A few weeks ago during Adobe Max 2018 some major updates were announced for the Adobe CC plans. While all of them were pretty exciting and amazing, (in theory), photographers were left pretty confused. The big question most of us had, was "What's up with this CC vs Classic thing for Lightroom?" and the more important one, "Should I upgrade/replace my currently Lightroom with the updated "Classic" and CC versions?" Making Sense of it All Well, to answer the specifics about Lightroom CC and Classic, I'll refer you to a few articles. What's … [Read more...] about Should You Update to Adobe Lightroom “Classic”?
When you go to install the Lightroom Classic update, your existing Lightroom catalog is going to go through a significant upgrade process. This process WILL take longer (even a lot longer) than you are used to. This is because Adobe is compressing the Develop History and Metadata values in lrcat. This is expected to improve the overall responsiveness of Lightroom Classic CC. But it does take some time — Don't Panic. What is a Catalog? Your catalog is your database that tracks the location of your photos and all of the information about … [Read more...] about Read This Before Updating Your Lightroom Catalog
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!
Graphics processors are something that most people, including myself, overlook! They're commonly called video cards, as these little chips are responsible for putting all that color onto your monitor. It should be known that just like the CPU, not all are created equal and this technology is always improving. The GPU is in charge of rendering all that you see on your screen. It aids in making your operating system look pretty, function smoothly (without graphically stuttering-- a graphic easter egg for you OS X users, try holding SHIFT while … [Read more...] about GPU Acceleration – Upgrade for a Performance Boost!
Editor's Note: Be sure to check out part one of this article too. I, like many of you, have dealt with technology for quite a long time. If you haven't dabbled with all this tech, I can understand how confusing (or even difficult) it can be upgrade or a replace an already expensive machine, but let me tell you that now is the time to upgrade! Today, we're going to supplement some information from all previous parts and talk about some more things to think about when you upgrade. Today's subject? RAM! Random Access Memory (RAM) This won't be a … [Read more...] about Upgrade Your Computer! Upgrade Your Performance! Part 2: RAM
When theres a shiny new program on the market, its often easy to install it right away and start using it. The Adobe team did a lot of work reengineering how Lightroom works to improve its speed and efficiency, so when you upgrade from Lightroom 5 to Lightroom CC you'll need to update your catalog. Don't just click upgrade. Your Lightroom catalog is a vast database that contains all the metadata, organization and edits youve done to your photo library. Should something happen when upgrading, you don't want to take the chance that you might … [Read more...] about Back Up your Lightroom Catalog before Upgrading to Lightroom CC
I, like many of you, have dealt with technology for quite a long time. I can understand how confusing (or even difficult) it can be upgrade or a replace an already expensive machine, but let me tell you that now is the time to upgrade! An upgrade from a four year old machine to a new machine can yield a pretty impressive performance boost if you choose the right stuff! Choosing the right stuff for the performance you want can be a little confusing. So time for me to geek out and hopefully get you on the right track for a good investment! Why … [Read more...] about Upgrade Your Computer! Upgrade Your Performance! Part 1: CPU
We all suffer from it. We always want the next best thing. Camera companies tempt us with amazing new specs, and made up words like EXPEED and DIGIC which sound cool, even if we have no idea what they mean. Megapixels are being added to cameras by the truck-load and the upgrade cycle gets shorter and shorter. Why is this happening? Simple. The camera companies don't make money if you don't buy cameras. So they want to upgrade you. But is it always a good idea? Like everything else in photography, the answer is - it depends. Typically I think … [Read more...] about Why That Camera Upgrade Might Be A Bad Idea
I am a full-time photographer and camera gear is very important to me. I obviously need a camera, lens, and a few other accessories to successfully take a photo, but sometimes with all the hype of new equipment being announced every other week we tend to forget that it's not the gear that makes the photograph - it's the photographer. The only DSLR I own is a Nikon D200, and in my opinion it is a great camera for the type of work I do, which is mostly portrait & stock photography. Not that I won't ever upgrade, or don't want to upgrade, but … [Read more...] about No Upgrade – No Problem