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


Long Exposure Stream
The original way to stream
I have some 40 different project, or shoots, in Aperture that I've taken so far this year. Think of these as sessions of when I was shooting. My new project is to go through these 40 and do what I should have done when I first imported these photos, weed out the crappy ones and focus on the quality ones, then tag the finished shots as ready to be used here, or where ever, so I don't spend an hour every so often looking for a shot, processing it, then posting it. I suffer from digital pack-ratitis, and the wrong belief that with a little (or in some cases a lot) of post work I can save a picture. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot that can be done with a RAW file and the right tools, but you have to have something decently shot to get good results, and, shocker, not everything I shoot is decent.

This shot was taken with my, then, new tripod and four stop ND filter that gave me a nice long twenty second exposure at f22. As is the nature for micro four-thirds cameras, or so it seems, even with the lowest ISO setting of 160 the picture still suffered from a lot of noise, which is where Topaz Labs DeNoise came into play. Aperture, now many years without a significant upgrade, has very lackluster noise reduction tools so it's no stretch to say DeNoise is awesome! Then the bulk of the work was done in my new favorite plugin by Topaz, Clarity.

If you're a fellow American I hope you have a wonderful July Fourth!


  1. So long exposure time creates the soft hue of the moving water?

    Does this work for anything in motion? Does the speed and direction of the moving whatever matter?


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