|Jetty Sunset, Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard|
|Female Anhinga Costa Rica|
Before I headed out on our recent trip to Costa Rica, I was faced with the inevitable question, what photography gear to bring, and more specifically, what lenses to carry along. Over the years I have tended to simplify and lighten my kit, but it’s always difficult to decide what to bring and, more painfully, what to reluctantly leave behind. Fortunately, Lightroom provides some much needed guidance.
|Mormon Barn, Tetons Wyoming|
|Parliament Flame, Budapest, Hungary|
Given my time restrictions, I suspect that my next few blogs will be short and, like last week, consumed with the wondrous features of Lightroom. Last week I discussed the program’s Panorama Tool, and this week it is about using the program’s metadata features to help decide what lenses to bring on a shoot or more challenging on a trip from home.
Away From Home
|Sea Lion Yawn, Galapagos Islands|
|Bartolome Peak Galapagos Islands|
|At Anchor, Galapagos Islands|
For this exercise I selected the directories for the Galapagos, Rockies, Danube, Alaska and Costa Rica. I also looked at one trip to Martha’s Vineyard that was by car and therefore didn’t have the restrictions imposed by plane flight. I didn’t carry all my lenses on every trip, but the results were still interesting.
The Numbers Don't Lie
|Grizzly Fishing, Pavlov Island, Alaska|
My minimal use of the other lenses could be attributed to my inherent laziness, but more likely it has to do with the broad range covered by my two favorites pieces of glass. I also try to limit sensor contamination by switching lenses only when it is absolutely necessary.
Going Light in Costa Rica
|Costa Rican Lenses|
I was not surprised by the results of this exercise, but it did make me feel more comfortable about my decision to pack only my 24-105, the 100-400 and my 2x tele-extender on our trip to Costa Rica. I never felt short changed on capabilities and I was pleased that I could carry my gear in my light and capable Rotation Panorama 180 pack.
|East Chop Light Martha's Vineyard|
|Martha's Vineyard Lenses|
You can learn a lot about your photography from data available in Lightroom’ s metadata screens. In addition to your lens preference you can select from a long list of information including, ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Location, and Keywords. So get out there and go to school on Lightroom.
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