iPhone 5s

Again, Apple surprised everyone with a new A7 64 bit processor equipped iPhone 5s.
I currently use iPhone 4s, which I think is a great travel and business companion.
I looked at new 5s and it is faster, but my 4s is fast enough. 5s has better camera, but for serious images I use my Canon 1ds. 64 bit? But there are no killer app to use it. Fingerprint sensor is nice, and so is LTE if you are going to pay for it (I don’t). So overall it is just more of the same.
I’ll buy new phone when it DOES something new and useful. Until then!


What can iPad do for me?

At the moment, not much.

Every time I handle one, I marvel at design – smooth lines, familiar OS and beautiful screen. The problem lies in its application – iPad is excellent for browsing the web, reading books or watching movies but doesn’t have any kind of screen color profiling, and image processing apps are amateurish.

That leaves me confused no, not really – my iPhone is device I take with me that does 95% of things iPad does but is more portable; for reading I have a Kindle e-ink reader, and for image processing I use Aperture and Photoshop on my MacBook Air. iPad just doesn’t fit into my the scheme of things.

What would make me buy an iPad? New apps that would replace my MacBook Air, but there is just not enough power in iPad to do heavy lifting of RAW files at the moment. Maybe I wanted to play Candy Crush Saga, which I am not into, or watch movies on the road with a bigger screen. It needs to be able to reduce my gear I carry, plain an simple. Right now it just does not.

Jack of all trades, master of none

Many people are good at many things, but are not great at anything. That concept carries over to businesses where there is a lot of “good enough”. Usually those businesses fail as there is nothing that sets them apart from the rest. After someone comes out with superior service we wonder why we even bothered with previous one.
My focus is on inkjet printing. Of course “printing” is a wide discipline encompassing understanding of media, inks and color management. At the end we have a beautiful print as the result.
Photographers job is to capture the moment and achieve the look they are after. The rest is up to me – the printer.
By doing something exceptionally good I want to rise above mediocracy.

Geeking out with Windows

I have been  a strong believer that the best operating system is the one that has applications you want to use. That was true in Commodore Amiga days in the 90s, and is still true today.

Sometimes there is an application available for Windows that is just not available for the Mac, what to do then?

I have been a strong emulation/visualization supporter since the days of Amiga Transformer to run GWbasic compiler for my programming class, then I used ShapeShifter to emulate Mac on my Amiga 3000. Later I got a Mac and used Virtual PC.

Fast forward to now. What is a shame now days that there is hardware that is no longer supported by current operating systems, yet the hardware is still quite competent, like my Epson 9500 printer. As the last Mac OS to support it was Tiger (10.4) and Windows XP, I been running a virtual machine using XP for years to print on it. I have used VMWare Fusion, Virtual Box and Parallels, lately have been using Parallels 7. It works well. However, until today there has not been Firewire support for emulated devices like my Minolta  Multi Pro scanner. I can no longer run the original software on my Mac (although it does work with VueScan9). Today I saw Parallels 9 being announced and it claims to support external FireWire and Thunderbolt devices, which none of the previous emulation software has. I have high hopes that my scanner could be used again using Minolta software under Windows XP. Wouldn’t that be grand!

Canon Professional Services (CPS) experience in Hollywood

Once you start noticing dust spots in your images, it is time to get your sensor cleaned.

You can try doing it yourself with a big illuminated loupe and SensorKlear pen or SpeckGrabber Pro Kit yourself, but at some point you get these persistent dust specs that just refuse to go away. What then?

Being CPS (Canon Professional Services) Gold level member I am entitled to 2 free camera checks and cleanings a year. Before the closest location to drop off the camera was in Irvine, but now there is an option in Hollywood. That’s 15 miles away instead of 40! Yay!

Yesterday I made an appointment over the phone (1-877-277-8122) and today I dropped off the camera at 6060 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. The whole check in process took less than 15 minutes! Camera will be shipped back to me in 3 business days, so no need to drive to Hollywood (or Irvine). Worth $100 a year membership? Heck yeah! The only bad thing is that there is no reserved parking, but I just fed the meter in front of the building and that’s that.

If you are not CPS Gold or Platinum level member, then you are out of luck with Hollywood location. Irvine is your closest choice, or you can give your camera to enterprising dealers like Samys.

Soft Opening

Just ran a 12 print job for a client, and everything worked like it should. Most important, the client was very happy with quality of the prints. Yay!

Small steps…

There are so many things I still need to take care for the Beach Pro Lab, but the most important thing is quality of the prints which I got nailed. Profiles are coming out terrific too, I am so pleased. Now I have to focus on other things like marketing. Details, details…