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  1. Which Shooting Format

    I know.It's how I have learned almost everything I know about photography. I have made every mistake known to man (and woman). The trick is not to learn from them and not to keep making them I hope you didn't think I was being nasty to the spaceman. I was just teasing him and I have no doubt he can take it. He has actually picked up and used quite a few of the suggestions I've made over the years which is great - it makes it worthwhile passing on my hard-earned knowledge if somebody acts on it and benefits .
  2. As far as I know, the thing with the scratch disk is probably only important if you are working on very big files and Photoshop starts to use the scratch disk which really slows things down. This used to be an issue before PS became 64bit and could only use limited amounts of RAM but if you have plenty of RAM in the first place and are using a modern 64 bit OS then it is probably irrelevant as long as there is room on your main drive if it does need to use the scratch. I am a Mac user so not up to date on Windows though. PS - you didn't really need to reinstall I'm guessing, resetting the prefs should have been sufficient.
  3. Uploading JPEGs using Lightroom

    The SDK is intended as a developer (programmer) tool for creating plugins but fair enough if you find something useful in there. I doubt that it will help the OP with his problem but we will never know unless he comes back and explains what was happening.
  4. Which Shooting Format

    Nothing like as good as it used to be I'm afraid but not quite senile yet. Once upon a time I had a reasonably good encyclopedic memory but that was long ago. The jaundiced bride wasn't very long ago and it stuck in the mind, probably permanently in fact, so you wll never be allowed to forget it.
  5. Uploading JPEGs using Lightroom

    Probably if you are an expert in programming and have loads of time on your hands learning how to use it
  6. Uploading JPEGs using Lightroom

    The Lightroom SDK (System Development Kit) and an expert knowledge of programmming I would think. The SDK is a tool for programmers and I doubt it will solve the OP's problems. I think his problem is rather more basic from his post. I wonder if these processing errors were on the Alamy side in fact.
  7. Which Shooting Format

    Judging accurate white balance on a computer is actually very difficult. Firstly it depends on having a properly calibrated monitor. Then it is amazing what the eye will accept as normal or acceptable - remember spacecadet's jaundiced bride and a whole series of images he had taken over a number of weeks after he had a badfinger moment with his white balance button. But that is an extreme example. It is, however, very important to get things right if shooting colour portraits as skin tone are always the most difficult to get right - on screen or in print. The only way to really be sure of accurate white balance is to shoot a grey card or similar (color checker passport) in the same light as the scene and then use the eyedropper tool in Lightroom/ACR (or the equivalent in other software) to get correct white balance. I try to remember to do this and then sync across all images taken in the same light. Or of course you can set a custom white balance in camera after shooting a grey card but this is unnecessary if shooting raw.
  8. Which Shooting Format

    It's worth having a look for sure and the good thing is that any editing is non-destructive. I think the Auto Settings is not too bad although I prefer to set these sliders myself. However, I find the Auto white balance is often way out as is the As Shot which it gets from the camera. Nikon cameras are way too far on the blue side I find.
  9. Which Shooting Format

    That is what I assumed but it's not in the dictionary (Oxford English at any rate). It's a great word. My mother spent some of her childhood in Belfast and she used to say something like "stop foostering" meaning pretty much the same - stop messing about. I'm familiar with Norn Irn. I had a short trip there last year in fact - a day in the Mournes and another day driving up the Antrim coast. Still haven't processed all the pics from the trip. As well as the scenery my favourite thing about Norn Irn is Van Morrison. I'm a Dubliner myself although I live in England these days.
  10. Which Shooting Format

    No problem, just that I like total control over my processing and anytime I have tried the auto functions in Lightroom I've not been at all impressed. I do think it is worth learning to control Lightroom rather than accept what it throws up. Let's leave the print thing as cross purposes.
  11. Which Shooting Format

    You don't print at 70 ppi (dpi is a misnomer). The minimum is 240 ppi, anything lower for lab or inkjet printing and quality suffers severely.
  12. Which Shooting Format

    I think we have very different approaches. I find auto anything in Lightroom (or in-camera for that matter except autofocus) leaves me way out from what I am looking for but each to his own.
  13. Which Shooting Format

    Sorry to contradict but that is way off. A 20MP camera woul be in an around 5500 pixels on the long side. At a conservative 240 pixels per inch (ppi), the minimum for quality photographic printing, that would give about 18 inches on the long side. Not sure how you calculated 80".
  14. Which Shooting Format

    An in-camera JPEG is simply a raw file that has been converted in the camera using the camera manufacturer's software. As a rule it is possible to achieve the same effect easily on a computer using Lightroom (or other software). The simplest way to simulate directly the camera manufacturer's JPEG settings in Lightroom is to apply a specific camera profile and then do a few tweaks. While it has been possible to do this in earlier versions without any problem, in the latest version of Lightroom (7.3) it is very easy indeed to apply camera profiles, as this function has been moved from a relatively obscure position in the Development module to the very top of the Basic panel. Aside from camera profiles, if you want to really speed things up it's not so much about using the automatic functions in Lightroom (as suggested by spacecadet) as learning how to set your own import defaults, import presets (including application of camera profiles) and development presets to achieve the required effect. It requires a bit of learning but it is not difficult to automate a significant part of the process before making the individual tweaks such as local adjustments that really make a difference and that can't be done in camera (except with clunky grad filters for example). If one was to examine your friend's images in detail, I'm betting there are lots of enhancements that could be made but too late if all he has are the JPEGs. Some of the worst things about in-camera JPEGs is that they lock in the white balance, there is far less potential for highlight and shadow recovery as well as noise reduction capabilities becoming very limited. Resist the temptation to shoot JPEG and learn to post-process beyond the rudiments.\\ By the way: what does futter mean?
  15. I'm at school again then and loving it (this time around). The D850 is magical - combines many of the features of the high end Nikons (e.g. autofocus abilities, high frame rates) with the amazing image quality of the high MP D810. Certainly not just a schoolboy's toy - a new wonder of the world (IMO).