So much of my creativity is now based in technology.
I have, over the past month, updated all of the technology I use with any frequency, replacing first my mobile device, then my primary computer, and finally my camera.
It was time.
Technology: you can’t live with it and you can’t live without it.
My primary computer was almost 15 years old – my digital camera is even older – and has served me well. When I purchased my 17” Apple MacBook Pro, it was state-of-the art with as much storage and memory as you could get at the time.
The laptop was well–traveled and well used.
Slowly, the 17” wonder began to loose battery power and performance. A few years back I added a smaller, more efficient, MacBook that I use solely for writing while I tried to get my mainstay computer to last a little longer. I had become accustomed to some of the software and its capabilities, especially on the photography side.
I left the newspaper industry just as digital photography was coming into our newsroom. At that time, we were actually scanning 35 mm film negatives, just before the entire production of our daily broadsheet abruptly shifted to digital.
My personal change to digital photography took a little longer. I purchased a digital camera body that would work with the lenses I already owned. I took a course to learn how to use my digital software (becoming Apple certified) before Apply made the decision to stop producing (then stop supporting) its Aperture software. I’ve been using Aperture as long as I can and, truly, cannot use it much longer.
Changes in digital photography – I refuse to call it “advancement” – is happening almost as quickly as it is with personal computers.
Advancements with cameras are such that Canon, in its literature, refers to them now as an “image capturing device”.
To me, it is just a camera.
I’m not one for drastic change. I function better when I have time to consider anything, time to get to know something, and time to make up my mind for myself.
As we all know, technology doesn’t allow that time.
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