Things ground to a painful halt in the office as the PC decided that the fairly recent upgrade to Windows XP SP3 was not all it was cracked up to be and consequently… cracked up in a bad way. I discovered that since Style XP had been installed prior to SP3, a conflict arose during the upgrade and Style XP never resolved the conflict with their usually prompt updates. This resulted in pretty much ALL of my Adobe suite programs performing quite bizarre forced refresh sessions of all of its windows, slowly, and infuriatingly when I was working on fine tuning images or critically important layouts.
Thankfully a long search yielded this file which has patched my WinXP SP3 to now work with StyleXP so that my system is again looking how I prefer and much more importantly, isn’t hanging on every second mouse movement or button click. I found that the lightstar forums had lots of info on Windows skinning and I’m now considering releasing a handful of pretty landscapes to the skinning communities. (with very subtle branding)
Now that my system is seemingly better, I’ve got a truckload of shots to process from the last fortnight in Adobe Lightroom. (ouch) Speaking of Adobe Lightroom, I’m dead keen to get my mits on the new version. Lightroom has finally caught up to other pro packages for RAW file processing in that it now gives more control over exposure and editing of shots not only on a global change level but in a more localised way, much more like traditional dark room dodge and burning! The upgrade is about $160 so I’ll hit that as soon as I can.
Now that I am getting back into shooting through weekends at clubs and venues I am getting back to being able to focus in very low light manually again, manual flash an old speedlight to suit in the house strobes, lasers, smoke machines and flying hardcore drunks (don’t ask) and other nightclub anomalies. This is well and good but it’s mostly best for me to be ready for the next big concert shoot, so I can match or better my recent VNV Nation concert captures where I nailed 400 shots in focus through the first three songs. Having a Nikon D3 is a huge factor in this success but if I din’t know how to best use it, it’d be a waste of $6000.
Before I go, have some links to sites I have thrown together in the past month or two:
My now weekly Club Blink social shots are now at http://www.greenmantle.biz/BLINK/
The Abbey Medieval Festival imagery is coming together still at http://www.abbeypics.com
and History Alive (Fort Lytton) images will be found at http://www.historyalive.greenmantlestudios.com/gallery/
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