I absolutely needed new software if not for the tools — which aren’t very different than the ones I have from 10 years ago — but because I’ve been avoiding doing this forever. I knew it was going to be a massive job and my attitude has always been very simple. I don’t want to do it. The idea of figuring out where tens of thousands of photographs belong gives me a nervous twitch.
The version of Photoshop I’m using is more than 10 years old. Closer to twelve. In high tech years, that’s like being 108. Maybe older. I think this is my fourth PC and third Mac since I was given that version. When I got this disc, I was running whatever came before Windows 7. Does anyone remember what that was? I don’t.
During this time, I’ve gotten new cameras and Garry and I together take too many pictures. I don’t have the time to sort them, delete ones I’ll never use, and do the basic work I need to make them ready to post online. I don’t do anything fancy most of the time. Usually, I straighten horizons, brighten things that are a little dark, sharpen or denoise pictures that can benefit from it and sometimes I need to make the colors look more real. If I get to playing with software, I may do something interesting, but recently, I’m just happy if the picture is the right size and not blurry.
Thus I spent all yesterday trying to do the one thing I’ve avoided doing which is organizing photographs. This involved taking a full year — 2019 — off my computer. All of those pictures are already backed up and they were on my hard drive for convenience. My convenience was going to make my hard drive give up because out of a terabyte and a half, I had fewer than 100 MB available. I still have to remove a lot more stuff.
I knew I was looking at a mess. I merely underestimated how big a mess. It turns out there are not merely pictures we shot, but also those other “loose” photos that were part of one post or other. I don’t remember where these pictures showed up or when.
After spending hours doing computer house keeping, dumping old zip files — all of which are already backed up — I decided to move the remaining files into Light Room Classic which, it turns out, has not relationship to Photoshop. For some reason, I thought they would know about each other. Wrong again, sister.
I had just under 39,000 photographs in folders after that major cleaning effort. It wasn’t major enough. I knew I was going to have to deal with this sooner or later. I had long since decided later was better. What I really meant was never would be perfect and until yesterday, I stuck to that resolution.
My first decision was right. Never would have been plenty soon enough.
I think I have waded into the mire again and when I’ll emerge, I simply don’t know. This software assault might drive me to giving up photography and going back to reading books!