Sunset on the Waccamaw River - Wachesaw Plantation

Wedding ceremony at a chapel with the reception at Kimbels in Wachesaw Plantation

This was my second wedding this year at the beautiful Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, SC. Some of my favorite wedding pictures in my galleries have been from Wachesaw Plantation. Symmes, the bride, began her preparations at Stox & Co salon in Litchfield. I met them there to get some pictures of the hair and makeup prep and just some fun pictures of the bridesmaids hanging out before getting dressed. At the salon, they actually have a large private yoga studio area, where the bridesmaids were able to get dressed. I walked around and took some nice pictures of the …

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2018 Mac mini 6 core i7

Photographer’s review of the 2018 Mac mini 6 Core i7 – Do you need an eGPU?

Update May 2021: Just ignore this whole article. Get the new Mac Mini M1. The fan is completely silent, Lightroom and Photoshop run great without an eGPU. And it’s far faster than my previous mini and eGPU combo. Even with 16GB of ram. The only thing you will need is a Thunderbolt 4 dock and possibly a Displaylink dock if, like myself, you have more than two displays. So just buy that! I occasionally like to write a blog post that is helpful to photographers in general. I recently decided to sell my 5k 27” iMac and upgrade to a 2018 …

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A photographer’s review of the new Third Generation Drobo with USB 3.0

Drobo-1003This week I purchased the just released new Gen 3 Drobo. I’ve been a Drobo user since not long after I started doing photography professionally. A Drobo is a proprietary raid system that holds multiple hard drives, and if one drive fails it’s easy to swap it out with no data loss or downtime. Of course a Drobo is only part of a good backup strategy, you always want multiple backups and one offsite as well. If you want to know more about the Drobo system you can check here You don’t always hear nice things about Drobo online recently, they seemed to have had some customer support and reliability issues. They even turned away some popular photographers from the system.  However, I’ve had my Drobo Gen 2 for about 4 years now, and except for replacing the fan myself, it’s been humming along just fine.  A Drobo has no moving parts except for the fan and of course the hard drives themselves, in my opinion you would expect drives to fail, but the Drobo itself should run for years without issues.  So I will see how it goes with the new USB 3.0 Drobo Generation 3 and report back if I have any issues.  I have a feeling Drobo will be a lot more responsive to customer issues now then they were in the past.

Even though my Gen 2 Drobo is reliable, the problem is that it’s slow, very slow. It doesn’t matter if it is attached with firewire or usb, about the best I would get was 40MB/s read and write.  The best way to work in Lightroom is to have your catalog on an SSD, in the case of my iMac I have the catalog on the 512GB internal SSD.  Then you store all your pictures on a large external raid or network attached drive with lots of storage.  I’m a do it yourself geeky guy, I’ve always built my own PC’s before switching to the Mac, so I have a PC server in my closet that I was using as my primary photo storage. I was using my old Drobo to back up that system.  OSX Mavericks has some serious networking issues, I was always having some kind of problem using my PC server as my primary photo storage.  I wanted something with speed and reliability that directly connected to my Mac instead of going over the network.  Then I saw the announcement for the Generation 3 Drobo, with the reasonable price and promise of 3x speed over the previous generation, I thought I would give it a try.   So did it deliver on the promise?

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