My New Year’s Resolution 2020 – Motorsports with m4/3

Kae1

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Confession time. I’ve been to over twenty motorsport events this year and have about 20,000 photos to prove it!.

I have to admit that, for me, 2019 has been a year of concentrating more on the equipment which I’ve been using for motorsports rather than the output. The jpeg images are just for my own pleasure and I only view photos on my monitor except when once a year I produce monthly and weekly calendars for the following year. I must have taken over 50,000 images this year and have imported about 20,000 to my hard drive. Selecting the best from 20,000 images to narrow down to less than 100 was therefore a bit of a challenge. Especially as I don’t rate the photos as I go and I normally just leave the images SOOC, then tweak the selected 100 using Photoshop Elements prior to getting them printed.

What shocked me for this year’s calendar was that three of the images I chose were using the Olympus 14-150 mk1,
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and three were with the Olympus 70-300mm including one using the ETC setting on my G80.
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Consequently the penny has sunk in that getting images that please me doesn’t necessarily rely on lusting after PRO level equipment but technique and using what you’ve got available at the time plus a bit of editing when you get home.

So my first New Year’s Resolution is no more equipment but to use what I’ve got. If I want a challenge then I’ll just use one of my current lenses and see what I can do with that. Although I love a bargain, since this year’s Black Friday I’ve so far managed to not be tempted and hope to stick to it in 2020.

My second resolution is to edit the images after each meeting before I save them to disk. Whilst I delete the clearly out of focus and not wholly in frame images before I import to my hard disk, I’m afraid to admit that I’ve still imported way too many photos this year. I’ve also noticed that even a little bit of post processing works wonders. This is where I could do with a bit of advice.

As I see it doing what I currently do isn’t that sensible. I’d be better importing to Elements, editing after each meeting, review the edited images (as there’s bound to be similar shots) and then delete the unwanted edited images before ending up with around 100 final images per meeting. However, to edit potentially 1,000 images then review and compare within Elements to delete potentially 900 is not going to be that easy!

Has anyone got a work around which they’d like to share? or even recommend another programme that would do what I need? A batch editor? Any suggestions would be welcome.

….. and if you’ve got to here, all the best for 2020.
 

wjiang

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I delete before editing. With wildlife I too often end up with hundreds of shots after a session. I do a quick cull using FastStone (it has a useful 4-up compare view for this). It does support basic edits but I'm not sure you can do batch. Because I shoot raw, I 'edit' in ACR which does allow cloning adjustments between images.
 

Bagrphotography

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Photo Mechanics v6.

I am saving my $$ for it ($230AUD)

You can ingest from the card to PC AND tag with IPTC data AND only import the images you actually want. ( I haven't done that yet).

But so much faster to go through thousands of images. ( I can go through 15k+ images from one meeting alone (admittedly they are multi-day events ; ) , and it can (does/did) suck to go through Adobe Bridge)

There are limitations, however, but there is a month free trial available for you to ascertain what those limits are.

Looking at the first image with the Civic and (Focus? Fiesta?), I see that you are at f6.3. And yep, most of the time I would shoot (larger aperture) with the 40-150mm f2.8, but the f2.8 allows for faster shutter speed when 'face-on/tail facing'.

I admit to never having tried the ETC on my G85. Care to give a run-down?

Nice NYE resolution. (pun intended)
 

Kae1

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Thank you both for your suggestions - I'll do some research.

Regarding the use of ETC, the best article I came across which explained it was this one :-
https://www.jasondimichele.com/blog/2016/10/16/free-14x-and-2x-teleconverters-for-lumix-users

I suppose the main downside is the loss of resolution. My monitor is 16:10 so I choose to shoot using 16:9 rather than 4:3 or 3:2 so my monitor fills with the image albeit that the resolution of my images would be only 12mb. When you shoot using the Ex Teleconverter you have to change the resolution from high to medium and the consequently the final image is only about 8mb at 16:9. However at 16:9 it does give you the effect of a 1.4 times teleconverter.

I only use it when the focal length of the lens which I have with me isn't long enough, but haven't compared whether it's best to crop the image or use the in camera ETC. Give it a go and see what you think.
 

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I delete before editing. With wildlife I too often end up with hundreds of shots after a session. I do a quick cull using FastStone (it has a useful 4-up compare view for this). It does support basic edits but I'm not sure you can do batch. Because I shoot raw, I 'edit' in ACR which does allow cloning adjustments between images.
Well, well, well. Never heard of the 4 up in Faststone. I have now and just looked at it and found it. Funny, I've been using it for years for exactly the same thing, fast culling before LR and it has useful other features. So a huge thanks for that and IMO, extremely useful. ;)

All the best and a happy new year down there.

Danny.
 

Kae1

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I need to endorse the thanks, wjiang. I've just downloaded FastStone and the 4 image comparison is just what I need. As well as culling before editing I think I'll be using it to save a bit of hard drive space before next season's motorsport starts in the UK!
 

Kae1

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Thanks barry13. Just downloaded XnViewMP and am now spoilt for choice! Seems to also have a batch edit function which would be something else to explore. Well happy :dance3:
 

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I'm liking XnViewMP. There's a similar 1-4 compare tool, but unlike FastStone, the histogram shows independent RGB channels, and the application is properly aware of associated RAW+JPEG+XMP files, managing them as a group for deletes, moves and renames which is pretty awesome. You can also select the images to compare once in compare view, whereas with FastStone you had to go back to the browser to change the selection (after delete, for instance).
 
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barry13

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Thanks barry13. Just downloaded XnViewMP and am now spoilt for choice! Seems to also have a batch edit function which would be something else to explore. Well happy :dance3:
Yeah, I occasionally use that for a batch B&W export, as there doesn't seem to be a B&W preview in it.

BTW, I don't use XnView MP as a full DAM; I've found DigiKam to be far more powerful, but it's too slow for mass culling imo. I posted a review of DigiKam and compared it to XnView MP in the reviews section here.
 

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