than the mount for a 360' panoramic shot. If you don't mind distortion, then you can use a regular camera and just take pictures facing different directions, relying on stitching software to compensate a bit for the distortion.
*Stitch the pictures.* Camera designed specifically for 360' or spherical shots may be able to capture the entire scene in one image. However, if you're using a rotating mount or you're taking pictures in different directions, then you'll need to combine the images into a seamless panorama by using stitching software.
*Produce the brochure.* 360' viewers range from simple ones that smoothly scroll a panoramic picture, to more interactive viewers that include floor plans and clickable hotspots in the image. Choose the software that fits your intended purpose and budget.
Some companies that sell 360' software:
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2. Indexing pictures: 23:36
We'd like to develop the stock photography side of our business. For that, we need the ability to search for images and give clients thumbnails before pulling out the original images from our archives. The Digital Asset Management for Photographers book recommended a hard-disk based archive, but I wanted to make something work without disrupting the office (or my spare time) too much. =)
Right now, we use a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to keep track of CDs and their contents. Our digital librarian is in charge of assigning numbers to CDs and describing the contents of the CD using keywords and phrases. When someone asks for stock shots with a certain keyword, she searches her Excel file and then physically retrieves the CDs in order to make thumbnails. Our previous digital librarian started filing copies of pictures in a directory tree arranged by subject, but this was not accompanied by metadata, and it was hard to keep up to date.
Our librarian has been experimenting with iView Media Pro and Extensis Portfolio. After some poking around, I found out how to do offline indexing in Extensis Portfolio. That would allow us to index thousands and thousands of CDs while keeping thumbnails on the hard drive. iView also has this feature, so we just need to play around with it and see which interface we like best.
My Adphoto goals for the next two weeks (I have to go back to Canada in two weeks!) are to:
- Improve and document the workflow for digital images
- Transfer the website to another host (must meet Luis Buenaventura)
- Contract out the redesign of the website and the development of a Flash portfolio viewer (might be able to do the Flash portfolio viewer myself if I can find a good photoblog script)
Improving the workflow would include:
- File and folder naming conventions to support quick indexing and retrieval
- How to index images
- How to retrieve images for comps
- How to retrieve images for use
This will be fun. Hectic, but fun.
1. Adphoto website plans: 14:35
Hmm. Must redesign site. Brochure-ware, perhaps also stock photography?
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Audience: new customers - website, directory, business card loyal customers
Front page: picture
Right now: ipowerweb, $7.95/mo
Need: shell access, php, mysql, mail, at least 1g space
Want: imagemagick, ruby