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  • Five step program

    Posted on June 28th, 2007 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    This is my tenth year of running the Digital Camera Resource Page. Hard to believe. It’s definitely worked out well for me, though I still dream of bigger and better things. The problem is that there’s only one Jeff, and I really can’t handle any more work — the stress has already taken its toll on me.
    The only way for my businesses to grow is to expand… which means taking risks — something I don’t like to do. After talking with friends and family and doing lots of thinking, I’ve come up with these steps to reach my ultimate goal of having three websites:
    Step 1: Convert business from a sole proprietorship to an LLC
    Step 2: Create an updated media kit that I can send out to potential advertisers
    Step 3: Hire a salesperson part-time (which is proving to be VERY difficult)
    Step 4: Once DCRP ad sales are up, hire an editor for PrinterSpot
    Step 5: Once PrinterSpot is making money, redesign dvspot and hire another editor to help bring it back from the dead
    Once those steps are done, I will have a nice network of product review websites. I’m breaking it down into pieces so I’m not totally overwhelmed (which is pretty easy these days). The idea of hiring people is scary, as I really have no experience in that area. But it has to be done… for the business, and for my sanity.

  • Summer in Yosemite

    Posted on June 17th, 2007 Jeff Keller 15 comments

    I couldn’t resist Canon’s recent invitation to go up to Yosemite for a few days (though don’t worry ethics fans, I paid my own way). I brought my mom along with me, since she hasn’t been in at least 10 years. It was hot and crowded, which reminded me of why I never go to the park in the summer.

    Anyhow, Canon is putting on free seminars in Yosemite this month, followed by Yellowstone and Grand Canyon in July and August, respectively. You sign up, they give you some gear (lots of 30D’s and 5D’s were loaned out), and a professional photographer takes you out into the meadow to give you some tips and techniques. I went with the "advanced" group, which was lead by "Explorer of Light" Adam Jones, and I learned quite a few new techniques along the way.

    Click the link to see some of the photos that I took before, during, and after the seminar. All photos were taken with the Canon EOS-1D Mk III, which is an incredible (but complicated) camera.

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  • Zoe making my life more difficult, part XVII

    Posted on June 13th, 2007 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    I can’t even take my product photos anymore without her causing trouble…

  • Hey, I’m not THAT old!

    Posted on June 9th, 2007 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    I turned 31 a few weeks ago, and what did I find in the mail today but a letter talking about preparing for my burial. Great! And who wants to be buried in Richmond, anyway?

  • The ultimate sitting machine

    Posted on June 9th, 2007 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Hi Zoe!

    Seeing how I spend most of my day sitting at my desk, I decided that it was finally time to retire my 11 year old office chair and get something new. After much research, I settled on the Steelcase Think chair. It finally came today, and so far, so good. It’s super stylish, incredibly adjustable, and much better for my posture than my old chair. Sure, it costs an arm and a leg (no pun intended), but my neck and shoulders (which landed me in physical therapy recently) are worth it.
    Oh, and a big thumbs up to Steelcase for being so environmentally conscious. The Think chair is made of 41% recycled materials. No harmful chemicals or materials were used in producing it. And if you get tired of it, 99% of it can be recycled. Cool!

  • A brief scare

    Posted on June 5th, 2007 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    During the fire

    The aftermath

    I had a brief moment of panic today when I looked outside and saw smoke rising from the trees maybe 1/2 mile from here. As someone who lived in the Bay Area during the 1991 Oakland Firestorm, I immediately thought “uh oh”, and began wondering if I might have to make a quick escape to safety.
    Thankfully, the fire was literally up the block from the fire station, and the very cautious Oakland fire department was on the scene right away. Even some planes from the CDF were brought in, though I don’t think they actually dumped any water on anything. No structures were burned, and nobody got hurt. It was really windy today, so we may have dodged a bullet…
    A few more details can be found in this story.

  • Doing the impossible

    Posted on June 2nd, 2007 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    When I was growing up, my dad used to complain about my complete lack of interest in anything mechanical. I didn’t care about how anything worked, or the tools that built these things. My, how times have changed.
    When I moved to this house here in Oakland, I was presented with all kinds of things that needed fixing. As the last 1.5 years have gone by, I’ve become decent (but certainly not great) at doing simple DIY projects. Today I finished a repair job on some — guess what — rotting wood on the back patio. I used my circular saw, reciprocating saw, power drill, crowbar, vice grips, and tape measure. Heck, even my mini sledgehammer got involved. And best of all I actually accomplished what I set out to do.
    It’s funny how things change over your lifetime. When I was a kid I couldn’t care less about the tools in the garage, and now I want a place for them in my own garage.