The Wairarapa Camera Club organised an outing in Carterton to shoot it at night. I had a blast experimenting with what I could make out of the darkness.
I’m sitting at the dining room table with my film scanner attached to my laptop. I’m using VueScan from Hamrick software to scan in some negatives. There is something about the slow process of film that is very reflective and analytical. I’m taking this chance to record the process I use when working with film.
I keep coming back to life after photoshop. I’ve never been a photoshop user (long story), but I’m always interested in new techniques. This site is well worth keeping an eye on if you’re wanting to work with images but don’t want to pay Adobe tax.
In this day and age this should be trivial an easy. But to do it right is still not widely known. Applications like Adobe Lightroom can optionally do output sharpening (which I think is a desirable feature). But since I’ve abandoned Adobe products, I’m left to my own devices. So my solution to this was a Makefile and ImageMagick. My script is based on a tutorial called Sharpening using ImageMagick.
Lightroom 5 has now been released. But there is no word from Adobe about performance improvements. Too bad I’ve already had enough and migrated to Aperture. Most of the new features are playing “catch up” with Aperture, apart from the upright tool. But as I also own DxO this is of no advantage to me.
This is a tool I have used heavily in the past, so it saddens me that Adobe has come up with a release that is mediocre. Lightroom started life as a tool designed specifically for photographers. It has certainly made my life easier (until recent times) and became an industry “standard” as it was just as beneficial to others.
Over the years, Adobe’s desire to chase trends and cameras has meant that Lightroom has stayed rather mediocre. It has opened up a market for DxO to create an awesome raw image processing engine with lens corrections. Aperture has moved ahead by providing photographers with a better raw processor and tools that are needed (i.e. brushes on everything). Whilst Lightroom gets released with slight improvements and know performance issues.
This shouldn’t be that much of a big deal. But the reality is that you will invest more time in an application like this than you will behind the camera. Even though there are plenty of good options available, it is hard to shift an image library from one application to another.
I can only hope that Adobe can bring some customer focused sanity back to the equation and give photographers awesome tools again. But for me, I’ve settled quite well into my Adobe-free new world.