Quite an important issue for Photo libraries and photographers who keep their images and data on a NAS device (network attached storage).
I have been using and supplying NAS devices for decades now and helped quite a number of clients solve their image storage issues with them. A big favorite for populating these devices has been Western Digital RED drives. These drives are specially built for NAS use and have been very reliable.
Unfortunately that has all changed as Western Digital have now introduced some of their lower end technology into the drives without telling customers. This technology (SMR) restricts performance and could compromise data during a rebuild, this is not good.
All my customers have the better CMR version drives installed so no panic there (though we need to make sure any warrantee replacements are for CMR drives).
Going forward I will now only be using Seagate Ironwolf drives for NAS use, these drives are as good as CMR Red drives and Seagate have vowed never to put the lower end SMR technology into their NAS drives.
Western Digital are facing a lawsuit in the US over their deceptive (and frankly fraudulent) behavior. Such a shame.
You can read a detailed report on the problem here:
WD Red SMR vs CMR Tested Avoid Red SMR | ServeTheHome
We tested WD Red SMR v CMR drives to see if there was indeed a significant impact with the change. We found SMR can put data at risk 13-16x longer than CMR
Western Digital have decided to sort this problem by introducing a third tier to their “Red” drives. The only purpose of this development is to get out of the problem upper management created and wished was gone away.
I have recently had a cluster of new clients who for one reason or another approach me after losing images or other assets in Adobe Lightroom.
Whilst Lightroom is a pretty good program for managing large amounts of images there are certain “quirks” that can cause real problems.
On of the biggest problems comes from mistaking images that are either “deselected”, “selected” or “most selected”.
You can work on more than one image at once, you can tell when one or more images are selected because their colour surround changes to a slightly different shade of grey, if you get these mixed up (easy to do!) you can lose a lot of work.
I helped a client via the Mac screen sharing app this Sunday to help retrieve a book he had been working on for many hours, without the 15 minute intervention he may have faced many hours of work to recover. Fortunately I had set him up to make sure he saved backup copies of his Lightroom catalog as well as have a time machine drive attached at all times, this belt and braces approach makes for a much better ability to recover from a bad situation.
If you have hit a major problem or just want help in setting things up correctly then get in contact with me and we can sort it together.
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Photoshop version 21.1.1 is now available on the Adobe Creative Cloud.
This has fixed an issue clients were having where save steps in actions was not working. I have tested this and it does seem to be fixed. No rush to update as there may be new bugs introduced and its best to let things settle for a while if you are not affected.
Other bugs have been reported fixed, you can see the details here:
I have just ordered a new main monitor for all the high profile book work I’m doing for clients currently.
My existing Eizo CG303W is a Fogra certified monitor and I’m careful to calibrate and profile it before doing any colour critical work. Its been a very trustworthy monitor for 10 years now but I have noticed that I needed to calibrate more often to keep things within tolerance.
I have decided to invest and purchase the latest equivalent monitor the Eizo CG279X. This is also Fogra certified which means it meets the standards for softproofing for Repro, a feature which ensures I can accurately preview how images will reproduce in print and ensure my clients proofing costs are either minimized or eliminated.
In times of uncertainty I’m happy to keep my standards high and invest in getting things right.
I bought the monitor from Colour Confidence that have a special price until the end of 17/03/2020.
I have just had to revert a client photographer back to a previous version of Photoshop (21.0.3) as the current new version has a bug in the code that allows actions to save open files.
This bug manifests itself when saving multiple versions of files also (i.e. like the actions I write to automatically save a tiff, A3 jpg, A4 jpg of each image). You can tell if your action is failing because of this bug as the error message will give a partially repeated save path in the error dialogue.
The only way to fix this until Adobe does is to revert to a previous version using the creative cloud program.
Be aware this will reset your workspace and not reload your actions so save both before reverting.
Current clients can talk to me if they need any help with this.
As well as image grading and retouching for clients I run workshops in imaging workflow. It is always good fun to introduce a “photographic” angle to the workflow so that the processing of images becomes simpler, faster and more natural.
Many of the photographers I come across have perhaps been influenced by others and by YouTube videos to do things in their photography that can be less than helpful. I thought I would write a little about this on my personal website, click on the link below to see my suggestions:
An amateur photographer indulges in his passion. The Arboretum, Nottingham, approx 1980. Photography is a wonderful hobby. it spins you in new directions and makes the blood flow. Kneeling down on …
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Had a bit of fun with the new Mac Pro configuration on Apple.com, just selected the most expensive option at each turn for a final price of £55,762 (excluding Apple Care!).
Not seen prices like this for 30 years – when SGI – Silicon Graphics Workstations walked the earth. Affordable then – when you could charge a hungry advertising market £1,000 per hour to retouch images for premium campaigns, harder to justify these days, dont think I will be proceeding with this purchase!
Not too busy here at the moment so updated to the latest version of Photoshop on the day of its release.
I was too busy using Barco Creator in the early 1990s to use Version 1 or 2 of Photoshop but to be fair Photoshop has come a long way since the v3 I started to use (18 versions ago).
The new tools are ok but nothing overly interesting from an ethical photographic workflow perspective, though nicer to dust bust now that the responsiveness of the healing brush has improved (it became pretty bad in the last version).
I did need to reinstall NeatImage the noise reduction filter, this did not seem to transfer across automatically in the same way all the other plugins did, not the end of the world.
Bridge still pixelates images when going through a folder full screen fast (despite prebuilt 1:1 previews being generated). Looks like we are stuck with this problem long term, thankfully I still have Photo Mechanic 6 if I need to go through thousands of images quickly.
Perhaps time for Adobe to search for some new coding tools and really attack the latency and inefficiency of its current coding platform?
Update: a bit of an apology to Adobe engineers: I have since discovered my anti virus was actively scanning for ransomware all the time, turning this feature off (but still allowing scheduled scans) has brought Bridge back to being usable. Photo mechanic managed to be usable even with active protection so should be even faster still…