The Image Doctors #72

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8S Z Lens Review

The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8S Z-Nikkor lens (image courtesy B&H Photo)

This week, we were lucky enough to get our hands on a production copy of Nikon’s newest pro-level Z-mount lens. We tested the new 14-24mm f/2.8S Nikkor Z and came away quite impressed. Hear our thoughts on this lens, how it compares to similar Nikon super-wide lenses, and whether or not it makes sense for us to own one. Many thanks to our friends at B&H Photo for loaning us this lens to test!

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The Image Doctors #71

Holiday Gift Ideas 2020

We have a long list of gift ideas for photographers this year, from stocking stuffers to new cameras. No matter who you are shopping for this year (including yourself), you’re bound to find something interesting on our list. See our complete holiday gift guide at: www.luminescentphoto.com

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Pro Tip: Rename Your Image Files

Use Lightroom Classic to create meaningful photo file names automatically during import

Your camera automatically names image files using the convention: DSC_1234 (or similar). The problem with this naming format is that when your frame counter hits 9999, it rolls over and begins again at 0001. This means that over time, you’ll end up with many images on your computer all sharing the same filename. That can create headaches over time, especially if you’re trying to locate specific images on your computer outside of Lightroom.

In this video, I’ll show you how to rename your images upon import using Adobe Lightroom Classic. The convention I use combines my initials (JPO) with a sortable date (YYYMMDD) and then the frame number from the original image. This technique only works if you’ve set the date correctly in your camera. The advantage of this technique is that if you’re looking for images on your computer, each file will have a unique name that includes date information to help you locate it. Once you’ve set up a file renaming template in Lightroom, you can use it to rename images that are already in your Lightroom catalog.

The Image Doctors #70

Retouching Portraits

Occasionally, we do casual portraits for family and friends, and we always want the result to look professional. This week, we’ll discuss some fundamental techniques for retouching portraits using simple editing tools that work really well. In addition to Lightroom & Photoshop, we also took a look at ON 1 Portrait AI, which is an outstanding portrait retouching application.

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