Halleluja! After obsessing for the last couple weeks in front of the computer to solve the problem of balancing a tightly edited website featuring a current portfolio of my work while still allowing art buyers to search older classic images, I have implemented a two pronged solution. For anyone wishing to while away a few minutes of your time – please kick the tires of the brand new portfolio site jonathankingston.com and the new stock site stock.kingstonimages.com, then drop me an email or comment to let me know what you think.
A friend sent me this link to the story of Vivian Maier, a Chicago nanny who took more than 100,000 photos during her lifetime and never showed them to anyone. She recently passed away and her photography has been discovered. Some say she may rank among the top street photographers of the 20th century.
It has been nearly two years since I migrated my business to Google Apps, and I can’t say enough good things about their service. My spam has gone to almost zero, I have push contacts, calendar and email to my phone, and now Google is rolling out a service that will allow me to send large files to clients (ie – hires photographs) for free. No more FTP! Read more about it here on the Google Enterprise Blog.
There are two drawbacks that both have a workaround for wireless syncing. Your iPhone will wirelessly sync beautifully with your Google address book and calendar, however, it will no longer sync with your Apple address book or iCal. What a drag! Thankfully there is a workaround posted here for the address book issue (be sure to click on the “see all answers or post an answer…” link on this post). And here for the iCal issue (you have to set up iCal to subscribe to a calDAV account). After a bit of fiddling, everything is now up and running on my phone, computer and Google apps account! It is essentially the same as having a true Exchange account for my photography business, but without the annual cost.
As a photographer who spends a lot of time on the road, the iPhone has been a big blessing with its window to the web capabilities.During my pre-iPhone life I never had to worry about keeping things like email, calendars and address books in sync — because I worked off of one computer.Now that I have this terrific tiny top computer, keeping things in sync became a high priority to avoid the digital stress of duplication.
Looking into my options to accomplish this there was Mobile Me for $99 per year, purchasing a Exchange account for $120 per year, or the solution I finally settled on — Google Apps — for free.
NOTE:For the below steps to work, you will need to have administrative access to the MX records of your website.OR you can just follow the steps with a Gmail account – but then you don’t get the benefit of keeping your business email address.
Here is a brilliantly simple idea for managing the deluge of emails that make the world go round these days. I was skeptical of the idea until i tried it. Believe me, it works. It takes an hour to watch the presentation below (or half an hour for just the meat), but will save you hundreds of hours in the future. Check it out.