My iMac (Retina 5K 27”) completely crashed after installing DJI Pro Assistant software. Here’s how I recovered from the crash along with three important lessons everyone should take away from my experience. The cause I own a DJI Ronin S gimbal and use it with a variety of cameras for video work. One of my favorite DSLR video bodies is the Nikon D850. As many of you know, when you are shooting video with DSLR cameras, you generally focus manually by rotating the focus ring on the lens barrel. Trying to manually pull focus while on a gimbal … [Read more...] about New software bricked my iMac — how my data backup system allowed me to recover
One can probably imagine the amount of annoyance felt when unwanted black freckles show up on an image you're cleaning up. Not very long ago, I smashed more than three dollars worth of Hi-Chews in my hand out of sheer frustration over a bug known in Adobe's Photoshop CC 2018 and 2019. Sadly, it was unknown to me, but known to Adobe. Adobe has the bug aptly named, "Black artifacts on image after using the Liquify filter." The issue comes down to having graphics acceleration turned on when using the Liquify Filter when you're using certain … [Read more...] about Photoshop CC 2018/2019 and macOS Mojave 10.14: Black artifacts
For the past few months, I've had a heck of a time with Lightroom Classic running slowly on my iMac. While my iMac is from late 2015, it's fully loaded. Tons of memory, a good graphics card and a modern-day processor. But it's had its share of problems too, between random restarts and a Fusion drive that slows things down. The Fusion Drive problem When Apple first introduced Fusion Drives, it was a great solution to get a fast solid state drive (SSD) coupled with a traditional hard drive, for a combination of speed and storage. The problem is … [Read more...] about Speed up your Lightroom Classic catalog on Fusion Drive Macs
(Editor's Note: A special thanks to our partner Datacolor for helping us to bring more information about color calibration to you.) For years, I was uncertain of how to approach monitor calibration. I was trusting of my iMac 5K's screen, and knew that it got me (what I thought were) pretty good results. But after reading more and more about the benefits of calibration, I decided to bite the bullet, going with the Datacolor Spyder5ELITE+. Special Deals on Datacolor Spyder Elite Why I Chose to Calibrate As I've developed as a … [Read more...] about How I Calibrated My Monitor for the First Time
First, let me admit that I am a gear hoarder. I have whatever I could possibly want in cameras, lenses, grip and lighting. When an idea hits, the gear to make it into a photograph is right at hand. Here's the thing. I am beginning to believe that a simple kit is a better kit. I remember back to a time when I didn't have everything I wanted or needed to make a photograph. I made it anyway. How? I improvised. It made me a better problem solver. Do I still solve problems? Sure. Since I have every thing I need and more problem solving is quicker. … [Read more...] about New Gear, Need it? or Want it?
I just wrapped up installing a Seagate 2TB FireCuda gaming hard drive into a 2012 27" iMac, and boy is it worth it! The reason I chose this specific hard drive is due to the technology that this drive uses. Seagate, back in 2010, launched one of my favorite affordable upgrades for laptops-- a hard drive line called Momentus XT. This hard drive differs from the usual hard drives by combining the then new technology of solid state storage with the larger, more spacious, traditional platter hard drives. This combination drastically improved … [Read more...] about Do it! Put a Seagate FireCuda in your 27″ iMac!
When Im on the road, I find myself using Apple Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on my iPad and saving files to iCloud Drive to keep my photo business organized. Whether its a budget, proposal, or slideshow... I've got them synced across my phone, tablet, and desktop (Windows users can sync too). Now that iCloud Drive is easily accessible on my MacBook Pro and iMac, its really easy to add other files to it just like I would with Dropbox. You can never have too many cloud services! But I was having trouble accessing files on my iPad because there … [Read more...] about How to Show the iCloud Drive Icon on iOS
NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here... or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT - OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich and Scott catch up on a bunch of topics to help photographers of all levels. The importance of image stabilization Which settings to use in different shooting situations When to turn image stabilization off Tips for landscape … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast January 25