It’s been a very busy week so I’m sorry if I’ve been a tad quiet on the blog. By the time this blog goes live I’ll be seeing my girls off in Bozeman as they fly back east. It’s always bitter sweet seeing them go. They’re my main support team, but it will give me some down time to focus on a new writing project, as well as my photography.
It's been a few weeks since our last Q&A but here we go…
Julia: Do you use a lot of filters when you’re taking landscape shots?
John: It really depends on what I’m trying to achieve. Much of my filter work can be done in Photoshop or Lightroom, but if I have a sky that really needs to be punched up, I’ll use my Lee Filter Kit and throw a graduated neutral density filter on.
Kevin: I’ve been using Lightroom for several months now and I’m curious how often should I back up my catalog?
John: You can never have too many back-ups..;) But, these catalogs do get large so I typically will back up my catalog twice a week depending on how much editing I’ve done. I try to keep 3-5 catalog archives on file, and every time I run a new back-up I delete the oldest back-up.
Millie: How important is setting your white balance?
John: This really depends on a lot of factors. I shoot in raw so it gives me more freedom to adjust things in Lightroom or Photoshop, but typically I try to set my white balance accordingly before I take a photograph. The trick is to remember to change the settings if the conditions change. I’ve been out many times and had my camera on a “cloudy” white balance setting just to have the weather improve and then forgot to change the setting to “sunny”. Some photographers prefer to leave it on Auto White Balance and make the adjustments in Lightroom. I recommend trying it both ways and seeing which process works best for your workflow.
Peggy: How can I order one of your prints?
John: If the photo is on the blog, then just click on the image and it will take you to a shopping cart. If you have any problems whatsoever, then just drop me an email.
Anna (my daughter): When did your beard get so gray?
John (Dad): How old are you?
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. If you have a question you would like to submit for my Q&A Friday then just fill out the form below or leave a comment on the blog….take care, John
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