A phone tip today. Because iPhone.
So you want to take a clear picture of something, to post. Super clear, like this:
Then I have a few tips for you!
- Ensure you have plenty of light; preferably reflected light. Like at a window, but not in direct sunlight.
- Take the picture from some distance away rather than from very close up. Then crop. This results in an overall clearer image, because very close up images suffer from lack of depth of field, and are hard to focus accurately.
- Sharpen the image. I use ProCamera, a camera/edit app that costs a few dollars, but is worth every penny.
If you follow those three steps, your phone images will be better than ever!
…or you zoom in and out, using a wide angle lens, while you take the picture at a slow shutter speed, like 1/15th second. And you get:
Two baby shower shoots in a week: yesterday was the second. Lots of event photos, but also a few more formal shots, like this:
Taken outside with a flash on camera: 1/200, f/2.8, ISO 800. Why? Because:
- 1/200 is needed for sharp, no motion-blur images;
- f/2.8 to get the blurred background
- So, 800 ISO to get the right exposure.
That’s how it works!
Those of you who shoot in automatic modes: try manual instead. The first shot may take longer to set, but after that the consistency you get is amazing. You are in charge.
And this workshop in Brantford will help. Click and join me on Sept. 1, for a very special workshop at a very special price.
I am helping a client re-install Lightroom 6 on a new laptop. NOT EASY! In fact Adobe is doing everything to make it well nigh impossible to not go to Lightroom Creative Cloud version.
Try to find LR 6 on the web site. And try to find a download file so you do not need to buy a new license when you buy a new laptop. I have been trying for a day. In vain, so far. In the past, you would download a trial version. Today, there no longer seems to be a trial version of Adobe 6.
And Lightroom perpetual license 6, as they call it, is not going to be updated, and it is slowly dying anyway. Look what Adobe’s web site says today, for example:
- Due to an API behavior change introduced by Facebook, the Facebook publish service will no longer work in Lightroom 6 with a perpetual liscense [sic]. See this tech note for more details.
Also, the updater (from 6.13 to 6.14) shows this:
This sort of thing is what gives corporations a bad name. Awful corporate behaviour! Adobe, your commitment to killing LR6 an updating us al to a version where we pay every single month for the rest of our lives is noted. Your stock price reflects it; but there is such a thing as karma. As soon as there is an alternative, I expect a lot of people will go to it.
Meanwhile, I found an old .DMG I still had. I’ll use that. No thanks to Adobe.