Tuesday, September 27

Tele-converter or Digital Zoom

Background: Sony A6000 Mirrorless, Sony 18-200 mm telephoto.
On very rare occasion, I would like a slightly longer reach in my lens and considered buying a basic 1.4 tele-converter recognizing image quality may/would suffer. Then, in researching tele-converters, I found that Sony incorporated 'Clear Image Zoom' into Alpha cameras that provides 2X zoom with little to no image quality loss. For my purposes it fits the bill $0.00). 

Sunday, September 25

Pinterest Collection of Lightroom Tutorial and Tips

Just came across a potpourri of Lightroom tutorials on Pinterest that may be a nice education series you can save in your digital reading library. Lightroom tutorials on Pinterest.

Saturday, September 24

Best Ways to Compose Landscape Photos

Here are some great refresher tips and examples in the Zoner Magazine:
1. Horizon One Third In
2. Place Things on the Golden Crop Points
3. Frame the Landscape
4. Lines Lead Eyes
5. Surface Reflections
6. now ... Combine and Experiment

Sunday, September 18

My Photo Organizing Workflow - Sept 2016

From camera to sharing, the 'correct' import to sharing workflow is the one that works for you. The workflow that seems to work for me is shared below:


.. All photos stored under 'Pictures/All Lightroom Photos' on the computer

.. '00-Transfer' created under 'All Lightroom Photos'  
.. 'JPEG Photosfolder created on the Desktop 
.. High level Collections Sets and Collections in place
.. Collection 'Duplicates' in place
.. Smart Collections 'Star 4 & 5 Rated' and 'No Keyword' in place 
.. Apple Time Capsule (router and hard drive)
.. 2 Tb External Hard Drive
.. Google Photos account with auto-backup
.. Flickr account established and enabled in Publish Services

PP Workflow:
  1. Capture images
  2. (Import) Import images into the designated folder '00-Transfer' (Option; sub-folder labeled with Shoot name (i.e. FCCP Pier 60)
  3. (Optional) Keyword before import - depending on photo shoot content
  4. (Develop) Open images full screen 'F' and delete all obvious non-keepers based on composition, sharpness or just terrible
  5. (Develop) Perform basic PP: auto-level, crop, auto-tone and star rate*
  6. (Develop) Finalize PP: vet, enhance, re-rate and finalize keywords
  7. Move final photos to 'storage' in 'All Lightroom Photos' sub-folders 
  8. Assign Star Rated (4 & 5) photos to Collections

Sharing photos most often requires exporting photos as JPEG's from Lightroom. Also, the Publish Services feature within Lightroom is available for Flickr, Facebook, Instagram and more. Here is a suggested JPEG share/save options:

.. All exported photos are saved in the Desktop folder 'JPEG Photos' 
.. (Option) Create in a named sub-folder
.. Share exported photos via email or on social media sites as desired
.. Use Lr Publish Services


The rule for backing up photos is Backup-Backup-Backup and use different physical locations for the backups. Here is my model for backing up photos: 

  1. Daily - Original photos are saved on MacBook HD after PP Workflow
  2. Daily - MacBook backs up via Apple Time Machine to Apple's Time Capsule
  3. Daily - CrashPlan (3rd party online) backs up designated files/folders
  4. Monthly - Photos are synced to an external HD using Compare & Sync
  5. Auto - Exported JPEG's are auto-backed up to Google photos immediately
  6. On Demand - Photos published to Flickr (4&5 Stars) and Facebook 
Additional Organization Options:
  1. Monthly - a duplicate images scan is performed using Teekesselchen 
  2. Monthly - review No Keyword Smart Collection for photos
  3. On Demand - Save mobile photos to computer via WiFi Photo 
  4. Auto Backup mobile phone via Google Photos Backup and Sync (Note: Desktop version also available)
* Star Rating
(1) a non-keeper that I may want to revisit - probably delete
(2) photo that has potential and needs Basic sub-panel processing
(3) not a bad photo that I will definitely save forever and may share
(4) a 'keeper' that is at a level to share with family and friends
(5) ready for posting beyond family and friends and represents my 'best'
Note: 4 & 5 Star Rated photos are placed in Collections

Saturday, September 17

How to Photograph the Moon

General Settings: 
1. Camera Mode: Set your camera mode to full Manual Mode
2. ISO: Set your ISO to 100-200 (make sure “Auto ISO” is turned Off).
3. Aperture: Set your aperture to f/11 
4. Shutter Speed: Set your shutter speed to 1/200 
5. Lens Focus: Set your lens to manual focus 
Article: How to Photograph the Moon

Monday, September 5

Photoscape X - a FastStone Image Viewer Option

In my pursuit of a replacement photo viewer and fast edit to replace FastStone Image Viewer for Windows, I reviewed an article "Review of Best Free Photo Editors". Photoscape X was one of the five recommended. Bottom line - it works, I like it and right now it will be my 'Go To' viewer/editor when I want a quick edit of JPEG or RAW images (also I do like the Viewer feature. Available for Windows and Mac. Since I drank the Apple Kool-Aid and now a Mac User - check out Photoscape X for Mac. For Windows Folk see Photoscape. Now I am not saying it replaces Lightroom, but once you understand it's navigation and the easy click, click editing ... you may become a believer.