Sunday, October 17, 2010

One more to go...

Well, the rebuild of my music site is practically complete. There is a bit more jazzing up that can be done, but that's as far as I'm going to go on it for now. I'm not producing music at the moment, having swung back to photography so there isn't much point in spending time and effort on the site.

However, my main site needs an update. I'll be totally re-doing the photograph section but the whole site I want to upgrade to 4.01 strict which means changing all the back end stuff. This is a lot of effort considering that on the outside it'll look pretty much the same.

Having said that, my primary focus is going to be the photography stuff.

I've already been sorting out through all of my photos looking for which ones to put up and have a fair stack sorted out. There's still more to go though, but I'm getting there. I'll need to re-organize the main page as well (plus write more articles, but I've been saying that for years).

Final thing on the to-do list is sort out the media computer and get it sorted out. It is too noisy and is running out of space. We'll see how that goes.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hosting Upgraded

All-right! I have managed to get the hosting package on my main site updated from a basic personal plan to a business plan. This means more storage space and more bandwidth (not that I'm using that much) plus more reliable performance. It also means additional cost, but that's to be expected.

I'll be starting to upload all my photos (meaning all the best ones, not every single one) and organising things into folders and such to share with the world. In my experience, more images with descriptions means more people are likely to visit the site - which can be a good thing or a bad thing.

This also means that I need to be taking more photos. This is fine with me as it is what I want to do plus I have all the fancy new gear to play with.

Speaking of new gear, I do have a small issue with flashes. I've been buying Yongnuo YN460 flashes which are pretty cheap and they have worked out pretty good for the most part (review / tutorial coming soon). The problem is that I want three of them. I bought one, liked it, then bought two more. Turns out that one of them was DOA but because I didn't get around to testing them for a few months I wasn't able to get it replaced.

Recently I bought another one and this one arrived faulty. It works in the sense that it turns on and the flash fires if you press the "test" button but the trigger on the bottom does not respond. So neither the camera nor the wireless triggers will make the flash go off, rendering it useless. I corresponded with the seller who said they'd send a replacement (I think) so now I'm waiting for the replacement one to arrive. I offered to send the faulty one back to them to which they asked how much shipping would be. I sent them a message saying how much it was and have not had a reply, so not 100% sure what's going on.

Hopefully they'll send a replacement, but will wait and see. Might need to buy another one from another seller.

Lucky I am patient.