Monday, July 16, 2018

Mobile Photography: Square Sights

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Square Sights

'Mobile photography, a look at square format photographs cropped from mobile photography images'

You might have noticed that the square (1:1 aspect ratio) is the format I used more often than others in my postings. This is another one of those. The originals of these images, however, were taken with the smartphone, in 16:9 format. The truth is that the square can be used to crop the image to give more emphasis to the subject, to encompass negative space, to lay out a composition, to catch lines, and all.

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Square Format Photography

The popularity of apps like Instagram and a newfound interest in old medium-format cameras, such as those made by Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, has brought square format photography to the masses. However, the standbys of rectangular compositions don't always apply to the 1:1 aspect ratio.

10 Composition Tips for Amazing Instagram Square Photos

Thanks to the enormous popularity of Instagram, square photos have become the standard of mobile photography, forcing mobile photographers to adapt to this unusual photography format. In this article you'll discover the best composition techniques for taking amazing square iPhone photos that will get your images noticed on Instagram.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Digital Moments: Tagging On RawTherapee 5.4

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Tagging On RawTherapee 5.4

'Digital moments, giving it a go with RawTherapee 5.4 image processing software'

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My first batch of images post-processed on RawTherapee 5.4, a free RAW image processor that can develop RAW formats from most digital cameras and DSLRs. I was introduced to the software through a post on about a week ago, decided to download and install it, to see what the glam is all about.

First introduced in 2010, RawTherapee is a cross-platform raw image processing program with a subset of image editing operations specifically aimed at non-destructive raw photo post-production. The mention is that it has features comparable to what Photoshop or Lightroom is capable of.

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What I find unique about RawTherapee is its ability to support RAW format almost across the board, including Olympus *.ORF RAW files which are my norm. I have been using Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) for my post-processing needs all this while and have also been using, of late, Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3 for final print sharpening.

Compared to OV3, which I feel is rather straightforward and simple to use, RawTherapee 5.4 presents itself as a real heavyweight with a myriad of editing options and advanced controls for handling of exposure and color adjustments, sharpening, denoising, color management, white balance, color channels, and more.

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For a novice who hardly went beyond Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness and Contrast, and the occasional Gamma correction on the OV3, looking over the interface of RawTherapee 5.4 itself are already intimidating enough, let alone the very steep learning curve which you have to really get into to master the software.

Let alone be. Images were from the Olympus E-P5 mounted with a Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 manual focus lens.

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An Introduction to RawTherapee - A Free Photography Software Alternative to Photoshop

shares 135Facebook 0Flipboard 0TwitterIt's pretty safe to say that Adobe have cornered the market in the image management and editing section of the photographic market. Sure there are worthy contenders that pack a hefty punch in a heavyweight battle against Adobe but for the moment Photoshop and Lightroom rule supreme in the payware market - ...

A Guide to Editing RAW Photography for Your Smartphone Pictures

After exploring the RAW capabilities of my OnePlus 3T and Sony NEX-5 cameras, an array of readers responded with questions and comments on RAW photography and their experiences.

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