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What a nice Sunday fighting with iPhoto ’11. This is how it went:
- Tried to import some 300 photos (wanted to do some spherical panorama cooking) from a SD card, but iPhoto hanged at “Preparing to import”, and would not continue. Nothing would stop import or quit iPhoto gracefully so had to force it quit. After force quitting, iPhoto would hang on startup, just showing the rolling beach ball along with the main window.
- Did quite a few photo library restorations from Time Machine backup – taking about 40 minutes each (70 Gb library), but did not help at all. Glad they exist, anyway.
- Found out that iPhoto hangs when starting with an empty library (start with holding down the alt key)
- Tried deleting everything iPhoto-related from home directory (Caches, saved application states and so forth), still hangs. Tip: get a list of iPhoto related files in terminal by issuing:
find . | grep -i iphoto
- Learned that Time Machine canʼt do a full iPhoto Library backup when iPhoto is open.
- Uninstalled iPhoto and re-installed it from App store – still hangs at startup with empty library
- After all this rebooted the whole thing and got it working. Even with the latest Time Machine backup that was carried out with iPhoto running – some photo descriptions were lost and some photos belonging in the trash were still in the normal places in iPhoto events.
It is now 11:45PM and I think I spent at least 4 hours of my Sabbath with this crap – where can I send the bill? Anyway, remember to back up, kids!
Posted 9.04.11 by ajv
See this .
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Nikon SB-600 camera left with shoot through umbrella.
Nikon SB-600 camera right with shoot through umbrella.
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Boston Globe’s Vietnam, 35 years later
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A dozen photos available on the flickr set
For post processing used iPhoto. Titles and geolocations went smooth to Flickr with the workflow.
For the actual post processing job, iPhoto feels just a little bit slow when dealing with 12 megapixel raw photos but is definitely usable. And does a pretty good job too, the only thing I’m currently missing is dodge and burn.
Posted 17.04.10 by ajv
The word around the Flickr + Aperture / iPhoto campfire was, that it is probably a good idea not to let em play together. I thought this was just a misconception on somebody not knowing that it is sync, not export operation. Now I know better.
I created a Flickr album in Aperture, called “Aperture Sync”, just to pass photos back and forth to Flickr. Then went to Flickr Organizr and added my “Best of 2009” set’s photos to Aperture Sync set. The sync almost worked, but didn’t get all the photos on the Flickr side to Aperture’s locally synced album.
A couple of days passed and I decided to try the sync again, with Flickr import geodata turned on. Put a couple of new photos with Places set in Aperture to the “Aperture sync” set. Just a minute or two later, Aperture removed most of the “Best of 2009” photos from the “Aperture sync” set. And now get this: it did not just drop the photos out of the set, but went on to delete both the “Best of the 2009” set and it’s contents!!!
Thank the great spaghetti monster I had the Best of 2009 contents still in my old laptop, without all the meta-data though. First things first, I revoked the permissions for iPhoto and Aperture to deal with my Flickr account. I had cold feet about letting “delete” permissions for em in the first place, but then I thought that before deleting there would of course be a couple pretty grand exclamation sign filled windows when the sync function was about to delete stuff… there is none.
On the brighter side of things, I found out a decent way to live with iPhoto. Import and fix photos, add Places, titles, descriptions and File->Export them with original size and all the metadata to a directory somewhere. Let Flickr import geodata and upload your exported photos the usual way . All you need to do thereafter is to put photos in Sets and Groups.
Posted 15.04.10 by ajv
On the Boston Globe’s Big Picture
Posted 12.04.10 by ajv
Flickr and iPhoto:
Created a set in iPhoto to sync content to and from flickr. At the creation time, one photo in this trial set was unavailable, and the sync system still fails to sync it now that it is available, even when “Check now” is chosen from the set’s content menu.
Syncing geolocation information from flickr to iPhoto almost works. If you display the information of a single photo, the geolocation is displayed. But if you go to “Places” in iPhoto, you can see the pins in the locations of photos syncd from Flickr, but when you click them, the actual photos in that location are not displayed.
The other way around (Aperture or iPhoto -> flickr) turning the Places geolocation into Flickr location does not work. The photo exif reads
GPS Latitude: 62 deg 50’ 34.80” N
GPS Longitude: 27 deg 41’ 57.00” E
but that doesn’t translate into a location on Flickr map.
All this is a major drawback for me, since one of the top reasons for trying a Mac was to ease the photo organizing workflow. I’d love to have same sets and geotags (and normal tags) on both my computer and Flickr and have that automatically taken care of.
I’m told that flickr understands geolocation in exif, if it is marked like:
geotagged geo:lat=46.682695 geo:lon=7.749524
and there is a development kit for iPhoto Another entry to the neverending list of future projects, but what to do with photo organizing at the meantime?
Posted 7.04.10 by ajv
I don’t mind that it works that way – my photos that have people in private settings are available to friends & family only. But iPhoto want’s read/write/delete permission to Flickr photostream and as I have about 3700 content items in there, I’d rather opt for read/write permission only in order to not delete anything accidentally. Unfortunately it can’t be done, and as I revoked the read/write/delete permissions it seems that I can’t get ‘em back at all – iPhoto just displays “The login details or auth token passed were invalid.” with a Ok button.
Update 10.4.2010: In order to make iPhoto forget about it’s revoked authorization, go to Applications -> Utilities -> Keychain access and remove the entry named iphoto.apple.com.
Posted 7.04.10 by ajv
After reading about the infamous yellow tint around the web, it was obvious that I should pay some attention to it too. Even though the salesmen tell that it is a problem of the past.
The yellow gradient I see is really subtle, and I was wondering if it is caused by view angle differences – 27” screen viewed from arm’s length results in quite a change across the view area. So I took a picture of the display, 3.5 meters away to eliminate most of the view angle difference:
Used a Nikon D90 with Nikon AF-D 50mm F1,8 lens and all manual (aperture, exposure, iso, white balance) setup. Then extracted the RGB profiles of the photo from top to bottom (on the horizontal center):
and from left to right (vertical top, middle and bottom):
And what do I make of all this? Judging from the four profiles, it seems that there really is a subtle gradient of colors: the green channel is more pronounced in the bottom than in the top part. The relative change is important, since I don’t guarantee the white balance to be right there on the spot. Also, the vignetting of the lens should fade out the color channels evenly, as it does in the top and middle left to right profiles. The bottom profile looks a bit different – maybe there is actually some quality issue in the display coating or in the lcd.
I welcome your views on my quick and dirty measurement and analysis setup.... older articles