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