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

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I knew that a better camera wouldn't make a better photographer, but I'm finding there is a learning curve moving from a point and shoot to a more fully featured model. With the SX10 I found that my settings tended to fluctuate between extremes because it was only at these levels that I could see a result. Also, when talking about aperture settings, the Canon had a 2.8-8 whereas the Panasonic has 3.5-22 and as a result I need to start recognizing light with this larger spread. Or I can do what I've been doing, using the Intelligent Auto setting to catch what the camera would use for aperture and shutter, then start from there in Aperture Priority.

My other issue I've been having is remembering to take the camera out of auto bracketing after shooting an HDR shot. Not realizing I've left it in auto bracket leads to the next five shots of different subjects have exposure values anywhere from -1.33 to +1.33, which when trying to take a panorama shot could be annoying. Hypothetically, of course.

Today's shot is a purposefully taken HDR shot. The camera can take 3 or 5 shots and I'm finding the 5 shots are working out pretty well. I do seem to find the Mega O.I.S (Panasonic's name for optical image stabilization) to not be as good as Canon's, or I'm not understanding how to use it correctly. Either way I should have used a tripod for this shot, even if the GF2 can shoot 5 shots faster than the SX10 could take 3 shots.

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