Recent guests Steve Uzzell and Susan Lambert share a remarkable Creative Journey that inspires many people across the globe. Today we explore how they manage love, adventures and storage workflow, all the while being on the road 6 months out of the year.
Using his striking photographs as illustrations of his metaphor about possibility and creativity, Steve inspires audiences to take advantage of his experience and vision to make any venture an adventure. In any project he undertakes, Steve's preparation lays the foundation for magic to happen; "Chance favors the prepared mind," said Louis Pasteur. After all, our eyes will only ever see what our mind is prepared to comprehend. He spends six months of the year traveling the world for his clients; the remainder teaching and delivering his presentation "Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving".
Susan’s career has now branched off into a whole new realm of inspirational speaking. Her presentation, “Road to Joy: Remembering the Things We Already Know,” explores the idea of reconnection to the “beginner’s brain.” We are all born with the power of creativity and the gift of imagination.
Susan along with Steve seek out the unique, the quirky and the aspects of life that are different from anything else they've ever come across. Each day is a new adventure that amazes them.
When describing their current path in life, it was clear as they said "having way more fun then we should be allowed at this age" and felt strongly about "not to live in four walls but on four wheels."
Experience, trials, errors and healthy paranoia has led to Susan and Steve to be extra careful and thorough about how they protect images. Being on the road creates another element of challenges that they have worked hard to protect.
- Shoot on SD cards in Nikon D800, and on the iPhone
- Download to Lightroom 4 on MacBook Pro with 2 drives. Using ExpressCard slot with Sonnet reader (for SD cards), and cable for iPhone, both sets of camera original files go to the spinning drive, while LR catalog and previews are built on SSD drive.
- Simultaneous duplicate of all RAW files made to external 1.5 TB, 2.5 in spinning HD during download
- Editing done in LR
- After selections made and seconds deleted, remaining NEFs (of selects / firsts) converted to DNG and verified copied (using Chronosync) to Drobo 5D via Thunderbolt
- Verified 2nd copy of files made to duplicate Drobo 5D via Thunderbolt, and master TIFs are also duplicated to external 2.5 inch HD.
- They have identical Drobo 5Ds - with 5 3TB each running double diversity, giving them effectively a little less than 9TB of archival storage each. When they have completed an assignment and delivered master files, they will keep only the resultant TIFs (from a single RAW file or multiples if shooting HDRs) with them in their rolling archive, and a complete copy will be Fedexed to Peter Krogh (via 2.5 in pocket drives) for addition to an identical archive on Burly Box JBODs at his studio.
This vehicle has been a passport to experiences they never imagined could happen.
Rudy, named for Susan's late father, is a 27.5 foot long diesel and solar-powered extreme RV, capable of going just about anywhere in temperatures ranging from -20ºF to +120ºF – on road, off road, or no road. It is built on a Ford F550 chassis and then intensively modified by EarthRoamer Expedition Vehicles in Dacono, CO. It weighs 18,000 pounds fully loaded, is powered by the new Ford 6.7 liter turbo diesel engine, and gets an amazing 11 MPG on the highway. It holds 90 gallons of diesel fuel, 85 gallons of fresh water, and because all the camper power requirements are met by solar energy, it can remain off the grid for a long time (essentially when the water runs out, which for them is about 10 days).
The interior is finished like a fine yacht, with a king size bed, satellite HD TV, Bose Surround Sound entertainment system, a BluRay player, 60 TBs of digital storage in 4 Drobo 5Ds, a 2 burner diesel stove, diesel hot water heater, diesel furnace, dry bath, high-efficiency refrigerator/freezer, a 12,000 BTU air conditioner and lots on storage space for all our gear. They also have a 3G/4G mobile phone signal booster, a 4G LTE data router, ham radio, UHF, VHF, CB radio and a satellite phone.
Rudy has an Kaldermann Air Ride suspension capable of raising and lowering the entire vehicle 7 inches, either left to right, front to rear, or each individual wheel (which is used every night to level them out).
Rudy has 41 inch Continental military tires on Hutchinson double bead-lock rims, this allows them to enlarge the tire's footprint and sail across deep sand. They have been in snow up to the top of the tires in West Virginia, and in sand over a foot deep in Arizona, traversing both with ease.
Should they get stuck, They have recovery equipment on board, starting with two Huge Warn winches - a 16,500 lb capacity model on the front and a 9500 pound model on the rear.
When describing on what's it like being around each other 24 hours a day and and still growing as a creative professionals, Susan explained that it actually helps them become better photographers.
"We both worked alone for most of our careers and we will stand shoulder to shoulder shooting the same landscape and yet see it very differently. We have both learned and have become better photographers."
"We love each other in ways that most people just flat out don't understand. We probably have 4 or 5 people a day when they see the roamer, and we frequently give tours, they look at us and the very first thing they say is 'WOW the two of you must really like each other'.
The biggest inspiration in my life is watching Susan because she has a vision which is unlike anybody that I know. It forces my eyes open." ~ Steve Uzzell
Shooting HDR Photography:
For this HDR shoot we used DSLR cameras. You can use any camera that supports exposure bracketing. This includes micro four-thirds and some point-and-shoot bodies.
With high dynamic range photography, it is beneficial to set your camera to capture in a RAW format. Although the file size is larger, camera RAW files contain more data and information than a standard jpeg. This allows you to have more control of the final image. Yes, it's more data to manage, but the results are worth it.
Transferring Data in the Field:
All HDR photograph were captured onto SD memory cards. When shooting on location, it is important to make sure your footage is safe by mirroring your data. We backed up all of our footage right in the field to a Drobo Mini with a USB3 card reader. The Thunderbolt port offered on the Drobo Mini enabled a speedy transfer.“It’s worth the investment to get a USB3 reader because you really start taking advantage of the speed of the system and the speed of the Drobo. That Drobo through thunderbolt is ridiculously fast”
If you missed the episode, be sure to watch it here.
Now that we have organized our footage in episode PTC008 - Organizing Multi-Camera Footage
, we are ready to begin stitching our footage together. Host Richard Harrington
will take you into Adobe Premiere Pro to demonstrate how to easily multi-camera edit.
In this episode you will learn:
- Multi-camera editing in Adobe Premiere Pro
- Create a multi-camera source sequence
- Customize the buttons in Adobe Premiere Pro for multi-camera editing
- Customize keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro
In the previous episode, PTC002 - Creating a Music Video: Production
, we have shown you what it takes to produce a multi-camera music video. Now that all our footage is captured, it is time to begin the post production process. The first and most important step to editing is organizing your footage. From importing to renaming, Host Richard Harrington
will demonstrate how to easily assemble and line up all of the pieces you need to effectively edit.
In this episode you will learn:
- How to import footage into Adobe Premiere Pro.
- The features offered by Adobe to help make the importing process easier, such as selectively importing your footage.
- How to load imported footage into your sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro.
- How to use color coding to identify your clips.
Congratulations to Tony Cece who won a Drobo 5D at NAB 2013.
Who are you?
I am a Humanitarian Photographer and Video Producer for Operation Blessing. As a photo journalist, I travel and capture stories in order to raise awareness and money for projects that benefit the people whose stories I tell. My favorite part of my job is meeting and working with people. Capturing images that tell their story is an honor. How will you use the Drobo?
I have two Drobo's that I purchased for work and have always wanted one for my personal and freelance work.
I will use the Drobo I won to back up my personal images and images that I've captured as part of my work for Operation Blessing. I have two young boys and am constantly preserving their childhood and to this point have been very careless preserving their memories. I worry all the time about having backups of their birth and growth. I will put all of the photos onto the Drobo and move the original hard drives off-site for safe keeping.
What was your favorite part of NAB?
This was my first time at NAB and it was amazing. My favorite part was the Timelapse and Panoramic workshop with Richard Harrington. My only experience with Timelapse and Panoramics has been with my iPhone and I've wanted to learn the techniques on my DSLR and mirrorless cameras. It has opened up a new world for me in the photo/video work I do. Since the workshop I have been shooting a lot of timelapse video and panoramas. Because most of my work is solo run-and-gun , a lot of the awesome tech at NAB would be hard to work into my routine. I really liked the products from Camtrol and Aviator Gear, but the easiest upgrade I could have in my "naked camera" workflow is a technique Timelapse video.
Website: http://www.tonycece.com/Follow Tony on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonycece
This week on Power To Create Podcast, Richard Harrington talks with Steve Uzzell and Susan Lambert who share there remarkable journey of love, photography, and life.
Steve Uzzell is one of the top advertising and corporate photographers in the United States. He started in the photography business 40 years ago as the assistant to the editor of National Geographic and a member of their photographic staff. He loves making images for national and international clients and has garnered worldwide acclaim and won numerous accolades, including ten prestigious Communication Arts awards.
Susan’s career in photography began in 1978 with a Master’s degree in Photography and Media Studies from Webster University in St. Louis (undergraduate degree in Education/Special Education from the University of Missouri). She was a photography instructor at Webster University and The Windsor School in Boston. Susan’s career has now branched off into a whole new realm of inspirational speaking.
Together Steve and Susan travel the country off the beaten path to discover people, talents, and what life is really about.
In this weeks episode:
- :30 Steve and Susan explain the cross country journey they are doing
- 2:33 Steve explains his style of photography and what he does and how his dad got him interested by not letting him use the camera
- 4:49 Susan explains her journey in photography and how its brought her to where she is today.
- 6:10 Susan explains her amazing collection of iPhone photos as part of her journey
- 6:58 How they are powering there mobile unit so they can do everything from the road.
- 7:56 Steve explains why they choose to have a mobile life and how it works for them.
- 10:38 How do they manage a working mobile storage workflow including backups with Drobo.
- 11:56 Why not having proper back up cost Steve a client and 6 months worth of frustration.
- 15:34 What has been eye opening events throughout life on the road?
- 18:18 How you can share in Susan’s iPhone picture of the day?
- 18:50 Susan shares her favorite place they have seen.
- 19:50 Susan explains some practical advice seeing a different view of seeing our country
- 22:20 What their plans are with the images they are collecting.
- 27:00 How they manage their creativity together because of love.
- 29:26 What surprises them most about life on the road.
Drobo just hit an impressive milestone... they've backed up a WHOLE lot of data. An exabyte in fact!
To understand how much an exabyte truly is, let’s put things in perspective. That’s 1 million 1TB hard drives. If backed up to standard DVDs, you’d need 245 million of them which if stacked to the same 5 ½ mile height as Mount Everest would require 32 stacks measuring 14 feet across.
We’re super excited to announce our March winner Molly Goodart in our Power To Create Drobo give-away. She chose the Drobo 5N
“I will use the unit to back up my photographs, designs and business documents. I am a photographer. I own Goodart Photography
in Jonesboro, AR. I do portrait and event photography and product design.”
Her husband is already using a Drobo 5N in his storage workflow.
“My husband is a software developer and has a Drobo 5N to back up his work and personal files. I am beyond excited. It is hard to believe I really won!”
If you’ve already entered, you’re already enrolled for our next drawing. Not entered? Just click here
Recent guest Terry White
has kept up with digital publication from the very beginning since before the internet was even around. Terry has always embraced technology as shown by his blogs, books, and teaching. Terry has many theories about internet, phones, apps and more that are fascinating, fun, educational.
For example, when the web came out it was free, Terry believes people have had the mind set off seeing things for free which is why so many digital publications never really took off. However, when Apple came out with apps, people were "ok" about paying a few dollars here and there for higher quality products they can view on their iPad, iPhone, or iPod.
This he believes started changing the mind set of how people starting viewing digital publications and other creative works on the internet. This so called “micro purchase” might be the solution to reinvigorating creative and digital publications that were lost during the internet boom.
These dollars are now going right to the content creator, who in this digital age, doesn’t have the overhead of before such as printing, shipping, & storage. Terry has been on the leading edge of creating and teaching others how to use programs such as InDesign to create and develop digital content including apps.
Terry predicts consumers are going to expect and demand to having a digital version of what is in print. In fact, Terry won’t buy a physical book unless it is in digital format. This means, technology for digital publication will continue to get better. Digital publishing influences his personal and professional work 100% of the time. Printing something that he works on is more of an after thought.
Telling stories and teaching has also changed. When Terry posts a new blog post
he thinks about the right medium for how he wants to present his material. Whether its just video, audio, text or maybe a combination of them. Keeping in mind how he wants to present a blog post is determined by his content and how it would be best presented.
Besides his theories, Terry is a talented creative professional and he is serious about his storage for both himself and his family. Everything that matters to him is on a server that he can access it no matter where he is.
In field, he relies on his memory card but if he’s in a studio, he tethers his camera to his MacBook Pro. In either case, the images are imported into Lightroom and stored on his MacBook Pro's internal SSD.
At that point he begins the selection, review and editing process. Also during that time his Time Machine backup has kicked in and the new image and edits are backed up automatically to a network Time Capsule with a 2TB drive on it. So now at this point the images are still on the card, on the internal MBP SSD and on the Time Capsule.
Once the edits are done, the shoot is complete and the final images have been delivered. Terry moves that shoot folder to his Mac OS X Server which has a Drobo 5D connected to it as the main server storage via Thunderbolt.
In addition to having his storage workflow, Terry is keen on using Lightroom catalogs to organize his media and is an advocate of deleting pictures you will never use. If you go out and shoot 700 imagines, no matter how good or great you are, all 700 shots are not going to be decent. If you will only use maybe 10 of those images, why are you keeping 600 photos that will never be seen? It’s ok to be decisive. Just like house, garage, storage. The bigger it is, the more you put in it. So why not be selective about what you keep.
Terry now has 5 Drobos
. 3 at his house and 2 in his studio/office. He started with Drobo several years ago because it was the only solution that allowed him to build multiple drives of different sizes. If a drive ever ran out of space, he was able to remove that one and add a bigger drive and that allowed him to keep working without loss of time.
Have a backup in multiple areas because you never know what will happen. Anything from fires, file corruption, drive failures. You never know. Having backups for your media is something Terry stresses almost to a healthy paranoia.
Terry is the Worldwide Creative Suite Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc
. Terry has been with Adobe for over a 15 years and has extensive knowledge of Adobe’s Creative Professional product line. In his current position, he leads the charge of getting customers excited and educated about Adobe’s Creative Suite Design Premium and Creative Cloud products. Terry is an Adobe Certified Expert and Creative Suite Master.
Where to Find Terry White
In a previous episode, PTC004 - Shooting HDR Photography
, we learned how to have a successful HDR photography shoot, while focusing on the benefits of high dynamic range photography, camera settings, and appropriate gear to use.
In this episode of Power to Create, Host Rich Harrington
and Special Guest Abba Shapiro
return to discuss the first steps to take when finishing up a shoot, backing up your footage. Uncontrollable obstacles can happen, but you can avoid being a victim. Technology like the Drobo Mini
has made transferring your footage easy and accessible.
In this episode you will learn:
- How to utilize your laptop to backup your footage.
- The tools you need to transfer your footage in the field.
- How to successfully transfer footage from your card to your source.
- The importance of keeping you footage organized when shooting and backing up.