Jeff Schewe

Jeff Schewe

Chicago, Illinois

Jeff Schewe has been an award winning Advertising Photographer in Chicago for over 30 years. He is accomplished in tabletop, location, portraiture and particularly accomplished in computer imaging. Jeff shoots a variety of subject matter and likes t...
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    Jeff Schewe
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    M1-iMacs – what’s next for us?
    on: June 8, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Not sure what is in store but the odds are against iMac Pros. Maybe a mac mini m2 but with the mac studio fresh and the tower mac pro still intel, I would bet of that happening sooner (end of year? don’t know)

    My Mac Studio is humming along after initial fits & starts…this is from a FB post I made when I first got it:

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    So, the lesson I learned?

    Don’t install a new computer on Friday the 13th…

    The backstory: I decided to pull the trigger on a new Mac Studio to replace my aging 2017 iMac Pro. I try to adhere to the 5 year rule and the new Macs were an upgrade for sure. I had previously refused to spend the money on a Trash Can Mac Pro and the Cheese Grater Mac Pro didn’t seem to offer me much…so, I put the order in on March 14th with expected deliver end of May, begining of June. Well, it came early so I hadn’t done my homework 🥸 (a mistake as it turned out).

    I had already gotten a new 16” MacBook Pro with the M1 chip…there were some growing pains but nothing too bad. I wasn’t expecting a painful transfer from the iMac to the Mac Studio…

    I did a complete backup of the iMac boot drive to an external drive. Then I went to the Mac Studio to do the initial launch. Well, slight hicup-the older DVI-D display I had didn’t like the video output of either the HDMI nor the Thunderbolt ports. So, I got a cheap 24” HP display from Amazon…ordered at 8PM, arrived about 8AM the next morning…

    Ok, so good to go. I initialized the the new box and migrated everything from the backup drive. No worries…although it seemed to take forever. It said 22 hours to completion so I went to bed. That was last Thursday nite.

    Friday, I pulled the iMac and put in the Mac Studio…I had my Sharp/NED 311D display hooked up vie a USB-C to HDMI cable and it was up. I used the HP display as my second display for the short term while I decide what to do about the left side (I had used the NEC display as my main display and the iMac as me second display.

    I toyed with getting a new 311D but by the time I looked, B&H had them listed as backordered…I when to the Apple store to see about the new Mac Studio display because I heard some good things about it although my preference would be to have a pair of matched displays…sadly, Apple showed them as taking 8-10 weeks to deliver.

    I’m waiting to hear about getting a refurbed 311D…more on that later.

    But on Friday, when I went to go and plug in my ARECA Thunderbolt 3 four drive arrays, I hit another major roadblock. They wouldn’t mount. After a frantic call to Rick at MacGurus (https://www.macgurus.com) I discovered that it was a known issue…the new M1 chips and macOS Monterey have made it very difficult to install the required drivers and have them load on bootup.

    I discovered ARECA had posted a proceedure for booting in safe mode and use the option to allow users to install the required “universal KEXTs” by changing their Mac’s “Security Policy to Reduced Security” and allow user management of kernel extensions from identified developers. You do that by booting in “Safe” mode and changing the settings and then allowing the ARECA drivers to load under the system settings…

    Wow…that sucked. But, I got them to finally work…

    But then I hit another roadblock – the NEC SpectraView II software needs a special M1 build (which I found) and can ONLY communicate with the display with certain cabling. My friend Will from NEC saved the day, he said just use the Thunderbolt 3 to USB-C cable to connect the display and suddenly I could calibrate the NEC display on the Mac Studio! Yippee!

    So, I still needed to calibrate the HP display but even after downloading the X-Rite i1 Pro’s most recent update, i1Profiler crashed on launch…back to the support boards and I found an X-Rite troubleshooting page that outlined the process of removing EVERYTHING relating to X-Rite which was a lot because Migration Assistant had dutifully migrated close to 20 years of X-Rite “stuff” onto the new computer. After successfully removing everything and doing a clean fresh install I was finally able to launch i1Profiler and calibrate the second display.

    I’ve updated the Adobe Creative Suite and have M1 versions installed. I’ve updated the Microsoft 365 apps so I can use Word (I don’t use the other stuff). I’ve successfully printed to my Epson P900 printer and I’m able to scan on my Epson V750 scanner. I’ve got my Logitech mouse and webcam working and I’ve got a Bose bluetooth speaker connected (the Mac Studio sound sucks).

    As I write this I seem to have gotten everything that is mission critical up and running and I’m exhausted…Even though I’ve got Photoshop, Bridge, InDesign and Lightroom up and running, I have no friggin’ clue if anything is actually faster.

    Let me get back you ya on that…

    In case you’re still reading…I’ll again stress, don’t install a new computer on Friday the 13th…oh, and do your homework BEFORE and not AFTER you get your new computer!

    😎

    Jeff Schewe
    Jeff Schewe
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    Re: Sony RX100VII review
    Reply #1 on: June 7, 2022 at 3:45 am

    Yep…when I’m going out shooting I generally have three cameras; Nikon Z7, my Sony RX100 VI (it’s a couple of years old) and of course, my iPhone 13 Pro…each has it’s own strength and weakness but I grab the camera most likely to catch what I want to shoot. The way the MP break down it’s 45, 24 and 12 MP…it’s remarkable how each camera does it’s job-capture!

     

    Jeff Schewe
    Jeff Schewe
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    Posts: 96
    Re: Tin Type WorkFlow
    Reply #2 on: May 10, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    You are welcome Ralph…

    Jeff Schewe
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    Re: Let me introduce you too…
    Reply #3 on: May 3, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    From a shoot at my studio in 2006 while doing a Lightroom video, here’s Mike and Chris together, in living color!!!

    Mike and Chris

    It was really funny to travel with Michael and Chris…they bickered like an old married couple…

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    Re: Let me introduce you too…
    Reply #4 on: May 3, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Kevin,

    I actually have a bunch of shots of both your and Debra…some really funny!!!

    But I think this one is a fav…

    Kevin and Debra