Well, when we last met, I had decided to give Paint Shop Pro 8X a whirl as my photo organizer with an eye toward replacing Photoshop Elements 12 as my primary editing software. Elements, you might recall me saying, had been giving me acute migraines with its constant freeze ups and crashes. There’s more to report on that side of the story but first, some Initial thoughts on Paint Shop Pro 8X.
I shelled out 49 bucks for PSP8X and have been trying ever since to negotiate the mother of all learning curves to use it. The instruction manual is just as daunting. It’s another one of those “missing manuals,” as David Pogue titles his books on the Windows operating systems which are, by the way, fabulous. I have every edition from Windows 98 on. David, please do one for Paint Shop Pro! The only manual now is a PDF File. Of course you can print the whole thing out but be warned, it is more than 800 pages. Having spent a “kings ransom” on printer ink, I decided to go with the PDF. A book would have been better but I’m old and not into reading ebooks.
No doubt my calcifying brain has a lot to do with my difficulty. Perhaps I am a 70 year old suffering from ADHD and need a dose of whatever they’re feeding the kids these days. Frankly, I just got totally lost in the maze of brushes, graphics and so on. Perhaps if they had made the graphics part of it another section or something, it would have been easier to grasp.
I did, however, find my way to and through the RAW Conversion Panel and it is quite good though I think Elements is more thorough and easier to use…..that’s probably a cheap shot because I am so used to Elements.
Suffice to say, I’m still messing with it and will, from time to time, give further progress reports on my schooling.
In the midst of all this, my 4 year old desktop began sending distinct warning signals of hard drive failure: Constant pleas to run “Check Disc” to repair damaged sectors and repeated messages that windows “has stopped working” etc and etc. So I did a little cyber monday shopping and picked up a Lenovo H-30-50 desktop machine with 16 gigs of ram, a 2 TB hard drive and an Intel I-7 processor at a reasonable price. The Windows 10 Operating system is a big improvement over Windows 8 but then anything would be an improvement and best of all, the learning curve isn’t as steep as Paint Shop.
I also reloaded my Elements software and so far, knock on wood, its working swimmingly. Perhaps I gave Adobe a bad wrap. Old guys can get crabby.
Now that I am back in cyber space, I will try to be a bit more productive blog wise. Keep the Faith everybody. See you next time.
Hard as it is to tear myself away from the Sunday New York Times, my easy chair and a cup of Chock Full Of Nuts Coffee, I was determined to keep to my self imposed vow to stick to my blog schedule, so here you go. I shot this just the other day in some Oscar winning light that had penetrated just about every nook and cranny of the camellia beds here on the farm. The blooms, and there are hundreds, had the look of a sizzling cauldron of color. Lord have mercy it was Kodachome reincarnated; pushing all of my painter wanna-be buttons. Put on your shades and click on the photograph to get the “Full Monty”!
I shot this with a Nikon D7100 and the workhorse 18-200mm DX lens. Have a great Sunday evening and thanks for the look.
A Camellia Bloom on a very cold morning here on the farm. According to Southern Living Magazine, A Botanist to King Louis XVI of France brought Camellias to Charleston, South Carolina in the late 1700’s. This one glowing in the just risen sun is called ‘Pink Perfection’. Very formal looking I think. It’s been a tough winter for the Camellias here particularly for the white Camellias which fall victim to the subfreezing nights as soon as buds form. I suspect this one will bite the dust tonight when another frigid front rolls through. The weather people say we could have some snow. That would be nice. Winters without snow cheats us I think. Thanks for the look and have a great evening.
A brilliant Red Camellia Japonica bloom. Has a rather festive air about it I think. Thanks for the visit and have a great evening. Click on the photo for the larger view. Nikon D600, 24-120 f/4 lens set at 24mm.
Gabriele Stabile’s striking images of newly arriving refugees & their transition to the US, now on display. For a look, click on “Lens” in the list of links on the left of this page. Lens is the New York Times Photography Blog.
Aside from Camellias and Daffodils, there isn’t one pixel of color on the farm right now – just drab browns and puddles from all the rain. It’s one reason I’ve been crutching on beach shots for a while now. It’s my only source of inspiration except of course for the Camellias which thank goodness are still blooming their heads off. This particular bloom has a bit of age on it which gives it a very mature look in the fading afternoon light. I obviously have a soft spot for red Camellias with golden centers. I suppose I’m crutching on them too. Anyway, quite striking in large I think. Just click on the photograph. Thanks for the look and have a great evening.