Photo Taco Podcast show

Photo Taco Podcast

Summary: Jeff Harmon, passionate hobbyist photographer, works as an Information Security professional by day and loves to break down complicated and/or technical photography topics so that the newest of photographers can understand them. No topic is too simple or too complicated for the show. If he doesn’t know the answer then he brings on an expert to help him break it down. Get photography tips in the time it takes to eat a taco, or perhaps a burrito!

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 Making DeNoise AI Faster | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:01

After more than 20 hours of real world testing, here is what a computer needs to make DeNoise AI faster!

 Help With Drive Space and Backups For Photographers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:27:42

Practical help for photographers struggling to have enough drive space and good backups

 Dimensions and Quality For Social Media Photo Sharing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:18:56

What Dimensions and Quality Should Photographers Use When Posting To Social Media? Nearly a constant debate online, I constantly get questions on the pixel dimensions, quality setting, and DPI that photographers should use when exporting out of Lightroom and Photoshop for posting the image on social media. The answer may change over time as the social networks make constant changes to how they deal with photos, but after more than 80 hours of real-world research here is the answer. Photographers who want to have their images shown at the highest possible quality on all social media networks should export their images to JPEG format with the longest edge at 4096 pixels and quality set to 77%. Don’t worry about DPI. Photoshop export settings ideal for MOST images to get the highest quality when posting to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Lightroom Classic export settings ideal for MOST images to get the highest quality when posting to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Simple as that. I have tested this extensively and this ensures the very best representation of your image on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. All of these services will further compress your image (regardless of the dimensions and quality – more on that below). Facebook and Instagram will also downsize the image to a smaller resolution. If you want to customize your export a little more, here are the results I got posting real images to all three services for what it was they did to the image no matter how many more pixels the original image contained. No matter how much larger the longest edge was, this is the maximum number of pixels that will be on the long edge from these services. ServiceOriginalLongest EdgeResizedLongest EdgeFacebook5120 pixels1920 pixelsInstagram5120 pixels1080 pixelsTwitter5120 pixels4096 pixelsIf you are only sharing the image on Instagram, you may as well export at 1080 pixels on the long edge because Instagram will size it down to that size on upload if it isn’t. Why 4096 Pixels Longest Edge? My advice for a few years now has been using 2048 pixels on the long edge for sharing to social media. Not bad advice here in 2021, but if you are posting images to Twitter that isn’t going to result in the highest possible quality. It may be pretty obvious after seeing the table above. After doing real-world testing and posting hundreds of images through the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, I have found that the highest pixel dimension allowed comes from Twitter. Twitter will not retain the longest edge size if the image you post is 4096 pixels on the longest edge. Therefore, to get the most quality in your post, if you are posting that image to all three services you should export with the longest edge set to 4096 pixels. Facebook and Instagram will resize the image to 1920 and 1080 pixels on the long edge respectively, but they will take in that 4096 long edge image just fine and you’ll get a good result. However, if your destinations are limited to Facebook and Instagram, save yourself some disk space and bandwidth by using a longest edge pixel dimension of 1920 (or maybe 2048 for a little extra detail) instead of 4096. Why Quality of 77%? The quality number is almost irrelevant as far as the services go because all of them are going to put your image through their compression engine no matter what you do (more on that below). This is purely about saving you disk space and bandwidth. Still, since your image is bound for a makeover in the compression engines of these services,

 13 Steps To Troubleshooting Lightroom Problems | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:19

13 steps photographers can use to troubleshoot problems with Lightroom and Lightroom Classic

 Find Your Lens Diffraction Point | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:03

An overview of diffraction and tips on how to find the aperture where it makes images soft.

 Lens Variance vs Bad Copy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:08

It is highly unlikely a "bad" copy of a lens is to blame for any lack of sharpness in your images. Let me explain why and how to tell.

 Fire Full Moon – How I Shot The Moon With A Foreground | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:09:14

The details of how I created a picture of a full moon that includes a foreground and looks more like a sunrise than a moonrise

 What Does Apple Silicon Mean For Photographers? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:07

Apple switching from Intel to Apple Silicon should mean faster Mac computers with longer battery life. Great news for photographers who use Macs. However, there are likely to be challenges during the transition and photo editing software like Lightroom and Photoshop may suffer.

 AMD vs Intel For Lightroom and Photoshop With Puget Systems | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:31

Conversation with Matt Bach from Puget Systems about AMD vs Intel for running Lightroom and Photoshop in mid-2020.

 Intel NUC – Inexpensive Photo Editing Computer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:05:57

Can the relatively inexpensive and tiny form factor Intel NUC be a good photo editing computer? The PC counterpart to Apple's Mac Mini, this is the first in a series of videos taking a look at the Intel 10th generation Next Unit of Computing (NUC) to see how well it can run Lightroom and Photoshop.

 Slash The Import Time Of Lightroom Classic By 90%! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:15

Learn how to use the embedded preview workflow with Lightroom Classic to slash 90% off the time to import raw files!

 Topaz DeNoise AI vs Lightroom and Photoshop | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:28:39

After more than a month spent putting hundreds of images through DeNoise AI it is a tool that I think photographers who consistently shoot in low-light environments should have in their toolbox. I explain why in this episode.

 Performance of External Drives With Lightroom Classic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:06:03

More than 60 hours of testing different ways to have your Lightroom Classic catalog and photos stored on external drives proves that four features are 50% faster with your photos on an external SSD.

 Photographer’s Checklist For Sharper Photos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:19

A checklist photographers can use to make sure they give themselves the very best possible chance of creating tack sharp photos.

 How To Do Water Droplet Photography With Don Komarechka | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:42

Learn how to do stunning water droplet photography from Don Komarechka, one of the world's leading experts in macro photography!


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