How to Set Up Photoshop and Lightroom to Work Well With Your SSDs

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Photoshop uses a lot of RAM. It will take as much as you can throw its way, and then some more. As a way to use ‘more’ RAM than a computer had available physically, the developers took to creating scratch disks on your Hard Disk Drive (HDD), as an extension of the data that Photoshop held in RAM.

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Simple SSD Configuration Guide for Photo-Editing Desktop Workstations

It’s 2020, and you should definitely be using Solid State Drives (SSD) for your photography workflow to be efficient in ANY photo editor. However, this is especially important for RAW image workflows in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic, and Adobe Photoshop CC.

If you’ve only been using Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) until now, it’s time to make the switch. Here’s how you can switch over the right way.

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Recent Hacks Show That Your Passwords Aren’t Safe. Make Yours Safer!

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Recently it was revealed that a few photography related websites had been compromised, and account passwords were leaked to the ‘dark web’. This is really concerning, especially if you re-use your passwords across websites, or if you just make small changes to keep them -sort of- unique. The solution is to use a service that creates long, unbreakable passwords, so that you don’t have to remember them in the first place. Read on to find out if you were affected by these hacks, and how you can ensure that you minimise any possible repercussions.

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Back-up Your Files Correctly: The Story of How I Almost Lost All My Photographs

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In early 2018, I almost lost all my images (from 2006 to 2014). I also almost all the pictures that my father had taken from 2008 to 2014. Turns out, I didn’t lose them all, but that’s only because of a happy accident. Not everyone has these happy accidents to fall back on.

The question I asked myself was: How could I have been so silly? But a better question was, How could I have avoided the possibility of data loss altogether? And that’s what we’re doing to answer today.

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What Camera Should a Beginner Buy in 2020? – Tiny Tips 21

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Most first-time dSLR camera buyers ask around a lot, and do a lot of research before making their first (or second) camera purchase. They’re justified in their concern that they should not buy something that turns out to be a bad choice. I have good news for all such buyers. Beginners should buy the camera … Read more What Camera Should a Beginner Buy in 2020? – Tiny Tips 21

How-to Save RAW File Edits Without a Lightroom Catalogue file

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If you don’t do this one thing, you will lose all your edits when your lightroom catalog file gets corrupted.

This is the one setting that I always turn on as soon as I install Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (LR) on any computer: Automatically Write Changes into XMP.

I suggest you do the same, because it has saved me many times. I really don’t know why Adobe sets this to ‘off’ by default. It should always be turned on! Here’s how to turn on 

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How To Recharge Silica Gel Crystals

How to Recharge Silica Gel

Silica Gel absorbs moisture in the air around your camera equipment (such a material is called an adsorbent). This ensures that the area is not friendly for fungus to grow inside your camera lenses (article I wrote about keeping fungus at bay). But did you know that if you leave silica gel inside your camera bag for too long it can get saturated with moisture and actually start to give off some of that moisture later on? This could really mess up your equipment. I didn’t know this myself, until a few years ago.

Here’s how you can avoid this potentially huge problem, and recharge / reuse Silica Gel sachets or crystals that you use to keep your camera equipment safe from moisture.

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GoPro Vibration Reduction Techniques – Tiny Tips No. 20

Sometimes, when you mount a GoPro camera on the body of a vehicle, the engine, panel vibration or buffeting by the wind, makes the camera vibrate. The result is video footage that seems to warp, wobble, and kind of act like you’re viewing the world through clear jelly. I’m sure you must have seen videos … Read more GoPro Vibration Reduction Techniques – Tiny Tips No. 20

Hasselblad CFV-50c CMOS Sensor Digital Back for V-system

Hasselblad CFV-50c Digital Back on V Series Camera

The name Hasselblad is synonymous with high quality medium format photography. Over the years hundreds and thousands of medium format 120 film Hasselblad cameras have been made and sold. They eventually became unsuitable for most commercial photography (except that Phase One have kept them alive for a while now) work with the change of technology from film to digital photography. Now, Hasselblad fans can reclaimed the use of their classic cameras and lenses within the Hasselblad ecosystem, with Hasselblad’s latest 50 Megapixel CMOS Digital Back for V System Cameras, the Hasselblad CFV-50c. Take a peek at it in the pics below.

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Is this the future of the compact camera? Sony’s new Cybershot QX100 and QX10 lens-style cameras

Sony has just announced something that is probably revolutionary to the compact camera market, but when you think about it, seems like an obvious step in its evolution. It’s a stabilised zoom lens, that has a 20Mpx sensor, battery, flash card and wireless connectivity built into it. But it doesn’t have a screen. Instead, it … Read more Is this the future of the compact camera? Sony’s new Cybershot QX100 and QX10 lens-style cameras

The Death of Google Reader & How To Stay Subscribed to Beyond Photo Tips

Everyone is talking about it … the imminent death of Google Reader on July 1st … and a ton of you are still using it. It’s time you did something about it, or you’ll lose all the RSS feeds you’ve ever collected! Not a happy thought! Here’s what you can do to stay connected to … Read more The Death of Google Reader & How To Stay Subscribed to Beyond Photo Tips