I got my eyes done on Friday, November 23, 2007, the day after Thanksgiving, with a procedure called Lasik Intralase. I'm quite happy with how things turned out, but I'm still far from seeing perfectly. I'm seeing well, so well that I can make out the tiny twigs at the tops of trees at a distance, but my vision sometimes gets cloudy. My doctor told me that vision would fluctuate for some time, but that I can expect to see 20/20 after my full recovery. After the surgery, I was back to work Monday (3 days since surgery), and almost everyone asks how it was, and wants to know how it works. Here's as detailed an explanation as I can give.
It's official. I'm in love with Lightroom. On July 3rd, 2007, we began our family vacation to Rocky Mountain National Park with an evening flight to Denver, Colorado. Our first full day was July 4th, and we returned on July 8th. During that time I collected just over 4 gigabytes of RAW images, just under 400 pictures. I was not only able to sort through them but I built a slide show in record time, much faster than I'd ever done before, with color corrections and some dust spotting to boot.
If you've been listening at all to the Apple commercials for the last couple of years, you might begin to believe that a Mac really is better than a PC. Granted, they are "cooler" and prettier, and smaller than a hulking PC, but is it truth or hype? Well, since I started working at Tallan, I've been given a MacBook Pro, with all the "fixin's" including a nice 23-inch Cinema flat panel. I had used a Mac before, but for 15 years before joining Tallan, I was a devoted PC guy. I know, you're wondering why this article is categorized under the Software heading if I'm going to talk about Macs and PCs. Well, trust me, it will be about operating systems and software ...
I sat down last night to begin the unpleasant job of organizing the images on my Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. I had originally consolidated the images from a number of sources, beginning with the Photoshop Master Files on my Pentium 4 desktop, which I use to create the prints of my optimized images. Then I began dumping my camera files onto this drive. Eventually, the directory structure became unwieldy, and illogical.
Adobe Lightroom, if you haven't yet seen it in action, has got to be the hottest thing this year, perhaps next to the iPhone. Funny, because its rival application is made by Apple (Aperture). I have not had the chance to really review Aperture, but my first impressions of Lightroom just blows me away. There are dozens of articles and introductory tutorials about Lightroom out there already, but I'm going to talk briefly about why I like it, and what kind of misconceptions were running around in my head before I tried it. Lightroom is my first step to finding a good DAM workflow.