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 came out looking soft at best, blurry at worst. A little sharpening helped some, not enough. So then I tried to think back to these years, and I think I realized why I took photos that came out blurry; I had watched and read articles about how bumping up ISO is horrible. So I kept the ISO low. Not just as low as possible for the given situation but we're talking as low as the camera got for nearly everything. Oh, and no tripod. 

So when/if this new camera comes in, I'll be happy to revisit some old sites with proper ISOs and a tripod to hopefully get it right this time around. And if I don't, I know my monitor will make it known I missed it.

Oh, so what's the computer? Apple's latest Mac Mini with the M2 Pro processor. 


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