The Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Upgrading to a 4K Monitor

I'm in the process of getting back into photography which will mean a new camera, more on that in a later post. But the first step for me was a new computer, one with the horsepower to handle a modern day camera and its RAW files. Along with the computer comes a new 4K monitor. 4K is great for media consumption, right? Your characters on your favorite show or movie really look detailed and realistic. Scenery looks wonderful. Everything looks great, right? Wrong. You know what doesn't look great? That photo I took in 2012 that I thought was sharp but is very much not. I transferred over my past catalogs of photos over to Lightroom Classic and eagerly began opening up some of my favorite photos. At first I was happy with how the colors looked and how the scene was composed. Then I noticed it was a little soft. Well I had just gotten a new contacts prescription so that must be it. Changed to my glasses and the photos were even blurrier! I went through photo after photo and most ca

Better in Black & White?

Digital photography is cool. There is little argument about that, and those that argue it are probably the same who argue that LP sound quality surpasses CD. But for the everyday shooter to the amateur photographer, digital photography has far too many benefits going for it than any perceived negative ones and has opened photography up as a hobby that nearly anyone can try out.

One of these advantages is the ability to experiment with different types of photography. Used to be if you wanted to shoot in black and white you had to get specialized film to switch in and out of your camera. But what if you wanted to take a shot in both color and black and white? I foolishly thought with the digital camera the answer was to change the setting to black and white after snapping the color shot. This is good to get a general sense of what the shot would look like in b&w, but there are many other options when converting a color shot into a b&w shot. So below is the color shot captured by the camera, then that same shot converted to b&w with some post processing editing. Both are decent enough looking shots, but I'm liking the black and white one a little more.

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  1. Advantage rather depends upon the subject, yes?

  2. Yes, overall I agree it typically depends on the subject. But this post is more specific to this photo.


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