November 21, 2011
Photographers are artists, and artist inherently are easily distracted. It doesn’t help that in the modern digital world our work is completed on the same device that supplies us with Facebook, Twitter, news and video’s of cats doing funny things. A photographers workflow is as personal as other people’s morning ritual, asking us to change our ritual or throwing the odd wrench into our system doesn’t so much focus our wrath, it’s more of a intensifying of our distraction. When a program isn’t working correctly or keeps crashing (even on my infallible MacBook Pro) I’m only about 1/4 second away from clicking on the google chrome app in my browser and being led down that rabbit hole.
I like the idea that my programs are updated automatically, that I can install plugin’s to Lightroom and Photoshop and so on; there was a time though that we’d read about what this new plugin or update consisted of. Now in this age of the “Cloud” we don’t wait to hear if the updates work before our computer secretly downloads everything. While we’re on the subject, all my programmer friends say that the “cloud” is just a facade, not a real cloud.
I would hope that this will force programmers to get their programs and updates working well before sending them out to be downloaded by the masses. So far though, Text Edit is the only program I have any control of on my computer, and the result is this short piece. I’m off to hold down my power button for a few seconds.