The studio hardware upgrade is nearly finished. Thank goodness.
The old Mac Pro (2009) and its cinema monitor are now sitting in the garage looking for a new home. The Mac Studio and Eizo monitor replacement have arrived, been unpacked, and are sitting on my desk in the studio. I've just started working with them. I've also upgraded to the Adobe Photography plan. I didn't want to lease the photo software but I really didn't have that much of a choice.
A picture from 2021 of a building in Pirie St made with my old Rolleiflex TLR through an open window in the Epworth building:
At this stage of the upgrade I cannot get my old Epson V700 flatbed scanner to work, even though I upgraded to the VuScan software. So all the film photos from 2022 plus many of the b+w ones from 2021 have yet to be scanned. I have been forced to order a new Epson V850 Pro scanner.
The picture below is of a shop window in Rundle Mall from 2021 that I'd previously scanned on the old hardware. It is from a medium format negative that was made using an old Rolleiflex TLR.
The upgrade has been expensive. It cleaned out all the money that I'd put aside for the last two years to pay for the new hardware. Two years savings gone in a flash. The technological treadmill is increasingly become harder to afford, especially when it involves stepping up from the consumer hardware market to the professional one.
Sure, the digital technology (computers, monitors, cameras, software) keeps on improving, often substantially; but it is becoming increasingly beyond the ability of many photographers and videographers to finance the necessary upgrades. Necessary because the hardware eventually stops working and it needs to be replaced if you want to keep making photos and videos. Buying second hand isbe a possible option, given that there are fewer low-cost options as the photography industry focuses on higher-end users.