Top 10 w/ Guest Rob Krueger! [IP 125]

Jim sits down with Rob Krueger, Jeff Harmon, Nick Page, & Darin Mellor to chat about the importance of picking your ten best shots from the year.  The four challenge themselves & you to do the same with June right around the corner.  Questions about soft photos on a Nikon D800, automotive photography, & more are answered as well!

What's in this episode:

  • Rob Krueger from the Take & Talk Pics Podcast joins us to tackle user questions & offer his photography insights.
  • Our friend Sue asks about soft photos on her Nikon D800.
  • Eric wants tips & tricks for an automotive photo shoot.
  • The best way to transfer your Lightroom ‘Catalog' from one device to another.
  • Challenging you to narrow down your 2015 images into your ten best shots thus far!
  • The benefits of having a top ten best photos for portfolio reviews, exhibiting your best work, & knowing what to post or take down from your website!
  • Selling yourself with your best images.
  • Using Lightroom Collections to manage your files in the most efficient way. – Check out this episode of Photo Taco for more information.

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9 thoughts on “Top 10 w/ Guest Rob Krueger! [IP 125]”

  1. Tim Covington

    I do occasionally use a grey card. I take a picture of it as the first in the sequence of images in a lighting situation where I might have some trouble with white balance. I will then use that as a reference in Lightroom to give me a baseline to work from.

  2. Ya know… I dont think this argument is done yet… for the sake of argument.. why couldn’t you just occasionally snap a quick frame with the expo disk on.. not worry about custom white balances… then later on in lightroom use the eye dropper tool on that frame to get your white balance… you could sync those settings across your next set of similar images and bam… Jim is wrong! 🙂

    1. You guys dare drag the whibal discussion into the comments? This means war. 🙂

  3. I have to say I side with Jim on the white balance issue…. although it’s probably only because he’s my mentor and taught me well.
    Thank you Jeff for the great recommendation for collections. I have been wanting to do the portfolio review for awhile now. I finally went to take the plunge last week and realized I had to pick my best 10 photos! What an overwhelming task! I like to think I’ll be more organized with the collections idea.

    1. @Erika,

      Thanks for listening! I love the way collections helps me keep things organized in Lightroom. You can check out the Photo Taco episode on the topic here.

      By the way, I haven’t used my grey card in quite a while. I side with Jim on that one 🙂

  4. Professional Newbie

    Grey card, Polarizer and light meter are basically not needed nowadays unless ofcourse youre using film or use them as key chains 🙂

    Plus using lightroom presets to make the photo look awesome sometimes changes white balance,color temp,.etc

  5. Yes, another grey card/white card comment/question. I use a white card for situation in which there is mixed lighting. However, I recently used my grey card (which is part of a set of white, grey, and black) for some graduation photos that I took this weekend. Even though I had the correct lighting set in my camera already, I just wanted to see what difference it made. Using the white portion of the set gave me difference results than using the grey card. The grey card matched what the camera came up with and the white looked different. Has anyone noticed this before? I am using Lightroom 5.

  6. My sequence is usually:

    a) Look at the camera auto white balance
    b) Look for a bit of white or grey in the picture and use that for a spot white balance
    c) Warm it a couple of hundred degrees from there unless it makes someone’s face go pink,

    I find accurate calibration a useful step on the path to making a subjective judgement.

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