Mac Rumours – Pro Mode for Laptops

I am hearing rumours of a pro mode coming to the Apple MacPro laptops; or at least the new 16 inch MacBook Pro.

https://www.macrumors.com/2020/01/13/pro-mode-macos-catalina-beta/

Laptops are always a compromise, we want light weight, long battery life, amazing bright screens and lots of power. As soon as you start to push the power the battery drops quickly, and the fans get noisy as the heat builds, limits have to be placed or people complain.

Rumour has it that Apple are planning an update where you can temporary take off the limits, taking your power to the limit, it will eat up battery and be noisy so Apple will have make it reset at the end of the day but for power users this could be useful.

New laptop – Apple MacBook Pro 16 inch

Well I finally pulled the trigger on a new Laptop. Adobe’s latest upgrades basically meant I could no longer use Lightroom or Photoshop.

The intention was to buy a cheap low end machine but with 16 Gb of ram but then Apple announced the new 16 inch. So yes, I am currently typing this on the new Apple MacBook Pro 16 inch model. I went with 1 Tb of SSD and 32 Gb of ram which should make it a good photography laptop.

Leica Fotos App

Most of Leica’s current crop of cameras can be linked to your mobile device of choice via wifi.

While I do not make use of the remote control features, being able to quickly download the photographs from my Leica M without having to take it out of its case, removing the bottom place etc, is useful.

We used to have an app for each camera but now Leica have released Fotos. A general gallery and remote control app that works with all their cameras.  With the latest firmware release for the Leica M, even creating an adhoc network became easier, as the camera just shows a QR on the back, which the app sees using the camera in your mobile device and your all paired and setup.  The app supports multiple cameras and is easy to use.

There is however an issue.  I could not get the app to download my photographs.  It turns out that the app has to create a custom album on you mobile device which must be called Leica.  I already had a album called Leica on my phone.  This the app did not like and kept crashing until I deleted my album.

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.