I deal with photos a lot for my job.
Scratch that. Routinely manhandling photos is a big part of my job.
It comes with the territory working on a website as busy as The Forum’s and with our associated social media streams. Nearly every article has some sort of image that, at any given moment, maybe need to be added, deleted, cropped, resized, turned into a graphic, combined with another photo, captioned, downloaded, saved, uploaded or attached to some sort of post.
To manage all this workflow, I had been making a new folder every month. When those started to get too crowded, I started making a new folder for each day. This has the benefit of streamlining that workflow, but it also creates an visual “pinboard” for my day’s work activities.
I thought this might interesting to share, so here are nine of those images for today, December 4th, as of 2 p.m. out of a total of 15:
I posted the first of our day’s updates out of the continuing investigation into the suspects in Wednesday’s horrific shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. Our online editor, Rob, also updated it a couple times and I topped it with an update about 20 minutes ago. This photo is from Reuters.
On a lighter note, here’s a photo from Anna Larson’s story on some elementary school kids learning about business fundamentals through a program at Clara Barton Elementary School.
Requisite sportsball story. One point of pride: When posting photos to Facebook and Twitter, I take a few moments to add a photo credit in Inkscape. Images are pretty easily purloined online (more on that later), so I like people to at least know the name of the person’s photo they’d be taking if they did so.
The graphic I made to tease a story on Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to top our Daily Delivery email. Our Daily Delivery is a wonderful resource put together every weekday by my fellow digital producer Rick Abbott and myself. Rick usually handles the feature design but, since he’s off Thursday and Friday, I did this one this morning. This was also done with Inkscape. I don’t fancy myself a graphic designer, but I’ve picked up a trick or two in the past few months. It also helps to be able to ape design from our extraordinary page design team. Dave Wallis with the photo here.
A mugshot for a man named Johnny Cleveland Norwood Jr., who is charged for a murder in Minot, N.D., just a few miles from where I grew up.
Mug shots can sometimes be difficult to work with. They’re not great photos (glamour shots, they ain’t) and they’re often tiny files. That said, mug shots can also be extraordinary documents of human nature.
The Coen Brothers, whose new movie looks pretty good. Love these guys. If they had only made “The Big Lebowski,” they’d be geniuses. But they also made “No Country for Old Men,” “Fargo” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?” That’s Genius Level 9000 right there.
Scott Weiland, who died yesterday. There was a time in my life when “Interstate Love Song” was the most incredible thing I’d ever heard. I’ve heard many better things since and “Interstate Love Song” still holds up.
Remember when I talked about stealing images off the internet before? Yeah.
This one was inspired by today’s column by Mike McFeely on the possibility of more labor strife among American Crystal Sugar workers. This doesn’t have any direct news use, but it ended up in the folder. And it got a laugh out of my podmates.