No – not pro photographer. I’ve been a pro photographer for several years now – ever since I decided that IT just wasn’t for me and that the thing I loved doing most was taking pictures. It took me a long time to realise that I could actually make a living from doing something I enjoyed (and even longer to stop feeling guilty about it!).
Nope the PRO I mean on this occasion is the shiny new Mac Pro sitting under my desk. I’ve been a fan of Macs ever since I switched my old beige PC for a fire breathing G5 desktop (actually it’s liquid cooled and has to sit under the desk because it weighs over 40 pounds). The G5 has ha a good run and means that I actually like working in Photoshop – but Intel Macs are the future and I can’t resist a new toy. The release of a sneak preview of the new version of Photoshop last week finally convinced me and I replaced a 40lb liquid cooled aluminium clad monster for, err a 40lb aluminium clad monster without liquid cooling (Intels run a LOT cooler than the PowerPC machines).
First impressions are that it’s going to save me a lot of time – I can get out doing more of the bits that I love (taking pictures) and less of the bits that I just enjoy (editing pictures, making slideshows, email, web surfing….). Of course it won’t work out like that but it should be cooler in the summer.
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