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A big photo shoot with hundreds, if not thousands of RAW files can stress your photo management workflow. If it's an event where I need to use burst mode for recording the action, my deliverables are about 200 files for every 1,000 captured. So what to do with the other 800?

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Culling Before Importing

These days, most of the rejects don't even make it on to my computer. When Capture One Pro introduced the Import Browser, that allowed me to begin culling at the first step of the workflow. Instead of simply downloading everything from the memory card on to the computer, I make an initial Yay/Nay pass and separate the wheat from the chaff with the Import Browser.

Yes, it takes more time on the front end, but I have fewer large RAW files to manage on my computer, easing the strain on my internal drives and backups. (If you're not familiar with the Import Browser, here's a short piece on how it works.)

Rating the Keepers

Generally speaking, I'm now only importing about half the shots from the memory card thanks to culling out losers during import using the browser. The second step is to add star ratings to the images that do make the cut.

I've found it easier to accurately rate pictures during this step because I've already seen everything once, and I have a feel for the overall shoot. This is the point where I whittle down the deliverables from 500 to about 200. (I keep all 500, but the 200 that go to the client now get their own album in the photo management software.)

Only Adjusting the Remaining Survivers

I go through those survivors one more time for cropping, exposure, and color adjustments. I then export the finals out of Capture One and send them to the client. The entire 500 images are also backed up using my normal archiving process.

What to do with the Rejects?

The only remaining question is: what to do with the files that are on the memory card that never made it to the computer? For me, the answer depends on how I captured them in the first place.

If it was an action shoot where I was using burst mode and have sequences where I've culled out the keepers from any given burst, I'm ok with letting the rejects go. I've already backed up half of the shots, and only a percentage of those were deliverables.

I have a harder time deciding what to do with single frame shoots. In those situations, it's not a burst of a dozen images, but rather a frame by frame capture with each image its own unique picture.

For those shoots, I'm dumping the entire memory card on a large backup hard drive, just in case I ever have to go back through them to look for a particular shot. I may never open those folders again, but there's some peace of mind knowing that I could if needed.

Regardless of how I decide to handle the rejects, I don't format the memory cards until I've secured at least one backup of the images that did make it into my photo management system.

The real point here is this: You may not necessarily need to archive every frame you shoot. That can really add up over time, especially if you shoot RAW with a high resolution camera. And how often are you tapping those archives anyway?

Put some thought into a plan that you can live with, considering the variables that come with different types of shoots. Hopefully you'll find a sweet spot that balances common sense with the price of storage.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #843, May 17, 2022. Today's theme is "The Camping Gear Special for Photographers." I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

Camping and photography are the peanut butter and chocolate of outdoor actives. It's an understatement to say they go together well. And over the years I've learned that the more comfortable I am in nature, the better my pictures turn out. In that spirit I'm sharing with you some of my favorite camping gadgets and tips to help you maximize your experiences. I hope you enjoy the show.

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The Camping Gear Special for Photographers

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Before going forward, let's step back for a minute, quite a ways back. I remember the very moment that I decided that I needed to buy a camping vehicle. It happened during a frosty October morning in the Eastern Sierra when the ground was as hard as concrete.

I struggled a bit to get my jeans on in the two-man tent, crawled out the front opening on my hands and knees, and staggered toward the camp stove to begin a cup of coffee. As I stretched the kinks out of my back, I thought to myself, there has got to be a more comfortable way to do this.

One month later I bought the VW Vanagon with fold out double bed. And my outdoor life has never been the same.

The Vanagon has moved on to a new owner, but my camping life continues to improve. These days, I'm sleeping soundly, eating well, and brimming with creativity as I work outdoors.

A few carefully selected items have mad all the difference. And the totality of them fit easily in the electric SUV. I thought you might enjoy learning about the gear that has transcended my wilderness mornings from creaky to comfortable. Here are my recommendations.

Clean, Convenient Fire

Fire is at the heart of any camping experience. It cooks your food, adds glowing ambience to the evening, and helps warm the bones. Let's start with the most essential item: the camp stove.

Coleman 2 Burner Grill/Stove $89 - If you don't like washing dishes and pots while camping, and you want to keep packaging waste to a minimum, then a grill is definitely the way to go.

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This Coleman combo works great, is easy to clean, and includes a regular burner as well for that pot of breakfast coffee. Even though the stove is affordable, it has held up well over time for me.

Tip: an 11" x 11" griddle fits perfectly over the grill making it easy to cook pancakes and eggs for breakfast.

Ignik Refillable Gas Growler Deluxe 5-Pound Propane Tank $149 This refillable propane tank is quite compact, yet it replaces 5 Coleman bottles that end up in the landfill.

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The kit comes with a 5-Pound tank, adapter hose for your propane stove, and a carry case. It all zips up nicely and fits in the back of your vehicle without taking up much room. So much better than disposable 1-lb bottles, and far more compact that a full size tank. And enough fuel for days of camping.

Portable Propane Gas Fire Pit Outdoor Firebowl $135 - Sitting around a fire ring is fun, but the smoke and mess isn't. You can still tell scary stories around a fire with a propane-powered fire pit.

This is a perfect match for the propane growler tank I mentioned earlier. It's compact, easy to set up, smoke free, and you don't have to worry about hazardous embers. And yes, you can make s'mores over its flames.

Turning Your Car into a Home

SlimShady Awning OG $249 This lightweight room-mounted awning transforms your car campsite into a homy patio. You'll get the best price directly from Yakama, but you will need crossbars for your roof rack if you don't have them already.

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You can set it up solo in about 15 minutes, but it's much easier with 2 people. I like the 6.5' awning that's comfortable for a couple chairs and a table. Be prepared to answer a few questions from others in the campground, because people seem to really like this rig.

Breathable Mesh Car Window Shades - I sleep much better in the back of my VW ID.4 now that I have mesh screens for the rear windows. This allows me to have cross ventilation at night which is both refreshing and eliminates condensation inside the car.

The most important thing is that they fit your window snugly so you don't have to worry about pests entering the cabin at night. They also help keep your car cool during the day because you can leave the screens in place and roll down the rear windows all the way.

Camco Aluminum Side Table $17 - These portable side tables fold flat taking up very little storage space, but provide great utility in camp.

I recommend getting a couple of them. One to serve as a side table for snacks and drinks while lounging in your camp chair, and a second as an ottoman to raise your feet. I clip a braided placemat to the top to make it even more comfortable for my legs.

Bessport Camping Blanket $32 - Lightweight camping blankets come in so handy around the site. Great for draping over legs as the sun goes down, using as a morning cape while brewing coffee, or adding an extra layer of warmth to your bed. I keep one in the VW at all times, but use it most in the campsite.

RoverTac Camping Accessories Gear Tools Multitool Hatchet Survival Gear Axe $21 - Great for pounding in tent stakes, chopping up tinder, and dozens of other uses.

Bonus Item

Bisquick Shake 'n Pour Pancake Mix - Remember my quest for no messy dishes or bowls? Just add 1 1/2 cups of water to the Shake n Pour container, shake for 30 seconds, and pour the batter on to a hot griddle. In just a few minutes you will have delicious, fluffy pancakes.

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Makes enough for four with egg and fruit side dishes, or plenty for two with just the cakes. Once the batter is gone, recycle the container, wipe off the griddle, and you're done.

Bonus Tip: I use paper plates for my camping. All I have to wash are my utensils.

Final Thoughts

These little comforts make a big difference during the outing. Not only will you be more comfortable, but I'm betting more creative as well.

The 2022 TDS Workshops Update

We have great events lined up for this year, and there are a few more coming. Here's a recap of what we have so far:

  • May 2022 - Infrared Photography Workshop (online event) - Sold Out
  • August 2022 - Ultimate B&W Photography Workshop (online) - Sold Out
  • Sept. 2022 - Eastern Sierra Photo Workshop (physical) - 2 Seats Available
  • Nov. 2022 - Oregon Coast Photography Workshop (physical) - 3 Seats Available

You can learn more about all of these events and register by visiting TheNimblePhotographer.com.

OM System OM-1 review

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The OM-1 excels in situations such as wildlife shooting, where its power and compact telephoto lenses mean it's able to offer an unmatched combination, but it can also be a pretty capable sports camera or a general, everyday photographers' camera expected to shoot a bit of everything. So, while it can't generally match a comparably priced full-frame camera for image quality, but there's nothing else that offers this level of all-round capability (shooting speed, AF performance, IS performance, weather sealing) in such a small package.

The OM-1 brings speed, improved AF and more detailed video to a system that already offered great image stabilization and small and light camera/lens combinations. This makes it a powerful all-rounder with particular strengths for wildlife. That compactness comes as a trade-off for absolute image quality but a series of computational multi-shot modes can help close the gap in certain circumstances. It's a lot of capability for the money.

Overall Score: 87 percent with a Silver Award. More than 1,600 comments.

Virtual Camera Club News

Inner Circle Members: A big thanks to those who support our podcast and our efforts! We are having a blast at our new Inner Circle hangout, the private group I've set up at DerrickStoryOnline. We'd love it if you join us. You can become an Inner Circle Member by signing up at our Patreon site. You will automatically be added to the new hangout.

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The New Donation Kit for Carefree Shipping of Found Film Cameras - If you've discovered a film camera that's no longer being used, our new Donation Kit makes it easy to pack and ship. Just visit the Contact Form on thenimblephotographer.com, click the box next to Donating a Film Camera, and let me know what you have. In your note, be sure to include your shipping address.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #842, May 10, 2022. Today's theme is "The Bias Against Teleconverters and Conversion Lenses." I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

Photographers tend to like their cameras clean and their lenses lean. Anything that might compromise image quality such as teleconverters, conversion lenses, and sometimes even filters is frowned upon. But how legitimate are our concerns? I re-examine my biases in today's TDS Photography Podcast. I hope you enjoy the show.

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The Bias Against Teleconverters and Conversion Lenses

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My concerns about teleconverters and conversion lenses stretches all the way back to the film days. I can still remember the disappointment I felt when I got my prints back from the lab after using a $20 2X tele converter on my 70mm-210mm zoom lens. The pictures were so soft they were almost fuzzy.

And that letdown happened after suffering through the picture taking process where I could barely focus my camera because the viewfinder was so dark from the 2 stops loss of light.

I also experimented with low-cost conversion lenses that extended the range or allowed me to get closer with my standard optic. Again, the results were far from satisfying.

And so I swore off optical enhancers all together. If my lens could get the job done natively, then I would either have to go without or buy another lens that met my needs. And like so many other scenarios in photography, the opinion I formed years ago remains with me today. Or at least it did.

My first modern breakthrough was the Olympus MC-14 M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter that I use with my 40-150mm PRO zoom. Now granted, the Olympus teleconverter is matched to their own optics, and it costs $349, not $29. And the performance is every bit as good as with a native zoom.

My latest breakthrough is the FUJIFILM WCL-X100 II Wide Conversion Lens for my X100V. I had been using a DIY rig that I cobbled together, but I finally saved up and got the matched optic from Fujifilm. And what a joy it is.

It is handsome, compact, smart, and provides excellent image quality. And it costs $349.

I've started to change my opinion about these accessory optics, and a few of the reasons are:

  • Mirrorless Cameras and AF End the Focusing Problem - Thanks to great AF systems and electronic viewfinders, we no longer pay an "ease of focusing price" with teleconverters.
  • Matched Optics Are Better than Generics - When I buy Olympus for Olympus or Fujifilm for Fujifilm, those optics are designed for specific lenses and not just generic magnifiers.
  • More Expensive Does Mean Better - The coatings and construction for my FUJIFILM WCL-X100 II are on par with the lens it fits over. These are real optics, not toys.
  • Match Features Enhance User Experience - Niceties such as automatic viewing frame adjustment and correct EXIF data readout feel very much like an interchangeable lens camera.
  • More Compact than a Full Size Lens - This is especially true with the teleconverters, but even with the wide angle conversion lens.

So then it comes down to image quality. And as I look at my shots at 100 percent magnification in Capture One Pro, I see sharpness, detail, and good color. There certainly may be a tradeoff compared to an expensive prime lens, but considering the other benefits combined with very good image quality, it's hard to argue against these optical accessories for light-packing nimble photographers.

The 2022 TDS Workshops Update

We have great events lined up for this year, and there are a few more coming. Here's a recap of what we have so far:

  • May 2022 - Infrared Photography Workshop (online event) - Sold Out
  • August 2022 - Ultimate B&W Photography Workshop (online) - Sold Out
  • Sept. 2022 - Eastern Sierra Photo Workshop (physical) - 2 Seats Available
  • Nov. 2022 - Oregon Coast Photography Workshop (physical) - 3 Seats Available

You can learn more about all of these events and register by visiting TheNimblePhotographer.com.

My Favorite Adventure Series - Helicopter Flight Over Hoover Dam

This idea came out of a group conversation that we had in the Humboldt Redwoods where the guys were interested in some of my big assignments from the past. We kiddingly nicknames these stories, "Back in the Day."

I decided to take them up on their suggestion and run semi-regular spots highlighting really cool photography adventures that I've been lucky enough to experience. Here's another one.

I had a chance to shoot with a preproduction model of the Panasonic DMC-TZ5 at PMA in January 2008. The "TZ" stands for travel zoom, and this is a terrific "on the go" camera.

Starting with the 10X Leica DC Vario-Elmarit optical zoom (28-280mm equivalent), the little compact can handle a variety of shooting situations. The image stabilization works wonderfully, and having the option of choosing among aspect ratios (4:3, 3:2, or 16:9) is a creative plus. This latest version provides HD movie capture at 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps. The accompanying audio is recorded with an onboard mic, so it isn't as good as the visuals, but still a great option to have while traveling.

The picture of Hoover Dam that I shot with the TZ5 is featured on the fourth page of The Digital Photography Companion across from the credits. I was able to add the image just as we were going to production.

Shooting from a helicopter is tricky business. You have to photograph through glass that is often curved and full of reflections. Unlike with other through-glass shooting, you can't put your camera lens up against the surface because of the rotor vibration while flying. I was dealing with all of these factors while capturing this image of Hoover Dam with Lake Mead in the background at the Arizona/Nevada border in Southwestern USA.

So here's how I did it. I used a Panasonic LUMIX TZ5 (just announced at PMA) in aerial scene mode. What that does (and what you can do on your own) is activate image stabilization and "warm up" the white balance to offset the coolness of shooting from above. I then looked for a patch of clean glass and held the camera as close to it as possible without touching it. I watched the reflections as the pilot maneuvered, and shot when the reflections weren't apparent.

You can increase your odds of success by wearing dark clothing (that doesn't reflect in the glass as much) and bringing a polarizer filter. Both help minimize reflections in the glass. If you're using a compact, bring one that has as wide a focal length as possible. The TZ5 goes to 28 mm, which helped considerably for capturing big scenes.

ProGrade Digital announces $460 512GB V90 UHS-II SDXC Cobalt series memory card

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ProGrade Digital has announced a 512GB version of its Cobalt UHS-II SDXC memory card, which offers maximum read and write speeds up to 300MB/s and 250MB/s, respectively.

This new 512GB Cobalt SD card offers V90 performance, guaranteeing the minimum write speeds never drop below 90MB/s, an important specification for times when you're recording high bit-rate video directly onto the card. ProGrade Digital, which was founded by industry veterans from Lexar and SanDisk, says each component of the card is tested 'down to individual memory chips' to ensure the best performance and reliability possible.

The 512GB Cobalt SD card is both X-ray and shockproof, and capable of operating between -25ºC (-14ºF) and 85ºC (185ºF). It also features built-in error correction that detects and corrects data write and data transfer errors.

The ProGrade Digital 512GB UHS-II SDXC memory card is available to pre-order for $460, which amounts to roughly $.90/GB. There are also 256GB, 128GB and 64GB models available, but those have been available for well over a year now.

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For most of my travel photography I very much like the 35mm angle of view provided by the Fujifilm X100V. But there are those situations when I need just a little wider frame. Wandering through the redwoods is a perfect example.

DSCF2058-Armstrong-Woods-1024-web.jpg Armstrong Redwoods with the Fujifilm X100V and wide conversion lens. This was the breadth that I wanted to capture.

At first, I had very good luck using a DIY adaptation of an old Canon wide angle lens I had. Over time, however, the rig proved a bit bulky for travel, and I had to set the EXIF data manually. Ultimately, I wanted something more compact and convenient.

So I turned my attention to the FUJIFILM WCL-X100 II Wide Conversion Lens because it was much smaller and definitely more convenient. With it on the X100V, I now have a quality 28mm equivalent optic that is wider than the 35mm standard lens.

Fujifilm updated the WCL-X100 II a few years ago to make it smarter on the X100S and X100V. The optics are basically the same as the original wide angle lens, but they included a clever magnet system that tells the camera when the wide angle is mounted, and the camera makes all of the framing adjustments, plus alters the EXIF data accordingly. This is wildly convenient. It feels very much like an interchangeable lens camera with the new system.

Another nice feature is that the wide conversion lens has the same 49mm filter size as the standard adapter that you probably already have on the camera. So you can use the existing protection filter (or any other type) that you're already carrying with you.

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The wide angle lens looks very natural on the camera, even handsome. The lens quickly screws into the threads on the camera body that are revealed when you remove the filter ring adapter. The X100V isn't as pocketable when the wide angle mounted, but it's still not bad either. And it's certainly easy enough to remove the lens and stash it in the other pocket. Image quality is excellent, as you would imagine.

The wide angle lens kit comes with front and back caps plus a nice lens pouch.

The Bottom Line

My DIY solution worked well when I wasn't on the road, which was fine during the pandemic, but now that I'm out and about more, I prefer the WCL-X100 II Wide Conversion Lens because of its compact size and convenience. And the fact that I can use my existing 49mm filter is a nice bonus.

Highly recommended.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #841, May 3, 2022. Today's theme is "Mother's Day and Other Great Family Photos" I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

Some folks will be spending time with their family this weekend thanks to Mother's Day on Sunday. Generally speaking, Moms don't like having their picture taken. But I have a few tips for you in today's show that will not only help you get her in front of the camera, but will also ensure she looks great in the picture. I hope you enjoy the show.

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Mother's Day and Other Great Family Photos

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Here are my 5 tips for great Mother's Day photos.

  • No Solo Portraits - Very few moms will stand for a solo portrait. But if you get the kids involved, she will gladly pose with them. And that's the secret: small group photos with those she loves.
  • Work Fast - Whatever trust you gained with the group photo approach, you can just as quickly lose if you take too long to complete the picture. Before the gathering begins, set up your camera so it is ready to go and all you have to do is compose, focus, and shoot.
  • Use Fill Flash Outdoors - There's a reason why so many wedding photographers use fill flash outdoors: it is flattering for the subject. Bringing light from the front softens textures and adds a twinkle to the eye.
  • Bring an Instant Printer - Making prints on the spot is a hit. And you can let people take their favorites with them when they return home. I use a FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI EVO Hybrid Instant Camera ($199) for this purpose. I send the pictures from my camera to the iPhone, crop and edit as needed, then send the image to the Fujifilm camera/printer.
  • Email Photos to Everyone - If you establish a track record of following through and sending everyone shots of the day as promised, you'll find that they will more eagerly pose for you during family events.

And finally, those of you lucky enough to spend time with your Mom and other family members this weekend, take a moment to appreciate the gift you are receiving. And to all the moms listening, Happy Mother's Day, and thank you for everything you do.

The 2022 TDS Workshops Update

We have great events lined up for this year, and there are a few more coming. Here's a recap of what we have so far:

  • May 2022 - Infrared Photography Workshop (online event) - Sold Out
  • August 2022 - Ultimate B&W Photography Workshop (online) - Sold Out
  • Sept. 2022 - Eastern Sierra Photo Workshop (physical) - 2 Seats Available
  • Nov. 2022 - Oregon Coast Photography Workshop (physical) - 3 Seats Available

You can learn more about all of these events and register by visiting TheNimblePhotographer.com.

OM SYSTEM M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150MM F4.0 PRO REVIEW

You can read on amateurphotographer.com.

OMDS says the lens is, in effect, a scaled-down version of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO, with an optical formula derived from its larger-aperture sibling. This is likely to be a good thing, given that the 40-150mm f/2.8 gives excellent image quality. However, like the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4.0 PRO and the aforementioned 20mm f/1.4, the new lens also employs a simplified physical design, with neither a programmable L-Fn button on the barrel, nor a focus ring that can be snapped back towards the camera to engage manual focus.

At £799, the 40-150mm f/4 neatly occupies the middle ground between its £1099 f/2.8 sibling and the entry-level M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4-5.6 R, which costs around £210. It's clear that OMDS views it mainly as a travel-friendly option that should nicely complement small cameras like the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III, rather than an action-friendly option for E-M1 or OM-1 users. But how does it stack up in practice?

In many respects, the OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4 PRO delivers nicely on its promise. Like the 12-45mm f/4, it adapts the optical design of its larger, more expensive f/2.8 sibling to deliver lovely crisp images from a small, lightweight package. Indeed, it's remarkably small for a 300mm equivalent lens with premium optics. You don't even have to go searching for a sweet spot in terms of focal length and aperture, as it delivers plenty of detail at f/4. The real trick is not to stop down too far.

There are, however, some compromises to accept in return for the compact size. Naturally the f/4 maximum aperture isn't great for blurring backgrounds, while autofocus isn't quite as good at keeping up with fast-moving subjects compared to more expensive optics, either. But I suspect many users will happily accept these drawbacks in return for the lens's sheer portability.

Overall, then, the 40-150mm f/4 is a fine little lens that neatly fills a gap in the M.Zuiko line-up between the entry-level and f/2.8 Pro zooms that cover the same range. It's a particularly good match for compact Micro Four Thirds bodies such as the E-M5 Mark III, but is just as good a choice for E-M1/OM-1 users looking to travel light. It would make an excellent companion for either the 12-40mm f/2.8 or 12-45mm f/4.5 standard zooms.

Recommended - 4.5 Stars

Dorothea Lange Words and Pictures

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"All photographs can be fortified by words," Lange wrote. For her, words could extend the power of an image, not just causing an emotional response but also urging the viewer to not only see but to read, to listen carefully. She wrote that her image captions should carry "not only factual information, but also added clues to attitudes, relationships and meanings," calling these captions "connective tissue." Some of her image titles exhibit a matter of factness, a dry wit, On the Road to Los Angeles, California (1937) features two men walking down a dirt road towards a billboard advising to take the train next time. An image of men in front of a building is titled Six Tenant Farmers Without Farms, Hardeman County, Texas (1937).

The power of words also extended beyond image titles, to encompass the voice of her subjects. Whilst photographing, Lange took copious field notes on her assignments recording where, when, and who she was depicting and what they had to say. The exhibition shines a light on these collections and how in pairing the photographs with the subjects' own words, Lange empowered their voices. The endpapers of her book An American Exodus, which she worked on with her husband, the agricultural economist Paul Taylor, hold the words of her subjects. Upon entering the gallery, these words feature prominently, as an introduction to the images on view, giving voice to the protagonists of her work.

Throughout the show, wall text enriches the images with fragments of Lange's own notes and extended quotes from those she photographed. This combination of words and pictures hits both head and heart; the photographs touch the viewer but the words allow them to do more than that, they shine a light on the injustices of the wider world through experience and fact. They also illuminate the inner thoughts and methods of a photographer committed to bringing change to the world with the tools at hand.

Even through the show has come and gone, the book from it is available on Amazon.com.

Virtual Camera Club News

Will return with another installment from My Favorite Adventure Series.

Inner Circle Members: A big thanks to those who support our podcast and our efforts!

My Writing on Medium.com: I now have 51 published articles on Medium.com. And if you haven't visited the site, and enjoy good writing on a variety of topics, I suggest that you may want to take a look. You can just go to the home page and enter "Derrick Story" in the search field. And if you like what you read, then follow me!

The New Donation Kit for Carefree Shipping of Found Film Cameras - If you've discovered a film camera that's no longer being used, our new Donation Kit makes it easy to pack and ship. Just visit the Contact Form on thenimblephotographer.com, click the box next to Donating a Film Camera, and let me know what you have. In your note, be sure to include your shipping address.

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6 Great Micro Four Thirds Lenses

The OM System OM-1 Micro Four Thirds camera is making a big splash, even to the point of luring some photographers away from their existing systems. So then the conversation quickly moves to which lenses should be paired with the new body.

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Unless you're going with a strictly nimble setup, I would start with the OM SYSTEM M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II ($999). Even though it's not the most compact zoom in the MFT lineup, this optic is a must-have for serious photography and professional work. With a constant aperture of f/2.8, you can tackle low light environments while leveraging a very useful 24-80mm equivalent zoom range. (To get full frame equivalent with MFT optics, multiple by 2X.)

With a weather resistance rating of IP53, you can work in virtually any environment. Another feature that I like is the manual focus clutch that allows you to operate it just like a quality manual focus lens, complete with distance markings.

Image quality is outstanding. And this updated model includes an extra-low reflection optical coating that minimizes lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.

This is a great optic to build your system around. And if you buy the OM-1 bundled with this lens, you save hundreds of dollars.

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The other pro optic that I recommend is the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO ($1,349). You may be aware that OM System just released a very tempting f/4 version of this zoom that's more compact, but I think the f/2.8 version is the better choice for professional photography.

With an equivalent focal range of 80-300mm with a constant aperture of f/2.8, you have ample reach for nature and sports photography, even in less than ideal lighting conditions. Plus, having the faster f/2.8 model allows you to add the Olympus MC-14 M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter to extend the equivalent range to 420mm with a maximum aperture of only f/4.

This is the one lens that I could not live without for event photography, especially in situations where flash is not allowed. Thanks to the outstanding built-in image stabilization in MFT cameras, I've handheld this lens with shutter speeds as low as 1/15th of a second in dim lighting and come away with publishable images. It's just incredible.

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If the previous two optics are just too big for you, then I think you'll like the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 lens ($499). One of the big advantages of Micro Four Thirds photography is the wide selection of fast, compact optics that allow you to travel light but still work in challenging conditions. The 17mm f/1.8 is one of the best examples of this benefit.

Many MFT photographers consider this their "go to" everyday lens because it combines a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture with a versatile 34mm equivalent focal length in a very svelte design. So compact, in fact, that your camera will fit in a jacket pocket or purse.

Other desirable features include the manual focus clutch that we typically see on PRO optics costing much more, movie & still compatible AF system, and rounded 7-blade aperture design. For a truly deluxe experience, add the $49 LH-48B metal lens hood that looks great and protects the front of the lens.

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Panasonic photographers may be wondering why none of their optics have not been included on this list. It certainly isn't because of their quality. Panasonic glass is outstanding.

And even though both Panasonic and OM System are founding members of the Micro Four Thirds standard, I generally prefer to use Olympus on OM System and Panasonic on Panasonic.

That being said, the wonderful Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH ($297) is a worthy alternative to the Olympus 17mm prime (and for less money!). This is the pancake lens that I often use on my Olympus PEN-F. What a great optic. It's compact, fast, sharp and a very useful 40mm equivalent focal length.

Staying in nimble mode, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens ($549) is an amazingly compact optic that provides an f/2.8 maximum aperture and 1:1 magnification with a 7.5" minimum focusing distance. Splash-proof and dust-proof construction allows you to work in inclement conditions, and the 120mm equivalent focal length is also useful for portraits and landscape work.

Full frame photographers often debate whether or not to pack their bulky macro lens because of its size and weight. This lens ends the argument before it begins. There's always room for it.

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And finally, if you want an all-purpose pro-quality zoom that you can just leave on the camera, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens ($1,399) is a great choice. Covering a wide 24mm equivalent to a 200mm telephoto with a constant aperture of f/4, you can photograph practically any wonder you encounter.

Its unique optical image stabilization system works in conjunction with the camera's 5-axis stabilization to form Sync IS, which compensates for up to 6.5 stops of camera shake. Plus you have weather resistant construction, manual focus clutch, and the rounded 7-blade aperture for smooth bokeh.

It's a bit larger than most Olympus travel lenses, but for many, it's the only optic they will need in the field.

There are many other amazing lenses in the Micro Four Thirds catalog. But building your collection around any of these six is a great place to start.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #840, April 26, 2022. Today's theme is "Time for a New Personal Project." I'm Derrick Story.

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Photography is most interesting when we continually challenge ourselves. And the best way to do that is through personal projects that take us just a bit out of our comfort zone. Now that we're well into 2022, it's time to find that next personal project for you, and that's the top story in today's TDS Photography Podcast.

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Time for a New Personal Project

I'm in the business of reinvention. That wasn't my intention, but it certainly has worked out that way. So I'm very familiar with personal projects that help open new doors.

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I'm talking about endeavors that you may have had an interest in, but until this point, stayed on the sidelines. What kind of projects could those be? Let's take a look at 5 possible examples.

  • Portraits - The pandemic has certainly confined most of us to our corners. But maybe it's time we start working with people again, and even more creatively, begin making portraits. There are so many different types, outdoors with fill reflectors, natural light window, flash and soft boxes. Pick one and shoot a series.
  • Macro - Very few subjects garner attention like a beautiful macro photo of an insect or flower. We often have the tools already, but never really got serious about taking our close-up work to the next level.
  • Action - Fast cars, horses, and even kids playing soccer present their own unique challenge, both technically and artistically. I'm not talking just any old action photo, but one that is beautiful and captivates the viewer.
  • Infrared - This was my 2020 personal project, and it has lead to a series of satisfying online workshops, with our next installment beginning in May. IR has so many facets, both technically and artistically, and it's a true challenge to merge the two camps together into an image that is at once unique and beautiful.
  • Analog - So you think you're a good photographer? Load up a roll of color film and see how you feel when it comes back from the lab. My guess is that you will find it humbling. But don't stop there. Challenge yourself to create a series that satisfies you technically and appeals to others artistically.

If you have additional ideas for personal projects, please send them to me or post them on our Facebook page in the comments sections for this podcast. I may just share them in a future show.

Good luck with your project. I hope you helps you expand your photography boundaries.

The 2022 TDS Workshops Update

We have great events lined up for this year, and there are a few more coming. Here's a recap of what we have so far:

  • May 2022 - Infrared Photography Workshop (online event) - Sold Out
  • August 2022 - Ultimate B&W Photography Workshop (online) - 2 Seats Available
  • Sept. 2022 - Eastern Sierra Photo Workshop (physical) - 2 Seats Available
  • Nov. 2022 - Oregon Coast Photography Workshop (physical) - 3 Seats Available

You can learn more about all of these events and register by visiting TheNimblePhotographer.com.

My Favorite Adventure Series - A Small Wedding in Iceland

This idea came out of a group conversation that we had in the Humboldt Redwoods where the guys were interested in some of my big assignments from the past. We kiddingly nicknames these stories, "Back in the Day."

I decided to take them up on their suggestion and run semi-regular spots highlighting really cool photography adventures that I've been lucky enough to experience. Here's another one, the 2006 Photoshop Lightroom Adventure in Iceland.

The iPhone 14 Pro to Have a Much Larger 48MP Main Camera: Report

You can read on Petapixel.com.

The iPhone 14 is reportedly set to receive a camera that has four times as many megapixels as the current version that is expected to be released in less than six months.

According to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, the iPhone 14 will get the pixel upgrade but the improved camera will only be available on the Pro model of the phone in order to tempt buyers to upgrade to the more expensive model. Gurman has a particularly good record when it comes to Apple rumors and leaks, including most recently correctly predicting the Mac Studio as well as the other products announced during the last Apple hardware event.

Not much more is known about the camera, but the 48-megapixel camera upgrade has been rumored for over a year now and if correct, Apple's 2022 phone will be able to deliver more detailed images.

Virtual Camera Club News

Inner Circle Members: A big thanks to those who support our podcast and our efforts!

My Writing on Medium.com: I now have 51 published articles on Medium.com. And if you haven't visited the site, and enjoy good writing on a variety of topics, I suggest that you may want to take a look. You can just go to the home page and enter "Derrick Story" in the search field. And if you like what you read, then follow me!

The New Donation Kit for Carefree Shipping of Found Film Cameras - If you've discovered a film camera that's no longer being used, our new Donation Kit makes it easy to pack and ship. Just visit the Contact Form on thenimblephotographer.com, click the box next to Donating a Film Camera, and let me know what you have. In your note, be sure to include your shipping address.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #839, April 19, 2022. Today's theme is "Camera Bag Odd Couple: GFX + MFT." I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

I'm planning a couple outdoor preflight camping trips in preparation for our upcoming Eastern Sierra Workshop, and I had to laugh when I looked down into my camera bag. What I saw was the photography version of the Odd Couple. How did I end up here? Stay tuned for the first story on today's TDS Podcast. I hope you enjoy the show.

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Camera Bag Odd Couple: GFX + MFT

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I've owned the Fujifilm GFX 100S for about a year and the OM System OM-1 for just over a week. The GFX is a handsome medium format mirrorless camera with an impressive sensor. The OM-1 is a svelte micro four thirds body that is a nimble little minx. And funny enough, they make a great tandem.

Fujifilm GFX 100S Medium Format Camera

To be honest, I didn't warm up to the GFX right away. I only had one lens for it, a hefty GF 80mm f/1.7 that was amazing for portraits, but not so good for lightly exploring the world.

Everything changed however, when I purchased the GF 50mm lens. With a full frame equivalent of 40mm (a focal length you know I like), weather resistant design, fantastic aperture ring with 1/3 click-stops, and very smooth focus for both AF and manual, I suddenly fell in love with the camera.

The call the 50mm a "pancake," but that's relative to medium format. And what it did was make the 100S feel like a very sophisticated full frame camera (about the same size), but oozing of Fuji magic and an amazing sensor.

I used the camera exclusively in the Humboldt Redwoods, and I just love many of the images I came home with. Honestly, the most beautiful greens I've every captured. After that trip, I decided that the GFX100S with the 50mm lens belongs in my travel camera bag.

My default settings are Aperture Priority (using that wonderful aperture ring on the lens), Velvia film simulation, auto white balance, and processing the RAW+Jpegs in Capture One Pro.

OM System OM-1 MFT

The OM System OM-1 is my camera for everything else. First, there are the lenses.

And then all of those wonderful features such as Live ND, Starry Sky, and fast burst rate. All packed into a compact package that perfect for a hike or a stroll to dinner.

When Do I Use What?

Here's when I use the Fuji, and then here's when I use the OM-1.

The 2022 TDS Workshops Update

We have great events lined up for this year, and there are a few more coming. Here's a recap of what we have so far:

  • May 2022 - Infrared Photography Workshop (online event) - Sold Out
  • August 2022 - Ultimate B&W Photography Workshop (online) - 3 Seats Available
  • Sept. 2022 - Eastern Sierra Photo Workshop (physical) - 3 Seats Available
  • Nov. 2022 - Oregon Coast Photography Workshop (physical) - 3 Seats Available

You can learn more about all of these events and register by visiting TheNimblePhotographer.com.

My Favorite Adventure Series - The 2008 Beijing Olympics

This idea came out of a group conversation that we had in the Humboldt Redwoods where the guys were interested in some of my big assignments from the past. We kiddingly nicknames these stories, "Back in the Day."

I decided to take them up on their suggestion and run semi-regular spots highlighting really cool photography adventures that I've been lucky enough to experience. Here's one today.

New Podcast Studio Online

I've really missed my old recording studio during this renovation of my photography studio. And to some degree, I bet you have too. Thank you for your audio patience while I've been in transition.

But now I have the new setup online, and we can get back to consistent audio quality, that is, except when I'm on the road. This is the first podcast with the new setup. Time to celebrate!

Virtual Camera Club News

Inner Circle Members: A big thanks to those who support our podcast and our efforts!

My Writing on Medium.com: I now have 51 published articles on Medium.com. And if you haven't visited the site, and enjoy good writing on a variety of topics, I suggest that you may want to take a look. You can just go to the home page and enter "Derrick Story" in the search field. And if you like what you read, then follow me!

The New Donation Kit for Carefree Shipping of Found Film Cameras - If you've discovered a film camera that's no longer being used, our new Donation Kit makes it easy to pack and ship. Just visit the Contact Form on thenimblephotographer.com, click the box next to Donating a Film Camera, and let me know what you have. In your note, be sure to include your shipping address.

Affiliate Links - The links to some products in this podcast contain an affiliate code that credits The Digital Story for any purchases made from B&H Photo and Amazon via that click-through. Depending on the purchase, we may receive some financial compensation.

Red River Paper - And finally, be sure to visit our friends at Red River Paper for all of your inkjet supply needs.

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In addition to everything we've learned about the performance of the new OM System OM-1 digital camera and its top-drawer companion, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO II lens, there's another exciting side to this device for nimble photographers who want to travel very light, but pack a serious imaging punch.

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If you remove the 12-40mm PRO II and mount the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ with the Olympus LC-37C Auto Open Lens Cap, you have what well may be the world's most sophisticated point and shoot camera with an equivalent zoom range of 28mm to 168mm with 2X enabled.

So you would have blazing performance, top notch image quality, and computational brains in a camera that fits in a purse or jacket pocket. I'm talking about features such as Live ND handheld photography with up to 6 EV of density, incredible handheld High Res Shot for super detailed files, multiple exposure, interval shooting, mic & headphone jacks for 4K video recording, and dual UHS-II SD card slots, just to name a few.

When in the "off" position, the M.Zuiko 14-42mm EZ barely extends past the handgrip. In other words, this is virtually like carrying the body alone in terms of space. Yet this optic performs admirably in a variety of lighting conditions. And if you want to put a fast, high-quality companion in the other pocket, I recommend the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 lens that isn't too much bigger.

The nice thing is, when it's time to go to work for that big photo assignment, get your camera bag and PRO optics, then swing for the fences.

The OM System OM-1 digital camera has got to be one of the most versatile cameras on the planet.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #838, April 12, 2022. Today's theme is "OM-1 First Impressions and Workshop Expressions." I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

At last, the OM System OM-1 Digital Camera is in my hands. Of course there's a story behind that. And I'm back from the Humboldt Redwoods Workshop with lots of pictures and memories. But the thoughts I'm going to share are from the participants themselves. Yes,so much to cover today. So let's get to it. I hope you enjoy the show.

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OM-1 First Impressions

The Awkward Arrival

The Empty Battery

First Impressions

  • Better menus
  • Bluetooth and WiFi with new mobile app
  • Fantastic viewfinder
  • A level readout that makes sense
  • Fast autofocus
  • Beautiful LCD
  • Super solid build
  • Tons of features and options
  • New 12-40mm lens is a joy
  • Still has all the good stuff that I liked before.

Final Thoughts

Workshop Expressions

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Here are some thoughts from those who attended the TDS Humboldt Redwoods Workshop.

Timo - "HDR can look pretty good, oval gradient masks can be rotated, and everyone loves Steve Martin."

Scott - "From Bob, about the Nikon Z cameras and what it's like to move from ND to LA as a teenager.
From Steve, how to bring the right tools for the job and how to ask good questions.
From Fred, how to persevere and get the job done.
From Timo, about street photography, art, architecture, and Finnish-Americana.
From Harold, about infrared photography, history, and Italian culture.
From Jim, about medium format cameras and having a good sense of humor."

Bob - "One of the best learning opportunities for me was the presentation at the end of the workshop. It was great to be able to see the work that the guys produced and the ways it was different from my own even though we were shooting in the same area. I really appreciated the chance to see other people's work and hear their thoughts on it. The interaction among the group on the different photographs was thought provoking and is causing me to look at my own work in new ways."

Steve -"The back and forth regarding Timo's cemetery photo was very interesting. I can see both sides. While thinking about it on the nine hour drive home, I decided that the photo is something that should be shared to everyone. The reasoning behind this is because the photo evokes a very strong emotional response that all or most people can relate to, oppose to a violent, shock response, i.e. a human body ripped in half.It is definitely an intimate photo but it is also relatable to most everyone. I believe you had mentioned that one of the subjects was an "everyman". THAT, is a GREAT word to justify the sharing of the photo. Just my two cents on the subject."

Jim - "One major take away for me was shooting the beach scene in midday. Using the 1000X ND and converting to B/W was out of my usual workflow. Having the challenge of doing this, added another arrow to my quiver."

Harold - "So, what did I learn from another attendee? #1 stay away from logs in the water #2 Make sure your foreground is level, or the first thing to do when editing is level the photo and correct the parallax."

The 2022 TDS Workshop Season

We have great events lined up for this year, and there are a few more coming. Here's a recap of what we have so far:

  • April 2022 - Humboldt Redwoods Workshop (physical)
  • May 2022 - Infrared Photography Workshop (online event)
  • August 2022 - Ultimate B&W Photography Workshop (online)
  • Sept. 2022 - Eastern Sierra Photo Workshop (physical)
  • Nov. 2022 - Oregon Coast Photography Workshop (physical)

You can learn more about all of these events and register by visiting TheNimblePhotographer.com.

Capture One Pro 22 (V. 15.2) Release

Capture One 22 (15.2.0) is a feature release containing new functionality, quality-of-life improvements, performance improvements, new camera and lens support, and important bug fixes.

Major Changes

Keystone Tool redesign (including Auto Keystone)

General User Experience Improvements and tweaks

  • Apple Silicon (M1) performance improvements - Preview generation is up to 100% faster.
  • Improved Auto Rotate - The algorithm behind Auto Rotate has been improved, providing more accurate results on images where clear lines are visible. This makes it more valuable with, for example, landscape images with clear horizons.
  • Crop Aspect Ratio behavior - Changing the Aspect Ratio from the Crop Tool will now immediately apply this ratio to the selected image. This makes it easier and more intuitive to work with different aspect ratios, as you don't have to make a change to the crop for the new ratio to apply.
  • Easier access to drop-down menus - Drop-down menus that were previously only accessible by long-pressing their icons are now easier to open. Most icons have gotten a downwards arrow that will open the menu, and all menus can be opened by right-clicking their icons.
  • New default collection sorting option - Collections will now sort by Date instead of Name by default. This default can be changed in General Preferences, where both the sorting criteria and direction can be customized. This only affects new collections.

Other

Support for macOS 12.2

Capture One Fujifilm/Sony/Nikon subscribers converted to Pro

Auto Keystone

Let Capture One detect and correct the perspective automatically. By pressing the 'Auto' button in the Keystone Tool, lines in the image(s) are automatically detected, evaluated, and used for the correction. The result is a swift automatic correction with high precision.

By default, Auto Keystone will correct Vertical Keystone. This can be changed by simply selecting one of the other two guide modes to activate the cursor tool. The icon within the 'Auto' button will change accordingly and pressing it will instantly apply the desired correction. Auto Keystone works on batches of images.

Auto Keystone can also be triggered from the regular Auto Adjust functionality in the main toolbar. To do this, tick Keystone in the drop-down menu of Auto Adjust. Note that only Vertical Keystone is available from Auto Adjust.

If Capture One is unable to detect suitable lines in the image, pressing 'Auto' will have no effect.

Bits and Bobs

Only one new camera - Phase One iXM-GS120. A handful of new lenses supported.

You can download this version now!

Virtual Camera Club News

Inner Circle Members: A big thanks to those who support our podcast and our efforts!

My Writing on Medium.com: I now have 51 published articles on Medium.com. And if you haven't visited the site, and enjoy good writing on a variety of topics, I suggest that you may want to take a look. You can just go to the home page and enter "Derrick Story" in the search field. And if you like what you read, then follow me!

The New Donation Kit for Carefree Shipping of Found Film Cameras - If you've discovered a film camera that's no longer being used, our new Donation Kit makes it easy to pack and ship. Just visit the Contact Form on thenimblephotographer.com, click the box next to Donating a Film Camera, and let me know what you have. In your note, be sure to include your shipping address.

Affiliate Links - The links to some products in this podcast contain an affiliate code that credits The Digital Story for any purchases made from B&H Photo and Amazon via that click-through. Depending on the purchase, we may receive some financial compensation.

Red River Paper - And finally, be sure to visit our friends at Red River Paper for all of your inkjet supply needs.

See you next week!

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