Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:16:07 PM
Thanks to Deb
I started to use Advanced Tone Mapping script
for GIMP. I discovered it actually works like so called fake HDR effects. As a result one gets ghostly aura around edges, which I call as a "grief edge" (black border) often used in death notices. So, although the amount of effect can be increased with the 'Copies of merged layer' setting, I strongly advice to keep it within 1 to 2.
Next I will try also some other "fake HDR" scripts like this one: http://registry.gimp.org/node/11776
One need to know the enemy in order to beat it
As some of my readers know, I'm not a great fan of any sort of HDR because it easily makes the picture look just unnatural. I have nothing against surreal, but for me HDR is more like going to the "dark side"...
Saturday, September 21, 2013 7:30:33 PM
Somewhat accidentally I discovered an editing method to enhance the picture. Here are the step by step instructions for GIMP:
1) Duplicate layer.
2) Run 'Colors>Auto>Equalize' for the top layer.
3) Switch layer mode to 'Value' for the top layer.
4) Try to change the top layer opacity to find a pleasing amount.
This definitely does not work for all pictures but quite often it is a very quick method to enhance the contrasts and colors. Finally just merge the layers and do your usual magic.
Saturday, September 21, 2013 5:45:59 PM
I'm trying to see ordinary things in different ways. Basically options are limited into point of view, light and context. We can shoot the object from different sides and distances, and change the light and background. All the rest is editing, which is not necessarily photography anymore.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 4:59:41 PM
Visiting same place more often seems to change the point of view taken. Almost ten days in Dublin area alone opened my eyes to see things I haven't noticed before. Or more likely I started to see things in a way I do at home; putting more effort on details.
It is also fascinating to see how the whole city changes. It is like between people. You don't notice the change if you see someone every day. But when seen something like once a year, you then realize the changes quite easily. New buildings risen, old ones renovated or tore down, and also something like faces of economical depression; streets less tidy, and some of the shops closed.
I also noticed how inspiring it can be to have a theme to shoot at. For July there was Doors theme at Shoot & Tell, and what would be better place to shoot doors than Dublin. Except I tried to catch something else than just those colorful front doors typical for Dublin. I also tried to capture the context of those doors.
Monday, July 22, 2013 1:34:44 PM
I have Nexus 7 tablet and got an idea to use it for uploading images into social media. I searched some information to find out how. Somewhat all the needed information was given at Google play store on page for Nexus Media Importer: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.homeysoft.nexususb.importer
All I had to do is buy a short OTG cable, an USB card reader and this Nexus Media Importer software. Altogether I paid something like 25 euros for that gear. Now I can import images from SD cards used on my cameras to Nexus 7, and then edit and post them to Internet.
Then abroad I can buy prepaid SIM card for 20 euros with 500MB data limit, which should be enough, because according Nexus 7 my monthly data traffic is sometwhere around 200MB. This will be even less when I force Nexus 7 to update software only when connected via WiFi.