Surprise! Your App Has Been Updated

This is a view of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) from my campsite on an Arctic Ocean sand spit looking across to Brooks Mountains. © Bernard P. Friel
This is a view of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) from my campsite on an Arctic Ocean sand spit looking across to Brooks Mountains. © Bernard P. Friel

By Bernard P. Friel

Have you ever had your day ruined by an update to an app or to your operating system that was automatically installed, without you even being aware? It happens, and sometimes it’s not pretty.

Picture this: You fire up your computer and suddenly learn that all the work you did on over 4,000 images—key wording and some preliminary editing—will have to be redone, from the beginning, because those precocious technicians at the software company have automatically updated your image-processing program, and the update will not accommodate the preliminary editing you have already completed. Frustrated? Well, that’s not the whole of it.

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The Case for Bridge

Bridge Grid View is one of several user-selected layouts for viewing images. The Grid is modeled on a traditional lightbox.

Story and photos © Jerry Ginsberg

A little history

Once upon a time, a lot of photographers did very well with film photography. 35mm slides, the old reliable, did a more than adequate job for us and the great majority of book and magazine publishers. We sent out a couple of vinyl pages of 20 mounted 2×2” slides and usually scored a hit.

Then came the digital revolution. And make no mistake; this has been a true technological revolution. Kodak and Nikon may initially have been on the cutting edge of the seismic shift as it pertains to photography, but such subsequent changes as smartphones, social media and cloud computing are all facets of the very same upheaval.

Around 1990, a group of very bright people created Photoshop. Overcoming a few less robust competitors, Photoshop quickly became the standard for processing digitally captured and scanned images in the new world of the digital darkroom.

Adobe’s ancillary program Bridge was born soon after. After several years and great advances in the feature sets, depth and breadth of these software tools, some streamlining seemed to fit a market niche. Enter Lightroom.

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