Notepad - a great feature in Windows 10 - incredibly useful!

Remember Notepad? That very basic tool in WIndows

I use it every day now, having rediscovered it the other week.I use it to add links to my Squarespace blog posts. I have pasted the most frequently used web address links into Notepad, and then copy them from Notepad and paste them into my blog posts. 

Dead simple. 

And free. And genuinely useful.

Sometime simple things are good. 

Which leads me on to the subject of tomorrows post. 

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Why I hate the physical design of the iPhone 7 Plus.

Sounds a bit dramatic! But seriously I hate the design of the iPhone 7 Plus.

Which does beg a question about iPhones, devices which are solely designed to be taken everywhere with you to allow you to spend your life straing at your device! Is the design of/ ergonomics of the iPhone a complete waste of time?

Yes. In my opinion a big yes.

It might look all smooth and rounded and all that, but there is a flaw. A fundamental flaw that drives me up the wall.

What is it?

Ever tried using an iPhone 7 plus without the case?

I have just tried that and do you know what - it is virtually impossible to securely hold. I managed two days, constantly worried about dropping it, before i had to put it back in a case. And that defeats the object of the design. To make it a useable device it has to be put in a case.

Ridiculous. But a lucrative market. Check out the cases on Amazon. Talking of which I am going to be getting another case, as anothe rcase has worn out. This time I am going for the

iPhone 8 Plus Case, Spigen® iPhone 7 Plus Case [Rugged Armor] Resilient [Black] Ultimate protection from drops and impacts for iPhone 8 Plus (2017) iPhone 7 Plus (2016)

Snappy title eh!

I wish Apple would design a phone that did not need a case. One that you could hold securely, one that did not have all those smooth, shiny surfaces that are so easy to damage.

I get that people love the Apple design of products - I for one hate it. What is the point of something being shiny and sleek if yo have to put it in case.

Rant over.

The phone is great on the inside - it is just the outside that I hate.

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And how do I organise the videos I want to publish on my YouTube Channel?

This is a classic case of overthinking something. How do I organise the videos I want to publish on my YouTube Channel?

I have published videos to my YouTube channel over the last couple of years. And I want to get everything up there over the next couple of weeks to clear the decks for what I am planning this spring.

And what has been stopping me from doing this? 

How do I work out what has been published, and how do I organise this? 

And today I was sat staring at my camera roll on my iPad Pro and realised just how simple this was to do.

Add all the videos to a new folder, upload them then remove them from the folder.

If I think i have uploaded any all I need to do is check. And of course I could go through them on my iPad when back in the office and remove the ones that have been published. 

Simple

Why did it take me so long to come up with this ever so simple plan? 

I wish I knew. 

And I am going to see what impact this has on the views I receive.

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Here is a screen shot of the YouTube app with the stats for the last 30 days, showing a steady decline in views since my last batch of adding/ updating/ optimising

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How am I getting on editing my photos of Santorini? More to the point, what is the future of Lightroom?

I was hoping to have a positive update on the processing of my photos of Santorini.

The only update is that progress is slow.

Lightroom and Photoshop problems. Which is hugely disappointing after the update of Lightroom Classic to Lightroom 7.2.

This post should have been about the wonderful images of Santorini that I have produced this week. But it is not. It is about Lightroom and Photoshop.

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As I wrote yesterday, the speed improvements in Lightroom 7.2 have been targeted at higher end computers, those with 12GB or more.

I have 8GB. Unlucky me.

I am sure that Lightroom will be quicker on my Dell PC as it is currently configured. Well that is me being optimistic.

But I find this update rather strange. I never thought that Adobe would do such a thing. It feels like they are dividing and conquering – Lightroom CC is for the “non-professional” photographers for want of a better term. Lightroom Classic is for “professional photographers”.

I use these terms to differentiate between photographers who have, and regularly produce, significant numbers of photos, each of which are large files, and those who do not.

Now we seem to have a strengthening of the divide – if you have less than 12GB of RAM you will not see all the benefits of speed improvement to Lightroom.

As I said, I have 8GB or RAM, which has been fine up until now.   And now it seems that there is a bar of 12GB.

So what do I do?

Get more RAM, or get a new PC.

Fitting RAM in my PC terrifies me. It is about as appealing as cleaning the sensor on my Canon 6D.

Which is about as appealing as, well just not appealing at all (I couldnt think of a clean analogy!).

Get a new PC.   A quick look at what is out there and I will be spending circa £1500 on a decently specced PC. PC note – note a Mac. I have no interest in an Apple PC, much as I like my iPhone and iPad. I have used a Macbook and will not be buying one for myself.

The problem is, if I splash the cash on a new PC will that fix the problem with Lightroom? There was as story on DP Review about Paul Stamatiou, who did just this but without success. I have asked him if Lightroom 7.2 has improved Lightrooms performance on his uber cool custom built PC - and it did. So there is hope there.

The problem is that there is no real alternative at the moment. The issues I have with moving to any other software packages include

  • My Lightroom Catalogue and all the information/ edits
  • My need for Photoshop in the final stages of editing
  • The time invested in using Lightroom and Photoshop

Until the issue of my Lightroom Catalogue is resolved I am not changing to anything, meaning I am stuck with Lightroom for the foreseeable future.

This is an incredibly frustrating situation to be in – I have been deferring non-essential editing whilst waiting for Lightroom Classic 7.2 – that plan did not work though so I have to start looking at other options.

One thought is to do all the editing etc in Lightroom CC and then transfer over to Lightroom Classic. I am going to give this a go with a small set of images and see what happens.

Actually that sounds like a plan to me that I have literally come up with while writing this post – the power of writing eh! One for next week I guess.

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Is Lightroom Classic faster?

OK. I shut down Lightroom, and eventually it started up again. It has returned to usable but frustratingly slow.

When I say usable it will not open image number 2 in Photoshop. Nothing.

No real difference from this upgrade. Which is a concern.

If speed updates do not actually speed up the software what hope do we have?

Time to jump ship?

What to?

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Is Lightroom Classic faster?

I spoke too soon. Lightroom has just crashed to a painful, grinding unusable halt. No option other than to shut it down completely.

And on the way to this point there were lots of bugs and processing problems making it pretty much unusable.

Not in any way happy with this.

And to add insult to injury it won't start up again - just nothing.

This was editing the second photo.

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Is Lightroom Classic faster?

Yesterday I downloaded the Lightroom 7.2 update. I was somewhat dismayed with the message that greeted me as the much reported speedier upgrade fired up.

Lightroom Classic 7.2 welcome screen

Lightroom Classic 7.2 welcome screen

As long as you have 12GB or more then you will see the benefits of the new work that Adobe have carried out with Intel (apparently).

So what about us mere mortals with 8GB RAM?

Is Lightroom Classic 7.2 faster?

I have just edited one photo from Santorini as a trial, using Lightroom and Photoshop.

And I have done all the things that I would normally do to an image, to make the test meaningful.

And Lightroom worked pretty well. Not lightning quick granted but pretty good and only one circle of doom with the dreaded "Lightroom Not Responding".

And Photoshop also had an upgrade at the same time.

The problems with Photoshop are nowhere near as widely reported as those with Lightroom, but I have been experiencing massive problems with Photoshop.

But for the image i was editing it was fine. Nice and quick.

Good news - but that was one image. Lets see how it copes with more than one image, as Lightroom had the bizarre tendency to get slower as an editing session progresseed, which I really could not get my head round!

Here are the words of the great and the good in the world of photography about Lightroom 7.2.

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The Lightroom Queen

Lightroom Killer Tips

SLR Lounge

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Video of morning clouds at sunrise in Santorini by Rick McEvoy Photography Travel Photographer

I am way behind with the editing of my photos of Santorini

Other stuff has got in the way. So here is a video of the scene one morning at sunrise of the spooky but spectacular clouds down below as i went in search of something interetesting in the lovely town of Imerovigli.

In the words of Blue Peter - here’s one I prepared earlier! Youngsters - look this up or ask the olds. 

This is the view that greeted me that first fantastic morning in Santorini

I am going to get on with the photos that I am editing - to date I have produced 36 images, and have less than one hundred to to go. One slight problem here is that looking at some of the edits I have produced I feel that there are potentially better image captures of some of these scenes, so regrettably I am going to go back and make the process even longer!!! I am setting myself the very adventurous goal of completing all my Santorini photos by Thursday 28th February. February 2018 that is.

I might wait for the latest update to Lightroom which is rumoured to be on its way which will help with problems of the speed of the software - the problem is I do not know when this will happen - all I know is that this is apparently imminent.

Hmmm.

No - I will persist with Lightroom and see how I get on. 

At the same time I am going to start my research into stock photography - these are separate activities which are done at separately allocated times of the day so one will not imapct on the other. Indeed getting my plan for stock photography up and running should give my image processing a bit of a nudge in the right direction.

Sorry if this post is a bit rambling and all over the place - I have lots of different things going on at the moment, so much so that I need to take a little backward step and get myself organised again. 

That is the job for tomorrow - get everything back in order. And sort out the plan going forward.

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Want to be a full time photographer? Check out the Road to Full Time Photography Podcast

I listen to lots of photography podcasts. I have just come across the Road to Full Time Photography Podcast. You can check it out on iTunes here.

The host is Jordan Younce, and this is his website. He photographs buildings. As I do.

But the podcast is about more than photogrpahing buildings.

The podcast is up to episode 7 - check it out. Episode 2 offered some great advice on blogging.

Rick McEvoy - Photography Blogger