Just Breathe…

Just breathe… Now is the time.  The calm before the storm.  The  fall season is quickly approaching, but let’s not think about that just yet.  Let’s think about the nice 3 day weekend that is here.  What will you do?  Go to the beach?  Go on a picnic? Just stay home and “veg”?  What ever you decide to do, just remember to breathe. Relax and enjoy this time.  These are the moments in the heat of the fall season we can look back on and smile!

Will Summer Ever Arrive?!?

Will Summer EVER Arrive?!?

 This is the time of year in Southern California that I love the most…..and hate.  Living in a coastal climate has its perks – we find ourselves in t-shirts at shorts at Christmas, our gardens continue to provide a host of winter edibles, and my most favorite aspect of living here….I can ride my horses year round!  So why do I hate it?  Well, because coastal climates tease.  We get gorgeous 70 and 80 degree days on a regular basis in February and March, but come April, May and June we get what is affectionately called “May Gray” and “June Gloom.”  Overcast, cooler temps and morning drizzle.  The cloudy gray lingers at the coast usually all day, or allows the sun to peek out for but a couple hours at best. 

 Inland, where I live and work, this means cool nights and ok days, lots of the morning and evening “marine layer.”  Some love this weather, but darn it, I am soooooo ready for 90 degree days!  I love the desert and I love the heat.  My family is very active in outdoor activities.  We hike, camp, fish, off-roading in our rock crawling Samurai’s or dirt bikes and quads, cruising on our Suzuki Intruder, trail riding and horse camping with our 6 horses….and whatever else we can find to keep us outside!  When the weather turns nice, we even do all of our cooking outside on the grill.

 This last weekend was absolutely beautiful!  My fiance and I were trail bosses on a poker ride with our local saddle club and everyone just couldn’t stop talking about how perfect the 80-some degree weather was with lovely clear blue skies.  And today….we woke up to a chilly house, drizzle and gray skies…..

 You’d think after living in San Diego County for the past 19 years, I would have become accustomed to the weather patterns!  But, every year as I watch the wildflowers bloom profusely, the grass turn green, I pull out the shorts, tank-tops and flip-flops, only to have to set them back on the shelf for a few weeks while we “endure” the May Gray and June Gloom.  Oh well, at least I know the weather will be just divine for me on August 14th when I marry my best friend at the horse camp in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park, under the oaks and pines!

                     

Did you miss me?

I am back from my vacation…It was amazing, I stayed home!  My husband went to visit some friends out of town, so I took a few days off to spoil my kids.  During this time I was taking many adorable pictures of my fantastic kids like this one:

 

(Jazmine and Zayden)

Then I started thinking, my pictures are so cute and my kids will look back at them and smile.  Shortly after my mini vacation I received a funny email which had a link to the following website http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/.  Do you think they thought their pictures were amazing, or take it a step further, will my pictures eventually end up on this website???  I guess only time will tell.  At least we had a blast and I documented it along the way, and if my family pictures ever do end up on this website I will just deny ever taking them 🙂

Tawnya

Tilt shift photography…

Hello there, Crystal here.  I have been a part of the PhotoLynx family for a little over a year and a half.  I am your activation clerk, and if you call in often its most likely my voice that you’re hearing on the other end.  I have also started training for tech support.  But, this blog isn’t about that.  I’m going to share with you guys some of the cool things I find online, in print, and in the news.  I’ll try to keep it closely related to the photography industry with things like interesting tutorials, new gadgets and good reviews.  If something not related really sparks my interest, I’ll post it up here too.

This first blog is about tilt shift photography.  Although I only heard of tilt shift a little over a year ago, it has been around since the 60’s and 70’s.  “Tilt-shift” actually includes two different types of movement.  The first is the rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt.  The second, shift, is the movement of the lens parallel to the image plane. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus, and hence the part of an image that appears sharp. Shift is used to adjust the position of the subject in the image area without moving the camera back; this is often helpful in avoiding the convergence of parallel lines.

Phew.  That’s a long definition.  Basically tilt shift photography is a process in which photographs of real life objects are manipulated in a way that they look like photographs of small miniatures. This can be either done in post processing, or through the use of a specialized lenses.  Cannon and Nikon both sell these lenses.  There is a website lensbaby.com that also has these lenses.  Here is a link to a video with some nice visuals on how the lens works.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLJyBlYdi5g   Here is a link for a tutorial on creating a tilt shift look in PhotoShop.  http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/photoshop-tutorial.php

 Now for the best part of the blog.  Pictures!

 Miniaturized Poverty

Michigan\’s Adventure

Happy Miniature Sunday

Happy Miniature Sunday

Miniature Playground #2

Bridge in spain

Real models

UK basketball

Old forge (Alte Schmiede) Tilt-shift

Digger!

Tilt Shift 

I hope you all enjoyed my first blog, and I’ll be seeing you soon!

Convert Your Ripped Packages to PDF’s

When rendering packages through Riplynx, you have the option to “Print to Image” and select from various image formats (ie jpg, tiff, bmp and targa).  In order to create your packages as PDF files, a PDF writer/converter needs to be on your  computer and it is then selected as a print driver.  Riplynx then sends the images to the PDF print driver, that then converts them to PDF files.  Most of these  PDF print drivers are slower than what most people would like and some need a computer operator to hit “ok” or enter a filename for the PDF.  They also tend to convert the entire print job into one single pdf file, instead of keeping each rendered unit as a separate file.

There had to be a better way….and I set out to find it……and did.  What I found was a program called “OmniFormat.”   It is a fairly simple program to use.  This program has a “watch folder” and when a jpg image hits that folder, OmniFormat automatically converts it to PDF.  It uses the exact file name that each unit is assigned by Riplynx, only it changes the extension to .pdf.  The process is much faster than if you were to render through a PDF print driver.

Keep in mind that while OmniFormat is a free program, you will get advertising pop-ups unless you purchase the un-sponsored version.  You will also need to download and install PDF995 (I recommend you install that one first).

To read more and download, click here:

http://www.omniformat.com/download.html

For help setting up Riplynx to render to this program, please feel free to call us at 760-765-1199 or email support@photolynx.com.

Teamwork at its best!

Once in a while in our technical support team, we come across an issue that makes us say “I just don’t know why it is doing that” and we go round and round and revisit, test, step back, come back to it and scratch our heads for a while.  Well, today Robert, Tawnya and I were helping a customer with a font that worked beautifully in Pro Services, but errored when it was added to the PUD file as a service unit.

The error would tell us that this font, “Vivaldi” did not support “regular” or “bold.”  So we tested and brainstormed.  In the course of talking and bouncing theories off of each other, one of us thought “Well, if it doesn’t support regular or bold, what about italic?”

“But its already an italic font and it doesn’t change the way it looks in Pro Services”

“Lets try it anyway and see what happens.”

Taaaa Daaaaa!!!!!!!!

It seems that there are a few fonts that were previously usable in Pro Services, but wouldn’t render in Riplynx because they would give us this error.  Two of these are “Vivaldi” and “Monotype Corsiva.”  We tested both fonts and lo and behold, they work!  All you need to do is go to the text tools box for that text layer in your Pro Service template for that service item and click on the button that turns the font to italic.  It will not change the appearance of the text, but it will enable it to be read by Riplynx.

So, yes, we here at Photolynx are a team and this is one of those days when we get to celebrate a victory over one of those things that made us say “Hmmmmmmm…..”

“Hi (Put your name here) this is Trish from PhotoLynx”

“Hi (Put your name here) this is Trish from PhotoLynx”

“Oh…. (Silence) … Hi Trish, is it that time of year again?”

Yes, you’ve guessed it. I’m the money lady! Actually I’ve been called many names.

“Cousin Guido”, “Queen of Money”, “The chick who wants the Credit Card number”

It’s a lonely job but, somebody’s got to do it.

It’s been a bit of a challenge collecting monies during our current economy which has brought about some global changes in billing. We try to work with our clients as best as we can to provide software by making payment arrangements, when necessary, that fit the needs of our clients.  Recently we have had a difficult time collecting payments after software has been activated so we now require the payments before we activate the software. We have also have included a 5% finance charge for payments that are over 60 days in length. As a business we are also charged by our creditors when we cannot make a full payment. When our clients make payments we are also forced to make payments.

We appreciate our clients and I enjoy getting to speak with everyone at least once a year.

Keep up the good work you are all fabulous!

Tricia Kelly