The Date & Time On My Camera Don’t Matter

Okay, let me admit it right at the beginning:

I never set the clock on my camera.

There. I said it.

Daylight Saving Time Defused

Germany has just switched to daylight saving time and like Groundhog Day, there is yet again a flurry of Tweets, blog posts, Facebook posts and YouTube videos reminding you to set the clock in your camera. Twice a year. Again and again. Ad nauseum.

Add some travel into the mix and, unless your camera has a fancy GPS and sets its own time, the repeated clock setting starts to become a real chore.

But you know, to be honest, I’ve had the clock in my cameras set to the wrong time for over a year. Not because I’m lazy (well, okay, there’s a little bit of that) but also because I keep forgetting. I travel to a different time zone, I meet with other photographers, daylight saving time just descends upon me, I’m distracted, I simply forget to change the time and date on my cameras.
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Seven Steps To Reclaim Valuable Disk Space By Cleaning Up Lightroom Orphans

Here’s a method to reclaim valuable disk space by deleting orphaned RAW files that Lightroom accumulates over time.

Lightroom LogoIf you’ve been using Lightroom for a long time, chances are you have accumulated a lot of orphan files. Those are RAW files that still exist in your pictures folder, but that your Lightroom catalog (the database) doesn’t know about.

During the import of your photos, Lightroom adds a lot of information about the images to its catalog. The file name, all the EXIF data like shutter speed, aperture and ISO, the location of the image file on your hard drive and more.

Orphans accumulate over time because when you try to remove a file from Lightroom, it’s actually quite easy that instead of removing the image file, you remove it from Continue reading “Seven Steps To Reclaim Valuable Disk Space By Cleaning Up Lightroom Orphans”

tfttf544 – Lytro, Mechanical and Electronic Shutters

Today Chris will discuss the Lytro camera with John Arnold of Photowalkthrough fame, and we will find out the difference between an electronic and a mechanical shutter and what the respective advantages and disadvantages are.

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tfttf540 – Fix It In Camera

fixitinpostLightroom 4 is out but it has a migration bug that replaced all of the tone curves for Chris. Find the latest status on the personal blog of Chris.

How much can you fix in post and how much should you get right in camera? How about exposure, colors, highlights, perspective and focus? Chris ponders the powers of a modern tool like Lightroom 4.

Also learn about the One Shot, AI Servo and AI Focus modes.

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tfttf457 – Managing your photos – Tech Guy

techguy_tfttf_logo2.jpgTo start the New Year off right, we’re talking about what to do with all the photos you took last year? Managing pictures is important and there’s a workflow you can follow. Beyond the conventional folder system, which can make it fairly hard to find over time. Chris recommends Apple Aperture for the Mac or for the PC – Adobe Lightroom


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