Monday, August 20, 2018

Mobile Photography: The Seats Are All Yours

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The Seats Are All Yours

'Mobile photography, post-processing the fun, intuitiveness, and spontaneity of capturing images with the smartphone'

It is a fact that using the camera on your phone is very easy and convenient. The phone is always with you and you do carry it around all the time. When it comes to taking images or capturing the moment, the process is simple and straightforward. Much like the point-and-shoot cameras of the past, it only needs a simple touch of a button to record the scene and the image is saved automatically in the phone's memory.

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An advantage to you is that phone cameras are mostly, if not completely, automated. Even if you are not a trained photographer, using a camera phone is a good choice to start your interest in photography because it does not require any special training on your part. Once you learn the easy editing tools that are available as part of the phone apps and how to post the image on Instagram you’re all set to be a member of the worldwide photographic community.

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On the other hand, you may be the owner of a consumer-grade smartphone that is a millennium year old and is only fitted with a camera app that you cannot do little in terms of in-camera settings or exposure adjustments. What can you do to get these images post-processed? No worries here, just have the images transferred and post-processed on the desk- or laptop system which has been installed with image management and post-processing apps that are free to download and install.

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Images from my almost defunct Nokia Lumia 720, as you can see here, are normally transferred to the desktop where they undergo tweaks with Auto Tone Correction which automatically adjusts the brightness scale between the brightest and darkest spots on the image, Tone Curve which allows control of the brightness and contrast of the red/green/blue (RGB) colors of the image, Brightness & Contrast to 'create the look' of the image, and Unsharp Mask for a bit of image sharpening.

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Lumia 720

All these are done on the (slow and non-intuitive) Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), which comes with an excellent color palette and a good RAW development package which I used exclusively for *.ORF files that were captured with the SLR and mirrorless Olympus E-Series digital cameras. Other JEPG images, from scanned slide and film negative images, and images from the mobile are also processed on OV3.

While I am also testing out RawTherapee 5.4 for its ability to read and process *.ORF files, final print sharpening for these images are done on a stand-alone installation of Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3 which are limited to processing only JPEG and TIFF file formats. Take your pick, folks, the seats are all yours!

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