We just picked up a new laptop (a Toshiba C40D) and it shipped with Windows 8 pre-installed. I did feel alienated by the new user interface as it does depart from the classical Windows GUI that I have been used to since Windows 98 SE.
People are right, Windows 8 is quite difficult to navigate through. And with that I got excited when I learned that Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 and it’s free for all Windows 8 users. I quickly installed all the required updates for 8.1. Now the update is more than three gigabytes big and it did take my 2 mbps connection overnight, when I woke up, the laptop has told me it has 8.1 ready. The update process is pretty simple and straight forward. Though I was bummed that 8.1 forced me to create a Microsoft Live account. I guess the want me to use Sky drive.
Windows 8.1 contained welcome navigation tweaks and some more. And I am happy with it (So far). It’s still different from Windows 7 but then again, change isn’t really that bad. I believe that it should be embraced with arms wide open.
Oh yeah, Windows 8 and 8.1 is an apps-centric system. I’m not quite sure if I like that, only time will tell. I guess I’ll write a more in-depth review or just a write up of my Windows 8.1 experience some time next week. Just to give me a real world and semi-long term review.
I wonder how Lightroom 5 will perform on this new system and operating system…
Decided to re-process this photo set from a shoot back in December 2012 that I did with China Rodriguez (Model), Pau (Hair, Make-up and Stylist), Gel (My Wife and assistant photographer) and The Balikbayan Box (Wardrobe).
It reminds me of how much I miss working with this wonderfully skilled team of creatives. The vintage film-like processing really just mixes well with our model’s overall classy look.
I just wish I shot this whole session in RAW instead of JPEGs (I only started a full RAW work flow in 2013). Why? You just get better access to more bits when post-processing and you can give it a much better-looking film effect. And really, there’s no reason not to shoot RAW with modern DSLRs and even advanced point and shoot cameras. Disk space and processing power are really inexpensive now. You can get a 2 terabyte drive for less than PHP 5k and build a multi-core system for less than what a decent modern 50mm prime lens costs.