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Marco Larousse (founder, producer and show host)
Scott Bourne (founder and show host)

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Jul 9, 2018

Q&A about which should be the got to exposure triangle base, improve tripod stability, filter vs. LightRoom, and how to get rid of sensor dust?


This is the PPN - Q&A podcast episode #14 for July 2018.


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Here are the questions that Marco answers in this episode:


  1. I have been photographing for a few years now, but I’m still uncertain which camera setting should be my go-to base in the exposure triangle? ISO, aperture, or shutter speed?

Question from Bjoern, Hamburg, Germany


  1. Marco, I shoot a lot of landscape and long exposure photography with my Fuji X-T2. The camera is fairly light but I still need to bring along a heavy metal tripod because I often shoot in windy conditions and some long exposures are unsharp due to wind shake. I don’t want to bring an even heavier tripod along. Is there a way that I can get more stable shots and can reduce some weight by switching to a carbon tripod, or is weight the only thing that can counter the wind and shake?

Question from Roberto in Napoli, Italy


  1. Inspired by your latest More Gear Show I want to bring as little photo gear as possible on my vacation this year. I usually take an ND grad and a polarizing filter with me, but was wondering if I can leave them at home and achieve the same results in LightRoom?

Question from Benjamin, Vienna, Austria.


  1. Hi Marco, I want to thank you for all of the interesting and inspiring shows that you produce at PPN. I have learned a lot so far. Today, I have my first question for you. I’m battling with sensor dust. The sensor cleaning inside the camera does not seem to get rid of all the dust. What’s the best way to clean my sensor? I’m afraid of damaging it.

Question from Laura, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


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