Adobe CC

I took a lunch time walk with the Leica and then later tried a bit of experimentation. After taking a few shots, I popped over to a local coffee shop and downloaded the shots via wifi to my camera to upload to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Once at my laptop I launched the new Adobe Lightroom CC.  I generally use Lightroom classic but this was an experiment.  After a few seconds the photographs appeared and I started to edit them.

The combination of wifi in modern cameras, mobile phones with Adobe CC installed enabling some quick editing.  Then being able to grab any internet connected PC’s and use the web based Lightroom or your own laptop with Adobe Lightroom CC you can get on and edit quickly.  For power users like me who sometimes do more complex edits we can then return to our desktops, launch Lightroom Classic and again the photographs are there with the edits we have already done.

I still prefer Lightroom classic and its an issue that the short cuts between the versions are different, but the new shortcuts are a little more logical.

Shooting RAW & Jpeg

A tip I picked up first from a model who also was a photographer and also used by Thorsten Overgaard, was instead of just shooting RAW, shoot RAW+Jpeg.

With Lightroom set to treat the jpg’s as separate files you end up with two versions of each file, colour RAW and a Black & White jpeg.  You can then quickly see which one you prefer.  Sometimes you prefer the colour and go on to edit the RAW file, sometimes the Black & White.  When the Black & White looks fine as it is, no editing is required you can just use the jpeg, but if it needs a little or a lot of editing then you convert the RAW to Black & White and edit it.  Editing jpegs is not generally a good idea.

The need for more hardware

As a photographer we always want the latest toys; sorry latest necessary tools.

As a photographer I love my Leica M10, and I would love an Hasselblad X1D and Nikon D850.

On the computer side I have the latest MacPro, but my MacBookPro is now ten years old and I feel that my desire for a new laptop is justified.

Leica M8 sample – Boudoir

Now even an old Leica M8 can produce impressive results like that above, but having a modern laptop is extremely useful.

I was disappointed that Apple’sWWDC yesterday did not announce any new hardware but I will be looking out for a new laptop.

After ten years I think deserve one.

Apple WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference)

This Monday was the start of the Apples’s WWDC.  I always try where possible to listen to the CEO’s opening speech.   Sometimes we have new hardware but mainly new software.

As someone who is trying to be more private on the web, limiting their use of applications like Facebook to only a few times a month and stopping internet access after 9 pm at night, there was much to interest me.

I am a self confessed Twitter addict and in Apple’s iOS 12 it will be interesting if I can use the social media limiting side to control my obsession.  As we try to create the right balance of intake of social media IM and Skype interaction with work, and downtime with friends and family tools like this may help.

Apple Watch Update

Over the weekend there was another Apple Watch update.  Apple have been really on the ball recently with the updates, even my old laptop running OS X 10.11 has been getting updates and it is ten years old now.

Apple 10.13.2 Installed and so far looking good

OS X – Ten Years Old

Well I have my desktop upgraded to the latest OS.  It was seamless and I had no issues.  My biggest worry my tablet works fine with the new drivers, as I had a lot of photographs to edit I was a little concerned.

We have Caroline’s MacBook Pro to upgrade, but my old laptop is officially stuck on 10.11.6 El Capitan.

MacOS 10.13

The new MacOS desktop OS has been out for a few months now and I have been waiting for my last two drivers to get updated so I can upgrade.  Well Wacom and x-rite finally missed there updates just before Christmas so finally I can upgrade.  I am running some final backups now and will let you know how it goes.

Adobe Lightroom Classic update

Adobe issued a slight update to Lightroom this week and one of the things they have tweaked is the auto button in the develop settings.

Once you have tried the old auto, you never use it again, it treated all photographs the same and was never worth using; but now Adobe have updated it to use their new AI routines and I have to admit it does and OK job and can make a useful starting point.