The death of Amazon as a photo backup solution

Wine bottles in storage in boxes in a wine cellar

Amazon Drive has been an excellent solution for off-site on-line photo backup and storage. It’s part of the Amazon Prime package that also includes free deliver, movie streaming, music etc. At 50-60€ per year for unlimited photo storage it has been a very good deal, a very affordable online storage for your pictures. That is […]

Getting a cookie banner and making the site GDPR compliant

A warning sign on a storage room for hazardous material in a winery

This article describes my effort to implement GDPR and appropriate privacy, including the famous “cookie banner”, on our web sites. (Not yet implemented on our sites though.) Since a few years back privacy regulations in the EU (and some other regions) have become much stricter. They set up strict rules on how a web site […]

Beautiful drone footage from South Africa

A cheetah on a safari in South Africa

One of our activities is that we organise wine tours, wine tours all over the world. One of our destinations is the South African wine lands. On our wine tour to South Africa we usually offer you the option to combine it with a safari, after the “wine segment” of the tour. It is a […]

Using Amazon Prime (Premium) “unlimited” for photo backup and archiving

Wine storage at competition Les Citadelles du Vin, Bordeaux

Earlier this year Amazon announced “unlimited storage of images” for subscribers to their Amazon Prime service. (Prime is called “Premium” in some countries.) Amazon Prime is a subscription service that currently costs 49 euros 50 euros per month in France. The price is similar in other countries, e.g. USD 50 in the USA. Prime gives […]

Unlimited photo storage online from Photoshelter (and Amazon)

Oak barrel aging cellar

Organised backup is one of the fundamental, basic, sine qua non, must-have, obligatory things you must have sorted out as a photographer. Was that clear enough? Should I say it again: you must back up, and back up well and efficiently. Once there was back-ups on CDs, then DVD and ultimately BlueRays. Disk storage became […]

Featured and interviewed on the Daminion blog

Thousands of oak barrels in a wine cellar, Rioja

Daminion is a DAM software that I discovered quite a while back following an article I wrote here on DAMs (digital asset management systems). It is one of few modern and actively maintained and updated tool to manage your photo library. The founder of Daminion, Murat Korkmazov contributed a number of comments on my article […]

Is there a future for DAM systems? Yes.

Reflections of sailboat masts in the water in the Barcelona harbour

This blog seems to have turned into a discussion forum for DAM (digital asset management system) users. I don’t mind that, since this is an important subject for any professional photographer, and increasingly important also for non-professional “snappers”. One person who has contributed much to this discussion is the photographer Peter Russell, with whom I […]

“How I found my best Digital Asset Management (DAM) system” | Guest Post

The altar in the cathedral in Logrono, Spain

Digital Asset Management software selection Mike Briggs is a London based photographer with a particular interest in travel photography, reportage and street photography. Mike needed to select a new DAM, digital asset management system, to manage his collection of 100,000+ images. He started looking at a very broad range of DAMs. Soon he narrowed the […]

What DAM system do you use? (poll)

The Tibor Gal (GIA) winery in Eger, underground tunnels with rows of barrels filled with wine.

I thought it would be interesting to see what DAM (Digital Asset Management) system people use, following all the discussion about it here. So here’s a poll. You can choose more than one DAM. If your DAM is not on the list, please leave a comment. See also other articles on the DAM search: Introduction: […]

Features and Functions that my Digital Asset Management System (DAM) should have

DAM search function choices

Here’s a detailed overview of functions and features that I would like to find in a Digital Asset Management System (DAM). This is a follow-up post to the previous one I did on DAMs that has attracted quite a lot of attention and comments. As I explained there, following the death, demise and discontinuation of […]

Trying out Android video editing apps

Hospices de Beaune sign, Le Bas des Teurons, Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France

Early this year I started to use my smartphone to shoot video. I also thought it would be convenient to use a tablet to do the editing, especially when travelling. (Back home I use Sony Vegas to edit my videos.) But it turned out to be quite a challenge to find a decent Android video […]

Radically improve your smartphone video photography with a tripod mount

Smartphone tripod holders

The video quality from smartphones can be greatly enhanced by using a tripod mount / stand, that allows you to put your smartphone in a holder on a tripod. Two excellent options as smartphone mounts are the Joby GripTight Micro Stand and The Glif. Here is a review of the two. Both are excellent and […]

I am looking for a good DAM: Digital Asset Management software

What options are there to manage a library of photographs? DAM is short for Digital Asset Management. It usually refers to a software used to manage various digital files. In the photography world it usually refers to an application to manage the thousands or hundreds of thousands of image files that a photographer accumulates. You […]

Does Photoshelter “support” WordPress?

Had a question today on if you can use Photoshelter (as I do) and “skin” it with a WordPress theme. Here’s my answer: If Photoshelter “support” WordPress themes? Well, no and yes. 1 — Photoshelter, native Photoshelter (PS) “native”, with nothing added to it does not support WordPress themes. However, there are alternatives: A) there […]

Should you use Photoshelter if you are a photographer?

There is a discussion going on on a forum that I participate in on if it is a good idea for a photographer to use Photoshelter. Why should a photographer consider such a thing as Photoshelter? Today it is more and more difficult for a photographer to work with “traditional” photo agencies. And they are […]

What to put in your website footer

Help your visitors to find their way around your site by putting useful information in the footer of your website! When we redesigned our websites it was the occasion to give some thought to what we put  in the footer. Here are some things that can be useful: Copyright notice (don’t forget to update the […]

Saturday morning surprise: Featured on Photoshelter’s Buyers’ Page

Waking up to a rainy Saturday morning an email catches my eye: Andrew Fingerman, Photoshelter‘s VP of marketing, has sent me an email. Curious. [Photoshelter, if you don’t know it, is a magnificent service for photographers. It is an online service that a photographer can use to display, promote and sell his images, as well […]

On Darkness

Just an additional note on yesterday’s post on Darkness. It’s actually a real story. I was with some other people in the cellar of Clos Fourtet. Their cellar is underground, in an old quarry 9as you could see yesterday). While I was busy trying to do some photography with the limited light there was all […]

Cataloguing, listing, describing – a DAM thing to do

This post is mostly for the photographers who happen to read this blog. Having a large number of photos makes it imperative to have some way of managing them. I have close to 100,000 raw images and currently about 30,000 “developed” (processed) photos. It’s more than what I can keep in my head. For quite […]

Tracking your visitors – web statistics

As a consequence of one of the previous posts on the redesign of this blog I had a question on statistics from someone who reads this blog (at least occasionally). I take the liberty to repeat the question and my comments here. I thought it could be interesting for more people: Spurred on by your […]

Blog and Facebook problem

Anyone who might have a clue what the problem is? Since I changed template on this blog, and modified some other things (installed new widgets) whenever I “post to Facebook” something from this blog Facebook does not recognise and post the photo. Previously, each time I posted something to Facebook, e.g. using the AddThis widget […]

Blogger vs. WordPress – a comparison of blog platforms

The recent blog redesign made me think a bit of the differences – advantages and drawbacks – of Blogger ( vs. WordPress. Here are a few more comments. It is important to keep in mind that I am talking about, i.e. the free version of WordPress, hosted by WordPress (don’t confuse this with, […]

“You might also like…”

The continuing story of the new blog design! Some blogs I’ve seen has this nice paragraph at the end of each post “You might also like…” suggesting a few other posts that the reader might find interesting. I’ve found it to be a nice feature and one that might ‘lure’ the reader to explore even […]

Getting the bullet back

In the recent post on the new blog design I lamented that the unordered list bullet had disappeared in the side bar in the new blog design. I now have it back, albeit not quite the way I want it. Here’s what I did. Inspecting the template I find this piece of CSS code: .sidebar […]

A new blog design

If you’ve been here before you will notice that the blog has a new look! How do you like it? The first thing you see is perhaps that it is not black any more. I did not go “all the way” as David Sanger and make it white with black text. There are good arguments […]