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

A Favorite (Photocentric)

I couldn't believe I hadn't posted this shot before, as this has to be one of my favorites. This is also one of my first "planned" HDR shots. Most of my HDR shots before this were more experimental, but this was planned, from the location to the camera settings. The scene has a lot of highs and lows, and the original shot looked pretty bland. The sky wasn't as dynamic, the ocean a boring grey, and washed out whites in the clouds and waves.

To shoot HDR I use the auto exposure feature which takes 3 shots of different exposure values (from -2 to +2, and 1/3 steps in between). Typically I shoot +/-2 for a total of 3 shots, but for this one I took 5 shots, -2, -1, 0 +1, +2 which I think brought out more of the forested area in the background, and made the sky and ocean far more interesting.


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