My initial experience with Affinity Photo was a mixture of wonder and disappointment. Wonder, because I loved the way that they had reinvented the photo editing experience (for someone who grew up using photoshop), and that the editing experience could be so different: in some ways better than photoshop. But frequent software crashes spoil the user experience and are never part of the deal that one makes with their tools. Here’s how I figured out why Affinity Photo was crashing, and how I sorted it out.Read More »Affinity Photo Crashing Frequently? Here’s How To Fix It
Capture One has released their native M1 build for Apple silicon Mac computers as of 27th May 2021. With this release comes various performance enhancements: quicker and more responsive controls, and faster processing of your images.Read More »Apple M1 Capture One Version Now Ready!
You pick up a Hasselblad 500C for the first time, and if you know enough about the camera itself, and its maker, you feel the weight of history in its heft.
I know what Becca Farsace is talking about in this video as she describes using the Hasselblad 907X mirrorless V System camera with the CVF II 50C digital back.
To a new user, this strange camera, with its strange form factor may be something of a mystery. However, to me, the Hasselblad 500 system is something that takes me back to my childhood.Read More »The Hasselblad 907X 50C Is A Slow Camera – It’s How It Should Be
Yes, Photoshop and Lightroom can be replaced in your digital photography workflow, and without any compromises to the quality of your output. Affinity Photo and Capture One Pro are alternatives that are full-featured, professional-grade, and in some instances, even easier to use.
Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom seem to be the stalwarts of the digital photography industry. However, there are robust (and sometimes better) alternatives to these two tools. If you’re looking for other options, there’s a long list of Photoshop and Lightroom replacements at the end of the article.Read More »Replacing Photoshop & Lightroom in Your Photography Workflow
Sony announced their flagship mirrorless camera of the Alpha series… the Sony α1 (Alpha 1) on the 26th of January, 2021.
This monster of a camera seems to break free of all the limitations that the Alpha 7 lineup of cameras have. The list of headline features makes you feel like it can ‘do it all’. In particular, the specifications read like a mashup of the A7R line and the A9ii. So what you get are 50 Megapixel images at high frame rates and video resolutions of up to 8K/30p.Read More »Sony 50Mpx 30 FPS, 8K Beast of a Camera – The Sony α1 (Alpha 1)
Scott Manley’s YouTube channel has been a source of fascination for me ever since I discovered the rocket-simulation game ‘Kerbal Space Program‘. However, it has grown far beyond that to topics that are related to space, and space hardware. One of his recent videos is about the camera equipment that astronauts have taken aboard spacecraft to capture images in space, and it’s packed with information.Read More »How NASA Astronauts Capture Photographs in Space
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. But hard drives are slow, so instead, we choose to set up our scratch disk and caches to use fast SSDs. Let’s get started, shall we?Read More »Optimal Photoshop & Lightroom Setup for SSDs
It’s 2021, and you should definitely be using Solid State Drives (SSD) for your photography workflow. They will help you 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 upgrade and make the switch. Here’s how you can switch over to using SSDs the right way.Read More »SSD Setup Guide for Image-Editing Computers
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.Read More »Photography Related Sites Hacked! Here’s How To Secure Your Passwords Today
In early 2018, I almost lost all my images (from 2006 to 2014). I also almost lost all the pictures that my father had taken from 2008 to 2014. I say ‘almost’ because 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, so here is my guide to help ensure that you NEVER have to feel the way I felt when I realized that my files were not accessible and that I may have lost half a lifetime of work.
To remedy the situation, I started by asking myself: 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.Read More »Backup Strategy for Photographers (And a Horror Story)