Dave is curious about sensor dust, how bad it is and what you can do about it. Chris doesn’t really worry too much about dust. Modern cameras do a good job in shaking the dust off the sensor, but if you have something seriously stuck to the filter sandwich in front of your sensor, there are ways to remove it and Chris goes into his favorite method of sensor cleaning.
Dougal wonders why his pictures don’t pop as much as he thought they would when he shot them. Chris explains how this is due to a mix of Photoshop is 25 years old
Oh, and it’s the 10 year anniversary of Tips from the Top Floor
Lisa wants to know what filters to take on her trip to Nepal, Kathmandu and the Khumbu valley in the Himalayas. Chris goes over the three most recommended ones: the protective filter, the polarizer and the ND grad filter … and why he’ll leave all three at home. Pauline wonders how she can squeeze as much as possible out of her photo gear in a slightly sub-optimally lit situation, doing dog photography. Also, the beautiful, the stunning, the amazing Donegal Ireland workshop in September 2015 is finally ready for registration!
Chris talks about Apple’s new Photos app and if it’s fit to replace Apterture (hint: not really) of if it’s even a Lightroom replacement (hint: you’ll have to wait). Also: a deep dive into an interesting thread on the photography subreddit.
Chris discusses how misunderstood sharpening is. Sharpening is often perceived to be a necessity in the digital world. Partially that’s right. The anti aliasing filters and the de-mosaicing process will reduce the sharpness and detail in a picture. By increasing edge contrast, sharpening will increase the perceived sharpness. It will thus make the photo more crisp and easier on the human visual system.
Rick takes a lot of pictures of horses. He wonders about how to organise the thousands of photos. Chris elaborates on why creating a new Lightroom catalog for each new event means missing out on some of the most interesting and important benefits that working with a metadata-driven system will give you. Most importantly there is the ability to quickly find photos based on their properties. An example: show all pictures from 2011 that have the keyword “barbecue”, that have a rating of three or more stars and were shot with a wide-angle lens. Using both the automated metadata (EXIF) and the metadata that you provide yourself (IPTC) enables a whole lot of wizardry that you won’t get if you don’t keep most pictures together
This episode also gives the surprisingly simple answer on how to change some of the metadata on all of your pictures. No need to write scripts and manually modify the contents of XMP files, Lightroom will handle all that for you in virtually no time.
Chris and Allan (of The Two Hosers’ fame) dissect the rule of thirds and its implications on your photography. What many of you might see as a bland and boring topic that could be discussed within five minutes turns into an engaging discussion of over half an hour. Plenty of new insights here.