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Proper Lighting Conditions
Thanks to GTI, this PDF shows some common specifications that are included in the ISO 3664:2000 guidelines.

Thursday December 18, 2003
by GTI Graphic Technology, inc.

A lot of discussion on proper lighting and environmental conditions in the digital darkroom have been discussed. Here is a PDF from GTI, the makers of excellent light boxes. It does provide some information from the ISO 3664:2000 standard.

Weekly Chatter:Need for Correct Exposure in RAW
Wednesday November 26, 2003
by weekly chatter

Each and every week, Imaging Revue offers non-members a tantalizing taste of the information available within our forums. Make sure to check out the entire list!

Soft Proof Tutorial by John Paul Caponigro
Monday November 24, 2003
by John Paul Caponigro

John Paul Caponigro walks the reader through the processes of soft proofing images in Photoshop in this elegant and useful PDF excerpt from his book "Photoshop Master Class". orders placed through John Paul at info@johnpaulcaponigroarts.com receive a free PDF Guide to Getting Good Color.

Weekly Chatter:Photoshop CS - Print with Preview settings
Thursday November 20, 2003
by Imaging Revue Experts and Members

Each and every week, Imaging Revue offers non-members a tantalizing taste of the information available within our forums. Make sure to check out the entire list!

Greg Gorman's B&W; conversion technique
Tuesday November 18, 2003
by Greg Gorman

Greg Gorman shares with the Imaging Revue subscribers, a technique that finally allows him to shoot color and still get the B&W; effect he desires. Designed by his retoucher Rob Carr, this step-by-step tutorial will show you a great new way to not only convert color to B&W; but add color toning as well! Please refer to the forum thread that got this discussion started.

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Paula Lerner
Posted on Wed Nov 12, 2003 10:35 PM I have several questions that I will outline separately.

Some months ago I bought two 200 GB Maxtor external hard drives for storing the rapidly accumulating digital files I was shooting. At first I stored the digital files on a second internal 120 GB drive, and backed up that entire hard drive to one of the Maxtors. The second Maxtor I set aside, knowing I'd need it soon enough.

I had partitioned my 120 GB drive into a 90+ GB storage drive and a 20 GB space for PS scratch. The storage drive held all my digital files plus my office non-PS stuff. The day came recently when I filled up the 90 GB storage drive.

Unfortunately, at that moment my Maxtor back up drived failed completely. Poof, no special reason that I could tell (unless my house cleaner may have jiggled the firewire cord), suddenly the icon disappeared off my desktop and no machine I plugged it into could see it. I copied everything from my internal drive over to my second Maxtor drive and I called up Maxtor to troubleshoot. To their credit, they offered to replace it immediately, and the replacement is sitting in my office newly arrived.

Happily I didn't lose any data, but it did make me aware of the vulnerability of depending on these drives. Are Maxtor drives known to crash unexpectedly like that? What brands are known to be reliable over the long haul?

Secondly, now that I have two 200 GB drives that are ready to go, I want to set up a storage system that is redundant, not too hard to use, and accessible. I'd like to set this up well from the get go. Any suggestions as to where I should start to research this and what options are out there? Does it make sense to simply have stacks of hard drives, with the data mirrored in pairs? I don't know much about arrays (I just learned today what a RAID is thanks to Andrew R.'s alphabet soup of acronyms list on another thread), but is that a better solution than mirrored drives? I realize I now need to learn more about how arrays work. What are the trade offs?

Thirdly, how are you all doing the actual backups and backup updates? If I go with mirrored pairs, how do you best mirror them? Do you use retrospect? Retrospect seems to take sooooo much longer than simply copying the pertinent files to the appropriate place. But is there some benefit to having Retrospect do a big backup once in a while (at night after a day working on files) or say once a week? The reality of doing a retrospect backup every day seemed impractical given how long it seemed to take.

Many thanks for any input.

Paula Lerner
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