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Anyone moving to medium format surely wants the best possible results, since medium format is a great expense and more of a hassle than smaller formats. Why bother with the bother if not the best results?
In this and subsequent articles, I’ll discuss technique for making a technically optimal image, lumped together with the umbrella term “shot discipline”, a term I credit to Ming Thein and which he tangentially touched upon in his essay in the debut issue. Shot discipline includes composition and lighting, but this series will cover only the technical aspects. The related term “shot execution” refers to the full process of the capture. Shot discipline is consistently doing all the things that ought to be done for shot execution.
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These systems are hugely expensive, so make the right choice for your own needs (full frame vs medium format).
- In-depth lens evaluations covering behaviors not likely to be found anywhere else, based on real-world field shooting.
- How to configure menus and buttons and best operating practices, gotchas and how-to.
- Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens and camera behaviors.
- Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to 100 megapixels filling up to 5K display, plus large crops.
- Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
- Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.