A Couple Of Realizations

Every so often, i try a few things that are different just to mix it up a bit.  If you ask me, if you never try, you will never know.  Furthermore, over a certain amount of time, you come to the realization that what you may be doing, is not necessarily right.

Trying different settings:

About a month back, i was reading some posts on the net about how other people setup their XP1.  More specifically, i wanted to see how other folks set their Highlight Tone & Shadow Tone.

I read about other peoples settings and their reasoning behind them.  Afterwards, i dialed in some different settings on my XP1 and tried it out.  However, when i went out one day to take photos, i forgot that i had changed my settings.

After coming home from taking the photos at the CBC, i noticed that the shadows were very harsh in my photos.  It was easy enough to lift them a bit, but it just creates extra work.

Needless to say, i switched right back to my own settings that i had been using since i got the camera.

Lesson learnt: it is good to try different things, but don’t rely on someone else’s settings to fine tune your camera.  You have your own taste.

Banding:

Since i started this blog, i have only posted a few photos that are full resolution (not re-sized).  I have gone this route with the thought that if i post smaller JPEGs, people are less inclined to “borrow” my photos.

Posting smaller JPEGs is all well and good, but it has a negative impact on photos with a lot of sky in the background.  Unfortunately, scaling down JPEGs makes banding rear it’s ugly head.

I have noticed it in the past, but i really noticed it last night when i posted my photos of the Olympic Stadium.

What is banding? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colour_banding.  There is far more to it and there are some rather technical explanations on the web for you to read.  The bottom line is, it does not look good in a photo.

If you don’t want to read the explanation above, you can just look at the photos in my post about the “Big Owe”.  Keep in mind that it is not a camera fault.  It has more to do with the fact that the photo was taken in JPEG format and scaled down.

If i look at the original, full sized, full resolution photos, there is absolutely no banding that i can see.  Therefore, my down scaling of the JPEGs is the culprit – along with some other technical reasons.

Lesson learnt: i want people to view my photos at their best.  Banding is horrible to look at.  With any photos with a lot of sky in the background, i will be posting the full sized JPEG in order to avoid having people look at banding.

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