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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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Lightroom versus Aperture

Well, I am now diving into Lightroom 1.0, and I will be importing, managing, processing and outputting my images from my most recent safari on both Lightroom 1.0 and Aperture. I think this will be a great exercise for me, as I will be able to make a decision once and for all regarding my platform going forward. I was very happy that Lightroom 1.0 ships with a spot/dust removal tool, as well as a basic 'stacks' functionality (I thought Apple owns the patent to that?). Since I have a new Mac Pro desktop with dual 2.5ghz dual core CPUs, as well as 5GB of RAM, performance in my environment should be about as real as real can be. No hypothetical statements like 'if had a faster computer' will make it into my final analysis.

Other than preparing from my upcoming Galapagos workshop (1 last spot is available if you are interested), my main goal will be importing and categorizing my entire library over the next few months. I also need to get my Photoshelter library up to speed with ecommerce capabilities, which shouldn't be a big task once my images are organized.

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Reader Comments (4)

IP: joshliphoto@gmail.comURL: http://www.joshli.comHmmm... There is an Export API for PhotoShelter for Aperture... Is there one for Lightroom? :)
February 22, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjoshli
IP: caroline@photoshelter.comURL: http://www.photoshelter.comHi JoshLi,

There is not yet a direct export tool from PhotoShelter to Lightroom, because Lightroom has not yet released their API. When they do, we will certainly write a plug-in for direct export - stay tuned! :)

February 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline Sellke
IP: caroline@photoshelter.comURL: http://www.photoshelter.comNope, there is not yet an integration with Lightroom for direct export to PhotoShelter, but this is because Lightroom has not yet released their API. As soon as this information is available, we plan to create a plug-in for direct Lightroom-to-PhotoShelter export.

Stay tuned! :)

February 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline Sellke
IP: andybiggs@gmail.comURL: http://www.andybiggs.comAt the end of the day, the Photoshelter upload tools are just fine, too. The direct export from Aperture or Lightroom is an added bonus, but not something I am keeping on my requirements list.

Thanks for the info, Caroline!

February 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

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