Photography Post-Processing Q&A [IP48]

What's in this episode

  • When you may want to use the software that came with your camera rather than Photoshop or Lightroom.
  • How to see what focus point was used when taking a photo.
  • Capture NX vs. Lightroom.
  • Whether photographers need to worry about exposing to the right when taking photos.
  • The best screens for photo editing.
  • How to get started using Lightroom.
  • The benefits and drawbacks to using the cord and camera to transfer photos from the camera to the computer vs. taking the memory card out and putting it in a card reader.
  • and more!

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8 thoughts on “Photography Post-Processing Q&A [IP48]”

  1. Would it be possible for you to go back to publishing a written version of your podcast? I enjoy the information, but not listening to the music and the chat in between. Listening takes up way more time than reading the information.
    Thank you for everything I have learned from this great website.

    1. Lisa – Thank you for the suggestion but the transcripts are quite expensive for me to produce. It cost me about $50 each episode to pay someone to do that. With two episodes a week for a year, that’s $5,200. The music at the beginning is about 10 seconds long and there is virtually no “chatting in our podcasts.” The purpose of the podcasts is to be convenient, so you can listen to them while you commute, work, etc.

  2. Apple’s Aperture (at least my 3.5.1) can show focus points for my Canon T1i camera. I would assume that it works for many other cameras as well. By looking at photos from others, I see it also works for the Canon 50D, Canon Powershot S3 IS, Nikon D40, and Nikon D5100. You can enable this feature under the View | Show Focus Points or by using the option-F shortcut.

  3. Re; focus points.
    A software program will show your cameras focus point but not show the point that you focused on.
    For example, I always use the center focus point, I focus recompose, take the shot, the focus point is always in the center not what I focused on.
    Regards mrtobin

  4. Regarding removing SD cards to download photos or using the USB cable with the camera…
    If you remove the SD card to download photos, you stress several places on the camera – the SD connector deep inside the camera, the SD card door, the SD card, your computer’s SD card slot. If you use the USB cable you stress the USB cable, the USB plug on the camera, and the (usually rubber) cover over the USB plug. Choose your poison.
    My guess is that the weakest item in all of these is the rubber cover over the USB plug, however this might be replaceable. I’d guess the next might be the SD card, but these get replaced regularly anyway to increase capacity, have spares, etc.
    I take the SD card out and download that way. I do, however, make sure to close the SD card door to make sure it is in a safer position than left open.

  5. A follow up question to the expose to the right.
    If you were to set your Exposure compensation slightly to the positive side would that help to favor the right side of the the histogram? In a sense “forcing” the camera to meter to the high side for the exposure when in Aperture or Shutter priority.

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