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@Kaylelele Read your latest article on Apple Photos vs Google Photos. You’re wrong on one huge aspect of photo editing in Google Photos: it’s not just filters based. Yes, Google gives you more filters but touch the slider icon and edit all the settings just like in Apple Photos.

from Twitter

July 09, 2018 at 08:00AM

@FujifilmEU I have an X-E3. Make version 2 of the X-H1 with a fully articulating screen and you’ve got me. A tilting screen on the current X-H1 just doesn’t cut it.

from Twitter

March 30, 2018 at 07:31AM

Editing beach sunset photos in Adobe Lightroom CC

Taking the photo is just part of the process.  You have to develop it as well.  These days, we have it easy… developing a photo simply means making a series of edits so that the image reflects your vision.  I took a very flat picture of Windansea Beach in San Diego at sunset in February.  Live, the scene was great, with lots of colors and drama.  However, the camera lacked the dynamic range of our eyes, so it renders the image quite flat.  Part of that is in on purpose on my part in order to preserve as much of the details as I could before I developed it.  Here’s what came out of my camera that day:

Windansea Beach out of camera
Windansea Beach at Sunset in February, straight out of camera

And here’s the final picture after I’ve “developed” it in Adobe Lightroom.  The difference is like day & night.

Windansea Beach at Sunset in February, developed in Adobe Lightroom

The best part though is that it’s not that difficult to do and takes very little time once you’ve mastered the technique.  Take a look at how I did it in this video:

Update 2: Cancelling my Google Pixel 2 XL Pre-Order

One more thing on this topic… a colleague had his Pixel 2 XL delivered on launch day and I had a chance to play with it live. The blueish tint that bothered the hell out of me was on his as well. It didn’t bother him as much so maybe you’ll react differently to it but that was a deal breaker for me. I had a chance to take some photos and videos with it and he was kind enough to share it with me. I was really interested in how Google’s AI and portrait mode would work with a single lens, compared to a dual lens set up. Bottom line? Not very well, even with a simple portrait. Check out this photo:

Portrait mode was activated.  Pretty simple subject right?  A person in front of a stone wall, with high contrast and very good separation.  No flying hair to worry about, etc.  The wall was about the same distance to the phone across the frame.  But look at that result.  The lower right of the wall by the monitor is in sharp focus.  The back of the monitor is in sharp focus.  And the blurring of the wall across the frame is uneven.  Edge separation is barely OK.  If you just look at it quickly, it’s not bad.  Maybe I was expecting too much, but this isn’t impressive from a $1,000 phone.  Perhaps the results will get better over time or when Google decides to turn on the Pixel’s extra visual cores.

But for now, call me unimpressed.  What do you think?