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LaCie’s Storage Solutions

Special Promotion:

The Travel Photographer’s Friends

Mobile • Rugged • Portable • SSD • Co-Pilot • 2big Dock

From location to home or studio, LaCie’s exceptional range of storage devices has the intrepid travel photographer covered for any eventuality. There’s no need to worry about losing your photos, ever! Technology means our cameras can capture our precious images or videos and, literally in seconds, we can copy, backup and archive these files so they need never be lost.

There’s a lot of talk about using the ‘cloud’ as a backup solution – and it is a solution, but not the only solution and not the best solution. Travel photographers will immediately understand what this means as they struggle to get slow internet connection in many parts of the world – and no internet connection in others!

New Mobile Drives

The best solution for photographers and video producers is a combination of on-site backup drives and larger capacity storage back at home or in the studio. And LaCie has you covered, beginning with a new consumer range of ideal drives for travelling, the LaCie Mobile Drive and LaCie Mobile SSD.

Introduced at a more affordable price point, the new Mobile Drive comes in configurations up to 5TB, more than enough to cover an extensive photo shoot on the travel itinerary of a lifetime! The Mobile Drive works with both Mac and Windows computers, but the space grey colour is only available through Apple stores. Connection is via USB-C and of course the units will still talk to USB 3.0 and slower connectors.

However, when there is a need for fast file transfers, the LaCie Mobile SSD dishes out intense speeds of up to 540MB/s and offers capacities up to 2TB (available only at Apple stores).

(Above) LaCie’s new MobilePortable SSD drives are literally small and light enough to fit into a shirt pocket.

Rugged Still

LaCie is possibly best known for its bright orange portable drives: the Rugged range. These are specifically designed for location use and are ideal for travelling photographers.

LaCie’s Rugged drives come in a number of different configurations and capacities of up to 5TB. For instance, the Rugged RAID Pro has a built-in SD card reader which will make backing up your files really easy in the field.

The Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C is USB-C compatible with blazingly-fast Thunderbolt speeds. You can connect to USB 3.0-compatible computers as well as to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ones. And you can even spec it with an optional SSD, providing performance of up to 510 MB/s.

Portable and Compact

Talking of SSD drives, which due to their small size and light weight are now the travel photographer’s favourite, LaCie’s Portable SSD drives have you covered! They are so fast you can backup your images and then continue to edit straight from these external drives, with speeds of up to 540MB/s.

SSDs really are the travel photographer’s drive of the future, offering video transfers of an hour of footage in less than a minute! And as for still photographs, don’t blink because they will be copied!

No Computer?

So, you’re out on location without a computer. What are your options? One is to take lots of memory cards, but you’d certainly feel safer if you could backup the memory cards as well!

LaCie’s DJI Copilot is a complete backup solution without a computer. It means that no matter where you are, you can quickly insert an SD card into the DJI Copilot and make a copy of your files. You don’t need to turn on your laptop. You don’t need an external power supply.

And you don’t need a smartphone or tablet either, but if you happened to have one nearby, there’s a lot more you can do with the DJI Copilot and the Copilot BOSS app.

The DJI Copilot is a BOSS (Backup On-Set Solution) device with 2TB capacity, an SD card slot and two USB ports so you can copy files directly from your memory cards or the camera.

What might not be immediately obvious is that the DJI Copilot can also copy your backed-up files to another hard drive, like a LaCie Rugged, for example. This means there is no limit to the number of backup and archive copies you can create, all out on location, all without a laptop.

Back at Home

Returning home, most travel photographers need to clean out their laptop and download their portable drives and memory cards. To make this seamless and easy, the solution is a LaCie 2big Dock. It acts like a hub.

LaCie’s 2big Dock is primarily an external storage device that comes in 8TB, 12TB, 16TB, 20TB and 28TB configurations. It solves all your connectivity problems because its main connection points are USB-C and TB3. Plug it into your laptop and not only have you connected a lightning fast backup device, there is a suite of connectedness on board as well.

The 2big Dock features dual Thunderbolt 3 (TB3) ports, providing the fastest transfer and operational speeds currently available. TB3 is the new ‘high speed’ standard.

However, if your computer isn’t yet TB3 compatible, you can still obtain very fast speeds using the additional USB 3.1 port, which is compatible with USB-C.

We’ve just touched on the many ways LaCie can help the modern travel photographer.

For more information, visit www.lacie.com, a specialist photo supplier or better computer suppliers Australia-wide.

STOP PRESS! 28TB LaCie 2big Dock!

If you’re looking for a little more capacity, Seagate has 14TB drives which LaCie is now using in its 2big Dock. And the good news is that since the 2big Dock offers RAID storage with two drives, it is able to offer an incredible 14TB capacity. That’s two copies of everything up to 14TB! Woohoo!! 

Lapland With David Evans

Many photographers have the aurora or Northern Lights on their wish list and there's no doubt it is an amazing experience. David Evans, the editor's 'partner-in-crime' for the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards, is not only a consummate landscape photographer, he's an expert guide through the colder climes - especially Swedish Lapland.

Says David, "When you're right under the aurora oval and you get a Kp 6 or 7 (the image above was a 6), then it isn't about camera trickery - it really is as bright to the naked eye as in this photo! Well, almost!

"The biggest challenge is the movement of the aurora itself, when it's dancing and moving about quickly. You don't want it to be too blurred. As such, this was underexposed deliberately at 6 seconds and ISO 1600 to freeze it as much as possible, without getting too much noise. I used a Pentax 645Z with a 28-45mm lens and then brought up the shadows in Adobe Raw Converter. To finish I added a bit of lens correction in Photoshop.

The raw file before processing - underexposed intentionally so as not to blur the aurora too much.

Full details of David's photo tours in January 2020 are here: https://travelentropy.com/swedish-lapland-aurora-borealis-photography-tour/ and there's a photo gallery there as well. Check it out!

Eastway Wins 2019 AIPP NSW Epson Professional Photographer of the Year

Walrus with pup, Storoya, Svalbard. Phase One XF 100MP, 240mm Schneider lens, hand-held.
Printed on an Epson SureColor P10070 and Canson Rag Photographique
Highest Scoring Print, 2019 AIPP NSW Epson Professional Photography Awards, sponsored by CR Kennedy.

Last night, Peter Eastway was awarded the 2019 AIPP NSW Epson Professional Photographer of the Year, sponsored by Epson. He also won the 2019 AIPP NSW Professional Nature Photographer of the Year, sponsored by Olympus, and had the overall Highest Scoring Print in the Awards, sponsored by CR Kennedy.

"I'm delighted", said the enthusiast Eastway! "It's been quite a few years since I've won a category, let alone the PPY. There are so many great photographers coming through that I no longer have any expectations about prizes, although I continue to strive for an elusive four gold awards."

The AIPP in partnership with Epson deliver the professional photography awards in all Australian states and territories, attracting over three thousand entries from professional photographers and students. It is followed by the AIPP's national Australian Professional Photography Awards which will be held in Sydney this August. Photographers can enter up to four prints in a category and each print is presented separately to a panel of five judges who give scores. An aggregate of 80+ is a Silver while 90+ earns a Gold award. Only 2 to 3 percent earn Gold. The highest three portfolios of four prints are then re-assessed to determine the category winner and then the eleven category winners are assessed again to determine the overall Professional Photographer of the Year (PPY).

This year, Eastway earned a Gold with Distinction (a score of 96), two Golds and a Silver with Distinction (85). "Not quite there yet", Eastway smiled, "but I live in hope!"

"People ask what makes an award winning print - what makes the judges sit up and take notice? I wish I knew! It's a combination of an interesting subject, something that excites the judges and that has emotion. Then you need to add in the highest quality photographic technique, both in capture and post-production.

"In the nature category, there is a limit to what you can do to the file. The images must be single capture and you can't clone out things or introduce new elements. It's 'straight' photography, but you're still allowed to interpret the file in terms of exposure, contrast and colour. However, perhaps the most important part of the process is transferring the image to paper - making the print.

"I'm a proud Epson ambassador and I use a large format 44" Epson SureColor P10070. I'm also a Canson ambassador and my entries were printed on either Rag Photographique or Platine. I felt the thousands of penguins at St Andrews looked better on the slightly glossy Platine surface, while the walrus and pup worked beautifully on the matte surface of Rag Photographique.

"In my studio, I have over 50 'test' prints which were stepping stones to the final result. I make a print and pin it onto a wall opposite my desk and live with it. I try to analyse it like a judge and then I make adjustments - lightening areas here, darkening them there and so on. Many people wouldn't notice the differences, but under the bright lights of the judging room, those subtle differences can mean one or two extra points - and that could be the difference between 89 and 90!

"I've been entering the awards since 1984 and the process of working up my best images every year has been crucial to my development as a photographer. I know what it's like to get crap scores from the judges - it hurts! And when you get good scores, it's a great feeling, but you need to keep it in context - judges are just expressing an opinion and there are lots of other great photographers out there, vying for the same awards. I've been very fortunate over the years to win quite a few, and while there's an element of luck for the big prizes, it's the hard work we all put into our entries that improves our craft and raises the overall standard of professional photography in Australia."

"I'd also like to thank the AIPP Awards Team, headed by Sue Lewis, that makes the awards happen, all the volunteers behind the scenes, the state councils for hosting the events, the judges for giving up their time - and the entrants for creating the amazing energy. If you're in Sydney on 10-12 August, come along to Royal Randwick and watch the APPA's being judged. It's free and whether you come for an afternoon or all three days, the education and experience can be life-changing - in a good way!"

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