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Digital Underwater Photographer’s To-Do List, 2009
By Jason Heller, May 1, 2009 @ 02:00 PM (EST)

by John Ares

Our newest contributor, John Ares, illustrates the life of an underwater photographer these days. Divers are familiar with the term "task loading". Well, Underwater photographers (and videographers) put that to the test! The following was inspired by an e-mail from the Stock Artists Alliance...
  • Read emails
  • Answer top priority emails
  • Delete e-mails from last year to keep from reaching Mailbox capacity
  • Update email mailing list
  • Prioritize Social Networking e-mails:  Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter
  • Network on Facebook, LinkedIn,  and Twitter
  • Empty Spam folder
  • Read web forums
  • Post on web forums
  • Research the next vacation
  • Plan the next vacation
  • Research implications of importing in DNG format
  • Format images for the Web
  • Add new images to web site
  • Write new opinions on blog
  • Upload images to blog  
  • Keyword images
  • Caption images
  • Retouch photographs
  • Tried to determine why Metadata wasn’t uploaded properly
  • Retransmit
  • Retransmit again
  • Keyword on the website directly since the two transmissions still stripped your keywords (used Save-for-Web mode in Photoshop since default mode is “strip out the Metadata”)
  • Delete links to old Service
  • Write e-mail to old Service prohibiting deletion
  • Add new links to New website
  • Look up scientific name of animals in images
  • Update Dive log with Scientific names
  • Archive photographs
  • Find image that you promised to someone
  • Retouch image that you promised to someone 
  • Make prints people requested
  • Post images on ftp for download that you promised to someone
  • Try to Compress image to a PDF but the Utility wasn’t included in the Operating System Upgrade
  • Research File Compression
  • Research new available equipment
  • Find out why camera is not working properly
  • Order new spare strobe modeling lamp bulbs
  • Test new camera that just arrived
  • Learn how to use the new camera that just arrived
  • Load Software for New Camera
  • Use New Software for image editing, since Lightroom was just disabled because new Manufacturers proprietary format is incompatible with Lightroom.
  • Wait for Abode Programmers to re-engineer Photoshop and Lightroom to handle new Proprietary format conversions
  • Load Lightroom and Photoshop upgrades when available. 
  • Upgrade Operating System
  • Load fix for Photoshop Software to accommodate new Operating System
  • Load fix for Lightroom Software to accommodate new Operating System
  • Load fix for printer driver software to accommodate new Operating System
  • Load fix forpPlug-in Software to accommodate new Operating System
  • Load fix for new Operating system
  • Check sharpness of wide angle lens with new larger dome port
  • Check on status of housing sent for maintenance
  • Charge Strobe batteries
  • Update packing checklist with new batteries and equipment
  • Repair cameras and equipment
  • Sell old cameras and equipment on ebay
  • Buy second backup body on ebay for $500 for your now obsolete SLR used in the $2000 housing
  • Research latest airline regulations for carrying camera equipment
  • Buy lightweight bags to distribute load better in luggage
  • Buy Backpackers scale to balance luggage at airport ticket counter
  • Update new software on computer
  • Update new software on laptop
  • Learn new Photoshop techniques
  • Learn new web display gallery techniques
  • Learn new Lightroom functionality
  • Read about new computers you should buy
  • Read about new software you should buy
  • Fix broken computer
  • Buy more data storage
  • Rotate backup hard drive from safe deposit box
  • Update digital asset management system and backup software
  • Check diving equipment
  • Maintenance diving equipment
  • Fill tanks
  • Lube o-rings on camera housing 
  • Go diving
  • Relax and think creative thoughts
  • Take photographs



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