The Turning Gate
July 26, 2018

Hi Matthew Campagna,

Four months since our last newsletter is a long gap, but we're ready to be out in the sunshine again. Backlight 2 is coming along nicely, and will soon enter closed testing. If all goes well, we're looking at late summer or early autumn for a potential release window. Today, a peak into what you can expect in Backlight 2, an update on where you can follow us for news, and some extra reading material.

Coming Soon in Backlight 2

First, something that is not changing, Backlight 2 will continue to utilize the Pangolin design modules, meaning there will be no requirement to redesign your website upgrading from Backlight to Backlight 2. I repeat, Backlight is fully upgradeable without redesign.

Below, a partial list of what's coming in Backlight 2, with more to be revealed as we draw nearer to our tentative release window.

Lightroom, Optional
The new web-based publisher allows you to upload images, and create and manage albums and album sets, with or without Lightroom. The existing Publish Services plugin for Lightroom remains an option, but is now optional!
Centralized Client Management
The client management system, previously exclusive to the Client Response Add-on, is now a part of Backlight's core application, and is capable of controlling access to any type of album -- basic, cart or client response.
Multi-language Support
Build your site to support multiple languages, allowing visitors to switch the displayed language via a drop-down select.
Improved Login Security
Backlight's admin area now supports Google Authenticator two-factor authentication, password reset, and stronger password encryption.
Improved PHPlugins
It will now be possible to access album and photo data via PHPlugins, opening entirely new possibilities for advanced customization.

TTG Social Media Updates

In anticipation of Backlight announcements to come, to make sure you can get all the news as it releases, we've been retouching our social spaces. Give us the follows!

We're on LinkedIn!

We have a brand new page on LinkedIn. Follow The Turning Gate, and I will be posting updates there as regularly as we have updates to post.

I have also been building out my personal LinkedIn profile. You might already have received a request from me to connect; if not, please reach out to me and I will happily accept. If you'd like to send along a link to your website, I will happily give it a look and make relevant endorsements on your profile.

We're on Alignable!

We also have a new profile on Alignable. Honestly, I'm still feeling my way around this one, but come and get connected.

The Old Standards

Of course, our existing social spaces and outreach methods remain, and will also be receiving updates as we go forward.

On a personal note, many of you know that I have long been living in Seoul, South Korea. I have recently relocated to San Francisco, and expect to be here for the foreseeable future. If you're in the area, feel free to reach out! The photo at the top of this newletter is one I recently shot visiting the Marin Headlands on an outing with Daniel Leu.

For Your Reading ...

Below, a few recent articles that have piqued my interest, including the coolest photo of a pangolin I've ever seen. You all know I love the pangolin. =D

How Simple Forensic Fingerprinting Could Help the World's Most Trafficked Mammal
Researchers have developed a simple, easy-to-use method for lifting fingerprints from pangolin scales.

Coal Mining Photographed with a 100-Megapixel Camera
After reading about how mining-related injuries and deaths are systematically covered up by many authorities, Swedish photographer Sebastian Sardi began a project in 2008 called Black Diamond that focuses on miners and mines. The photographer ... has spent the past several years photographing the burning coalfields of Jharkhand in East India ...

How the Ultimate Shark Photo Went Viral
Photographer Tom Peschak was down to the last frames on his roll of film when he captured the photo he'd been waiting for: a great white surfacing behind researcher Trey Snow's kayak. "Instead of the scientist tracking the shark the shark is tracking the scientist," Peschak says.

6 Reasons Why You Should Be a Macro Photographer
Unlike many genres of photography, macro photography subjects can be found within minutes of your home. Flowers, trees, shrubs, insects: these are the ideal subjects for a macro photographer, and they exist all around us. It might be as easy as stepping out into your garden or walking up the street to the neighborhood park.

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