Where did my Meet and Greet pictures go?
If you are reading this is because one way or another I took at least one picture of you during a live event, and you can’t find a way now to download those files from this page, despite you are following the instructions given to you at the event. Fortunately there’s an easy fix for that.
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE IMAGES?
There’s a long explanation and short explanation for that. I’ll give you the condensed one: this website is built using WordPress and I have used for a long while a plugin to store my galleries on it. That plugin has an option to compress the images you upload automatically, thus reducing the size of the original file (and at the same time impacting the quality of the image) in order to save space. Since these type of Meet and Greet photos are very valuable for you as they represent an special moment with your favorite musicians, I always deactivated that option, thus allowing you to obtain the same file I kept in my hard drives at home.
However, and for an unknown reason that neither my hosting provider nor the plugin developer can explain, the images at some point in time (which is almost impossible for me to determine) stopped being uploaded in high resolution: they started to be resized and compressed by the plugin, despite such option was not selected. I had no reason to doubt you were getting the right files, until by a mere coincidence I went to check something related to that plugin this past weekend and I saw the issue.
After a careful examination I decided I would not trust this process again, and moved all the Meet and Greet photos I’ve taken over the years to a different location, re-uploading them from my original files, and removed them all from this website (Which is why you can’t find them anymore in the link you have).
SHOULD I CARE ABOUT RE-DOWNLOAD MY PICTURES?
The answer to that lies on what you do with your photos and how you keep them. Let’s try to make it simpler for you:
- If you like to print them (either to frame them, create a mouse pad, a mug or whatever else) I would recommend you to simply go to the new photo repository and re-download your image. The process is much simpler now.
- If you are a pixel peeper, an aspiring photographer of even a real one, of course you would want to re-download them.
- If you keep your photos in your smartphone and/or only care about posting them in social media and they never make it to your computer (or if you don’t even have a computer to begin with), don’t bother. The quality of the compressed version will do just fine for you.
WHERE DO I FIND MY PHOTOS FROM NOW ON?
From now on, all the meet and greet images from previous years, this year and upcoming years will be at this location. You can use the same password you already have to unlock the gallery and download your memento. If you are nosy enough to peek around, you’ll realize I’m in the process of moving all my photos to this new place (which will take me some time).
PRINTING YOUR IMAGES (Optional)
Additionally, I have teamed up with Bay Photo, a professional lab located in Santa Cruz, California which has been catering to top pros since 1976, to offer a huge selection of prints in this new photo repository.
- Bay Photo offers pricing that includes hand color-correction of each print. Their experts will fuss over each order, ensuring superb color and consistency from print to print.
- Most prints are carefully flat-packed—damage during shipment is almost unheard of. Any lustre, gloss, or metallic prints with a side 60″ and over will ship in a tube. Metal prints over 30″ x 45″ are shipped in crates.
- Photo extras are also offered, therefore you can get prints beautifully finished with mats, frames, mountings, and more, saving you a trip to the framers.
This something additional only for those interested in the physical product, you can and will continue downloading your images for free if that’s your preferred choice.
I sincerely hope this incident hasn’t cause too much of a trouble. Enjoy your images!