I woke up this morning fully intending to get my photographer’s site launched.

It’s 6:40 pm and it’s still not live. So what happened?

Got up late. Had breakfast, discussed some logos I’m working on with my husband (one of my best critics) and turned on the computer. Turned on Tweetdeck, checked the mail. Not a lot of mail (a good thing) and not a lot happening on Twitter.

Looked again at the Twitter background I’d made last night. I didn’t like it anymore. So of course… I started working on a new one.

At 11:30 am I realized I was supposed to be at my client’s at 1:00 for our prelaunch meeting.

Set up the production folder for him – dumped in the contract and web design worksheet, added in some beginning blogging tips, created the access & logins page (I do this for every client) and made a dump of his WordPress database.

Opened up Illustrator and made the prints for my Jewelbox cases. Printed, perfed, one misprint – did that one over.

Burned two CD’s (one for me, one for the client) containing all the production docs and website files. Then I discovered it was set to ISO rather than Joliet and all the files had been capitalized and renamed.

Burned two more CD’s. Filed one, snugged the other with its label into the Jewelbox. Got all my stuff together.

I was late – I warned him I would be, and he was fine with that. Sat there for almost two hours going over the docs and files, WordPress training, and getting some professional and much appreciated waterfowl photography tips (one of the benefits of doing photography websites). Left.

Had a phone call with a colleage that lasted about 25 minutes, discussing a project we are going to be collaborating on.

Went to get lunch – by then it was 3:45. Fish tacos at Rubio’s.

Got home at 4:45. Fed the dogs. Sat down and finished my Twitter background, loaded it up. Sent out two invoices to other clients, answered emails, got my list of stuff to do tomorrow all organized in PlanPlus. Now I’m writing in my blog and it’s 6:50.

My plan tomorrow – first thing I get that photography site up. Really.

I’m really happy with Fog Creek Copilot – it’s one of the many little programs that allow you to take control of a client’s machine remotely, but I like this more than others I’ve used.

You can create an account with a monthly subscription (up to ‘unlimited’) or, if you’re like me and only need to use it occasionally, pay just $5.00 for 24 hours of use.

Once you pay you get a little helper program to install and run on your desktop. Your client gets an email with a link to download that same helper program. They click and install, and boom! you’re connected.

I *have* used it to troubleshoot a client’s email (I hate that. I’m not an IT person) but mostly I’ll use it for training purposes – like today I was on the phone with a client whose site was built in CMS Made Simple. She’s done really well with it, considering that she’s not a computer person, but had some pretty detailed questions that needed answering.

So we got connected and I walked her through the procedures, both on the phone and on-screen. She practiced what I showed her until she got it down.

I have a happy client who now has actually seen the processes in action and understands far better than if I just sent an email or called her. It’s totally win-win at very little cost.

I started a new photoblog today. I’m using the excellent PhotoQ plugin and the iQ2 theme for WordPress – it only shows one image at a time, very simple. I’m hoping it will reinforce my need to get out with the camera more often.

iQ2 is a nice theme – the author has the color schemes separated into different .css sheets under a ‘colors’ folder, so it’s very easy to make those style changes. PhotoQ lets you queue up a number of images, then publish them one at a time, all at once, or through a cronjob. I haven’t tried the cron yet, but will probably do that in a few weeks when I can upload a large set of images to the queue.

A friend who’d recently bought her first D-SLR came to our digital camera club meeting with her husband last night. At the break, she told me she was having serious issues with the whole ‘I can do anything with Photoshop’ mentality that’s so pervasive. She asked ‘what then makes a good photographer, if you can just fix your mistakes in Photoshop or add things that aren’t even there?’

That’s a good question. But my feeling was that it comes down to the intent of the photographer. If he or she is a photojournalist, creative license is not allowed, in my opinion. But if you’re doing it for fun or in your work as a practicing photographer, then you’re going to clean up and/or edit your images in a digital workflow that pretty closely imitates the chemical darkroom process that photographers have always used.

Here’s a quote I found that I really like:

“Ansel Adams post-processed his negatives in his darkroom to where the pictures weren’t necessarily reality as he had seen them, but the way he had visualized the photographs in his mind’s eye. It is very much the equivalent of today’s digital photographs, post-processed in a digital darkroom. If it was okay for him, it must be okay for me.”