Katie at the Daisy to Brownie Bridge Ceremony
- I’m used to working with 6 megapixel JPGs. 16 megapixel, 14-bit RAW files take a lot more time to transfer and load. It would be nice to have a new internal cardreader that supports UHS-I.
- On the other hand, if I set up a default import profile with the major post-processing steps I want I can start the import and walk away.
- I’m gonna need a bigger hard drive.
- Lightroom is going to help me get the color right more often. Looking forward to learning the color controls in class.
- Lightroom 3.4 should support profile corrections for all of my lenses. Where are the profiles for the 35mm F1.8 and 18-105mm VR?
- The publish to Facebook feature might be handy, but is there a way to publish images as a folder rather than Wall images?
- I liked the Star feature in Picasa for marking the best photos. The 1-5 rating system in Lightroom is even better for grading and sorting photos.
Nikon D7000 and 70-200mm F2.8 VR lens
- You’re shooting manual, Les. You gotta check the meter every single time you put the camera up to your eye. If you don’t have time for that then shoot Aperture priority or Shutter priority so the exposure is correct.
- Most lenses don’t look their best at the aperture extremes or focal length extremes. Instead of shooting the F2.8 wide open, stop it down a bit to 3.2 or 3.5. If you hit the 200mm end, back off just a bit.
- Just because it’s an F2.8 doesn’t mean you should always shoot it wide open. If you’re shooting a scene rather than a person or a thing stop down to 5.6 or 8 or 11 to get more depth of field.
- Just because you camera has 39 focus points doesn’t mean that’s always the best solution. With single point focus you always get focus where you expect it, just like you did with the D40.
First experiments with video
- Is 1080p overkill? It makes for an awfully big movie window and an enormous file size. Try 720p.
- For telephoto I’m gonna have to use a tripod. Even with VR/IS I’m way too shaky with that big lens. Shorter focal lengths and smaller lenses might be doable handheld. My 18-105mm VR could be an ideal video lens.
- The internal microphone isn’t terrible, but a shotgun mic would upgrade the sound quality and eliminate ambient noise.
- After some of the horror stories I’ve heard about DSLR video I had low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t detect any noise from the camera’s autofocus system, zooming or VR/IS. I didn’t notice any jello effects, but I wasn’t doing any fast pans, either.
- It seems like the video might be fairly useful for family video use and talking head video.
- I need some video editing software.