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Category Archives: PHOTOGRAPHERS

Answers For USB Delivery of Images

Yesterday, I posted an Instagram shot of some new USB memory sticks for client delivery (mainly weddings and commercial shoots). The response was surprisingly overwhelming on Twitter, Facebook, and via email. So instead of trying to respond to each comment or email, I figured I would just make a quick blog post.

Scott Piner USB Delivery

I picked these up from USB Memory Direct and they are the 4GB SWM style. I actually sweated the style as there were really too many choices. Cap? Capless? Plastic? Metal? Wood? It was crazy. The SWM feels a little rubberized with the steel surface for the logo. And I figured a lost cap may be seen as “incomplete” or “broken” so I opted for capless.

USB Memory Direct uses top of the line Tier 1 memory with a lifetime warranty so there’s definitely a cost for that. And their customer service was amazing. I worked with one person who sent me a few mockups which I adjusted until it was dialed in with the style, size, color, and logo. The standard turnaround time is 5-7 days so these really can be ordered in a pinch. For comparison, I think my custom discs I had been using had a turnaround of 2 weeks.

The write speed is slower than USB 2.0. I figured I would be the only one writing data to the drive so the slower write speed is not really an issue for me. The read speed, however, is quite nice…more like USB 2.0. Pulling files off of these drives is sooo much faster than waiting for a disc to load and spin up. I think clients will love this.

I have been using the drives for about a month now. They actually arrived just in time for delivery of a private dinner shoot for the co-founder of a certain company which had a fascinating IPO. Needless to say, I was pretty happy to use the USB option rather than 15-year old disc-burning technology for that shoot. I am digging these memory sticks so far…probably because they are new, not many are using USB delivery yet (the “Wow!” factor), and I simply have an aversion to burning discs. These should ultimately be a better product for the client as the data can be retrieved much faster than via disc and the memory sticks offer a much longer shelf life than CDs or DVDs.

So, I think that answered all of the questions. If not, please feel free to post a comment below.

Play for Emily – Ronald McDonald House

I was recently contacted to offer my services for the Play for Emily charity golf tournament at Landfall Country Club. The golf tournament raises money for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Chapel Hill, Durham, and eastern NC (Greenville). The Ronald McDonald House is a special place for my family. When I was younger, my family stayed at a Ronald McDonald House while my brother was in the hospital, so we experienced firsthand the positive impact of this organization. Their mission is to provide families, who seek medical attention away from home, a refuge that offers basic comforts. While staying at the Ronald McDonald house, the family is able to care for a sick child without having to worry about where to eat or having to go through the hassle of booking a hotel for extended durations. And perhaps most importantly, it is a place where families can connect with other families who are going through the same thing.

Scott Piner Wilmington NC Photographer

Scott Piner Wilmington NC Photographer

For photographers: My approach to this was more like a commercial shoot. While my portrait and wedding clients tend to prefer me to freely document their day, I knew that the Director of Marketing (i.e. Creative Director) had some specific shots/needs for her organization. I wanted to make sure I met those needs first and then move on to documenting the day with my personal vision. I also needed to be aware of any logistics such as start times, any club or game play restrictions, and what type of deliverables were required (i.e. digital uploads, disc of images, hi-res, lo-res). It’s much more business-like than portrait work and I find it to be very enjoyable. Communication is key. Some Creative Directors offer up more information than others. If you do not feel like you are 100% certain of what is needed for their marketing needs, make sure you find out.

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New Website + Behind the Scenes Video

The latest version of launched yesterday along with a mobile option for the iPhone & new Verizon Droid!  I am very excited and am so thankful for the encouragement of so many.

For photographers & videographers:  I use BIG Folio for the design & hosting of my main site.  Partnering with them has been instrumental to the success of my business and I highly recommend their services.

Scott Piner Wilmington NC Photographer

Behind the scenes look at a post wedding session with Olivia & Tommy and Wilmington, NC Photographer Scott Piner.

Video shot by Joey Connolley.  Music licensed by Lee Hester.

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