Monday, 30 January 2017

iPhone 7 shooting raw in DNG

I had a phone upgrade last week to the iPhone 7. Its pretty much the same as the iPhone 6 I had, except without a 3.5mm headphone socket, and some other stuff which is OK but not really life changing like 3D touch and a slightly better screen.

Anyway, it was the ability to shoot raw images that interested me most.
The standard iPhone Camera App remains jpg only, you have to use a third party camera App to shoot raw. I already had Lightroom Mobile and the camera included with this is able to shoot in DNG.

As it is a nice bright day I popped out for a stroll and took a few images in DNG, these were processed in Lr on my iMac after syncing in Lr Mobile.

I applied some exposure adjustment, applied the lens profile and some noise reduction and sharpening.

iPhone 7 ISO100 3.99mm f1.8 1/5700

iPhone 7 ISO100 3.99mm f1.8 1/10600

iPhone 7 ISO100 3.99mm f1.8 1/6800

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Macphun Luminar and iPhone 6

I like to think there is an alternative to the Abobe CC workflow that will be just as good but cheaper.

So far I've tried Serif Affinty which I thought was good but just not quite as slick as Photoshop. I've dallied with Machun Tonality Creative Kit, a collection of Apps which are OK, Tonality itself being the best of them. I have even tried Apple Photos, with the the Affinity and Tonality plug-ins. This was just not comprehensive enough.
So it was back to Adobe CC of which Lightroom is my go-to App for photo processing. It has everything including the all important asset management.

Recently Macphun launched a new photo editing App and, as a Macphun customer, I was offered a large discount to pre-order, so I did.

Luminar looks like a Lightroom clone, with the usual adjustment controls down the RHS. In keeping with the Macphun philosophy of using presets these are available along the bottom. Luminar has the USP of being configureable for beginners or advanced users. Basically in Beginners mode the controls disappear and it becomes mainly preset based.

Macphun has stated that Luminar is a work in progress and that updates will be frequently released adding features. The one feature Luminar desperately needs is Asset Management; at present loading an image is accomplished the old way by navigating to the folder, its not good.

What Luminar does, it does very well, it could be a bit faster precessing effects and adjustments though, even my MBP with i7 CPU and 16GB RAM has a delay, when the same kind of adjustments in Lr on the same raw file are instantaneous.

Hopefully Macphun will live up to their promises and deliver asset management fairly soon, and speed up the processing as well, then it may start to be a contender.

I'm getting to really like the iPhone for image making. the image below was taken on my iPhone 6 and processed in Luminar.

iPhone 6 jpg processed in Macphun Luminar

Machun Luminar in Advanced mode

Machun Luminar in Beginner mode

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Canon Powershot G10 South Stack towards Snowdonia

While we were waiting for the Seacat from Holyhead to Dublin last March we took a drive out to South Stack.

It was a rather overcast day but quite clear and the mountains of Snowdonia could quite clearly be seen in the distance.

I keep a Canon Powershot G10 in the car, so used that to grab a shot of the mountains rising from the sea mist.

Processed in Lr CC as usual.
Unprocessed image

image processed in Lr CC

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Lippy Lady Project - Denise

A very cold and foggy Saturday saw me in Kirkbymoorside to meet up with another Lippy Lady this weekend.

I arranged to meet Denise at the bike shop he runs with her partner Jon. 
Between them Denise and Jon have around 13 bikes, mostly ones Jon has built for racing in amateur flat track/speedway racing.

For the shoot I used my Canon 5D2's with 70-200 f4 L, 85mm f2.8 USM and 20mm f2.8 USM lenses.

Processed in Lr CC.

Canon 5D2, Canon 20mm f2.8 USM

Canon 5D2, Canon 70-200mm f4 L USM

Canon 5D2, Canon 85mm f1.8 USM

Fuji X-Pro1 Fuji XF56mm f1.2

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Lippy Ladies project Canon 5D2

The Lippy Ladies project is still ongoing.

Today I met up with my second Lippy Lady, Jane. 
Jane rode, in dreadfully wet and windy conditions, to meet me in Willingham Woods outside Market Rasen in Lincolnshire.

We spent over an hour sheltering from rain under the catering booth awning waiting for it to stop. 
Finally there was a gap in the rain and we had maybe 15 minutes to get some shots off before it started again.
A big thank you to Jane for doing this on such a crappy day.

I used my Canon 5D2, one with the Canon 24-70 f2.8 L and the other with the 70-200 F4 L.

Here are some images, processed in Lr CC as usual.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Hasselblad portrait - 503 CWD on film

Recently my good friend and photographer Simon asked if I could take a portrait of him. I said "sure, come over to the house and we'll do it".

"Lets do it on my Hasselblad using film" replied Simon.

So that weekend Simon turned up at my house with his Hasselblad kit and a film back with 6 exposures remaining.

Whilst familiar with the newer digital Hasselblad I've not used the Hasselblad 500 series of bodies; winding on the film after each exposure, something once so familiar felt so alien after 10 yrs of digital.

We set up the lighting, balancing natural light with my Neewer studio strobes and, with Topsy sitting in using a digital back fired off some exposures to check the lighting.

Hasselblad 503CWD, Carl Zeiss 150mm f/4 Sonnar CFi 1/125s f/8 photo by Simon Hill
 Satisfied with the lighting we put the film back on the 'blad loaded with Ilford FP4 and I fired off the 6 exposures. 
The film was processed by Ilford Labs then Simon scanned the negatives on a Fuji Frontier SP 3000 Pro. 
Post production was in Ps and Silver EFX Pro
Hasselblad 503CWD, Carl Zeiss 150mm f/4 Sonnar CFi 1/125s f/8 photo by stereodesign

I really enjoyed the afternoon using the 503 and I think the result speaks for itself, however I've no desire to go back to film, I much prefer digital.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

iPhone 6 HDR

This Lovely old Kawasaki 900 was taken at Squires Cafe in Sherburn in Elmet on my iPhone 6 in HDR mode.

I'm really impressed with the quality.

iPhone 6 camera in HDR mode