Upload to SmugMug Easier with SnugUp

I recently worked on a project where I needed to upload many folders of images to SmugMug. Rather than manually create each folder and wait for the several hundred imaged to upload I tried out SnugUp. It is extremely easy to use and will sync any folder you target to the SmugMug folder you specify. I was able to easily upload the several thousand images in the proper folders in one shot. Great tool.


Where to find amazing free photos


This is something I only discovered myself recently. It’s so good I had to share it.

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Stock photos. They ain’t cheap! Especially if you have an already limited marketing budget. But thanks to this post by Medium writer Dustin Senos, I discovered a new world of high quality, free photos that can be used any way you want.

In his post, Dustin provides a list of links to 15 or so free stock photo sites. To make it even easier for you to find great images, I’ve picked my favourite six sites from Dustin’s list and have written a bit about each one.

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Matarrese Media Center 2011

I have been having more and more people ask me about setting up their own media center rig and “cutting the cord” (getting rid of cable TV). This past week I helped my brother in law get his setup up and running.

He was currently paying $125 a month for Verizon FiOS TV with DVR and 15 mbps internet and realized that he could get all the content he wanted on the network stations, Netflix, and Hulu. We decided to go with the following hardware from Tigerdirect, Lenovo, and Amazon.

We were able to setup the antenna in the attic and run the coax cable to the basement and living room without many issues (other than the attic being well over 100 degrees!). After getting everything setup he now has all the major networks in full HD for free. The computer uses Windows Media Center for DVR features and easy access to Netflix ($7 per month for streaming) and Hulu (Free). Note that the Hauppauge 2250 is a dual tuner which lets you record two different programs at once. If you prefer to navigate the actual Netflix and Hulu websites instead, you can do it easily with the Lenovo remote.

He was also able to call Verizon and lower his internet bill down to $45 a month with 3 mbps speed (which is still plenty for streaming video). All in all he is very happy with the new setup and the monthly savings. Now he also has a central hub for storing all of his families photos, videos, music, and movies. Total savings per month is about $70 with an up front investment of about $600. You make your money back in 9 months, have a better multi-media experience, are contract free, and you get to keep all your equipment.

Check out this link for pics of the hardware and setup, https://picasaweb.google.com/rhoranburg/MatarreseMediaCenter2011.

New Camera Time (get ready for lots of pics)

I was lucky enough to have my birthday last week and Nikki put together quite a day for me (I’m so lucky)! But one of the highlights was the new camera I got. I finally was worn down and sold my motorcycle and decided to pick of photography as my new hobby. Since then I’ve been going nuts with taking pictures so you can expect to see many more picture posts throughout the summer.

The camera is a Nikon D60 with 18-55 VR and 55-200 VR lenses. I’ll probably write more about the camera later after I’ve had it for a while longer.

Here are some pics from the first Mac Daddies summer lax game of the year. Thanks again to Kevin for putting together the sweet Under Armour unis.

Laguna Beach

I headed over to Laguna Beach for the evening. I didn’t run into LC, Kristin, or Lo (unfortunately)…BUT I did have a great time checking out a beautiful town. It just happened to be “Hospitality Night” which is basically a Laguna Beach town Christmas Celebration.