While playing around in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom recently, I stumbled upon the settings that allow for analyzing images based on metadata recorded by the camera. It’s a great little tool for revealing how you see the world through the camera eye!
In December 2012 I moved to the Pentax K-5 II that I purchased with an 18-135mm walk-around kit lens. A couple of weeks later I bought a used 70-300mm zoom lens, and then in April of 2013 added a Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle lens to round out my system. When I did a quick analysis by lenses used, here is what I discovered:
K-5 II IMAGES TAKEN TO DATE 17,326
- 67% were with the 18-135mm at 11,218 images
- 6% were with the 5-300mm at 1,052 images
- 27% were with the 10-20mm at 5,056 images
I further analyzed these stats by looking at focal length and realized I often shoot at the extreme ends of my lenses. For example, I have taken many shots at the 18mm and 135mm focal lengths, and at the 10mm and 20mm focal lengths of my wide-angle lens. This tells me I often am wanting to go wider or zoom farther than the lens I am using will allow, and don’t because I am lazy and don’t want to change lenses, or don’t own a lens that allows me to do so. Since image quality often suffers at the extreme ends of lenses, it also tells me I should pay more attention to focal length and stay within the sweet spot of my lenses if possible.
I also analyzed my images based on ISO (film speed), shutter speed and aperture. No big surprises here, just the realization that I change settings a lot based on subject matter.
A big take home lesson from this exercise was that I tend to see the world through my camera quite broadly! This makes sense because I tend to think in systems, prefer to see the forest over the trees, and like to push the limits of my awareness. Whatever program you use to catalogue images, check and see if it allows you to analyze your pictures by metadata. I love how the camera eye can reveal much about how we see the world!