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When you import another catalog into an existing one, or when the preview cache file is not available, Lightroom is unable to show the thumbnails of the photos in the catalog. The catalog will just have grey rectangles like the image on the right when Grid View is selected. This makes it impossible to browse […]

The Canon EOS R6, along with the R5, 1DX, and the newer 5D cameras have a FTP client built in. This allows images to be sent via Wifi or Ethernet to a FTP server. One of the use cases is to send images to a computer. This works very well and if you’re using a […]

Was tuning my home Wifi and noticed that some of my Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro, iMac Pro) were not getting the same download speeds when testing via Speedtest. On a Mac with two user accounts, one account would consistently get about 10Mbps faster speed than another account. Initially thinking that there might be […]

I’ve just gone through moving a set of WordPress sites that was part of a multisite network on a Digital Ocean droplet. The motivation was having the multisite move off Ubuntu 14 to the more recent version Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS so I could use certbot to install and keep up to date SSL certificates from […]

There’s no clear instruction on how to allow this via the Unifi Controller. On my UDM running 1.5.6.2150 the solution is to Accept ICMPv6 and IPv6-ICMP protocols on the WAN-Local interface of the Firewall. This allows you to get 10/10 from the test site http://test-ipv6.com. If you’re using this test https://ipv6-test.com the results are different on Safari, Chrome […]

Just saw a video on using Fujifilm cameras as a web cam on Apple computers. Basically the steps are: Download and install Camera Live app on Github Download and install CamTwist Studio Run a command on your Mac via Terminal on the app you want to use the camera on Setup your Fujifilm camera Connect […]

Lightroom Classic users know that there are five types of previews. The original four are Minimal, Embedded, Standard and 1:1. Then Smart Previews came along with the cloud based Lightroom. You also probably know that the time it takes to render 1:1 previews takes a lot longer than Standard and Smart versions. But you probably don’t know […]

There are good reasons to have your own private secure DNS server, with the Pi-hole ad-blocker. If you want to setup a private server on your home’s network, you can have a read on why it’s a good idea, and how to do it via https://scotthelme.co.uk/securing-dns…. I didn’t want to have a box running on […]

Since 2013, compatible Macs can be conveniently unlocked with an Apple Watch. However, this feature sometimes suddenly stops working. There are web pages that have solutions, but these are no more than reprinting Apple’s support pages. When my watch stopped unlocking, I was unable to reactivate it. The Mac displayed an error “unable to communicate […]

This should simplify photo backup and quick editing without the need for a laptop when travelling. Just two cables and a lightning to USB3 adapter will allow you to transfer JPEG and RAW to an iPad or iPhone. The 3rd generation iPad Pro uses USB-C connector so a dual ended USB-C cable like this one […]

Here’s a tip for my Lightroom friends. Was frustrated that my imports were taking too long – over 20 seconds to import a small number of images.Decided to test it with an empty catalog and not unsurprisingly the import was nearly instant. So my workflow is now use a new catalog during an event and then […]

The Nikon Z7 can send photos to an iPhone or iPad using the Nikon Snapbridge app. It can do this via Bluetooth as photos are taken, but only a low-resolution version. The app can also connect to the Z7 via Wifi and download full size jpeg images but this needs to be initiated from the […]

There are hundreds of discussions about a “Disk Not Ejected Properly” Alert. And there are lots of suggestions of how to fix from changing Energy Saver settings to firmware updates on external disks. None of the existing solutions worked for me with a 2017 iMac Pro and a Seagate Backup+ Hub 6TB disk. Every time […]

I gave a presentation at a Nikon sponsored event yesterday on how to transfer images from your Nikon DSLR to your smart device or laptop. Here’s the recording:

Something weird is going on with the Fuji XT-2 and the new v2 firmware. The new firmware allows you to capture raw files when using the film simulation bracket. Here are two samples of capturing RAW + Fine JPEG. The RAW rendering by Adobe Lightroom 2015.10 Camera Raw 9.10 looks completely different to the out of […]

Don’t bother with using an @EyefiCard #eyefimobi #eyefi with the #nikon #d500 – it’s incompatible. The card can’t send photos to your device and take pictures simultaneously. If you press the shutter during a transfer, the transfer will stop and you will need to power cycle the camera and restart the iOS App to resume […]

Almost 2 years to the day I used a Canon 7D Mk II at an A-League match and wrote a short blog about the image quality. While the 7D was good in the right conditions it really wasn’t good enough, even at ISO 250. Not long after this blog I sold the 7D. I just finished using […]

If you’re thinking about upgrading your Macbook Pro to the new ones that have the Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C ports, you’ll probably need these accessory cables to compensate for the deleted Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports. If Apple was a good corporate citizen and wanted to look after it’s loyal customers they should really have […]

I’ve been using Windows Media Center since 2006. I built my first Windows Media Center on an Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard with an Athlon CPU. That lasted until 2014 when I upgraded to a tiny Gigabyte BRIX Pro i5 4570R computer. However, with more HD free to air channels the little BRIX was getting a bit sluggish. With the advent […]

At what is probably the first international event where Nikon’s NPS and Canon’s CPS had the new flagship cameras available I couldn’t resist to take them both out for a spin. Readers may remember that I switched from Nikon to Canon about 3 years ago when I was let down by the Canon 1D Mk3’s autofocus […]

In Apple’s OSX operating system 10.11 El Capitan, the Photos app is set to automatically open when you insert a memory card. While you can change that on a per card basis, when you format the memory card the app will open again. There’s no setting in the app to stop this, but you can […]

This web site claimed that Adobe Lightroom was 600% slower than the competition, taking 190 seconds just to bring 97 Fuji XT-1 raw images into the program. I did my own timing tests with 152 raw files from a Canon 1D-X. Bringing the photos into the current version of Lightroom took about 12 seconds. Clearly […]

This is the start of a new series of posts about getting great sound from streaming audio services. This post will focus on Apple Music played from a Macbook laptop to external speakers, not headphones. It would be equally applicable for other streaming services like Spotify, Rhapsody, and Pandora. With the advent of streaming services with […]

I’ve been puzzled why I couldn’t get the 600EX-RT Speedlite flash to keep up with my Canon 1D-X at 12 fps when the flash is in E-TTL mode. There’s even a Canon video saying that it can (Action Photography with the Speedlite 600EX-RT). But try as I might, the flash slows down the fps to about […]