Monday, July 30, 2018

Let There Be Light, Low Key Edits

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Olympus E-P5, Olympus M.60mm f/2.8 Macro

Let There Be Light, Low Key Edits

'Low key edits on spot-metered macro photography images post-processed with Pinhole Art Filter effect on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3)'

One of those days that I have the Olympus M.60mm f/2.8 Macro lens mounted on the E-P5, trying out my skills with spot-metering and ended up with these few shots. The result of this outing is a definite 'yes' that I still have a long way in this area of concern, and equal to the task is a long and sharp learning curve to address my post-processing skills and ability.

RAW images were shot with Olympus M.60mm f/2.8 Macro on Olympus PEN E-P5, post-processed (looks half-baked and overdone) on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with Pinhole Art Filter effect, with final print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

Resource Links:
Understanding Metering and Metering Modes - Photography Life
When To Use Spot Metering - SLR Photography Guide

Monday, July 23, 2018

Blackout, Nokia Lumia 720

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Blackout, Nokia Lumia 720

'Mobile photography, a quiet moment with the Nokia Lumia 720 when the electricity was out'

It was a nice and hot evening when we were hit with an electricity blackout that threw the interior of the house into semi-darkness. This, of course, calls for the candles to be taken out from their corner hidden crannies, dusted and got lighted for the evening house activities.

Managed these few shots in auto mode on the old and trustworthy mobile, straight off, without any adjustments to the camera setting. Images were post-processed on the desktop which includes adjustments with Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, and Gamma on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), Sharpness enhancement on Google NIK Sharpener Pro, and Local Contrast on RawTherapee 5.4.

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13 tips for taking better low light pictures with your smartphone

With July 4th coming up, you'll want to make sure you can eke the best out of your phone's camera for those nighttime fireworks. Though phones vary in quality and features significantly, there are still some general tricks - both technical and common sense - you can pick up on to maximize image quality in low light.

Smartphones suck at low-light photos, but the right software could fix that

When the average person accepts a dare, the result may range anywhere from a few stitches to some embarrassing photos. But when a Google software engineer accepts a challenge, the result might just be a solution that solves a common problem.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Square Sights, Nokia Lumia 720

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Square Sights, Nokia Lumia 720

'Mobile photography, square cropped images from a walk around the block with the Nokia Lumia 720'

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, converted to black-and-white, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro.

The simplicity of the square format is that it 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

Tagging On RawTherapee 5.4, Taking The Test

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Olympus E-P5, Canon FD 50mm 1:1.8

Tagging On RawTherapee 5.4, Taking The Test

'Giving it a go with RawTherapee 5.4 image processing software on Olympus *.ORF RAW files'

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Throwback 2009, Colors of DMC-FZ18 #II

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Lumix DMC-FZ18, Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8-4.2

Throwback 2009, Colors of DMC-FZ18 #II

'Digital photography, a throwback look at the colors of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, Part II'

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Here I was pottering again in the garden on a bright and sunny day, looking at the crisscrossing of the mini palm leaves and the light and shadow composition they created. Interesting. On its own, the leaves do have their own characteristics and are worth a study of their own.

Again these images were captured in JPEG, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) for Auto Tone Correction, Brightness & Contrast, and Saturation. Print sharpening was done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

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Three Methods of Making Stunning Photographs in Bright Sunlight

Location Lighting Masterclass - The Art Of Shooting Into The Sun Shooting directly into the sun may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when creating a photograph, but the effects it can have on your final image when done correctly can border on magical.

How to Shoot in Direct Sunlight

As a new photographer, one of the best skills you can learn is how to shoot in direct sunlight. And it all starts with learning where to position your subject, and then determining which angle is the best one to shoot from.

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