Warped Perspective

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Robert Capa is quoted as saying “if your pictures aren’t good enough then you’re not close enough”, but if you’re using a wide-angle lens for close-up portraits this may not be the best advice. While the blogosphere has rockstars like Zack … Continue reading

Roll your own Kodachrome?

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Fujifilm’s firmware updates with the “Classic Chrome” filter got me thinking. What are the key characteristics that I like about that look, and can I recreate it without buying their camera? Although I haven’t shot a roll of Kodachrome in many … Continue reading

VSCOol

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After realizing that it is a bit pricey to keep shooting slide film, I wanted to do a straight up comparison of what I can get from the equivalent VSCO presets. Some of these are Velvia 100 scans with a … Continue reading

Is there a Lightroom in your pocket?

Adobe seems to have managed two major FAILs this year: a massive private data security breach and a surprise switch from boxed software sales to monthly licensing fees. To me, this is serious incentive to explore alternative ways to edit my images.

Although there are various commercial and shareware software packages available, in-camera raw processing has improved to the point that it is now a reasonable option in some scenarios. Sure it whacks your battery like crazy, and there are still huge limitations in performance, but some manufacturers are starting to include competitive options with their latest cameras.

The three I recently compared just happen to be the ones I currently have on hand, but they are also a cross-section of what the more innovative companies are producing these days. The Olympus OM-D E-M5, Fujifilm X20 and Ricoh GR are all very capable of producing usable JPEGs straight out of camera.

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To HDR or not to HDR, … aye there’s the rub

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Although High Dynamic Range imaging tools are easily accessible these days, the techniques for using them effectively do not seem to be talked about that widely. I hesitated to print any of my own HDR images for a long time … Continue reading

Head and shoulder character portrait

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I’ve been playing hide-and-seek with this guy in an old cattle pen that he hides out in. This has been going on for a while now, and I think he’s finally starting to get more comfortable in front of a … Continue reading

Digital Film Stocks – Two Weeks Later

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After working with the trial versions of various simulated film plug-ins and presets, I have to say it has not changed my workflow dramatically. Although there are a few film versions that I really liked, I haven’t found a use … Continue reading

Digital Film Stock Comparison – Part 3 – Superia and Astia

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These galleries are grouped by film type, or as close as the different software products get in naming them. Fujifilm Astia was a great slide film for people pictures, and some of its character shows in each of these digital … Continue reading

Digital Film Stock Comparison – Part 2 – Ilford Delta

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Although I prefer Tri-X 400 on those rare occasions when I shoot with my ancient and battered Nikon F3, when I’m using Alien Skin Exposure 4 to process files from either the OMD or X20, I often start with Ilford … Continue reading

Digital Film Stock Comparison – Part 1 – The Challenge

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Want to get that dramatic action film look? Well, there are ways to do it. The number of high quality choices for easily simulating the look of old film stocks has been growing over the past few years. I’ve been … Continue reading