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Canon P-1000 Ink Usage

June 21 2019 March 2019 I decided to give up on the Epson 7900 as the print head once again was clogged beyond any method of cleaning it including manual methods with windex etc. As this was its 3rd time it needed a new head at $3000 I decided to just give up on it. I selected the Canon P-1000 because of its print resolution,  wide range of ink gamut (colours) and that the printer seems to flush its heads […]

Sony A7RIII Memory Cards Speed Test – June 2019

SD Cards speeds measured using Blackmagicdesigns disk speed test using the iMac Pro SDXC UHS‑II card slot conveniently located on the back of the monitor:  Lexar 128GB U3 2000x 300MB/s SD card II has a write speed of 175.2 MB/s and read speed of 254.1 MB/s. Sony 128GB SDXC UHS-II has a write speed of 182.4 MB/s and read speed of 256.5 MB/s. 64GB SanDisk Extreme I  U3 – W:55.4 R:43.3 When using thePro Grade USB-C card the speed drops […]

Sony A7RIII Tethering

The A7RIII does not natively tether within LR so the Sony Remote App must be running.  Shut down Dropbox as the Remote app does not work with it. Place the files in the Auto Import Directory of LR and import that way. The remote app has a link from the Viewer App which is in my App Alis folder.

Sony A7R III (and other Alpha bodies) Menu Settings Spreadsheet

Sonys menu settings can be daunting for a new user.  One thing I have set up is a index of all the settings and where you can find them in the menus. Sony A7RIII Settings Sorted Alphabetically – you can download them from here: Mac Pages Format: Sony A7RIII Alphabetical Settings Rev 1 Version 2 of the above – work in progress: Sony A7RIII Alphabetical Settings Rev 2 PDF Format: Sony A7RIII Alphabetical Settings Rev 1 Excel Format: Sony A7RIII Alphabetical […]

Moving to Sony A7RIII for Non-Action based Photography

May 2019 marks the beginning of a new milestone for me. Although good photography is largely about the skills of the photographer however there are a few other issues that need to be considered: Resale value of existing equipment – selling it before its worthless Ability to carry heavy DSLRs and space for travel New Features – focus peeking, zebras, dynamic range, and overall image quality  I feel Canon has not kept up with Sony and Nikon is not even […]

My Standard Photo Workflow V10

As of May 2019 I use FastRawViewer to cull my images prior to importing them into Lightroom.  I do this because Adobe is unable to provide consistent performance within Lightroom.  Workflow as follows: Insert Card or attach Camera – FastRawViewer will start the following instructions are all within FastRawViewer Shift C to copy the card to FastRawViewerStaging area which is a folder I set up and made a favourite Star or Rate each image as desired.   Images without a […]

Calibration of BenQ SW320 Monitor using i1Pro

Note: If it asks to download the latest software, be aware that when the update installation process starts, it looks hung, there is a button at the bottom right that you have to press to ‘continue’ however the button text is almost invisible.  Also ensure the Monitor is using the correct calibration preset – in the following examples I left it at Calibration 1 – next time rename it. Monitor: SW320 Calibration software 1.3.4 now working with I1Pro.  Plug the […]

Checking Sensor for Dust Spots

Set camera to Aperture Mode ISO 100 Manual Focus Highest Aperture Number on lens – F16 or larger number Photograph Monitor with a white screen (say blank word document) so that the monitor is out of focus, only dust will then be visible Examine image – preferably by importing into LR

Add Lens Flare to Precise Location

Use the info panel and move the cursor to the desired location of the flare.  Note the x,y coordinates. Create a new layer filled with black (Option Delete), Filter>Render>Lens Flair>Movie Prime and then Option Click on the preview window and enter the x,y coordinates.  Then change the blend mode to Screen.

Recover Highlight Detail – Photoshop

After recovering as much detail as possible in LR, PS will be required to complete the process for any blown highlights.  The objective is to pull grab on to even the slightest bit of contrast within the blown highlight and increase it – which by definition is to make the greys darker. First create a detailed Luminosity Mask selecting only the blown highlights.  This is best accomplished by using Select > Color Range > Highlights then setting the fuzziness to […]