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What Not to Do when Using a Digital Camera

December 27th, 2006
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OK, so I go on this great trip to Germany last summer, in June. It was a blast. Pentecost Sunday in St. Peter and Paul Church in Weimar, viewing the Cranach altar piece, listening to one of Bach’s Pentecost cantatas performed by a good sized choir and small orchestra. All the Luther sites, plus Chemnitz’ digs of Braunschweig/Brunswick, etc. etc. I take along my new digital camera, the Canon 5d, a full frame 35mm digital camera, truly an amazing camera. So, I being the photography purist that I am, shot everything on the trip in RAW mode, producing oh, individual pictures that are around 13 megabytes EACH. And then you have to convert them into JPEG or some other format to share them with friends and families. Anyway, finally…here at Christmas time I have some time to convert all the images [over 30 gigs!] into JPEG. It’s taking HOURS, but I’m getting ‘er done. So, what not to do with your new digital camera? Take pictures like there is no tomorrow in RAW mode, that’s what, unless you have a LOT of free time on your hands. Here is one of the shots I took  at St. Andrew Church in Eisleben, where Luther preached his last sermon. What’s of special note in this church is that the pulpit, which you see on the left is the actual pulpit from which Luther preached. There are only very, very few  pulpits left in which Luther preached, and,  happily, the very last one he used is still preserved. It is used now only on special occasions. The pulpit itself is original, the stairs leading to it have been replaced.  This is a view of the interior of the church, looking toward the back. The  font in front is original. I’m standing at the edge of the chancel. The church is in rather poor condition, but is, as it was, on the day that Luther preached his last and had to stop due to chest pains. He was taken  to the house nearly directly  across from the  door which is not in view, but is to the  left and just south of the pulpit. There he died.  The church is filled with interesting artifacts and  well worth the visit when you are in Eisleben. The man in the chair is Mr. Jon Schultz, Vice-President of Concordia Publishing House. The arm and back of our president, Mr. Bruce Kintz, is also visible. They very patiently put up with my incessant photo taking.


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  1. December 27th, 2006 at 21:00 | #1

    If you have Adobe Photoshop, you can use the included ImageReady to batch process pictures. I use it to automatically optimize and resize 15 pictures at a time.
    McCain: I use Raw Developer and am batch processing all my raw images into JPEG files. The problem is simply that they are all HUGE files…I mean *really* huge and it just takes time to process over 2,500 shots.

  2. Pastor Cholak
    December 28th, 2006 at 09:06 | #2

    Did you know that Apple’s Aperture will take all those RAW photos and let you do all sorts of things and even convert them with little hassle?
    McCain: Yes, I’ve heard it is a very fine program, but at this point I do not have the $$ to invest in it. I bought a program called “Raw Developer” which does a lot of cool things too, including batch processing.

  3. monte meyer
    December 28th, 2006 at 12:45 | #3

    You gotta stop buying all those L lens for your Canon, then you can afford Aperture…
    Nice set up you have. The camera bug is a demanding mistress though, she always wants more stuff. heheh…
    McCain: I’ve been “into” photography since I was about fourteen. Just recently got back into it…now in digital. I was waiting for a full-frame 35mm digital SLR to jump back in and voila, the Canon 5d. I’ve been a big Canon user my whole life. I’m using Raw Developer and it is working fine, so no need to move to Aperture.

  4. Roger Moldenhauer
    December 30th, 2006 at 10:14 | #4

    I too have gotten back into photography in the digital era. The only thing I didn’t like about the hobby was the hours standing in a darkroom inhaling chemical fumes. How great it is to shoot digitally on a Canon XTi and download the files onto my 24″ iMac!
    Although it uses up lots of space on my 2 GB card, the XTi has the option of shooting RAW + JPEP at the same time. So far I haven’t gotten into RAW, but iPhoto handles both. I would assume that you could do the same with a 5D. Incidentally that 5D prompts considerable lust. Fortunately the XTi does beautiful work and is easy to use.
    McCain: I am entirely amazed at the difference between “old school” photography and digital. The power over the image available in digital, as opposed to film is astounding and I can do it all from the comfort of my big recliner in front of my fire. The guy who has been urging me to get back into photography is the man who taught me photography to begin with, forcing me to start with a primitive b/w box camera, telling me not to move to anything else until I had proven to him that I had developed a sense of light and composition. GREAT advice.
    I too spent hours on end in a dark room in the darkroom working on processing film and printing. I only worked in b/w in the darkroom, never got into color. I always used Kodachrome for color, and it is still, in my best, the superior medium for high-end color photography, but….digital is coming on stronger and stronger. Don’t sweat the hardware, I was just in the position to be able to get what I really wanted. I had told myself years ago that when I can get a digital SLR that gives me a comparable set-up to what I had when I into film photography, I would take the plunge. Well, along comes the 5D and there you go. Any good camera does a great job though! I work on my PowerBook G4 at home but would love to have the iMac 24″ at home for my photo work! I have it at work but I can’t exactly spend hours at work processing RAW images.

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