After fighting computer memory problems on my iMac for a while now, I had an opportunity to get a Mac mini at a discounted cost from a relative, who wanted the new one with the Apple chip - mine is powered by Intel. I bought his, and he bought a new Apple-chip model. Instead of 8 gigs of RAM, I now have 32, and a faster CPU (3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7 replacing 3.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5) . The only potential issue was the graphics card (Radeon Pro 560 4 GB graphics card on the iMac being replaced by Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB) - but a friend at Apple told me that was easily resolved by adding an inexpensive graphics card. Maybe someone here can advise me. I have a feeling that the upgrade will NOT be inexpensive…
Several apps such as my Adobe programs and some of my email programs, and PhotoMechanic needed attention. PL4 still opens on my iMac. I assume I need to remove it because of licensing. On the Mini I thought the PL4 program would be covered by the Time Machine move, but Time Machine didn’t copy that information. I had to go into each DxO program and enter my validation information. No big deal, just one more step.
It’s nice to have a fresh new computer that’s not going to run out of memory, but I miss having two screens for editing. Maybe I can resolve that using “Target Display Mode”. Thanks to the help from people in this forum, calibrating my ASUS Monitor was simple, fast, and easy.
Using the Mini with PL4 tonight, everything went great, and never slowed down. However, when I export an edited image to save on disk, that takes two to three times as long as it used to. Maybe someone here can confirm that is due to the less powerful graphics card, and if so, suggest an add-on graphics card.
Unfortunately, the 2018 Mac Mini no longer comes with a SD card reader, so I used a separate card reader - which is more accessible than the card reader on my port expander that came with the Mini - which didn’t even recognize the SD card. I’ll use the card reader from now on.
To test things, I went out on a short walkabout with my Leica M10 with 50mm Summicron, took maybe 50 photos, of which I kept only 7. It was also to be a test of my polarizing filter - I left the filter on all day, adjusting it to make the sky appear as dark as possible. It also removed some reflection from the water. Two of the images felt more interesting than the others, so I selected one to work on today. I’ll post the files below. I learned lots of lessons recently, so that had a big influence in my editing. I was sort of shooting into the sun, mostly as a reflection on the water, and the boats were mostly silhouettes. Rather than bring out any detail, I just made them even more silhouetted in front of the water. I used to try to bring out color and detail in the city of Miami, but I left it all as-is. I had used a polarizing filter which darkened the sky a little, but I emphasized the blue and the unusual looking clouds. I think I did things properly - will be anxious to read the feedback - and as always, anyone here is free to download the image and have a go at it. I left off the watermark which I was told wastes time of people needing to remove it. Hopefully it shows progress in my working with PL4.
When I view the image on my screen, while editing, it looks pretty much like the way I saw things, but here in the forum, surrounded by white, it looks too dark. Joanna showed me how to fix that by viewing an image in “Preview.app” but people are going to see it darker than they should if they’re reading this forum.
I have one more image that I set up for as things were developing (no pun intended), but it’s not yet ready for uploading. I hope to finish it by tomorrow evening.