Bob Rockefeller Photography

How Is Grav Different?


Grav LogoI’ve been following along with Grav as it’s being developed because it’s being developed in the open. And because I’m always curious (perhaps too curious) about what other CMS platforms are available.

But new (Grav is at version 0.9 beta, today) does not necessarily mean different. Or better. And, as I’ve said, I like Statamic just fine. So what makes Grav different than the current crop of actively developed, NoDB CMSs, such as Statamic, Kirby and Monstra?

Statamic To Grav?


Grav LogoWhat would it take for me to move from Statamic to Grav?

Well, a lot, actually; I really like Statamic. It’s well supported and has the capability to cover a lot of ground. While it is not as capable or as well supported as Perch, my other favorite web development platform, it has most of what I need for developing a range of sites but, most importantly, doesn’t require a database. I hate databases.

There are many times a database is truly needed to create the site you have in mind. But it brings along a lot of pain such as much more complicated backups, making version control almost impossible, and requiring a careful syncing of the database between the production and development servers. I’d argue that a database is needed far less often than one is used.

DAM in Lightroom from Aperture


If you’d like to start a online firestorm, opening a topic on the Luminous Landscape Lightroom forum will work. My move from Aperture to Lightroom offered the occasion for me to review and potentially revise my photo storage organization. So I started a thread there to see how others using Lightroom organized their libraries.

Lightroom LogoBefore all the arguing started, I did get some useful input. The original “bible” for digital asset management (DAM) is Peter Krogh’s excellent The DAM Book; the latest version focuses specifically on Lightroom 5. I read that and felt comfortable with the concepts, but wasn’t sure I liked the strictly date-based “storage layer.”

My system in Aperture was created with projects grouped in folders by location. While there were some exceptions, the bulk of my photos were in this folder-by-location hierarchy. So pictures taken while I was in downtown Savannah, Georgia ended up in the project Georgia > Savannah > Downtown (in Aperture, all images are in a project).

A Camera Can Be Too Small


My extended experiment with the very nice Olympus OM-D E-M1 has come to an end. After a plenty of use both around town and on vacation I’ve come to conclude that its major benefit is also a disadvantage.

OM-D EM-1The E-M1’s small size and high quality images put it in the same class as the FujiFilm X-T1 and the available lenses are excellent and competitive with anyone’s. But in the end it is human hands and fingers that have to operate the camera and I find that this class of camera is just too small.

From an image quality standpoint, I could hardly have asked anything more from its 16 megapixel sensor. While physics doesn’t let the four thirds sensor exactly match the dynamic range and pure technical quality of a 35mm sensor, it was, as they say, more than good enough.

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