Last week I had an extremely sluggish hard drive and it was bordering on being an emergency situation, because I had a gigantic newborn photoshoot to edit. And I mean gigantic. It was the second time in my career that I shot so many photos in one place that I nearly filled up my memory card. Luckily for me, I got a brand new memory card for Christmas, and it will hold about one trillion photos. So I’m all good for the next shoot. But this shoot! It was so beautiful. So.. new. So fresh. And I can’t share it yet, but I will. I really will. And in the meantime, I will gain control of the “technical stuff” that plagues me.
Generally my computer is a little slow when I run both Photoshop and Lightroom on it, and sometimes I’m dumb enough to have a browser open too. This has always been tolerable, although slow, but after getting really into Photoshop actions in the last few weeks, my computer pretty much told me to what to do with my giant actions. Photoshop actions take your editing to new heights, and I write my own recipes. It’s wicked fun but my computer thinks it’s a giant pain and told me so.
Luckily, there was relief last week. Apparently it’s “Clean Up Your Computer Month” and I received a “Clean Computer Calendar” from Singlehop – a wonderful technology focused on cloud computing. Now I’m sharing it with you. As you will see from my next paragraph, I ended up going with DropBox Pro for my cloud hosting, because I’ve had an account there forever and didn’t know better, but SingleHop seems to have some amazing options for private cloud hosting as well.
I now have two weeks under my belt, and oh boy, was the perfectionist in me happy to clean up my folders during the first week. My iMac desktop is actually sparkly and shiny. It was timely to organize my documents because I was writing more for submissions and I was having trouble finding the new ones. Not cool. So that was straightened out. The biggest step for me was to organize photos. I started a new photo backup system. I save all of my photos onto SmugMug Pro, then onto Dropbox Pro, and then I put them on an external hard drive, and delete them off of my computer’s hard drive after they’re fully backed up. There are definitely better photo organizers in this world than me.. like.. tons of people. I’m just telling you what I do since I get asked that a lot! My photos were so vast and disorganized that I was using over 80% of my hard drive.
***Ok, now that I got your attention.. with otters, ice balls and grasshoppers.. I need to tell you something. I will be in Florida for a week. You will be visited by three spirits on this here blog. On Christmas Eve. Oh wait. I screwed that up. You will be visited by three amazing guest bloggers on this here blog. A month after Christmas Eve. I hope you’ll welcome them. You’ll probably even recognize them. They’re close to my heart. I’ll still be popping in here and there, because Florida and exhaustion and kids in bed early and “grown-ups” in bed early and iPhone addiction and I’m not ashamed. See ya. SOON.