In this video I show how I use Adobe Lightroom Classic to edit my Ricoh GR III RAW files after a street photography walk. I recently switched from Lightroom 6 stand-alone version (no longer available or supported by Adobe) to Lightroom Classic a few weeks ago. I like the new version, and especially the new Masking feature in Lightroom. Both the Subject and Sky selections make it much easier to use.
Some might not like the new masking feature, and yet more 'automation' to this genre, but I say if it's available, and I enjoy it, then I'm going to use it regardless of anyone else's opinion. Yet I'm always curious what others think, and how they apply these features (or not.) Let me know in the comment section below.
One thing that makes the Ricoh GR Series cameras so special is the continued updating of firmware. Whether it's the Ricoh GR II, III, or IIIx, Ricoh Imaging continues to offer new features, keeping the cameras up to date and on pace with competitors. The latest version as of October 2021 is 1.5, but this process will work with future updates as well.
In this video, I give a simple, yet brief description on how to download, install and update the latest firmware from Ricoh for the Ricoh GR III. The same description applies for the new Ricoh GR IIIx updates as well. Along with some interesting JPEG/RAW editing updates, as well as a 4:3 and 16:9 in-camera crop feature, the 1.5 firmware allows for Eye-detection (an upgrade from the previous Face-detection only feature). While the previous version usually nailed focus on most portraits I've shot with the GR III, the eye-detection is even better. I will have future videos featuring these new upgrades soon.
One of the selling points of the Ricoh GR III compact APS-C camera is the IBIS system (In-Body Image Stabilization), which is claimed to allow the user to handhold up to one second. I put this to the test in this night video, where I'm able to show the long-exposure by using passing cars in a small town, creating light-trails on Main Street.
This was a spur of the moment attempt, but I was very pleased with the results. Having thought through the process, I would have used the 2-second delay shutter to make sure to minimize camera shake even more while holding it in my hands instead of using a tripod. I also only went down to .8 seconds (next step is one full second), as again, I hadn't thought about going as low as possible, it was just an attempt at the time to get a decent light-trail.
The Ricoh GR III captures neon signs at night very well, but keeping the ISO down to a minimum is very important. The higher the ISO, the more light noise you will get in your shadows and blacks. While the Ricoh GR III does a great job with these shadows, it sometimes needs your help to keep the noise down.
In this video, I drive around Indianapolis' southside and photograph businesses with neon signs in hopes of making some interesting night images. I also explain the settings I'm using, and why I'm using them. I'm in the middle of experimentation of night photography with my Ricoh GR III, so check back weekly for more videos like this. However, you do not need to own a Ricoh GR III for these settings to work with your camera.
The Ricoh GR III is well-known for it's street photography supremacy, but it's a very versatile camera that can be used in a variety of situations, including night photography.
Night photography camera settings can be any number of combinations of ISO, aperture and shutter speed. In this video, I use my Ricoh GR III to take photos at dusk and dark in a small town. I provide settings info for most of the photos, including a hand-held 1/8 second shutter speed, and another photo shot at 10,000 ISO. The Ricoh GR III handled both of those shots with great results, as well as the other photos in the video.
This is part one of at least two or three part series, with more to come in the next couple of weeks.