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"The Fascinating ProGrade Digital Story" - TDS Digital Photo Podcast 640"

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iPhone X in New York City


This was a crazy trip from the start. Zach and I caught a red eye flight to JFK from San Francisco on Saturday night. Then we bused in to Midtown at 6 AM and were planning our day an hour later hunched over coffee at the McDonalds across from the New Yorker. Things never slowed down from that point.

I knew that this was going to be the ultimate Nimble Photographer trip. I had my laptop and Micro Four Thirds kit stashed in my backpack. But from the minute we checked in, until I caught the red eye back home 3 days later, my bag stayed in the room, and it was just Zach and I on the streets of New York.

Kids and Pigeons, Central Park "Kids and Pigeons, Central Park" - iPhone X. Processed in Photos for macOS and Luminar 2018. Photo by Derrick Story.

This is precisely the situation that motivated me to spend the extra money for the iPhone X last year. With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees F and high humidity, neither of us wanted to carry a bag of any type. Our kit for the day were shades, wallet, and smartphone.

Columbus Circle
"Columbus Circle, NYC" - iPhone X. Processed in Photos for macOS and Luminar 2018. Photo by Derrick Story.

The thing about it was... I was in NYC, one of my favorite places for street photography. So I wanted to be able to capture the world as we maneuvered through it. And the dual-camera iPhone allowed me to do just that.

I worked quickly and without drawing attention to myself. Zach and I kept our pace as we worked through our ToDo list (he's getting settled for a Summer internship with the NBA), while I also recorded images of us, New York City, and the people who make it interesting.

Inside Out
"Inside Out, Time Warner Building" - RAW file captured with iPhone X. Processed in Photos for macOS and Luminar 2018. Photo by Derrick Story.

I did process most of the images on my laptop once we returned to the hotel. I used Photos for macOS (the images were there waiting for me thanks to iCloud) and Luminar 2018. The changes were saved back to all my devices for sharing on social.

I could never be limited to a smartphone for all of my photography. Just like I could not survive with just a Phillips head screwdriver in my toolbox. But for this whirlwind trip to New York, the iPhone allowed my to stay focused on my son, yet come home with many wonderful visual memories.

After the second red eye home, I'm a little bleary-eyed today, but very happy.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #640, June 19, 2018. Today's theme is "The Fascinating ProGrade Digital Story." I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

How many times have you thought to yourself at work, "If I was in charge, we would do things much differently."? Industry veteran Wes Brewer, who spent years working with SanDisk and Lexar, got his chance to do exactly that. And the result of that effort is a new company called ProGrade Digital. We learn about their story in today's TDS photography podcast.

"The Fascinating ProGrade Digital Story"

ProGrade CEO Wes Brewer had seen just about all there is to see in the Flash storage industry. He was at SanDisk when the Extreme series was developed. And he was at Lexar during the coming and passing of the Micron ownership. And now he's the chief executive office of ProGrade Digital.


Wes and I sat down for a chat over Skype where we discussed his observations about the industry in general, and ProGrade Digital specifically. We talked about the ins and outs of Flash storage, and how ProGrade Digital is positioning themselves to be the company that serious enthusiasts and professionals want to work with.

I think you will enjoy this conversation.

The Portfolio Project - Week 7 - Tom Bodley Photographs

Tom Bodley is our featured photographer this week with his Portfoliobox site, www.tombodleyphotography.com.

"Derrick - I very much enjoyed your recent podcast on the future of Adobe LR, and the introduction to Portfoliobox. I signed up for a pro account and set up a few galleries to share at tombodleyphotography.com.
I have been using Squarespace, but find it kind of clunky, and not really suited for photography. Right out of the box I find Portfoliobox to be far superior--many thanks for the tip! I intend to add a few more galleries to my site (Japan, Columbia Icefield Parkway, etc). "

Tom has wonderful images of Alaska and Yellowstone. But my favorite page is the featuring birds. Some very cool shots there. I hope you view them for yourself.

If you've signed up for a Portfoliobox Pro account, and have published at least one page, then send me the link to that site. Use the Contact Form on the Nimble Photographer and provide your name, the link, and the subject of the page or site you've published.

I'm also building a directory of user sites and publish it on TheDigitalStory. And all through the month of June, I will feature one of those sites on this podcast.

I love using Portfoliobox for these reasons:

  • My images look great, both on my computer and on my mobile devices.
  • It's easy to use. Without any instruction, I'm adding a high quality page in just minutes.
  • It's affordable. There's a free plan and a Pro version. The Pro version is only $82.80 per year or $8.90 per month USD, and that's before the 20 percent TDS discount.

Highlights with the Pro Plan

In addition to unlimited pages, you get a personalized domain name, web hosting, and up to 1,000 images.

Get Started Today

Just go to the TDS Landing Page to get started with your free account, or to receive the 20 percent discount on the Pro version. And if you want to see the page that I've begun, visit www.derrickstoryphotography.com.

The Compact, Affordable Olympus 30mm f/3.5 Macro

I published a quick hands-on review of the Olympus 30mm macro lens. This is a wonderfully compact and affordable optic. It's available at B&H for only $240 with free shipping. What a great value!

Reservation Forms have been sent for the Burney Falls and Lassen Volcanic National Park Workshop

We have our cabin reservations secured for Sept. 27-29, 2018 for the Burney Falls and Lassen Volcanic National Park Workshop. I sent out reservation forms this last weekend. So if you are on the reserve list, you should have received an invite.

Updates and Such

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See you next week!

More Ways to Participate

Want to share photos and talk with other members in our virtual camera club? Check out our Flickr Public Group. And from those images, I choose the TDS Member Photo of the Day.

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