I’ve been following an interesting conversation on the Macintouch web site and the relative merits of digital vs. analog (or “wet”) photography.
As someone who learned photography on film about 30 years ago, the discussion resonates with me. While digital photography lacks some of the tactile qualities of film photography, I feel much more free to experiment and to make mistakes. Once my equipment is paid for, each exposure is effectively free, whereas in the film days I was forced to be selective about each picture I took because of the cost.
With tools like Aperture and Photoshop, I have very fine control over how my photos turn out, and I can sometimes undo the damage caused by bad exposures or other factors.
What do you think?
Here’s the link: Photography: Commentary.
This is an interesting post on the LEARN Blog about the changing nature of reading, thanks to devices like the Kindle and the iPad.
More thoughts on that here soon…
The battery on my 2008 15″ MacBook Pro is dying an ugly death. Last night the battery level dropped precipitously as I imported pictures from an SD card into Aperture 3. When the battery level reached about 75%, the MacBook shut off in mid-import.
I plugged the computer in and rebooted, expecting to complete the import. Not so. Aperture 3 quit unexpectedly every time I tried to launch it. I ran (or tried to run) the built-in diagnotic trio of Repair Permissions, Repair Database and Rebuild Database by holding down the Cmd-Option combo while starting Aperture. Aperture happily repaired permissions, but quit while trying to repair or rebuild the DB.
I was able to start Aperture with a fresh library, so I determined that it wasn’t the Aperture prefs or executable that were causing the problem.
But how could I get my 64 GB of photos back in some coherent form? Any attempt to import the contents of the corrupt Aperture Library into a new empty library resulted in “The Crash.”
I right-clicked on the Aperture Library and used “Show Package Contents” to navigate to the folder containing all of the masters (original JPEGS and RAW files). I decided to import the contents of the Masters folder into a new Library.
This procedure worked, but my Projects and Albums were all still toast, as were my Faces and Places data.
Faced with the prospect of having to restructure my photo library from scratch, I cast about on the Internet and found this little gem, which I want to share:
Aperture 3 rebuild library – SQLITE MISUSE
The procedure outlined in this post basically involves deleting the SQLite database files that make up the Aperture Library and then forcing the Library to rebuild from scratch. I can only surmise that I couldn’t do this before, because Aperture was choking on the original, corrupted database files while trying to rebuild.
A word to the wise: Always backup your computer.
The composition of this photo may be a little mundane, but I was impressed by this little building in Old Montreal. I was even more impressed that the iPhone 3GS was able to get such a decent photo of it, considering the low resolution of the sensor and the short focal length of the lens.
I’m not getting out and about to shoot as much as I like, so I try to find interesting visuals close to home. Fortunately, the lilacs in our backyard have benefited from the recent wet weather and are in full bloom.
Taken with a Canon 60D with 18-55mm EF-S lens.