Photography

Information about my photography equipment, software, and workflows.

Equipment

Nikon D850
Nikon D500
Nikon D7200
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 G2
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 G1
Nikon AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2.8
Sigma Art 18-35mm f/1.8
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF 24mm f/2.8D
Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM
Nikon AF-S ED VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6
Nikon SB-400 Flash
Slik Sprint Pro II GM Tripod

Software

I use both Linux and Windows, usually a virtual machine running on Linux when I need to use Windows. Fedora has been my preferred distribution in recent years, but I’ve used probably more than a dozen distributions over the years.

On Linux, Digikam is my primary photo editing and photo management application. I use Darktable for the occasional edit that it does better than Digikam, such as spot removal. Very rarely I’ll use Gimp for some advanced edits. On Windows I use Nikon NX-i, Nikon NX-D, and Topaz DeNoise AI.

I shoot 14 bit RAW images exclusively. My workflow generally consists of RAW conversion to 16 bit TIFF, using NX-D. I tend to do highlight/shadow recovery, levels, curves, saturation, contrast, and exposure adjustments, as necessary, in NX-D. I avoid sharpening and noise reduction at this stage. Topaz DeNoise AI is used next, exclusively to reduce noise, again saving the image as a 16 bit TIFF. Digikam is then used for cropping, resizing, and sharpening, before saving to jpg’s for the web. I only keep the original RAW files and edited jpg’s, discarding the intermediate TIFF files which are very large.

In the future I’ll add some information here about settings and tips for doing different types of edits with some of these applications.

Useful Resources

Digikam Photo Management Software: http://digikam.org
Darktable: https://darktable.org
Digital Photography Review: https://dpreview.com