Photographer's Note

I have a client that has gone ballistically digital. She came from the generation that kept photos either in photo albums or stuffed them in shoeboxes. But as her children has been taking in digitals, shoeboxes and photo albums have become endangered species. She also has discovered that prints from digital photos, don't look as good on paper anymore. She added, while negative is good for paper, digital is good for screen. Lets keep it that way. She further said, you can't zoom in or out with paper.

She wanted something better. An easy way for her to view her children's & grandchildren's photos and must be very grandma friendly. No arthritically challenged complicated keyboard sequences, let alone typing in arcane codes to see something. Just the mouse. Beside being friendly, she doesn't want her grandchildren to mess around with her precious collections. They have a peculiar trait of deleting things, or bringing home viruses. She wanted home networking accessibility.

Tall order. Photographer nowadays just doesn't shoot and print anymore. You probably have to do a lot more.

We onlined purchase & installed ACDsee in her notebook. We also installed Faststone's free image viewer as backup viewer. The system has to be a notebook. Old people don't see well smaller than TV sized screens and definitely don't carry desktop around either. The display screen too, has to be calibrated. We show her using Trekearth's Calibration Check. She liked TE by the way. Guess you know why.

To turn her notebook into a noteserver, we installed & configured Apache 2 with a database backend. On top of this, Gallery 2, a free open source application as her serverbased photo gallery. We trained one geeky videogame centric gamepad welding grandson how to update, edit photos & upload them to his grandma's personal server. To the rest of the family, we shown them how to browse her server side collections.
We have to set up all these. If not she wouldn't pay us. That's another thing about wedding photography. The bride's mother holds the cheque. She only let go of the cheque if she's happy.

In the photo, the grandma's going thru the photo collection of her daughter's wedding.

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