Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The danger of buying new tech immediately

It seam that the new 2011 MacBook Pro 15" & 17" models "freezes or becomes unresponsive to input when under heavy load" in fact the issue is so widespread and troublesome that an entire 'wiki' has been made for it at http://mbp-freeze.wikispaces.com/

The details of the issue is not what I want to discus here, what I want to talk about is the danger of buying new tech immediately. Apple, Canon, Nikon, Adobe and every other company on earth make a huge deal about getting you revved up to buy immediately each time they come out with a new product. Personally I dread it because when you work on set everything needs to work and work flawlessly! This is not to say that I don't like the new stuff, I just don't go out and buy it immediately, I wait to see what issues come out on the blogs, and there are almost always some issues. "Freezes or becomes unresponsive to input when under heavy load" I would be devastated if I grabbed a new MBP and jumped on a plane for say Patagonia for a 2 week long shoot only to find that every time I try and process or open a large file my computer crashes!


Personally I really like to buy refurbished Apple Computers when I can because they go threw them and test them more extensively than a just off the assembly line computer, not to mention you can save some CA$H (around $800 on the MBP above) I have not had any issues with a referb yet! I have had and dealt with many issues on new computers and they normally come to the surface pretty quick.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mac OSX 10.6.7 now available via Software Update (backup first)

Time to run your Software Update but first back up your disk so if something goes wrong with the update you can revert. Be sure to read my last post "Back up before "routine" maintenance" before you do your Software Update's.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Back up before "routine" maintenance

You can save yourself countless agony, loss and time (time is money) by backing up your system volume at key times. So may times we get a phone call and the quote is basically the same, 'my computer was working fine and now xyz is happening.' Then we spend 15-20mins going threw what the caller had been doing in the weeks, days, hours before xyz started happening, almost every time it is due to an update or new software.


The basic rule that we use is before any update, upgrade, new program installation or anything that might change the current setup of the system. NOW DON'T STOP READING. How you back up can be just as important as when you back up. Apple's Time Machine is a great consumer tool for backing up but professionals be warned. With Time Machine if you do something to your system that 'corrupts' it Time Machine will back it up AUTOMATICALLY as well. This makes getting your system easily back to it's previously peachy state difficult.


So what do you do, CLONE! We prefer Carbon Copy Cloner, Do it manually, NOT AUTOMATICALLY for the reasons above. You want a complete bootable exact copy of your disk that was made when everything was working hunky dory. So if you clone you disk when its working well, right before you update, upgrade, install a new program or do anything that might change the current setup of the system and something goes wrong or doesn't work right (which happens often). Then all you have to do is clone the back up back to your system drive and reboot and your good to go. Also once you are confident that the change to your system is stable back it up again.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Speaking at Brooks Institute of Photography


I got to speak to a class that will be graduating shortly from Brooks Institute of Photography mainly on the subject of Digital Asset Management. We basically went over most things related to computers, storage, capture, Lightroom / Aperture really anything digital, from what a scratch disk is to how to manage your files. The students were really receptive and asked really good questions and actually seamed interested!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

LightSource Photography Podcast - E067 Simone

Check out our shout out on StudioLighting.net's Podcast on the iTunes store!

Chase Jarvis Vid

For those of you who missed it! Check it out here!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

In the trees with Marla Rutherford

Last week we got to go to the beautiful Russian River with Marla Rutherford and the Divas from WWE. A fairly straightforward shoot, we picked up the grip and lighting from LA Photo Group, a fellow Sprinter owner and we were off to the races. 


Our HD3 worked all day with out a hitch tethered to our laptop, we decided to go with the laptop for mobility sake since we needed to get 7 shots done in 8 hours. With our custom box we had all the hard drive space and battery life we could ever need. With a simple swap of hard a hard drive into the van we edited and processed out the files and the client was off to catch their flight.