Monday, April 6, 2009

SoFoBoMo: Thoughts

Since it's nearly time for SoFoBoMo 2009 to start, I suppose I should start thinking about what I'm going to do... 

As far as software goes, I'm using InDesign. I used it to create the one edition that I handled of the newsletter for the North Bethesda Camera Club in Maryland (I ended up moving to Seattle shortly after publishing it), so I've been through the learning curve already.

I would like to have a physical book as well as a PDF, so I'll probably get some prints done; since I'm most likely going to be hosting my web site on SmugMug, or at least using SmugMug as my back-end, I'll give their partner a try to see how they do.

These pictures are of flowers around my condominium complex. I suppse these are further signs that spring really is here at last.

I used my 105mm Nikon Micro lens with a Nikon 2x teleconverter. There was a bit of a breeze, so I used 1/250th shutter speed and aimed my Metz flash into the silver side of my reflector to get enough light to freeze their movement.


Anita Jesse said...

I am very happy with Smugmug. I have had a site there for some time now, and one of my favorite things about the company is the phenomenal customer service. They really are amazing in that department. I will be interested to see how you like their book publishing affiliate. I hope you will post more about your experience with that.

Rakesh said...

I'm fairly certain that SmugMug will cover my needs. The only thing that it seems is missing from Smug is a blog, so I'll probably use one of the tricks posted on their forums to integrate this one.

I'll definitely post updates when I start working on SoFoBoMo, as well as when I attempt to get it printed!

Anita Jesse said...

If you are able to integrate this blog into SmugMug, I will be picking your brain on that. I am a complete dunce when it comes to the tech part of web stuff.

Are you buried with preparation for SoFoBoMo?

Rakesh said...

I haven't really started really preparing for it yet, which is probably not a good thing, but I did pick up a small project that ought to help me get in gear on it (writing an article for the Sierra Club's next newsletter).

When my friend and I get the blog situation figured out, I'll write about it here :)

Misplaced Cricket said...

This is a good reminder that *I* signed up for this too. Ack! I guess we arent supposed to DO anything until May 1, and then start and finish within the month, right?? So technically, starting early would be cheating!! :D

Rakesh said...

Yes, you are supposed to wait until May... but the actual window is fuzzy -- it's any 31-day period between the beginning of May and the end of June. :)

I think our Shi Shi & Point of the Arches trip will be a good start!