This life of mine is getting to be a house of horrors. I’m old and don’t and never have done learning quickly. I like PS Elements because I have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours playing about with it. I have, over the last couple of months, being trialling all sorts of software. Much of this software won’t allow drag and drop of multiple images from PS Elements Organiser. They are held in My Pictures which is fair enough for JPEGs but useless for RAW images unless you set the camera to take RAW and JPEG. Then the one you can’t see and want to import is next to the one you can see. A right royal pain in the bum it is. Microsoft should give RAW support to My Pictures even if they charge for it.
Once I got rid of face recognition I got on fine with the Organiser bit of Elements It is perfect for me. It auto generates RAW thumbnails so I can see which images I want. The RAW converter is not very good so I tried Capture One. It is good but not as intuitive for me as Adobe’s in PS CS6, I’m an Adobe man, CS6 is another bugger to learn but at least it is a devil I know a bit about. So although the latter is a hundred pounds more I’m going for CS6 it also offers much more as an editor. Another learning curve to follow but a path I should have taken years ago. It is a very powerful bit of kit.
I have arrived in Sheriff Hutton. I’ve seen the Barn Owls and the Red Legged Partridge and the Yellow Hammers but have yet to get a picture of any of them. I’ve not seen Hares boxing but I’m here till Wednesday morning and go out at daybreak every day so there is time yet to get a snap of them. A cropped image of Sheriff Hutton Castle…..and the industrial estate.
This week I’m away to Darlington for yet more van work, then I have got a few classic cars to snap for their insurance companies on Friday. Then I should be away to Scotland.
Does anyone know whether it is possible to buy a laptop with a calibratable screen, SSD drives and 12GB of RAM. I am running a Toshiba Satellite and though it is cheap and cheerful it is not really up to the job. It’s predecessor was an Hewlet Packard and I managed to get at it’s innards pop a couple of hard drives in and those itzi bitzi Ram sheet thingys, I could see it’s insides and followed an online tutorial. It went surprisingly well then Alf stood on the keyboard and several letters popped out and fell on the floor.
I know nothing about graphics cards but do know I need a better one if Photoshop is going to run in real time. I don’t want a laptop preloaded with crap, well maybe, I quite like IPlayer. I do want a clone of this hard drive dropping into a new fast machine. I really can’t stand the thought of loading all the software every couple or three years. I like Windows 7 but haven’t tried Windows 8. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
Have a good week. I’m off to have a look at the new Bird of prey centre in Duncombe Park on Tuesday.