What it means (to me) to be a Macintosh user.

This is of course a personal viewpoint, because I can not really know what being a Macintosh user means to anyone else but myself.

For me the beginning of my relationship with Apple Macintosh computers started in Bangkok about 25 years ago, when I needed a better way to communicate with a typesetter who kept making mistakes with my (English language) copy and my type layout instructions, for catalogs, brochures, flyers, and advertisements meant for reproduction in magazines and newspapers.

Typically (in those days) I would do a paste-up using original artwork and transfer type for the layout and then type out the smaller text for the typesetter on a typewriter (or occasionally write them out by longhand). There would always be misunderstandings and re-dos where a normal part of the business. The worst part was that mistakes would fairly often make it onto the final product.

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Think Tank Photo Skin Set camera bags on the Seattle bicycle trails.

Click on the image above to get more information on the Think Tank Photo Skin Set.

Running around Seattle on my bicycle (a 2012 Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disk), I have to keep my camera equipment as light and accessible as possible, so I have installed a Racktime Addit rear rack and hung a couple of Jandd Grocery Bag Pannier bags from it. The Racktime Addit rear rack, is especially well suited for carrying heavy loads, because it has a second lower rail that extends further back, so you can both lower the center of gravity of a heavier load and move it further away from the back of your feet while pedaling the bike. Continue reading “Think Tank Photo Skin Set camera bags on the Seattle bicycle trails.”

Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X

CUPERTINO, California—June 21, 2011—Apple® today announced Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac® App Store™ for $299.99. Continue reading “Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X”

Becoming a better photographer

Kompong Klaeng kids, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Wet Season in Kampong Kleang – Tonle Sap Lake – Cambodia – George Mann

Years ago you had a 35mm SLR and a bag full of lenses. Then the digital camera revolution came along and like most people you just bought a point and shoot camera. As a matter of fact you have bought quite a few of them over the years, as the technology has evolved.

Now you feel an urge to get back into enjoying photography and have finally broken down and bought an expensive digital SLR and a couple of nice lenses. The only problem is that you are not too happy with the results. In some ways your old point and shoot actually gave you better results. What should you do next? Continue reading “Becoming a better photographer”