“To create one’s own world takes courage.” Georgia O’Keefe
“Art is never finished…only abandoned.” Leonardo Da Vinci
I know, I know….It’s been weeks since I posted. What are my excuses? Well, I’m trying to readjust being back home after being on the coast for 3 months. That in and off itself requires a lot of my attention. It’s a bit amazing what happens to your home when you’ve been away for 3 months. The yard work alone is killing me.
But probably the most important reason is that I’ve been in the process of completely updating my Lightroom catalogue and that really has required most of my attention. I’ve streamlined my collections, deleted many files (still continuing to do so), and expedited some of my workflow processes. My efforts have also extended over to photoshop, where I have accumulated brushes, patterns, color palettes, and styles over the years. It had become a jumbled incoherent mess, so I have roped those all into workable categories that enhance effective use of photoshop.
I have operated Lightroom from a portable hard drive from the very beginning. But the hard drive was a typical, spinning disk drive and over the years, as my catalogue grew—I only use one catalogue for all my images—has had to increase in size to accommodate increased number of images. As a consequence, the hard drive that I use is a brick. It’s heavy and clunky. When I leave town for weeks at a time, I’d like to take my catalogue with me but I’m always nervous about transporting a large, spinning disk drive. All it takes is one drop and poof! Catalogue gone. This is the voice of experience speaking.
So the last few weeks I have upgraded to a solid state drive to hold my entire catalogue. It’s smaller than my phone! And much lighter. And much more stable. So, I’m less nervous about transporting it between my desktop computer and my laptop computer. Yay! – my Lightroom catalogue is now truly accessible, even on the road. Backup is still essential, though. I use backblaze so it quietly does its thing in the background without requiring my attention. Thus far, I have not had to test its recovery ability but it does have a good reputation. I just hope I never have to depend on a recovery option!