So you want to be free to shoot and shoot as much as you need, and then we'll worry about the rest. Is we get into this? So first up, uh, you're gonna need a computer just kind of the way it is with digital photography these days. It doesn't really matter what computer you have. There's lots of different good ones out there. There are some people who are Mac, and there are some people are PC and I can tell you there's problems with both. I'm not even to say what I have right now, but I hate it and it's the best thing out there. Uh, and there's if I could do life over again, I would make computers and I would make him right. But it's too late. I'm just gonna have to teach photography. All right, so one thing that I think is really important is screen size. If you have a laptop computer, I understand these are very versatile and take him on the road with you. But if you do a lot of work at home, get a monitor that you can plug it into so that you can see your image is very helpful when y...
ou want to look at a grid of images and you want to see 50 images at the same time. I work with a laptop on the road and it's fine. It's small. That's good. You can work with tablets and so forth. You can not bring your computer with you on the road. That's perfectly fine. But when it really comes down to sitting down and analyzing you work, you need to see your work clearly. And so a bigger monitor is a great benefit tohave. In that case, you do not want to store your images on your computer. They take up a lot of space and they will slow everything down You do on your computer. I store all of my photos off my computer on an external hard drive. Every hard drive that you can buy these days will fail at some point, so you should have a backup hard drive for when that one fails and because really bad things occasionally happened in certain locations. You should have it on 1/3 hard drive in a separate location that is not affected by fire theft. A meteor coming out of the sky or who knows what something can happen. And it's good to have something off site. Keep one at home, keeping it work. Keep one of mom's at your kids something like that in a completely different location. Now I don't have a slide for this, but there is also cloud storage, and that is a perfectly good option for some people. I don't like it. I don't like monthly fees. I don't like other people that having potential access. I don't like things getting hacked. I don't like companies going out of business, not giving me access to my site, and that doesn't always happen. But I read about it about every other month, Um, and so it's a lot cheaper for me to just go buy another hard drive and stash it in the backyard and buried. Did I tell everybody that? So you want to pay attention with your connections? And so whenever I'm getting close to buying a new computer, I'm thinking about okay, what sort of connections to the hard drives? Because I want to get something that synchronizes with everything, and I try to kind of keep things and sink. I'll get a new computer and I'll get new hard drives at the same time and then get hard drives. And then I'll get another computer and new hard drives and work with whatever is the fastest system that I could afford. That seems reasonable, so your JPEG images might be 8 to 20 megabits in size. Your raw photos are gonna be about three times that size. The good old USB connection is a very, very slow connection, which is why they came out with USB 2.0 many years ago. And that was a little bit better for transferring images. We are now mostly at USB 3.0, which is pretty good for transferring images. Apple kind of has their own thing going with their Thunderball, and they're always trying to stay a little step ahead of the game. And so as soon as they do something than the U. S, B comes back and they have something else. And so we now have USB 3.1 and this USB C connection, which is getting faster, And that's why you gotta pay attention to where your hard drives and your computers are so that you can kind of step these up because if you suddenly get faster, hard drives but your computer still running slower, it's not doing you a lot of good until you get that new computer. And so next up is USB two point. Oh, and now we have USB 3.2 coming around the corner. And so Apple's going to use Thunderbolt three, which is using a different connector than thunderbolt to be aware of that, and it's getting faster and faster. Luckily, this is getting better at a pretty steady rate, whereas the megapixels and the cameras, uh, they haven't Platt Toad, certainly, but they've kind of been at a steady point for the last few years. You might say I did a test recently where I just transferring 1000 raw images. I just wanted to see how long it took USB two point. Oh, took me almost 12 minutes to get that transfer across. And 3.0 and Thunder Bowl were notably quicker. And I have seen a number of photographers just struggling and waiting to transfer images and doing the simplest things, and it just it could be very, very aggravating. And so, uh, try to get as fast a system as you can for doing this because it's just going to make you work faster more quickly. Now I know you love your kiddies in all. Okay? We all love yourself. Your kid, He's right. That's not the best backdrop to have on your computer. And I know that there are some people that tend to store a lot of folders on their computer. Please don't raise your hand. I don't want to know who you are. I was working in a workshop one time, and her desktop looked like this, and I was trying to transfer images because we were doing something in photo shop and I had a transfer images, and I went to her desktop and I had the mouse and I had it clicked, and I was looking for a place to put the folder and I somehow let go of the thing, and I was like, I don't know where it went. It went into one of your 200 folders on your desktop. This is not the way you're supposed to do it. This is the equivalent off stacking everything on your file cabinet. That's not how file cabinets work. This is just a temporary storage where you put things as you need it for a short period of time. All right, so, goodbye, Kitty. Um, we don't want to do that. All right? Here's a quick optical illusion. I want you to look at the X in the middle of the frame. Just keep your eye on the X for about 10 seconds, and your retinas are now being saturated with these colors. And if we switch this to a blank white screen, you should see the American flag there for a few seconds because your eyes are going to be reversing this color. And this may seem like a really boring thing, but my computer has a dark grey background. I just don't want to be looking at any other colors affecting the way that I am looking at photographs. And so it's just a nice, simple background. What do I want to have on my desktop is I'm gonna have little shortcut to my hard drives and maybe a few shortcuts to my personal folders, but I generally don't keep anything on my desktop. That's when I feel good is when there is nothing on my desktop. That means there's nothing to do, and that's just a temporary place to put something, and so you should have a nice good order to the rest of your computers system.