All posts by Richard Ryder

Do you Have Performance Issues with Adobe Camera RAW & Photoshop?

For a number of months, going back to before Christmas 2019, I’ve been having severe performance issues with Photoshop, Bridge & Adobe Camera RAW [ACR] launched from either Adobe Bridge or Photoshop.  The issues started around the time I purchased a second screen and that threw me off the scent for a while!

I’ve found these issues with two different Windows 10 PCs – a 7 year old one and a new high spec purpose built photography desktop.  There may be other reasons why you might suffer from poor performance but I have found 2 specific software applications that have dramatically slowed down ACR & Photoshop CC.

  • Kaspersky Total Security
  • Acronis True Image 2020

If you don’t have either of these 2 software applications installed then you need read no further.  However, if you do you and you suffer from performance issues then read on.


With my older desktop, Photoshop would slow down to unusable when Kaspersky was carrying out a full scan – this does not appear to be a problem with my new Desktop.  There are 2 things you can do to mitigate the impact of Kaspersky scans slowing down Photoshop & ACR; try them in this order:

  1. Schedule your scans for a quiet time when you know you generally won’t be using your computer.
  2. if the above doesn’t work then in the Kaspersky Program go to Settings/Performance/Pause File Anti-Virus then add a link to the executable files for PS , Bridge & Lightroom.  You should think carefully about enabling this feature as what it does is whenever you use those photography programs, Kaspersky will stop scanning your computer for viruses etc.  You will, however, get a warning message and as soon as you close those programs Kaspersky anti-virus will automatically start working again.

Acronis True Image 2020

Acronis True Image is a file backup and disk cloning software package [you are backing up your precious images aren’t you!].  In the latest version of this software the manufacturer introduced a new feature called Active Protection to defend against ransomware & illicit cryptomining.  If this feature is activated then simple adjustments using ACR, particularly when launched from Photoshop, can take 30 seconds plus rather than being pretty instantaneous.  The easiest thing to do is to of course de-activate Acronis Active Protection and thereby get a usable system again.  However, if you want to benefit from the features of Acronis Active Protection then there is a straight forward fix as follows:

  1. Launch Acronis True Image
  2. Click on the Active Protection tab on the left hand side of the screen
  3. Click on the Manage Processes tab at the top of the screen
  4. Click on the “Add” in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and add the location of the PS, Bridge & Lightroom executable files.  On my desktop [yours may be different] they are located here:
    1. C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Bridge 2020\Bridge.exe
    2. C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic\lightroom.exe
    3. C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop 2020\photoshop.exe
  5. Set the permission for all these to be “Allowed to Start”

I hope this helps anyone who may be having these issues.

Digital Imaging Group Online Meeting – 26 May 2020

Our next online meeting will be on the topic of Managing & Organising your Images and will be presented by Richard Ryder. Over the years we take many thousands of photographs and spend many hours crafting some of them in post processing but how on earth do we find that elusive image that you know you took some time ago but it seems to have disappeared down a black hole.  This session will hope to provide you with some of the answers!

Topic: Chichester Camera Club’s Digital Imaging Group Meeting
Time: 26 May 2020 @ 07:30 PM

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Lee Miller – A Life on the Front Line

John Howes has suggested that you might want to view this documentary on the BBC iPlayer here – available for the next few weeks:

When Lee Miller returned to New York from Europe in October 1932, newspaper reporters were waiting to greet her as her ship docked. Disembarking in a smart beret and fur-collared coat, she smiled for the journalist from the New York World-Telegram. When he referred to her as ‘one of the most photographed girls in Manhattan’, she retorted, ‘I’d rather take a picture than be one.’

Lee Miller is one of the most remarkable female icons of the 20th century. A model turned photographer turned war reporter, Miller chose to live her life by her own rules.

This film celebrates a subject who defied anyone who tried to pin her down, put her on a pedestal or pigeonhole her in any way. It tells the story of a trailblazer, often at odds with the morality of the day, who refused to be subjugated by the dominant male figures around her.

Digital Imaging Group online meeting 28 April 2020

This is our first online meeting so I do hope you will be able to join us.  Richard Corkrey will be showing us how he creates some of his lovely woodland images.  During this tutorial he will be showing us how he used Lightroom for his initial adjustments [also applicable to Adobe Camera Raw] before taking the image into Photoshop and making adjustments there and in DxO NIK collection.

Meeting details are:

Topic: Chichester Camera Club Digital Imaging Group Zoom Meeting
Time: Apr 28, 2020 07:30 PM London

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A27 – Oving Road traffic Lights

A Message from John Marsh

At a recent meeting at County Hall, it was revealed that all the land at this junction subject to the recent consultation on closure is in the ownership of Highways England and not the County Council.

As a result, all the advertising and consultation undertaken by the County Council is abortive.

The exercise will now have to be undertaken by Highways England.

This, of course, will mean that the junction will remain open at present.

Watch this space!!