A reader sent me the following suggestion:
You may wish to consider including (as a regular feature) within some of your more technically related posts (i.e.- Nov. 24th: “Sony a7II, a7RII high-ISO spatial filtering”) an included short paragraph – at the bottom of the more technically related posts (and maybe titled something like: “Practical Implications for the Technically Challenged”) a paragraph in which you draw a short conclusion in relation to the real world aesthetic implications of the technical points being made within the post, itself, so that people like myself (who are often bewildered by some of the more esoteric graphs and technical jargon) might more easily understand the overall import and implications of the post as it relates to their own practical, day-to-day, photography.
Here’s an example of the kind of thing I’m getting at:
In your Nov. 19 post: “Sony a7II Uncompressed Read Noise and EDR” you do indeed end with the following:
The bottom line? Uncompressed raw doesn’t materially affect read noise or dynamic range on the a7II.
What I’m suggesting is that you consider including an additional statement that might address (in strictly layman’s terms) how that “bottom line” might (as a practical matter) ultimately affect the overall quality of the pictures being made with that specific concern in mind. Anyway, perhaps I’m dancing on the head of a pin, here, but it seems to me that for those of us who are not as technically savvy, it might add a more (admittedly simplistic, though perhaps more usable and practical) real world understanding of the conclusions you are drawing. Anyway… something to consider…
I am torn. Where I can summarize without fear of oversimplifying, I try to do so. Unfortunately, that means that many times I can’t write a nontechnical summary. I’m not saying it’s impossible, it’s just beyond me. One of the things that’s most difficult to do for me — and, I’ve noticed, for others — is to provide clear explanations of technical matters with no math and no jargon. Add an additional requirement to make the summary pithy, and you’ve raised the bar another big, fat notch.
If I were to start adding the summaries suggested by the reader on a routine basis, I’d have to leave out exceptions that I considered relatively infrequent or unimportant. I know that some of you would catch that and call me on it. We’d have to have some standard of criticism for the simplifications that was different — and more merciful — than that for the rest of my technical posts.
Another thing to consider is that I post work as I do it, and sometimes how I think my results bear on real-world photography change during a series of posts. I’d have to go back and revise simplifications in the light of new findings, or maybe remove them and reference later posts.
In any event, I am open to this idea, but would like t know what you all think before I start experimenting with it.