An Aperture User Tries Lightroom

Given the unfortunate news about Apple not actively developing Aperture anymore, I decided to try Lightroom while shooting in Svalbard. I’m trying to figure out if I should keep using Aperture for the immediate future and wait for Photos to be more fleshed out or to switch to Lightroom now and not have to migrate even more photos later (I have terabytes of digital photos from 12+ years of shooting digital cameras and scans of slides about 20 years ago managed in Aperture). The short answer is that I’m still unsure, I’m leaning towards sticking with Aperture, but some small changes to Lightroom (or lack of improvements to Photos) could make me change my mind.

Offsite Backup for Photographers

We photographers have a serious problem. We’re generating hundreds and hundreds of gigabytes of data (even more now that our DSLRs shoot video), data that represents hours of hard work, and yet it’s incredibly easy for us to lose our Aperture and Lightroom libraries if a drive goes bad. There are ways we can setup our main workstations to limit our potential data loss, but we really need good, offsite backup so that we don’t lose everything in case of fire or theft. However, most offsite backup services aren’t aimed at people with terabytes of data. After a lot of investigating and trial and error, I think I’ve finally found a great, offsite backup solution with Amazon S3.

Predictions for 2010 (and beyond)

I think this is the year that still photography will really start to die on a professional level. Here’s the thing–it’s gotten too easy to get a decent shot (everyone has a camera), edit it (have you tried Photoshop Elements’ Photomerge tools?!), and give it away for free/next to nothing to see it published (do you know someone into microstock?). Images have very little value to people anymore, and even formerly-exotic images of penguins and hummingbirds are becoming more commonplace. Fortunately for photographers, I also think this is the year that magazines as we know them will start to die.