A relatively busy week on the PI email system, with over 90 emails whizzing around between members.
Technical problems with MacBook Pros were quickly solved – one involving a graphics card and one with a newly installed SSD. Advice on the best memory card readers was asked, with the consensus being that older USB2 versions were more reliable. A member who wanted to do something a bit different with his Excel spreadsheets featuring details of his images and their sales, quickly had his problem solved by two excel experts among the membership.
Members wanted others experience of the new range of LED lighting now available, and the pros and cons of using it, while one member wanted others advice on whether to buy and learn Premiere Pro or FCPX for his video editing.
News came in from our sister organisation the campaign to support Artists Rights. One fledgling competition had lost one of its major backers after the ABoR pointed out the unfairness of the terms of entering, while help, via Twitter and Facebook was provided for another competition with a rights grab, this time featuring the new Forth Crossing in Scotland in the UK.
The longest discussion came about because of the approaching end of the tax year. Should one view this as a time to spend profits on equipment and reduce your tax bill, or just pay the tax bill and use this years increased income for a holiday? Lots of good advice on setting up companies, paying as little as possible, and what to claim legitimately as a business expense. Although perhaps the most pertinent replies were about achieving the right work/life balance – something that perhaps we all need to listen to sometimes!