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  1. Thanks again to everyone who replied - and glad the topic was helpful to others. It looks pretty easy on the 27" iMac and I'm thinking that since the Apple site says the max is 16GB for my particular machine with a max of 4GB in each slot - and since I checked my memory slots before starting this topic and saw that I have the top two filled with 4GB each (rather than 2 in each of four slots), I'll get another 8 - I think 16GB RAM should be good for the remaining life of my computer. Apple says they need to match and it looks to be around $80 from crucial. I just wish the 8GB RAM in my MacBook Pro was upgradeable - it's 4 1/2 years old and under memory it shows two slots and says under Memory upgradeable: "no" so I'm guessing that it means that it isn't, even if I got someone to open this machine up. With a 500GB hard drive on this one, it runs pretty fast, and I do my major editing on the iMac anyway. If anyone knows something different, lmk. Thanks again!
  2. Thanks. Yes, I have two empty slots left for 2 x 4GB RAM. I have my catalog on the 1TB second internal hard drive and with the photos on an external 4TB thunderbolt drive, processing my 16MP photos in LR and working with Photoshop open as well, using Nik filters and other plug ins in both LR and PS at the same time, and it's been blazing fast with 8GB RAM. The internal hard drive has a SATA internal connection so it's the fastest place to keep my catalog since I don't have enough room on the internal 251GB SSD. An external SSD hard drive would be fast, but doesn't seem to be necessary. The programs all run off the SDD. I think upping the RAM to 16GB (for about $80) seems like a pretty inexpensive solution to speeding up my work once I upgrade my camera. Thunderbolt is faster than USB 3, and my iMac doesn't have a USB 3 slot - it's the old TB1 with USB 2 and firewire 800. I think that having kept all my photos on an external drive from day 1 probably also helps keep my computer humming along, I'd guess less wear and tear on the hard drive though I really don't know. Desktops are much more stable than laptops, so I'll probably be replacing my MacBook before my iMac. I might experiment and make a small single shoot catalog on the SDD for what I'm working on and see if the speed is better. i know working on my MacBook with its 500GB SDD is faster than my iMac - though not drastically so, but it also has faster RAM - both 8GB but the MacBook has 1600MHz vs 1333MHz. It's certainly fast enough now for my 16MP D5100 and OMD-E1 and my 12 MP D700 and other assorted small cameras.
  3. I find that I get enough benefit from Photoshelter - both in terms of licensing my images and finding new clients/getting shows/having people reach out to me seemingly out of the blue, that the $549/year is well worth it. I have been looking into Backblaze as a second offsite backup since I could keep my Lightroom Catalog - the actual catalog - on there which would be very helpful. It is also an automatic backup which would be good. I have my documents in the cloud, but not enough space for an entire catalog and my photos. Have any of you used them? When my computers crashed in 2011, I didn't have everything on Photoshelter and since I lost my main backup hard drive, I was missing some shoots. I was able to download a handful of missing files from Fine Art America and from another stock site, but I wouldn't count on stock sites as one of my backups - although certainly it is helpful to know that they are another source of images in a pinch. I just ordered a new 6TB thunderbolt/USB 3 LaCie drive to use as a duplicate for the 4TB drive I have now (the USB-3 to USB-C adapter works fine, so it's future proofed) and a second mobile G-Tech 4TB drive for the second backup. In the summer, when I shoot the most, I tend to travel a lot, so it will make it easy to take my catalog with me. I can encrypt the drive, something I haven't tried before. I'm also awaiting a replacement 2TB WD My Passport, so that should give me plenty of on site storage. I have at least 5 TB of small portable drives that are less than 7 years old, so once I complete my backup, I'll wipe them and reorganize my archive and recent photos to be placed in my safe deposit box and I'll probably send a batch out to Ohio with my daughter when she visits next summer. And I'll hold onto my old RAID drives and DVDs/CDs which are all working fine even if they are old. Family digital photographs are all triple backed up along with my professional images. When my mother passed away, I gave my daughter my parent's small album from our wedding as suddenly all the duplicates were no longer spread across our family. When my husband's grandparents and parents died, we got additional copies of our framed wedding photos, and suddenly they were all here. Having lived through a fire and two floods in the past 25 years, I guess you can understand my paranoia. My understanding is that Photoshelter has everything mirrored in NY and California so at least it is all in two places. I also have several hundred of my best photographs with a calendar publisher, as they keep everything I have sent them each year since 2012 on file, and I send them new photographs to review yearly, so I guess that's a good backup too, since they only get my best landscape work - but it's just a sampling like stock sites, and not the original RAW files.
  4. You'll probably be back to 20/20 or close before you know it- or in my case I went from 20/200 to 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other - a big improvement in any case (and that's 20/200 before the cataracts). Scary how fast they can suddenly seem to develop but great how easily they can be fixed. I'd advise taking it easy and giving yourself a little time (a couple weeks) to heal before spending a lot of time outside in bright sunlight. I pushed hard the first time and ended up with awful migraines for months afterwards, so I gave myself a little time to heal with the second eye.
  5. Thanks James. I was reading that Crucial was the best place to buy it from. I wish my internal SSD was larger - Since I'm using iCloud, it now decides what really goes in the cloud and what stays on my SDD, so it's just impossible to load the catalog there - besides, with Smart Previews my Catalog is huge. I could get a large external SDD with a thunderbolt cable for my catalog (my iMac doesn't have the much less expensive USB 3.0 unfortunately). Just worried about buying pricey thunderbolt drives because I've heard that the thunderbolt to thunderbolt 3 adapters (which I'd need for a new machine eventually) don't work very well. Alternatively, I could set up separate catalogs for each shoot and run that off my SDD and then import them into a larger catalog later.
  6. Should I purchase used equipment ?

    I bought legacy Nikon lenses on ebay when I started out - one that I love from a photographer selling his gear - who sent me a check for $6 afterwards because he forgot to actually buy the insurance when he sent it (unbeknownst to me) and was reimbursing me, and one from B&H via ebay - all great. The first lens I sent to someone the photographer recommended to have it fitted so it would work with my old D70. And my Sigma 50-500mm which is the sharpest lens I own (only rival is the pricey Nikon 40-150) was bought refurbished from Adorama. I'm planning to sell off much of my Nikon kit and wish you were in the US. But yes, if the seller is reputable, you can get a good deal.
  7. I've got a mid 2011 27" iMac that is still zipping along nicely - since I do just about everything on my laptop other than work requiring a large monitor. It has 8GB RAM 1333 MHz DDR 3 and a 3.4 GHz i7 Intel processor ADM Radeon HD Graphics Card, and dual hard drives, a 251GB Intel 6 SSD and an Intel 6 1TB HDD. That SDD was pricey at the time but best decision I ever made. Anyway, I'm thinking of upgrading to a 24MP camera so much larger RAW files and wondering if I should get two more 4GB RAM cards (or whatever they are called) to fill in the two empty slots and upgrade it to the max 16GB RAM. It looks fairly easy to do. Will I see a big increase in processing speed and is a machine this old worth upgrading? I'd love thoughts from the tech minded and anyone else who has done this sort of thing before. I believe all the other components are conducive to the max speed I can get from this machine, and it was designed to take up to 16GB RAM. I run my LR catalog off the HDD (the SDD is too small) and have a 4TB (soon to be replaced by a 6TB) external drive for my photos attached via thunderbolt cable - v 1.0. Has been fast though working on my 500GB SSD MacBook Pro with 8 GB RAM and a 2.8 GHz Intel i7 is a bit faster - the RAM on that is 1600 MHz - so thinking the SSD and the faster RAM both help but I'm really clueless as to what does what and I read conflicting things on the Internet, so pro advice is welcome. Any thoughts on how I'm running my LR catalog welcome too. Thanks much!
  8. I have updated my laptop this past week - well, actually, for the first time, it seems my Mac did it for me - but I'm guessing I hit a button as I was nodding off or something - anyway, it's a MacBook Pro Retina 13" late 2013 (I downsized my laptop to make traveling with it easier). I haven't updated my 27" iMac (mid 2011). Sometimes the Nik filters are working - if I make one or two changes - either through LR or, if I'm in Photoshop, Color Effex was fine the first time, but then I could only get it to work sometimes and not up in filters, but using that annoying little floating thing. Define and Vivenza work most of the time, but in Color Effex if I do more than two things at a time it crashes - so all my saved presets are toast at the moment. DxO bought the Nik filters and are supposed to come out with new ones that work with Adobe products in mid-2018. Meantime, I downloaded a free trial of their software -nowhere as great, IMHO, as the Nik film emulators but they do have some interesting editing options that start from scratch with your RAW files - though I did not find that I could get the look I wanted without further work in Lightroom. They are supposed to have the U Point technology but it's a learning curve to figure out how to use the software and I'm only about 4-5 hours (one day) into it. I had hoped I could just bite the bullet and buy their Pro set of filters and other software to replace the Nik filters but I need to spend more time with their program first before I decide - I've read other reviews and found I'm not alone in finding the Nik film emulators to be the best. I've used Silver Effex for my fine art work and Color Effex for everything for years and I am really at a loss. I'll have to look into those work arounds or maybe I can open Tiffs in PS 5 and use them there. What a PITA! I hate the fact that all these companies seem to be aimed at the consumer market and are leaving us pros out to dry but at least DxO is working on integrating the Nik technology into their software - however, I don't know if it will be the same. I tried the DxO lighting fix (something I used to use in Nik Capture NX Pro which stopped working for me many OS updates ago) and was disappointed - but I haven't figured out how to access the U Point technology that is supposed to be integrated into the DxO software so maybe it will work - but right now I think that LR works much better to adjust lighting etc on RAW files. I really want Color Effex and Silver Effex back. Glad DxO bought it so hoping by mid years these issues will be moot. I can get it to work if I do no more than two steps at a time. slow going for sure.
  9. You're welcome! Nice shot!
  10. My RAID system is approaching 7 years old as is my main LR catalog, so I've been pricing new hard drives. I have some old stuff (2005-2011) on CDs and DVDs but found even using the expensive DVDs, half were failing as I was backing up so after 2011(when I had two computers and my main backup drive fail within 3 days of each other), I went to a 6 TB RAID system and moved my new LR catalog and photos to a 4TB drive - all nearly full to the brim and old to boot - I have a ton of small portable 250 to 2TB mobile drives that were supposed to be rotated to my safe deposit box - which I haven't done probably in a few years - so I'd say maybe half of my 2005-2but I have each RAW shoot uploaded to Photoshelter and I try to keep up with getting all the processed stuff on there too. It's a constant battle. Biggest problem for me was in my paranoia to back up everything from day one, I ended up with so many duplicates of material - I'd back up all my RAW photos to CD/DVD and hard drive, then the processed images, work on them again - back up newer versions to a series of rotating drives so if I lost one to failure I'd at least have older or newer versions elsewhere but now it's a nightmare trying to be sure I have the newest version of each image on my main backups. Tech is changing so fast. I still remember floppies replaced by Jazz Disks - half of which failed - and now I read that the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt /TB2 adapter doesn't work with LaCie's drives (I called them and their tech people confirmed this) - my LaCie 4TB with my entire 2010-2017 LR catalog is a purely old thunderbolt drive - and all my old Firewire Drives are already using the Firewire to thunderbolt (v 1.0) adapter ... so nightmare is not too strong a word. I have about 20TB of files and duplicates that are all on tech that is already old - even the drives I bought in the past year. Trying to find a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C that works with backwards compatible adapters for a new RAID system and assorted other drives so that I'm not moving all my old drives onto old tech even if my current computers (mid-2011, early-2013) are old tech (and will need replacing). Tech is changing too quickly to keep up but I can't just count on the cloud. My plan is to bite the very expensive bullet, get a new RAID setup for my newer work, start a new LR catalog and archive all my photos from 2005 through 2017 onto two sets of mobile drives (with a new LR catalog for each year so it's easy to find), one set to be stored in my safe deposit box and one hidden away in a closet. Then I'll have to do it all again in 5-7 years. I may also wipe most of the data from my 500TB laptop when I eventually replace it and make it a purely photo backup, updating the OS for as long as I can. I spend so much more time dealing with my photos than I do taking them.
  11. How to travel light?

    M - I thought that too. Just returning my second WD MY Passport Wireless - this one doesn't turn on after charging - the first wouldn't charge up at all. I have many WD drives including two from 2000 that are still working - old archived stuff backed up elsewhere too (not tempting fate) - this is the only one that's been a total bust. Also, without a little screen, how do you trust the photos are on there? I guess you can look from your MyCloud phone account? No clue since I never got mine to work. Is that how it works? Gen - I'm looking at new pro lenses - macro and zoom - for my Olympus OMD-E1. It's been great for traveling light. But definitely general travel and landscapes. I'll let you know how the other lenses work out but I'm no bird photographer and I have to think that for specialist work like that the larger glass may well be better although I tried the 300mm (600mm equivalent) at PhotoExpo two years ago and the detail was superb. Can you rent mirrorless or is there a camera store near you with a 15-day return policy that you could try out a mirrorless system? What about a hard case you can send through? Costly if it's three flights I'm sure. I wrote about the ease of traveling with mirrorless here: https://www.greatescapepublishing.com/articles/travel-photography/light-and-quiet-mirrorless-cameras-are-perfect-for-shooting-stock/ That's my daughter in the photo - which they licensed from Alamy I'm happy to say. I've actually got a series of articles about Alamy coming out later this month and next.
  12. Winter

    Betty, best of luck with the move! I'm so overwhelmed with 20 years of stuff here, hoping to get it on the market and then I get started ... and give up thinking, oh well, maybe next year. At this point it looks like we need to replace our oil tank (above ground at least) - maybe I should take a few shots as they do it. And yes, packing and unpacking are good opportunities. Good luck!
  13. Winter

    I've sold lots of snow photos to local magazines and calendar publishers, and have even sold iPhone snow shots . I had a bunch zoomed here back in November and December, but no snow sales showing here yet (it could be a couple of months before any show up - I had some zoomed twice for very specific locations, fingers crossed. I think it's a very viable subject - not available everywhere and less likely to be shot due to the cold. I've had seasonal images sell here - even a Thanksgiving photo, so I will keep photographing the snow. It gets me out when I'd rather stay inside.
  14. Slow month? 2018

    Views are down by 50% and zooms are down about 50% as well - only 5 so far. One sale so far so that's normal for me . My zooms and views have been trending down the past few months but sales have been in the normal range. A few zooms where I'm the only one and one zoomed twice so hopeful there. CTR for my main pseudo down to .90 and average CTR is down to the alamy average. Zooms and sales don't always go hand in hand for me. More concerned that my views are substantially down but it's so cyclical and it's been a cold nasty month here, I figure buyers may not be working as hard either. Added nearly 20 new photos so far this month - as many as all of 2017 and I have a bunch more to add today. I'm healthy and working so I'm hopeful.
  15. About 10% of my sales have been portrait in the past few years - and about 5% were square photos. I noticed that while I make an effort to shoot both portrait and landscape, especially as I started out shooting for local magazines and newspapers back when portrait orientation images sold more often (horizontal seems to be the preference on the web), I have not uploaded as many as I thought. I'm not sure why. I tend to crop a lot of portrait orientation images square, because they show up better as thumbnails, and that may be why. I should probably upload the horizontal, square and portrait versions. I'm not sure the percentage of portrait images in my portfolio, but a quick look through confirms that it is more than 10%.