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Scott Kelby An­swers Your Pho­tog­ra­phy Ques­tions

Can you ex­plain why all cam­eras are de­signed to be “right-handed”? What I mean by that is when you are look­ing on the back, they all have the shut­ter but­ton on the right side of the cam­era for shoot­ing a pic­ture. Are there any cam­eras with the shut­ter but­ton on the left side that I am not aware of? I would re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate your com­ments on the sub­ject very much. Thank you.


Af­ter do­ing some re­search, it ap­pears that the rea­son is ac­tu­ally pretty sim­ple—90% of the peo­ple on the planet are right-handed, so man­u­fac­tur­ers made cam­eras from the be­gin­ning to feel com­fort­able for most peo­ple’s hands. As for left-handed DSLRS, no luck there ei­ther—just work­arounds. The work­around that seems to be the best (and the least ex­pen­sive) is to con­nect a ca­ble re­lease; gaffer tape it to the left side of the cam­era, and use it as your shut­ter but­ton. Al­though it is not the most el­e­gant so­lu­tion, or the pret­ti­est, it def­i­nitely works.

In your col­umn in the Jan­uary 2018 is­sue you wrote about the abil­ity to repli­cate cam­era style set­tings for Raw files. I have Light­room Ver­sion 5.7.1 and it only pro­vides an op­tion for the Adobe RGB pro­file. To which ver­sion of Light­room were you re­fer­ring? If Ver­sion 5.7.1 is sup­posed to pro­vide the fa­cil­ity, what must I do to en­able it? I am cur­rently us­ing a Pana­sonic Lumix GH4 cam­era.


Al­though Light­room doesn’t have cam­era pro­file sup­port in the ver­sion of Light­room you’re us­ing (5.7.1), Adobe did add sup­port for the Pana­sonic Lumix GH4 in Light­room CC. So, if you up­date to the lat­est ver­sion of Light­room, you will have ac­cess to the cam­era pro­files for the Pana­sonic GH4, plus you will get Pho­to­shop and lots of new fea­tures as well. Of course, you will be on a monthly sub­scrip­tion plan, which costs $9.99, but that is about the cost of an ap­pe­tizer at Ap­ple­bee’s. You’ll dig the up­dated ver­sion of Light­room—not the pay­ing part, but the new fea­tures and cam­era pro­file sup­port part.

I am in the mar­ket to pur­chase a Nikon cam­era and prefer­ably a Nikon lens to shoot my son’s hockey games. Can you please rec­om­mend the best cam­era for this type of pho­tog­ra­phy? The Nikon D500 was rec­om­mended to me, as was the Nikon D7500 and D750. Also, I do un­der­stand that the lens is prob­a­bly more im­por­tant than the cam­era body. Could you rec­om­mend the best lenses for me to pur­chase as well? Al­though I’m not a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, I want a great cam­era that I can use for the next few years.


First of all, for hockey, when shoot­ing with a full-frame cam­era body like the Nikon

D750, which is a great body and one I would rec­om­mend, I re­ally think you need the reach of a 300mm lens on the long end. Of course, it all de­pends on where you’re shoot­ing from along the ice, but to be at one end and shoot across to the goal at the other end, the 300mm reach is ideal. The 300mm is also great if you wind up shoot­ing above the glass from the mez­za­nine or up in the stands. How­ever, you’re go­ing to need some­thing a lot shorter when the play moves closer, so a lens like Nikon’s AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6e ED VR would give you that flex­i­bil­ity with­out break­ing the bank (it’s around $750), plus it’s a very sharp lens. If you’re shoot­ing in­doors, you’ll be glad you have that full-frame body, be­cause you’ll have to crank up the ISO to get a fast enough shut­ter speed to freeze the ac­tion, es­pe­cially at f/4.5 or f/5.6. This is why you will see shoot­ers out there us­ing a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens (ex­pen­sive) or a 70-200mm f/4 (about half the cost). You can also add a 1.4 tele-ex­ten­der, which is great when the ac­tion moves to the other end of the ice, but you do lose a stop of light. In essence, your f/2.8 be­comes an f/4, and your f/4 be­comes an f/5.6. Ei­ther one of those lenses will do the trick—it re­ally just de­pends on your bud­get and how close to the ac­tion you want to be lens-wise. If I had a choice, I’d go with the cheaper 70-300mm. Shoot­ing a lot of NHL games my­self, I re­ally think the sweet spot is a 70-300mm.

I keep fam­ily snap­shot im­ages in fold­ers by year. Within each folder I keep the im­ages in fold­ers by date. There is no op­tion to sort by year, then month. Since I have hun­dreds of fold­ers, I have to go back and re­name them. Un­for­tu­nately, years ago I was sloppy about nam­ing fold­ers, omit­ting dates. Do I have to go about re­nam­ing the fold­ers? And, if I do, will the Light­room cat­a­log for­get where the new folder is?


As long as you re­name your fold­ers within Light­room’s own Fold­ers panel, Light­room will not for­get where your im­age folder is lo­cated. In the Fold­ers panel, right-click on the folder you want to re­name, and choose “Re­name.” Just do your re­nam­ing there (in­stead of on your drive) and you’ll be set. How­ever, you should know that Light­room is au­to­mat­i­cally sort­ing all your im­ages by date for you, us­ing the EXIF cam­era data em­bed­ded in your cam­era. To see your en­tire li­brary sorted by date, go to the Li­brary fil­ter: along the top row of Thumb­nails in the Li­brary mod­ule; if you don’t see it, press the back­slash key. Now click the Me­ta­data tab and in the first col­umn you’ll see a date col­umn, and un­der it is a list of the years all of your pho­tos were taken. In­side each of those years, you’ll see the months and then days (even the day of the week). I made a video tu­to­rial that has been posted on Shut­ter­bug’s Youtube site at so you can see what I’m talk­ing about. If Light­room is al­ready sort­ing by date for you, maybe you can just use very de­scrip­tive names for your fold­ers—that way you are dou­bly cov­ered. Hope that helps.

Scott Kelby is a pho­tog­ra­pher, Pho­to­shop Guy, award-win­ning au­thor of more than 50 books, and CEO of Kel­by­one, an on­line ed­u­ca­tion com­mu­nity ded­i­cated to help­ing pho­tog­ra­phers take the kinds of im­ages they’ve al­ways dreamed of. You can learn more about Scott at his daily blog (scot­, or fol­low him on Twit­ter: @scot­tkelby.

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