Apparently there's a lot of companies that need sunglasses shot on people/models. I've had a few message me on Instagram. It's cool, they haven't been too pushy regarding what or when I post. So expect a few more sunglasses photos on my Instagram soon. Summer of sunglasses starts now.
My wife's MacBook Air just kicked the bucket a couple of weeks ago. Sad.
Luckily some stuff was backed up. But not everything. That's why I always tell people to backup their data. I hate hearing stories of people losing all their photos, files, etc.
I usually recommend services like BackBlaze or Carbonite for cloud based backups. Next step would be to buy an external hard drive and practice good backup techniques. Offsite and data servers are a little too much for most people, if you have a lot of data it's a good thing to have though.
As for me I use BackBlaze for my cloud based backups. I also have a data server that all the computers backup to and then the data server replicates itself to its twin at my parents home.
So moral of the story is... backup your data.
Well... I'm bored? Haha. Just kidding. I'm actually in the process of moving my Mac Pro into a new location. This is the computer I use to edit the new stuff. So I've been on my iMac lately. And the iMac has my 2012 photo shoots. So in-between moving and cleaning I'll occasionally edit a random photo. So there is the answer to mystery of why I haven't edited new material. The end, haha!
In one week I will be heading out for a Northern California road trip. Shooting a couple of models and doing some landscape work. I started only shooting landscape and now I kind of miss it.
So, yes, I haven't updated this blog/site in a while, but I have been shooting and editing a lot. Most of it goes onto my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/brianbarretophotography) because it's quick and easy to dump stuff there. But I promise during this road trip I will document everything photography related.
I've been losing posts due to this bug. So this is just a test, sort of...
So last week I added another computer to the Brian Barreto Photography team. I finally broke down and bought a Mac Pro. The iMac was doing fine, but I just needed brute strength of the Mac Pro. So what am I using to edit these photos?
- Mac Pro - A used 2.66GHz 8-Core Xeon with an SSD Boot and 16GB of RAM. Older model, but it's strong...
- 27" iMac - 32GB of RAM in this guy. This is where I edit 99% of everything. Attached to this via FW800 are 5 LaCie D2 Quadra's in various sizes from 1TB-3TB, 2 OWC Mercury RAID enclosures and a G-Technology drive.
- 13" Mac Book Pro - 16GB of RAM and 120GB SSD and a 500GB Seagate Hybrid drive. This is what I use when I'm in the studio to shoot beauty. Oddly I haven't shot tethered with the 5D Mark III yet...
- 13" Mac Book Air - 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. Good enough for travel. It's light and skinny.
- 13" Mac Book - I use this guy as my media server at home. Low power and good enough to run iTunes.
- 20" G4 iMac - Sits in my closet looking pretty.
Recap: Brian loves Apple computers, SSDs are a must and I can't get enough RAM or storage. Also I only like using LaCie, OWC and G-Technology external hard drives.
I can't lie... I use massive amounts of data. Upgrading all my 1TB hard drives to at least 2TB and I might pick up some relatively cheap 4TB drives soon.
My 5D Mark III's files aren't that much larger than the 5D Mark II's. It's just that I'm using more layers on my edits. I should just flatten the image once I'm done editing, but I like to see what I did.
For more than a year now I've been shooting at Farm39 Studio in Huntington Beach because it's a convenient studio with an awesome owner, Luca. But as of February 1st this studio will cease to exist. I will be the last client to shoot there on the 31st of January and it will be a bitter sweet occasion. I'm sad the studio is closing, but I'm happy that Luca will be free to do what he wants.
I guess I'm back to looking for places to shoot. I'll be shooting on location a lot more for a while until I find a suitable studio to shoot at.
This journey is getting crazier...
I love Instagram, don't hate. More people see my photos on Instagram for some reason. It's a small versatile tool that forces you into it's little 1x1 format. I can take a photo and share it with thousands of people in seconds. I'm on a one day holiday and I posted a photo here in Disneyland just to show that I'm still alive. How awesome is that? Instead of going a day without a photo I can still remain relevant. So I embrace this weird little digital world we love in...
I'm totally thrilled that I no longer have to code my own website. No more banging my head over something that broke in WordPress... I can now focus more on photographs.
I think everyone I work with is also thrilled about this. Models, MUAs and Hairstylists rejoice. Or this will just give me more time to space out... either way I'm happy.
If you've noticed the URL of this site is brian-barreto-photography.com but my old site brianbarreto.com also redirects here. So that's pretty cool...
So if anyone has any comments or suggestions just let me know. Either through the comment link or click on the contact page.
Over the past year I've seen my photography evolve into something that I've never imagined it would have. Thanks to people like Charles Lucima and Sean Armenta I've developed a certain workflow and a different approach to this art.
So, I've taken another plunge and started this website. A little leaner and more professional than the other ones I've started.
I hope you guys like it and continue to follow me into this strange and crazy adventure I'm taking!