Learning how to play again
Two photos out of many taken with the 5N today in between running errands. Still digging into the menus and features, trying to really understand what the 5N can produce. The top photo was taken with the cameras "rich black and white" setting, while the bottom was taken with the Picture Effect's Pop Color. Both where taken in the very late evening while I was out back grilling chicken for supper. What did I learn from today's impromptu lessons?
- I love shooting at ISO 3200 with impunity, especially with the kit zoom. I've never felt that way with the Olympus cameras. Either I used a fast lens (M.Zuiko 1.8/45mm or Lumix 1.4/25mm) or else I make sure to shoot where it was reasonably bright, or some combination of the two. I use auto ISO on all my Pens, limiting the high end to ISO 1,600. With the Sony one stop faster I don't even care. It's amazing what an extra stop of exposure on a larger sensor can accomplish. Makes me wonder what might happen if I were to use a 135mm sized sensor camera like the D600 or the Sony α99.
- I have learned to instinctively use the E-mount 18-55mm and produce results that are satisfactory. But I must admit that the Sony 18-55mm is not as good as the Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm kit zoom.
- The 5N is definitely a JPEG camera with the 18-55mm kit zoom. Turning on all the in-camera corrections produces good results, better than what I see when post processing raw. Perhaps when I put better lenses on the 5N I can go back to shooting and post processing raw, but for now it's just easier and more satisfying to use the results straight out of the camera (except for a touch of resizing).
- I think my brief fling with HDR has come to an end. Using in-camera HDR makes you sound like a paparazzi when the shutter goes off in rapid succession. Instead I've discovered DRO (dynamic range optimization), preferring to set it to DRO LV3 to lift details out of the shadows as well as pull some details back out of the highlights. That only requires one shutter exposure, and it back to being discrete.
- Having said that about HDR, using rich black and white forces the camera to take three images and then use them to produce the long tonality. I'm not sure I like it. What I'm after is the old Tri-X film look, complete with film grain.