Since getting the Minolta 50mm 1.4 and the Sony 70-300mm G I've taken more notice of the finer details of my photos... well... I always have but with the previous lenses I've had. Since getting LightRoom, I've had little to no time to play with it, but this afternoon, while Naomi's been asleep I have. Some things I've noticed from looking back at the last two months of photos that I've been catching up on are these:
- Tripod mount on lens: It's a killer not having this on the Sony 70-300mm G. I've done some long exposure shots of water over rocks in a small stream, and each shot is blurred. The old KM 75-300mm was smaller and lighter, so much less camera shake when mounted on the tripod. I must get an adapter or fitting or something for future use.
- F5.6 on the 70-300mm G: Not having low-light capability is annoying (I sometimes wonder if I should have got the Minolta 80-200mm 2.8 anyway). In contrast, the 50mm 1.4 is stunningly flexible in low-light a so much fun to use.
- Handheld and low shutter speed: I've never looked at this seriously, and had a ball-park figure of 1/125 as being as low as I'd go when not using a tripod (or at least a monopod). 1/80 is ruinously too slow, even when using the 28mm, photographing petals on a rock, at a distance of about 50cm.
- LightRoom: Sooooo nice being able to quickly do things in batches. And having the Chromatic Aberrations adjustments, too. It has saved a few pictures from the weaknesses of the 28mm 2.8.
- In LightRoom: I tend to adjust Darks and Shadows to about -10 to -18. I wonder if I should adjust some internal setting in my camera, or make a preset for LightRoom. Any thoughts?
- My current lens kit: Having the Minolta 50mm 1.4 is soooooo much fun; no regrets in getting that. The Sony 70-300mm G is a great lens (much better than the "kit lens"), but it has it's quirks and idiosyncrasies to work with.
- Final thoughts: Hmm... I'm glad I did it cheap first, learning what I needed, so I knew what I should do. I'm glad I've worked out that a G lens was the way to go, the 50mm 1.4 was it for me, and LightRoom, all three would be the best combination for me, at this stage in my experience.
Feel free to add anything you've come to realise or learnt recently.