Recent guests Nicole Young and Brian Matiash discuss how photography has molded the course of their lives and even brought them together as creative professionals. Some of what they discuss is how they first started their journey and how they utilize current technology to keep them inspired and motivated.

Brian’s journey into photography started when his parents wanted his shy personality to emerge into the real world. He found creativity in urban and architectural photography. The more he shot the more that photography started to make sense. As he allowed the technology of photography to grow, he found his creative side of photography becoming better. Eventually it led him to the position of Curriculum & Education Manager at onOne Software, makers of the award-winning Perfect Photo Suite line of photography software.
Nicole’s interest sparked in high school. She took a photography class and found photography a healthy outlet for her creativity. While in the armed forces, Nicole discovered micro-stock photography and used the resources and technical guidelines to allow herself to mold into a professional food photographer and photoshop expert. Her expertise and talents guided her into guest blogger, instructor and author of several camera and photography books.

Both Brian and Nicole use personal creativity and develop educational components in aspects of their work. They share what they love to do and inspire others to grow and learn. Their professional careers help others develop creativity.
Brian takes his storage workflow extremely serious. He cannot stress enough how important it is to take care of the product he shoots. 

At Home:
  • Imports his images to a Drobo 5D.
  • Then every night it backs up at 2am to a second generation Drobo S.
  • Every 2 weeks, his storage is backed up on an offsite 4TB Hard Drive.

Travel:
  • Imports his product to both a internal and external hard drive
  • Mirrors it to an additional Hard drive which is usually stored at the hotel safe deposit box when they are away from their room.

Nicole’s workflow:
At home:
  • Upload to Photoshop Lightroom, photos are stored directly on a Drobo 5D.
  • Every night uses Carbon Copy Cloner  to mirror the entire collection to a second Drobo, which at times will have Brian take to work. 

Travel:
  • Upload to laptop (MacBook Air).
  • Backup copy to Western Digital Passport  (1 TB), to keep them separate while traveling.
  • When returning home, transfer photos to her Drobo.

Being a creative professional is something many of us dream of doing full-time. As with any career we all have growing pains and things we wish we knew when we first started out. Being a professional author and photographer isn’t just about taking pictures and writing. 

Nicole is her own business (Nicolesy, Inc.), boss and everything else that comes with owning a business. Looking back she wishes she learned more what would be involved owning a business. For example, taxes and paying yourself a salary. Along those lines, being able to take business classes and understanding the paperwork and accounting side that comes with owning a business. Not only would it make things run smoother but it would save you time and money in the long run which would then allow you to keep developing your creative product.

Both Brian and Nicole register their pictures for copyright and they discus piracy and Creative Commons. Nicole likes the idea of Creative Commons. A Creative Commons license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work that they have created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, they might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of their own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author's work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions the author has specified. Copyrighting your photos is actually a very simple and inexpensive process. Every quarter, both Nicole and Brian register the last 3 months of photos for a flat fee of $35.

Brian and Nicole enjoy using Evernote to help them facilitate inspiration that comes along. For example, One day Nicole was watching a food network program and was inspired by a certain dish she saw on the TV. See paused the television and took a picture of the screen and uploaded it to her Evernote account. Being able to take new technology and help manifest the creative and inspiring ideas that come is just one way both Brian and Nicole benefit from the ever changing world of technology. As we all know, some of our best ideas happen at the most inconvenient times.

In fact, it’s been the ever changing world of technology and social media that brought them together. It was google+ that allowed Nicole and Brian to develop their relationship to what it is today.

Brian and Nicole have set themselves apart as amazingly talented creative professionals. To learn more about them, you can find them at the following outlets:

Where to find Nicole?

Where to find Brian?
Brian and his self proclaimed tiny obsession with HDR and tilt shift lenses can be found:

7/24/2013 20:12:11

I hope that this post will give energy and confidence to all those who want to become a best business man.

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9/11/2013 22:39:01

I think this photography software will be an inspiration as well as helpful one for all those who want to create something through creative mind.

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