I needed a new digital camera to be able to shoot high resolution images of my paintings for a company that sells prints of my work. They require 24 megapixel images, and my older DSLR camera is only 10.2 megapixels.
Updating technology can be a can of worms, but I consider myself to be fairly tech savvy, and I didn’t think it would be a problem. I researched cameras, found one that’s compatible with my Nikon lenses and fit all of the requirements, and bought it.
It took several days to learn how to use the Nikon D5600 camera. When I finally felt competent, I set up my backdrop, lighting and tripod, and thought I was good to go.
Nope! It turns out that the RAW files the camera generates are not compatible with the CS6 version of Photoshop I use. No problem. Take a deep breath and go to the Adobe website to download the latest camera RAW plug-ins.
No go on that one as well. It turns out that the latest version of the plug-ins are not compatible with my older Windows 7 computer.
OK. Another deep breath. Surely there’s a workaround. Adobe Lightroom Classic? Not compatible with Windows 7. Convert the RAW files to TIFF files? It didn’t work and gave an error. I tried half a dozen other approaches, none of which solved the problem.
After many hours of Google searches and mind-boggling technical jargon my head was spinning and I was ready to scream. This high-tech stuff can be crazy making. The problem with upgrading one component is that it’s often not compatible with other older components.
This is not the part of being an artist that I enjoy!
In the meantime, the camera does take lovely JPEG images, which are low resolution and can’t be used for prints. JPEG images work fine for the Internet, but a 24 megapixel camera is overkill for the Internet! Here’s my latest painting photographed with my new camera in low resolution. The colors are perfect and the detail is better than it was with my older camera.
“Waves of Love,” 30 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
Let me know if you’re knowledgeable about digital cameras and the various file formats for Photoshop CS6. Maybe you’ve run into a similar problem and have some ideas about how to make this work.
What kind of crazy have you had to deal with lately? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,