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Take advantage of all the online solutions BIG Folio has to offer, from SEO to logo/branding design services to online proofing and sales. We have everything you need to successfully present your photography business to your valued clients, all under one roof. In conjunction with PPA, BIG Folio is offering an exclusive package for all members. Details of the offer are as follows:

  • $100 off any Premium design OR $50 off any Standard design
  • $5/month reduction of monthly fee
  • a free texture pack ($79 value)

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Jennifer Wills on compiled a handy list of iPhone apps for photographers. Check out the complete story here:

"Lots of iApps center on the photos you take with your iPhone. But did you know that many others are useful when you shoot with your DSLR? From exposure calculators to GPS taggers, these iApps will make the iPhone your best photo assistant ever."

ESS Data Recovery overviews the data recovery process for flash medium.

Most photographers by now are using some form of flash medium. Tagged as more reliable and efficient, flash memory is a sensible solution for professional photographers.  Being at the forefront of storage technology, many PPA members are taking full advantage of compact flash, SD and “thumbdrive” devices.

But what do you do when that SD card fails?

“Like anything else electronic, flash media will eventually go down,” says ESS Data Recovery President Ben Carmitchel “Whether due to a static charge from your pocket or a dunk in your morning cup of coffee, that flash card will eventually stop functioning normally”.  ESS Data Recovery sees between 120 to nearly 300 flash drives per month.  For data recovery experts, who typically deal with magnetic medium such as hard drives, a new set of data recovery problems have arisen—while flash drives may be more reliable than hard drives, the data recovery procedures used are completely different.

Drive-Imaging: Beyond Backup

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Your image files may be backed up, are your applications? What about your system software? How long will it take you to locate all of your install disks, serial numbers, and activation codes to re-install your software?

If you cannot afford that kind of down-time, consider drive-imaging to create a virtual image of your entire hard drive.   With a drive image back-up, you'll save not only your data but your programs, drivers, and all the settings that make your machine yours.

Read Edward Mendelson's article on and see how he rates 5 popular drive-imaging software packages.

O’Reilly Digital Media

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Best known for their computer “how-to” books, O’Reilly also has a handy blog with author interviews and digital imaging tips. Recent posts include a podcast interview with Joe Schorr, discussing advanced organizing tips for Aperture power users, and a tutorial on using Lightroom’s Develop module for tonal control of your images. For the latest from O’Reilly, go to

20070314_fg7 Photographer Sara Frances, of Photo Mirage Imaging, in Denver, Colorado gives an easy to follow Photoshop tutorial that will turn your photos into realistic pen-and-ink drawings. Read "Photoshop How-To: Brushstroke Bonanza"  on Creative

Whether you are looking for someone to capture your wedding memories or illustrate your products, choosing the right photographer has never been easy…until now. The Find-a-Photographer search engines on,, and allow you to find professional photographers who match your criteria. And you can now view samples of their work at the search sites!

Powered by, the Find-a-Photographer search engines increase the power consumers wield by helping them be better informed. Seeing actual images is one of the most essential factors in a customer’s buying decision, so we are even in the process of ranking those photographers who have uploaded image samples ahead of those who have not.

PPA member Rick Williams of Four Season Photography in Mobile, Alabama offered us the following advice for protecting your image files when shooting a wedding or event:

  1. Dump your card during the event to a laptop or other device. This will give you an instant backup copy.
  2. Keep the backup device separate from the camera/camera case. If your camera or case is stolen, you will still have one backup.
  3. Never leave cards in the camera. Rick keeps them in his pocket to prevent loss in case of camera theft.
  4. On return to the studio, dump everything onto a computer there and immediately burn a DVD of the event images.
  5. Take the DVD to another secure location.


A new threat to AOL instant messaging users is making the rounds.  IM users will get a message with a misleading link. When they click the link, a malicious file will be executed on their windows system, allowing the computer to be taken over remotely.

ZDNet News reports that ,"Pipeline initially appears as an instant message from a familiar contact, according to FaceTime security. A message appears asking users to click on a link to upload a picture of themselves; instead, a command file,, is downloaded and disguised as a JPEG, according to FaceTime."

You can read the full FaceTime Security Labs report here.

Computer World reports that in one of the largest security updates since moving to a monthly patch release cycle, Microsoft Corp. today issued 12 bulletins detailing fixes for 21 separate vulnerabilities in a wide range of products.

Eight of the bulletins and 12 of the vulnerabilities were rated "critical" by the company. Three bulletins detailed fixes for "important" flaws, while one described a flaw of moderate severity. The vulnerabilities disclosed today affect several Microsoft products, including Internet Explorer (IE), Windows Media Player, Microsoft Outlook and PowerPoint.

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