Leaving the Mothership

Last year around this time, I put out a piece on storage options, both online and local, for the vast collection of photographs that we are all accumulating.

low disk spaceAlthough I use cloud storage as my primary storage option, most of these services “sync” at least some of that content to a local hard drive.  Until today, that hard drive was my computer hard drive.  But I’ve now run out of room on the local drive, and had to make a choice about where to put the local copies.  Here’s what I came up with. Continue reading “Leaving the Mothership”

Fuji’s Focus Bracketing Explained

Happy New Year.  Hope your holiday season was fabulous.

This post is specific to Fuji users, so everyone else can have a break.  We’ll see you in a couple weeks.

In mid-2018, Fuji provided an upgrade to the firmware of it’s X-series of cameras.  Known for adding new features and functions, Fuji users were delighted to see the addition of new menu options and one particular update:  the addition of in-camera focus “bracketing”.

New FirmwareUnfortunately, there was a series of missteps with the upgrade and it was initially retracted, then re-released, which is a surprise for a company that prides itself on its quality options for photographers.

Even though it was corrected, Fuji made another mistake in not providing useful information to help us get the most of the upgrade.  This post is specifically about focus bracketing. Continue reading “Fuji’s Focus Bracketing Explained”

A First Time for Everything – Saying No to Luminar 3

It’s just before Christmas, and the spate of Christmas offers from all manner of retailers is becoming overwhelming.  Not to be outdone, Skylum Software, the authors of Luminar image processing software, this week released the next version of their product.

SkylumThey elected to call it “Version 3” rather than 2019 because promises made to users of version 2018 were not fulfilled until now (and were only partially fulfilled even now). Continue reading “A First Time for Everything – Saying No to Luminar 3”

When to Use Black and White

I had the pleasure of giving another talk at my local camera club last week.  The subject was black and white photography.  Continue reading “When to Use Black and White”

Looking at Lookup Tables (LUTs)

A while ago, I began hearing a term that I wasn’t familar with:  lookup tables (LUTs).  Curious, I “looked up” the definition, and was mildly puzzled to see it defined as a series of values in table format that helps you interpret or translate another set of values.

Image DataWhat does that have to do with photography?  As it turns out, every part of a digital image is a set of values – for size, dimensions, camera settings, colour space, etc.  We’ve long had the ability to manipulate any one value to our liking through the sliders we see in modern editing software.  Now it seems we also have the ability to redefine broad swaths of data at once.  Find out how. Continue reading “Looking at Lookup Tables (LUTs)”

Believe

One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn as a photographer is not to limit myself to the immediate reaction I have when looking at a scene or subject.  There is potential in every situation, even those that to the human eye and the camera initially look like disasters.

A friend of mine invited me to join her to try to shoot car light trails from a highway overpass at dusk, achieving both the capture of the sunset and the movement of the cars through light trails.  Here’s what happened. Continue reading “Believe”

In Full Retreat

I’ve been out of touch for a month.  Sorry about that.  I seem to be busier now than when I had a full-time career.  Recently, I had the pleasure of heading out with my photography club to its annual “retreat”.  A chance to immerse myself in all things photographic for a full weekend.  We chose a destination that we could drive to in an afternoon, but also one that would require disconnecting from all the demands back home.  It was wonderful. Continue reading “In Full Retreat”