So there I was on a cycle ride down to Brean, just to note that I am following government advice during this national emergency and cycle ride was for my government sanctioned exercise, when I decided to take some photographs.
As part of my photo of the day I decided to take a photograph of The Great Bird Screen of Brean. I took a few so that I could choose one later to post to Instagram and my personal blog.
I used an iPhone 8 to take the photographs and have not had issues with it before.
I managed this shot fine, which is the one I eventually used.
This wasn’t the one I thought I would be used, as when I got home I found that some of my later images were blurred.
No clear indication why they were blurry, it wasn’t as though I was moving the camera or the such like.
When I took a photograph later that day, it was fine!
So I have no explanation of why these photographs were blurry and earlier ones weren’t and nor were later ones.
Last year I took a photograph everyday and posted it to Instagram and Flickr.
On the 1st January I kind of breathed a sigh of relief that it was all over, job done. I wasn’t going to not take photographs any more, but I wasn’t going to feel the pressure of taking a photograph everyday.
Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy taking a picture everyday, it was quite a challenge to ensure that I didn’t repeat a picture, alas there were a few which are similiar…
I also liked the challenge of doing different kinds of pictures and that really did make me think about what pictures I was taking and which filters or how much to crop.
I liked using Instagram, and it was nice getting positive feedback from my Instagram followers.
Though I did feel glad when the year was over, now we are in February, though I intended to take just as many photographs as I did last year that certainly isn’t the case. In January 2012 I uploaded 115 photographs to Flickr, whereas in January 2013 it was just 34.
I think I might get back into a “photo a day” habit, but I won’t be tagging them in the same way.
HDR images often seem to have a real emphasis on the clouds, raising the contrast to really emphasise the colour and shadows that you see in real clouds.
Simply HDR is an iPhone app for applying filters to photographs and adjusting those filters to create different effects.
Though this app is called SimplyHDR, it doesn’t do HDR (high dynamic range) images. True HDR uses multiple pictures at different exposure levels, to compensate for overly dark and light areas that are then stitched together to create a single image. What the Simply HDR app does is create an HDR effect. I see this app much more of a way of applying filters than creating HDR images.
At the end of the day if you like the HDR effect and want to create images that reflect how HDR images could look like, then this app isn’t half bad. Some of the effects are quite interesting and the app can be used to edit images and apply these effects. Personally I much prefer Snapseed for editing my photographs on the iPhone, but then that’s me.
The app is very simple to use, either take a photograph or select one from your camera roll and decide on an effect, or choose one randomly.
Within the filter choices there are various presets.
You can adjust the filter settings to suit your needs.
After editing you can post to Facebook or save to your camera roll.
Overall this is quite a nice app for creating images with a range of filters that can give a photograph an HDR style. It doesn’t create true HDR images, but if you like the effect that the filters give then you may find this app useful.
This video is currently doing the rounds on the tech sites, so obviously I thought I would post it here.
No details on when it will be released, but I can imagine as you take the photograph it takes a few more and analyses what is moving and what isn’t and then combines the images into a single image with no strangers.
The popularity of the iPhone touch interface is inspiring manufacturers to think about camera interfaces. Here is one concept from Artefact.
Of course this isn’t a real camera, but I really like the idea of a “remote” back for the camera or as they describe it a wireless viewfinder, interchangeable lenses (aka SLR) and internet connectivity.
Over the last few days I have been playing around with the Snapseed app for the iPad. This is a wonderful photograph editing app that I was told about by Mark Power.
Unlike other similar apps in the iTunes store, this has a unique interface that at first takes a little getting use to, but once you’ve mastered it you realise how powerful and easy it is to use. It certainly makes the most of the touch interface that the iPad has.
It can even handle RAW images from your DSLR if you use the optional iPad camera connection kit.
As well as the usual brightness, contrast, saturation and other ways to tune your image, there is a useful selective adjustment tool that allows you to adjust part of the photograph.
I also like the included filters that can be used to add drama, grunge or make your photograph look vintage.
This is one of the most powerful apps I have used on the iPad for image manipulation and certainly I have been pleased with the results.
This document looks at the ways you can use Flickr and some of its associated tools and services to help organise a collection of images.
Whether you have a small number of photographs you would like to share privately with a few colleagues, or a larger collection you need to make more widely available, Flickr offers a possible alternative to setting up an in-house image database.
I found it very interesting and learnt a lot from it. One interesting fact was the way in which other institutions and museums are now using Flickr to host digital collections.