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  RICHARD'S DIGITAL DARKROOM
In some respects using film as a professional photographer was relatively straightforward; you threw away bad slides and filed the good ones in sleeves, preferably in a fire proof filing cabinet. Due to the cost of film and processing, the number of photographs taken was minimal compared to using digital cameras, therefore sorting through the photos was a relatively fast affair.  
Don't get me wrong, I love digital photography but now a photographer needs to have a good grasp of software, computers and other IT related topics in order to protect the photos, sort through them, file them and carry out post processing.  

Fortunately, I have been using computers (in one form or another) for over 30 years. Despite a high level of computer literacy, I find that I have to constantly keep up with the latest software and hardware so that I can work efficiently.

The aim of this page is to describe the equipment and software that I use and explain the rationalé behind using it.

 

Hardware

I had been using MS DOS and Windows for years but switched to an Apple computer and Macintosh OS in 2001. It just took a few days before I was hooked and now I wouldn't dream of using Windows again unless I had to.

The Mac OS is intuitive, stable and fast. What more can you ask of an operating system?

It is true that Apple computers often cost more than the competition, however, I have always been able to sell my used Apple computers for around 1/3 to 1/2 of what I paid for them and that is after three to four years of use.

 Hardware  Reason I bought it
 Apple Mac Pro Quad Core (2 x 2Ghz Dual core processors) with 16 GHz RAM and four hard-drives.  When I bought this computer in 2006, the Intel processors were new for Apple and this was the best value desktop in terms of performance.  
     
     
     
 Software Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

 Adobe's Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 are the cornerstones of my file management and photograph editing.

Lightroom is intuitive to use, it is fast and I use it for importing, organizing, RAW processing, slideshows and batch processing. It is possible to do most image editing within Lightroom but for most editing jobs I choose to use Photoshop CS4 which I find fast and incredibly powerful.