Windows 10 Multiple Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts

While many of you are probably exclusively Mac users, there are many of us on the Windows platform.  If you’ve made the jump to Windows 10, and haven’t yet explored the multiple desktops feature, I recommend you do so.

Multiple desktops are great for staying organized when you’re juggling a lot of projects.  I can have one for all my email and social media windows, another for Lightroom and image processing, and yet another for InDesign and Bridge where I’m working on an album design.

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How To Change or Remove the Canon EOS 1D-X Clock / Backup Battery

You know about the big battery in your Canon 1D-X, but did you know all modern cameras also have a small watch battery that keeps the clock and other settings  while the main battery is removed?

While it typically would take many years, sometimes this battery goes dead, causing your camera to lose all its settings while the main battery is out and charging.  Or perhaps you’ve had some kind of technical issue with your camera for which doing a full factory reset would be useful.


Edit to above warning – So that’s not true.  Previous 1D series cameras will lose all settings, but the 1D-X stores many of the settings in flash memory, so they persist even after pulling the backup battery.  To reset back to factory, you’ll also need to visit two menus.  The first is the yellow Wrench menu, page 4, then select “Clear all camera settings.”  This poorly named menu item clears some camera settings.  The next place to visit is the orange Camera menu page 7, and select “Clear all Custom Func.”  These two menu items plus removing the backup battery will put the camera back to factory.

Here are the steps to remove your 1D-X’s backup battery.  The only tool you’ll need is a PH00 or Philips-head 00 size screwdriver.  If you need to replace the battery, look for a 3V CR2025.

The first step to replacing the backup / clock battery in the Canon 1D-X, is to remove the main battery.
The first step to replacing the backup / clock battery in the Canon 1D-X, is to remove the main battery.
The first step to replacing the backup / clock battery in the Canon 1D-X, is to remove the main battery.
Turn the camera upside down.

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Workshop Launch

  • Better image quality in the same or less time.
  • How to build the most effective backup systems and keep them affordable.
  • Solutions for challenging post-processing situations, dealing with mixed light, and other deep Lightroom develop module tools.

ProTogTech is launching it’s first ever workflow and backup systems workshop in San Francisco on August 27th!  Come join the fun and learn a lot.  Details at

Windows 10 on Yosemite Boot Camp

I just finished installing the Windows 10 upgrade on my bootcamped Late 2013 13″ retina Macbook Pro, and the good news is that there are only a few things to report.

First off, yes, Win10 starts up very, very fast.

Further, so far I haven’t encountered any major applications that won’t work.  For me that means Photo Mechanic 4.6.9, Lightroom CC 2015.1.1, my Spyder 4 Elite utility, Word 2013, and all of my little utilities ported straight over without any fuss.

Windows 10 is being trickled out to most users via Windows Update, which means that if you’re excited to try the new OS, you might not get it as quickly as you’d like.  Never fear, there’s a way to force the update whenever you’re ready.  Simply visit Microsoft’s “Download Windows 10” page, and grab the download tool.  Some of the wording implies that it’s only for making physical media, but it will actually support either this or an upgrade installation. Continue reading Windows 10 on Yosemite Boot Camp

How To Set Up A Rotating Backup

When it comes to consulting for photographers, backup systems are one of the things I’m passionate about.  The double-whammy fear of technical complexity and expense keeps a lot of photographers from getting it right.

This is a companion article to my previous post, “RAID Won’t Save Your Ass.”  If you haven’t read that yet, go do so now.  It’s important for setting up your on-site backups.

A rotating backup takes care of your offsite needs.  You need offsite backup, because a fire or a thief will completely wipe out that backup safety blanket you’ve so carefully constructed.   Continue reading How To Set Up A Rotating Backup

PaletteGear Beta Testing with Adobe Lightroom

I’ve been beta testing PaletteGear hardware controls for Lightroom 6 / CC 2015 for the last four or five months.  Over that time, I’ve gone from a blend of cautiously excited, to frustrated, to delighted, to surprised at how much I’ve come to depend on it.  My present relationship with the hardware is something like, using it far more than I ever imagined, and simultaneously wanting it to do even more.

Before I get too deep, I should clarify that this is not to be taken as a review.  The software is still in beta, so that’s one good reason to anticipate that lots more will be coming.  In addition, the good folks at PaletteGear selected me because of my involvement with Adobe Lightroom beta.  They needed someone who was running LR6/CC2015 well before public release so I could get involved early in the beta process.  Beta testing of this nature is time consuming, especially when it comes to feature feedback and bug reports.  Given the time investment, PaletteGear invited me to keep the hardware they sent.  It’s a fair and respectful trade, but it also means I cannot be unbiased in a purely journalistic sense.  Please keep that in mind as you read this.  I will focus more on how I’ve come to use the controls with Lightroom, and avoid making any recommendations whether you should purchase it.

I am a Lightroom expert.  I use keyboard shortcuts as my primary means of navigating the application, and I am fast and proficient at it.  This is why I was initially cautious in my enthusiasm for PaletteGear.  On one hand, given LR’s lack of native keyboard controls for Develop operations, it could be pretty cool.  On the other hand, if it didn’t gracefully handle those operations, and just ended up being a replacement for keyboard shortcuts that already existed, then it would end up being an expensive gimmick.

The hardware really does snap together however you like.  The clever use of magnets makes it simple.  You can’t switch your brain off completely, because like legos, there’s an input side and an output side.  Input can happen on three sides of a square module, and output happens only on one side.  You’ll need to rotate the modules into the correct orientation so the signal flows through the system, but it’s simple enough to understand when you see it.  You can pull it apart and snap it together on the fly, while it’s powered up, and the software responds admirably to changes in the configuration.  If you pull a module off when it was assigned a function and a custom color, when you re-attach it in a different configuration it retains that function and custom color. Here’s a quick demo:

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AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) On the Canon 1D-X

If you’re familiar with the menu system on the Canon 5d mark III, you may know that on page two of the red section there’s a menu item called “Expo.comp./AEB.”  Using that menu, one can make changes to and enable/disable the way the camera exposure brackets.

Coming from that system, I was very puzzled attempting to enable auto exposure bracketing on Canon’s 1D-X.  Other than features that the 1D-X has over the 5d mk III, most of the menus are the same between the two cameras.  And yet the 1D-X is lacking that menu item entirely.  It turns out Canon implemented shortcuts via the hardware buttons on the 1D-X, and eliminated menu-digging.  It’s a very nice feature, but it’s not exactly self-explanatory.  Here’s how you get it working….
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RAID Won’t Save Your Ass

Wedding photographers.  I’m looking at you.  You have precious, absolutely irreplaceable data.  Do not eff this up.  Here are the rules:

  1. If you don’t have at least three copies, you don’t have any.
  2. A RAID storage system does not count as more than one copy.
  3. Storage devices fail.  They just do.  Plan for the failure of your drives, and accept that it will happen.
  4. At least one copy of your client’s memories should be stored off-site.  No matter how many backups you have, you’re naked and defenseless if they’re all in your home where fire and burglars can get to them.
  5. JPEG or half-resolution files are not backups.  You cannot deliver the quality of product you expect from yourself if you’re forced to rely on these.  A backup is not a backup unless you can deliver a finished product to the client without them ever knowing there was an issue.

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Dehaze Presets for Lightroom 6.1 and Later

Dehaze was introduced in the latest Lightroom CC 2015.1 dot release.  If you’re a perpetual user (AKA Lightroom 6.1,) you did not get access to the dehaze slider.  But there are still “hacks” to get around it… Continue reading Dehaze Presets for Lightroom 6.1 and Later

Why Don’t Lightroom 6 Perpetual Licensees Get The New Features In Lightroom CC 2015.1?

It’s a valid question, and I’m sure one that will cause plenty of anti Creative Cloud-ers to beat the drum of hostility once again.

In case you missed the news, there were two or three new features in the recent new dot-release for Lightroom.  If you’re on a traditional license, you’d call this Lightroom 6.1.  If you’re a Creative Cloud subscriber, you’d call this Lightroom CC 2015.1.  You can read more about the new features in Lightroom here.

As it turns out, there’s more to it than just a push to migrate everyone to the subscription model. Continue reading Why Don’t Lightroom 6 Perpetual Licensees Get The New Features In Lightroom CC 2015.1?

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