Happy 2020

To you, and to me.
May the light be good and kind to you!

I am typing this post with a smile on my face. Today I managed to hack my software and make it work for me. Let me explain. I have a new phtography tool that -sigh- could not be simply plugged and played.

It took me 2 days to figure out in/compatibility issues and solutions. Photo hardware and software is quite expensive, new equipment often requires spending additional money on a new cable, adapter, other accessories or even a program upgrade. I really wish electronic stuff be more sustainable and compatible. Of course it can be, but we all know manufacturers are strategically forcing people into new and costly as much as possible. For instance iPads and smartphones, such a ridiculous short lifetime and support. Apps that are supported for 1 max 2 years. The waste and frustration. The same applies to photography. Oh my, the brands hardware incompatibility is a pest. Photography software, the brand and platform dependency as well as the current subscription schemes are no joy either. Perpetual licenses are no longer available and/or supported. Monthly fees are the norm and all photographers simply need to comply. I understand the love and need to innovate photography tools but hate the trend to waste and dump.

But victory today, for me. I managed with a hack. My small but significant work-around is about connecting a new cable, changing software code and re-using an ‘old’ Tethered Capture program. Although the hack does not allow me to import the new camera raw file, I am able to shoot an extra jpg and see that file appear on my monitor. And that suffices! The jpg is for analysing light and composition during shoots only. All for the customer of course, so cheers to a happy you (and me ;+)).

Photographer Computers Hardware and Software Needs

Today I read about Apples sales forecast cut and thought to myself : ‘see here, quite in line with how I currently feel about Apple’. Yes, after a lifetime working with OSX, I recently purchased an affordable -and hopefully solid and sustainable- machine that runs Windows 10. This is due to negative upgrading experiences (smartphone and laptop), expensive repairs and heavy time investments to fix the problems with my expensive MacBook Pro.

Although it took me time and energy to figure out the new laptop, I am getting used to working with it. I intend to use it mainly for tethered Lr on-location photography. (The MacBook is now permanently based in my Studio and will not travel anymore. ) I continue to do my photo post editing on my other Mac.

I want to get fully literate on the 2 operating systems and intend to looking into Adobe software alternatives as well. Unfortunately this another company I am not happy with anymore.

And to whom it may concern : format your *new* external hard drives to ExFAT! I give you this tip so you might save yourself lots of time and frustration and not come to the point of incompatibility issues as I have…… Only ExFAT can do MacOS and Windows.

Update 20201119 : Apple to pay $113m to settle iPhone ‘batterygate’
Voila! Consumers being exploited!