COBA, Journal, Photography

Albums by NayaCo, Aperture 2.1, and China at April 2008 COBA Meeting

The April meeting for the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, in Cordura Hall 100 at Stanford University from 7:30-10:00 pm.

Albums by NayaCo

Naya Yacko will present her company, NayaCo, which produces professionally designed albums for professional photographers.

NayaCo has the heart of a photographer, mind of a technologist and creativity of an innovator. That’s how we started — a team of three. The photographer was frustrated with album companies and their complex price lists, unreliable quality and poor service. She couldn’t run her business that way and wondered how they could. With the help of the technologist and product innovator, NayaCo was founded in 2002. This small team rapidly grew and revolutionized the expectations of photographers with simple and easy personal service. They introduced a family of vibrant products and services that enable photographers to expand sales to clients and build lasting relationships.

Naya will cover the following topics in her talk:

  • Introduction: Our Motivation and Philosophy
  • Products and Services: Flush Mount Albums, Custom Design Services, Creative Photo Products
  • Marketing Strategies: Positioning and Up-selling Products to Clients, Photography Package Tips
  • Hands-on Product Demo

Aperture 2.1

Apple recently released version 2.1 of its professional photo management tool. I’ll cover what’s new in this release, how it compares with the previous version of Aperture, and its performance on hardware from a Quad PowerMac G5 to a MacBook Pro to a Mac Pro.

China

During my presentation on Aperture 2.1, I will be displaying photos from my recent trip to China, where I was photographing and filming scenes for an upcoming documentary film. I will also cover various equipment and transportation topics, including

  • Traveling with a Pelican 1510 Carry-On Case
  • Hiring a driver
  • To bring or not to bring a backup camera?
  • Limiting your lens choices
  • Backing up

Monthly Assignment: Fool, Full, and Fuel, and Fool

This month’s contest is no April Fool’s. The winner will get a free 1-year Pro account subscription on SmugMug for having the best photo of the group! Only new photographs taken from the previous meeting date to the next meeting date will be accepted.

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