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

Picturesque Shakespeare in the Park

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Pictures tell a story, and recently I had the opportunity to retell a couple of beautifully presented stories through pictures. One of the best things about living in the Bay area is direct access to some of the best artists … Continue reading

House at the top of the hill

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After a long scorching climb, I found this house overlooking the bay under the arching clouds. The colors were super-saturated and the lighting was very intense, so the only way to try to capture the scene was a 3 exposure … 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

Megapixel Overload

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The Cubs played in Oakland this weekend, and I got a chance to test the maximum resolution of my backup camera. This is a 3:2 aspect ratio crop from the original 4:3 ratio 12mp image file. I upped the resolution … Continue reading

Using high ISO with a small sensor

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I’ve been trying to find ways around low light limitations of the 2/3″ sensor on Fuji’s X20. I love the way this camera works, and with a little effort I can do just about everything that I could do with … Continue reading