Photography News issue 72


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Fed up with slow software when it comes to managing your Raw files? Chillblast reveal how you can speed up your workflow, while making it more reliable

This is where your cache comes in. In Preferences > File Handling, you can find your cache settings. Location is where Lightroom stores these easy access files. Which disk is that on? If it’s not on your fastest storage device, you’re doing yourself a disservice. The same goes for your catalogue files. Even Chillblast’s most affordable photo editing system (£1229.99) comes with a 250GB M.2 SSD as the primary storage device. Access to this storage tops out at 3.47GB/s – that’s 23 times faster than your average hard disk drive. Set your cache and catalogue location to your fastest storage drive for a noticeable difference in performance. In addition, Lightroom sets the size of this cache at 1GB as default.

IT’S NO SECRET that Adobe’s industry-leading photography software Lightroom is not always the buttery smooth, quick-to-respond piece of software that we all wish it was. It can be slow to load previews, chug along while colour correcting and struggle with libraries. Before you go looking for an alternative piece of software to manage your Raw files, let’s take a look at a few ways you can speed up your Lightroom experience. HOW CAN CHILLBLAST HELP? Chillblast are one of the most awarded PC manufacturers in the UK. Their years of experience in building workstations and laptops for photographers give them a unique insight into how to get

which hardware to look for, to which software and gimmicks to ignore, Chillblast are able to create some of the best computers for photographers and support you through the life of the system. So, how would Chillblast look to improve your experience when using Lightroom? IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CACHE Lightroom (and all programs for that matter) use files regularly and more than once. If the software has to trawl through slow storage and in multiple locations, you’re going to see an impact on performance. It makes sense to put regularly used files in a single, easy-to-access and fast location.

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