Written: February 28, 2010

Dascom Systems, Client Exmaple

Over the past few months I’ve been contracting with Pivot Group on a site for Dascom Systems.

Dascom Systems

We just launched on Friday and I’m excited to show you what our team accomplished:

WordPress is a very popular blogging and CMS plaform and most people just find a theme and use it. For this client we had a talented designer named Drew Dunn provide all of the beautiful page layout and Flash animations.

This design was created from scratch using Dreamweaver, Photoshop, CSS and Javascript, then turned into a WordPress theme.
FancyBox was used to show larger photos when you click on a thumbnail:

The CEO of Dascom sent us a thank you email, which felt just wonderful to read:

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Tethered Photography,Applescript, PHP, MySQL and Web Servers

I’m getting ready to do formal portraits at a corporate party in March so I’d like to share with you how I’ve automated my workflow to better serve clients. Here are my work flow objectives:

  1. Allow clients to be photographed, see proofs and order in a few minutes.
  2. Minimize any waiting in lines.
  3. Have fun, create lasting memories.

To achieve these objectives I’ve assembled the following technologies:

Here’s how the computers and camera are all connected:

I’m a geeky guy so I wrote my own Applescript to re-size and copy images, plus the proofing and order system was written with PHP, MySQL, Javascript, Dreamweaver and Photoshop.

My web server on the PC is using the popular XAMPP tools, which are Open Source.

Shooting
I operate my Canon 5D just like always, on full manual with custom white balance, everything metered so there are no surprises. Using the USB2.0 cable it takes about 6 seconds for an image to go from the camera to the iMac. I shoot JPEG for event photos to save time and they look just great. 

Applescript
This script takes about 5 seconds to re-size the full-size image into a proof and thumbnail size images, then copies them over to a folder on the PC where the web server is running.

Proofing and Ordering
The client uses a web browser to see their proofs. At first they see thumbnails. Clicking a thumbnail brings up a larger image with a price list.

 
 

Post Event
When I arrive back home after the event, then I run another web page to take my batch credit card orders and process them. Yes, I wrote that one too.

Summary
I’ve been able to achieve my event photography work flow objectives by using some standard technology and some custom technology to get the job done. My clients can be photographed, proof and order in a few minutes. They’re happy and I’m busy sending orders to my lab and then delivering prints to clients.

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One response to “Tethered Photography,Applescript, PHP, MySQL and Web Servers”

  1. Chris Roane says:

    Hi,

    I love the article and your blog. Would you be interested in exchanging links with me? My website is http://www.montanaprogrammer.com/ . Please let me know!

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