Do not shoot RAW 😉
Earlier, with a large zoom, non-RAW (non DSLR camera), I used to take a photo and live with the results.
With a DSLR, I now take multiple pictures of the same object, at multiple settings, to see the result. and I retain all the images, though I clearly know that I should be deleting many of them.
Recently I had mounted the wide angle (18-55mm) lens on a 20mm + 12mm extension tube combination. I was taking close-ups of a few flowers when I noticed a spider on one of the flowers. As the spider was sitting on the underside of the flower, to get a picture, I had to twist the flower and hold it while taking a picture.
While doing so, I noted that holding the flower by hand was causing the flower to shake a lot. Attempting a macro shot with that much shaking was impossible. Idea dropped.
A few months ago, I wanted to start two big personal projects. One – that of converting film negatives into digital positives – using the DSLR and two – that of taking pictures of printed photographs to make digital copies.
Being the nephew of James Bond, I obviously cannot share the personal pictures, but will try and share the non-personal ones.
The project of converting negative to positive is challenging primarily due to lighting the negative.
The initial results of both projects are not very encouraging. I will continue and will hopefully improve and get better results.
Over the past few months, I observed a blue-banded bee. I have observed that once in a while, the bee rests on a branch / twig. What makes this behaviour interesting? the fact that it rests on the branch / twig using it’s jaws, while keeping it’s body floating in the air. While doing so, it rubs it’s feet together. After this, it continues to rest while holding on with it’s jaws. Including a few pictures.
Recently, I went for an overnight picnic with the extended family. As usual, I took many pictures. The number of pictures I took was more or less equal to the cumber I get over some weekends.
After going through the pictures, I realized that the most important difference was . . . the number of pictures that contained people, far surpassed the number of other pictures 🙂
Recently, I had to work from home due to rain in my city. My house is near the path of the runway. From the window, I could see aeroplanes coming in to land.
As it was raining, I observed an interesting phenomenon.
Each time a plane came in to land, two water trails were created from its wings. Initially I was intrigued, but on closer observation, I found that this was due to the flaps (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flap_(aeronautics)). To create more surface area while landing and taking off, an aeroplane’s flaps are extended. Due to the rain, when extended, the flaps were creating a barrier for the water as the aeroplane was cutting through the rain, creating the water trails.
As I was in a meeting, I could not take a picture of the effect.
Recently I was doing a few photo experiments using Raynox diopter and Movo extension tubes.
In total, I took 257 images (RAW + JPG). The total size when transferred to the computer was 6.33GB.
As I was doing a comparison of images at various mm ranges and as a combination of diopter + extension tube, I decided AGAINST processing the RAW images and deleted them instead.
How much disk space did I save? 5.29GB !! I was left with 1.04GB of JPG images. Now I will prune out the doubles.
In my previous post, I mentioned usage of UV filters. Here are a few comparative images – with and without the UV filter. Each image was taken with a Canon 700D, on a 55-250mm kit lens @ 250mm.
In the left-right arrangement, the left side image was using the UV filter, while the right side image did not use a UV filter. In the top-bottom arrangement, the top image was using the UV filter, while the bottom image did not use a UV filter.
When I did my research while purchasing my next digital camera (in mid 2015), I finally decided to be brave enough to move up to a DSLR. After making that decision, I read about recommended accessories and decided to purchase UV filters for each of the kit lenses being offered with the camera. In reality, UV filters are not needed for digital cameras, but many will recommend their usage, primarily as a mechanism to protect the front portion of the camera lens.
In the month of May 2017, I came across an article (Yet Another Post About My Issues With UV Filters – https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2017/05/yet-another-post-about-my-issues-with-uv-filters/) that showed image distortion when using (cheap) filters. Mind you, I was using filters that were not very expensive. As a beginner, how can one justify spending 3K Rs on a filter as compared to 250 Rs?
After reading the article, I decided to experiment and I was astonished by the result!! The filters I was using, did add significant blurring to the images. I will post the images in the next post
After seeing the different, I have packed the UV filters.
- Yet Another Post About My Issues With UV Filters, https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2017/05/yet-another-post-about-my-issues-with-uv-filters/
- 3 Absurd Photography Tips, http://kentweakley.com/blog/3-absurd-photo-tips/
- IS YOUR UV FILTER SCREWING UP YOUR PHOTOS?, http://www.chrislanephoto.com/blog/2012/08/21/is-your-uv-filter-screwing-up-your-photos/
- DO CLEAR UV FILTERS HURT IMAGE QUALITY OF PHOTOS?, https://improvephotography.com/2523/do-clear-uv-filters-hurt-image-quality-of-photos/
- UV filters test, https://www.lenstip.com/113.1-article-UV_filters_test_Introduction.html
- Is there a significant difference between a $15 uv filter/protector and a $117 uv filter/protector?, https://www.reddit.com/r/photography/comments/11xzvs/is_there_a_significant_difference_between_a_15_uv/
- The Glass in Front of Your Glass: All About Filters, https://wordpress.lensrentals.com/blog/2010/12/the-glass-in-front-of-your-glass-all-about-filters/
- Photo Mythbusters: How Much Do UV Filters Actually Protect Your Lenses?, https://petapixel.com/2015/08/31/photo-mythbusters-how-much-do-uv-filters-actually-protect-your-lenses/
- Good Times with Bad Filters, https://wordpress.lensrentals.com/blog/2011/06/good-times-with-bad-filters/