Peter Aitken Photographs
 

Technical Information

 

I don't think the technical details of digital photography are particularly interesting. One must master them, to be sure, but I feel that many photographers spend way too much time and energy fretting about pixel counts, lens sharpness, and printing papers, and too little working on their vision and aesthetic sensibilities. Just think of all the technically perfect but dull-as-dirt photos you see out there! Technical skill is a means to an end and should never be the end itself.

And we have been blessed with continual technological advances in the world of cameras and lenses. No longer is it necessary to haul around a full-frame DSLR and $10,000 worth of heavy lenses to get technically excellent photos. It's a good thing, too, as my increasing age makes it less and less pleasant for me to haul a lot of heavy gear. Even so, full-frame cameras produce exceptional technical quality and when there's not too much walking required I may use one.

In the off chance that anyone is interested, here is a rundown of the equipment and software I use and a brief overview of my workflow.

Cameras

Sony A7-r3 (full-frame mirrorless, 44mp)
Sony Rx10-iii (1 inch sensor, 20mp)
Olympus E-M1 (micro 4/3 format, 16mp)

Lenses

For the Sony A7: Sony 70-200mm f/4 zoom; Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom, Kamlan 50mm f/1.1, Voigtlander 105mm f/2.5 macro.

For the Sony RX10: Has a fixed 24-600 mm (equiv) zoom.

For the Olympus E-M1: 12-60mm Olympus; 50-200 mm Olympus; 50 mm Olympus f/2 macro; 7-14mm Lumix; 100-300 mm Lumix.

Tripod Hakuba HG540mx with Acratech Ultimate ballhead
Computer Custom build with 3.6 GHz i7 CPU and 32 GB RAM.
Video: NVidea GeForce GTX 960
Primary disk (boot and programs): 500GB SSD.
Image storage: 1 TB SSD.
Backup: 4x1TB disks in network RAID 5.
Monitors

NEC MultiSync PA301w and 2690wuxi.

Scanner Epson Perfection V750 Pro
Printer Epson 7900
Primary software Lightroom, Photoshop
Monitor calibration NEC Spectraview with X-Rite i1 "puck"
Color space viewing/comparing Color Think Pro
Printing Photoshop or Lightroom
Sharpening and focus correction Focus Magic
Upsampling AI Gigapixel
Noise reduction Topaz Denoise
B&W conversion Lightroom
High dynamic range HDR Expose 3
Panorama stitching PT GUI

 

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