The BS of Digital Photography

Desjardins, Steve DesJardinS at wlu.edu
Wed Oct 7 11:21:52 EDT 2009


Sure.  But the individual photodiodes can be more limited if you can adjust exposure for each one by turning the sensitivity up or down.  Of course it would be better to just have more dynamic range, but which comes first is matter of how fast (and in what way) sensor technology develops.  

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From: pdml-bounces at pdml.net [mailto:pdml-bounces at pdml.net] On Behalf Of P. J. Alling
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Isn't that expanded dynamic range does now, in a general somewhat 
unsophisticated way?

Desjardins, Steve wrote:
> I think the "Next Big Thing" will be the sensor/firmware correcting for pieces of the image.  Lightening up shadows, dimming highlights, etc.  You could bracket and combine or simply make each individual photodiode smarter.  You could adjust it do anything you want, but the sensor would always adjust each piece for maximum detail.   Of course, they are already thinking about/making stuff like this.   
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> From: pdml-bounces at pdml.net [mailto:pdml-bounces at pdml.net] On Behalf Of Christine Aguila
> Sent: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 7:53 PM
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> From: "Tom C" <cakaltm at gmail.com>
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>> It seems the almost instant gratification of digital capture and the
>> speediness of results has been eclipsed by the, OMG factor, and 'what
>> do I have to do to adjust this image?'.  Time saved by instant results
>> is erased by time spent post-capture processing.
>>
>> Does it seem that way to others as well?
>>     
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> Not to me.  Even with digital, I still try to get the best photo in-camera 
> to keep the post-capture processing down.  When I started shooting digital, 
> I read somewhere that more than 5 or 10 minutes or so on a standard picture 
> should be enough post-processing.  I try to follow this rule--obviously 
> there are exceptions with playful renderings etc--but for the most part--for 
> me--it's a good rule to follow.  I've noticed that as my skills improve, I'm 
> even getting a lot faster than 5 minutes.
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> But I actually think I'm getting faster because I'm trying to pay attention 
> to the idiosyncrasies of my equipment--from monitor to camera and lens. 
> Also, when I read the book Perfect Exposure, suggested by Bob W, that really 
> helped--and Godfrey's suggestion:  "keep the workflow simple"  is at the 
> center my photographic workflow.  I have Lightroom and Photoshop Elements 5, 
> which I only use for heavy duty cloning or when I want to add goofy graphics 
> and text to a shot for some silly playful reason.  For me, using Lightroom 
> keeps me focused on trying to get the best photo in-camera.
>
> My biggest insecurity is exposure, though I'm getting a lot better at that, 
> but I confess to being a chronic histogram chimper just to be sure, but I'm 
> finding that there too I'm needing to chimp less and less.  Also, the 
> construction project I'm working on has really helped to improve my 
> skills--and I'm grateful for this experience.  I have to get the best shots 
> my skills will allow and do it without getting in anyone's way and without 
> doing anything stupid that might put myself or someone else in danger--which 
> means I have to act smart and think quickly and not waste time--and be in 
> tune with my surroundings.  I can't be chimping all the time on the 
> construction site--just too much going on and a lot of it can be dangerous. 
> I try to apply these skills to all shooting situations--though this excludes 
> leisurely photowalks :-).
>
> Lastly, I would just say that I try not to *over-shoot*.  If I start to feel 
> I'm just shooting to be shooting, then I stop shooting.  I find this rule 
> cuts down on post-processing as well :-).
>
> Cheers, Christine
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