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1  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: JBOD box for 2011 Macbook Pro on: October 30, 2012, 02:46:27 PM
I've given up on Thunderbolt for now--there's not much out there yet, and what is available is expensive. I did find a good FW, 4 bay JBOD enclosure though:  (might be able to find it cheaper on ebay). It works well, except when daisy-chained with other FW drives.
2  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / JBOD box for 2011 Macbook Pro on: August 15, 2012, 01:59:57 PM
I just got a 2011 MBP which I'd like to connect to my many internal 3.5" drives. Currently I have an aging Mac Pro which I'm selling. I've got drives inside that, as well as a bunch of 1TB and 3TB bare drives that I access via FW800 docks.

The MBP has Thunderbolt, USB 2, and FW800 ports. I understand that Tbolt is much, much faster than FW, but the Tbolt enclosures (4 bay or bigger) are very expensive. There are lots of eSATA enclosures out there that are much less expensive, and I understand eSATA is also much faster than FW. I found this Lacie Tbolt/eSATA hub, but it looks like it doesn't work with 4 bay JBOD enclosures.

Anyone know if there's an eSATA 4 or 8-bay JBOD enclosure that will work with the MBP, and utilizing the Tbolt port? I've been doing a lot of Googling and not finding the answer.


3  Software Discussions / Lightroom / where to list client in metadata on: November 03, 2011, 08:39:03 PM
Anyone have suggestions on where to enter the client (who hired you for the shoot) in LR metadata? I've been doing that in the keywords field, but would prefer to have it elsewhere if there's a practical way to do that.

- Jim
4  General / General Discussion / Re: Advice on cleaning up a big mess of pictures on: October 31, 2011, 11:29:52 PM
You can do this with Expression Media (formerly iView). Microsoft bought it, and now I think Phase One owns it. You can sort images by date, find duplicates, and rename files.

- Jim
5  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Lightroom 3 is not faster on: October 31, 2010, 09:47:26 PM
That's fine and should improve browsing within Develop. Make sure there's plenty of hard drive space on the drive containing the cache.


I have 178gb free on the drive with the cache--is that enough? I'm still getting sluggish performance. I'm going through a shoot I just did--5DMII files converted to DNG at import. In loupe view, I browse through the images flagging the keepers. The first few go pretty quick, and after 5 or so, I have to wait for the image to load--5 to 10 seconds. I'm planning to make a video screen capture of this, but I don't have a mic handy (to say when I'm hitting the arrow key).

- Jim

6  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Lightroom 3 is not faster on: October 29, 2010, 12:47:02 PM
What about the size of the ACR cache? Increase it, purging it first just in case it's got twisted.


50GB. I just purged it--does that sound like a good size?
7  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Lightroom 3 is not faster on: October 28, 2010, 08:07:44 PM
I'm having some very frustrating speed problems with LR 3.2. Here's some info:

Mac Pro 2.66 Dual Core with 9gb memory
using internal hd
318,000 images
I optimize and check integrity of the catalog every day
most of my files are from 5DMII

I just imported pics from a job, converted to DNG, and then made 1:1 previews. Flipping through them in loupe view to mark selects often goes very slow (often 10 seconds + an image), with the loading icon popping up. Same if I make standard previews instead of 1:1. Other tasks often seem to go very slow as well. I'm shooting a lot now and very frustrated at how long things take with LR. I'd like to stick with it if I can get it going faster, because it's great software, and I love some of the new features in v 3.

If anyone has suggestions on how to speed things up I'd appreciate hearing them.

- Jim

8  General / General Discussion / Re: Using Wordpress as Photo web site on: January 03, 2010, 11:39:27 PM
I think Wordpress is really great. I don't know of any good Wordpress books, but there's a ton of good support online. I have a simple WP photo blog here. I have mine setup like regular WP blog, but you can configure it so your front page is a static (non-blog) page, with or without a blog on a different page. Let me know if you want more info on how to do that.

Here are some links with photo themes for WP:

Here's the Wordpress online manual:

I've found if you have a specific question or problem with WP, you can virtually always find the answer by Googling it--there are a lot of smart WP nerds out there.

- Jim
9  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Moving archive from Iview to Lightroom on: May 20, 2009, 05:31:02 PM
Lightroom does not support custom fields... however, if you can map the iView custom fields into standard IPTC fields, for instance, and then embed that in your files, Lightroom will pick them up.

- Roger Howard

How is that done exactly (mapping the iView custom fields in standard IPTC fields)? 

- Jim
10  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Re: Lightroom workflow with PTLens on: May 20, 2009, 05:23:33 PM
I just recently started using PTlens and I like it a lot, but I'm also frustrated that I can't make raw lens adjustments in LR. I've been using the PTlens-edit app which allows you to right-click on an image in LR and then select 'edit with PTlens.' Ending up with a dupe TIF file is annoying, as was pointed out in the OP.

- Jim

11  Software Discussions / Lightroom / Lightroom, buckets, moving folders on: May 17, 2009, 06:27:01 PM
(I assume this has been covered, but I wasn't able to find anything via searches. If this has already been covered I'd appreciate a lead with finding the thread(s).) (eta: I just found this thread:   feel free to delete this thread if it's redundant. - Jim)

I have one LR catalog with all of my raw images. I've recently had the problem of ingesting a folder of images from a shoot, and then flagging/rating them. Then, using the OS X finder, I sometimes need to split that shoot folder in two or 3 folders to fit into buckets, which screws things up in LR obviously. Sometimes I've been able to straighten this out using "synchronize folder" and/or "find missing folder," but then sometimes I lose my rating/flag info.

Would I be better off with a working LR catalog for ingesting/ranking/adding metadata, and then importing into the raw catalog after setting the buckets up? Any other workflow suggestions for LR and buckets? I just noticed that Beardy has a bucket plugin for LR which I will check out.


12  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: ALERT - Seagate Firmware Problem - Data at Risk on: February 15, 2009, 11:37:55 AM
Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see the Seagate link where you can check your model and serial numbers and download the firmware. Here it is:

I just discovered that two of my internal drives are affected. I'm preparing to update the firmware on my Mac Pro. Yikes.

- Jim

eta: I just successfully ran the firmware updates on both of my affected drives. They both now show firmware revision: SD1A. So this should solve the problem right?
13  General / General Discussion / Re: Need solution for client photo archive on: February 03, 2009, 10:56:39 PM

In my experience, even small galleries are a bit slow, which is not a problem if you're taking your time looking at images to make selections. But for quick browsing it's slow. Also, I'm hoping for a solution where my client can add keywords. With PS you clients can add comments, but I don't think that would be sufficient.

- Jim
14  General / General Discussion / Re: Need solution for client photo archive on: February 03, 2009, 08:23:41 PM
Hi Peter:

When browsing galleries and viewing individual images in Photoshelter, it seems a bit pokey to me. Especially if I add a collection with thousands of images. Has that not been your experience with them?

- Jim
15  General / General Discussion / Need solution for client photo archive on: February 03, 2009, 07:55:44 PM
Hi folks:

I have a client I shoot often for. I've been posting low res proofs to online galleries for them, but there are so many shots/shoot days in the Web gallery now that it's getting clunky. I want to help them set up an archive with all shots from all shoots (jpg proofs, not high res) that they can maintain, and I can access as well. I'm thinking Expression Media might be a good idea, for cataloging all images, and I'll show them how to add keywords and sort and stuff. It would be ideal if I could access the catalog as well--I noticed that EM2 has a shared catalog feature. I'm thinking about using a sync application like Dropbox to store the shared catalog. They'll probably be using Windows and I'm on a Mac, by the way. The idea is for them to have a permanent archive of all proofs, an archive that will allow them to search through 1000s of images.

Another thought was using a Web service where all the proofs (they're 800px jpgs) could be stored, and sorted and tagged/captioned. But I'm thinking any Web solution like this would be too slow.

If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

- Jim

eta: I have a Photoshelter account, but I think it's too slow for large collections of images.
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