Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Domestication

Today is a big day! My new iMac arrived yesterday, and I'm glad I had it sent to the store. For a retired guy my life has had complicated scheduling lately. Stupid furnace anyway. Grrr.

A new computer is always lots of fun. When I bought the laptop the intent was to use it as a writing machine. Then I bought the camera and realized that the laptop was the only computer in the house that could run the software to do anything with RAW images. That's ok.

Except it wasn't, really. I didn't get a big hard drive because, text files. RAW files are about 25 MB each, and a photo session might generate anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred photos. You can do the math. I have never in my life filled up an internal hard drive till a couple months ago.

For a while I was copying older images onto an external drive, but that isn't much fun either. Plus manipulating those files was really giving the laptop a workout, and the screen is a bit small, and the image changes depending exactly how the screen is oriented to eyeballs.

You can see where this is going. At the moment I've got both computers on one desk, for complicated reasons. It's handy to be able to look things up on one computer while working on another. Not that I did the migration thing, oh no. I want this one to be as lean and clean as possible. Image stuff only, and no Photos, or whatever Apple calls it's photo management thing. Right now there is about 400 GB free. Lets see how long that lasts.


It's all gone pretty well. All my image editing software has been installed, files moved, everything seems to be working so far. Let's just say its way, WAY faster than the laptop, and having all the Lightroom tools available without scrolling is going to be great. It will take me a while to get used to it.

Oh, and the screen is gorgeous! Looking at the panorama shots I've done is like being there again. I might have to go back and look at every image I've worked on so far. What's that you say? The first image I edited on the new computer? The things I do for my readers.


1 comment:

  1. Ooooooo....ahhhhhh...almost enough to make me want to get lightroom and start shooting raw.

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