The thing here is that professional photographers who just use the equipment and software for work have a great deal to learn from the amateurs, software enthusiasts and geeks who populate discussion forums because these guys get into the real "nitty-gritty" of the software and work out how to do almost everything and then let the world know by writing about it on forums. It would have taken me a week to work out how to do all of this by myself whereas a ten minute session on the Adobe Forums gave me the answers to my questions as well as the answers to stuff I didn't even know that I didn't even know!
I have always been careful not to take information found on forums at face value and I always do a lot of testing before I really trust something new. To the guys writing about software on forums - thank you - you have made a very positive contribution to my workflow.
Here I am writing about this stuff and I would probably be better served just diving back into the forums and finding out even more about ACR. It's an amazingly powerful tool and I'm only just scratching the surface.
It doesn't end here. I am going to set myself the challenge of learning far more about ACR and about how to make my files as good as they can be. I have been using this software for converting CRW and CR2 files for a long time now and I have no intention of going back and learning a whole new workflow.
What about the EOS5D MkII? I hear you asking... Still loving it, still learning about it and still waiting for my dealer to deliver the second body that I ordered. There was an issue with battery life, but a few charge cycles seems to have sorted that one out. I did have a worry about a magenta cast on the LCD but that has gone away too.
©Neil Turner 7th January 2009