I’ve used Mac workstations since the early 1990s. As a professional photographer, it’s important to have a computer that is not only fast, but also scalable. For me, that meant being able to add internal hard drives, PCI expansion cards, and plenty of RAM. By having a computer that I could incrementally upgrade, I am able to extend the useful life of that machine. As a working professional, I consider upgrading my computer system every 3-5 years, depending on my needs.
In 2013, Apple radically redesigned the Mac Pro line to include internal PCI-based solid-state drives and dual video cards. Despite the performance benefits, the new form-factor no longer supported internal expansion of any kind (other than RAM). Although I was not in the market for a new Mac at that time, the immediate consequence of the new form-factor became clear. From now on, any hard drives that lived inside my existing computer would have to be moved to external enclosures. Continue reading Should Photographers Consider an iMac?→
Just in time for the holidays, enjoy discounted pricing on my three complete guides to the Nik Collection plug-ins for Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture. These guides are end to-end user manuals for the three most popular plug-ins: Color Efex Pro 4, HDR Efex Pro 2, and Silver Efex Pro 2. These plug-ins are my go-to tools for enhancing color, contrast, details and creating fine-art HDR and monochrome images.
Nikon has issued Firmware Update C: version 1.10 for the D810 DSLR, effective October 29, 2015.
This update makes mostly minor tweaks to images captured in Live View mode, but it also adds an External Recording Control option to the HDMI item in the Setup Menu. This feature allows the camera controls to start and stop recording to 3rd-party HDMI recorders that support the Atoms Open Protocol.
If you missed my online class on digital monochrome conversion using Silver Efex Pro 2 (Nik Collection), you can now download the video workshop. The video workshop includes an illustrated printable PDF notes package for easy reference.
Deborah Sandidge and I kicked off our Miami South Beach Art Deco photo workshop and tour yesterday and we’re having a blast! The first portfolio review is coming up soon, and then we’re off for more evening shooting. We have a great group of enthusiastic students and it’s a real privilege to be with such wonderful people!