As a self-employed photographer, I find it very important to stay up to date on a broad range of information related not only to photography, but also to health, the arts, parenting, productivity, business management, and current events. Digital photography is constantly changing and evolving, and if I do not keep up with the latest info and techniques in the field I can guarantee that my current or future competitors are. One of the best tools I have found for combing through the vast amount of online information is Google Reader. This is a web aggregator that allows you to subscribe to news feeds from web sites and blogs, and scan or read them from one main index page. It also allows sharing of web sites and articles via RSS feed. A screenshot of my Google Reader page is below. I have also posted a very eclectic assortment of shared items in this blog on the bottom right, which are updated daily. You can also add this blog to Google Reader (or any other reader of your choice) by clicking on the subscribe button on the upper right.
I will be offline for about 10 days, but check back on June 3 when I hope to do a post about our journey in Alaska. Thanks for the bon voyage wishes some of you have posted and emailed. I will be taking 2 - 16 GB CF cards and my Macbook Pro with an extra firewire hard drive for backup. My image files from the H3D are too big to burn to a DVD so I have to rely on firewire hard drives for backup. It will not be too difficult to manage data since the boat we are on has electricity.