Sunday, November 19, 2006

Trying to Catch Up


As I've been saying for the last few months, it has been extremely difficult to keep up with the post production of our assignments.. Our delivery has slowed down tremendously this semester... This is something that is eating Fred and I up. I would love to be able to turn around completed photos in a day or two, but the way we shoot and what the client ends up with, it is impossible.. I know some shooters are able to do this, but not us... We do not go around shooting 8-10 "set up" scenes a day with models and "hand picked" students. 90-95% of what we do is "au natural", so there are a lot of frames shot during the course of a day.. We have been averaging anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 shots a day (before editing, of course). Now multiply that by that by about 55 days of shooting in the last three months or so... You can imagine the volume of digital data that we have been dealing with. We usually carry with us on the road, two laptops with 100 gb storage, in addition to 2 TERABYTES of external harddrive space.. That is an awful lot of data.. Now it is 1:00 am on a Saturday evening (My wife is out of town for the weekend), I've been processing files all day, please forgive my rambling on and on.. We should be able to get everything out the door and on its way to end users by Monday.. If you would be kind enough to share with us the delivery time from your photographers and the amount of images you receive, I would be grateful for any information on how to improve our delivery.. Thanks so much and enjoy the rest of your weekend..

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