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.
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.