PHOTOGRAPHY

Registrations

Dear all This is very important: I've just started to dramatically cut back on what look like BOT registrations on the blog. It is entirely possible I may accidentally delete some genuine registrations for which I humbly apologise. If you are reading this you are obviously not a BOT - PLEASE take a moment (and if you were deleted, register first) to go to the PROFILE tab and ADD YOUR NAME - and if you like, photo - be assured none of this information is used commercially. That way I'll know you have taken the time to prove you are a human interested in my blog in which case you…
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Infra-Red for Pocophone F1

Isn't this supposed to be about photography? Well, yes and given the number of people out there who's primary photographic tool is their phone, I thought I'd spend a few minutes on software specifically for the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and the Xiaomi Mi 8. I'll grant you this is for the front-facing cameras only but non-the-less a worthwhile addition to already useful phones - in my case the F1. A short time ago, I picked up CameraIR for Android. I checked on the web and to say the least, the promotion for this free APP is understated. NO special tricks like phone rooting, just install the APP from the Google…
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Kinemaster for Android

Who would have thought that you could get even remotely acceptable video editing out of a mobile phone? For some time now, half-decent mobile phone cameras have been able to make video recordings - in the case of my Xiaomi Pocophone F1 up to 60fps at 4K. There are even phones with decent lenses as well. The one thing that has been missing is half-decent video editing so I've always had to go back to the PC. Well, all of that has now changed. The YouTube video I refer to here is a mere 1080p and is a short technical video describing a new toy from AliExpress. All of that…
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Paradise Drowning

Not something you’d expect in the South of Spain in summer, but here’s our local river in Galera after the floods, just as the sun was re-appearing… a rather drab affair, somewhat improved with the aid of Skylum Aurora HDR…
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Leading Lines

There are probably almost as many techniques in photography as there are photos – one of them being covered right now at the local Altiplano Camera Club is the use of “leading lines” to draw the viewer into the main subject of the photo. The idea is one I’m well familiar with - to provide an easy path for the eye of the viewer to follow toward a focal point in the photograph. Roads are one convenient mechanism as they generally go somewhere and if that is somewhere photogenic - that’s half the battle. There are of course many other sources of leading lines in real life – and the…
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Deep Art Effects

No, not a new idea but an APP for Android (and probably IOS but as I’m not an Apple user I didn’t check that out). The idea behind the “Deep Art Effects” package is not new, I’ve been using PRISMA for years to cartoonify or otherwise enhance photos but I’ve only just discovered this winner and almost immediately gave them my financial support. The package offers a wide range of tools for processing your photos and this is one of my favourites. Very little effort is needed to turn a half-decent photo into a work of art (or complete mess depending on your viewpoint). Sadly the DAE package does not…
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Mini-Trip to Gibraltar and Southern Spain

In July 2019, four of us went off for a 4-day excursion to Southern Spain with a stop-off in Gibraltar. Having been to the latter many times, we chose to see the south side and go through the Rock this time to get to the eastern shore. Of course, despite best plans, when we actually got to Gibraltar, the weather changed and so I had to brighten up the photos a little. Thank heavens for Snapseed, Luminar 3, Aurora HDR and similar tools  - in this case mainly Snapseed. Meanwhile, back in Spain at our hotel (La Cueva Park) near Jerez De La Frontera, some lovely colours… And a spot…
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Digital Photography Tools for PC

In all the years I’ve been taking photos digitally, I’ve made great use of software tools to enhance often accurate but boring photos as well as those which didn’t expose perfectly in the first place. Elsewhere I’ve discussed at length a favourite of mine when it comes to enhancing mobile phone photos, a free package called Snapseed, developed by Google and available on both the Google and Apple Play stores. Sadly this otherwise excellent package has never quite made it to the desktop other than in emulators which really don’t do it justice. Meanwhile there are many image editing packages for PC and MAC, few which are any good are…
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Huescar Festival June 2019

On this occasion, I abandoned my usual restraint and just went for colour when shooting the local festival last night in nearby Huescar… everyone was having such a wonderful time… The lighting in the town was great but as usual, not so simple to capture accurately on camera…. but in this case, does anyone care as long as it is pretty? Earlier that night at the local park (with apologies for the unintended selfie)...
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Experimenting with Corel

As a user of Corel Draw from many years ago, when it came to buying a PC package yesterday (not something I do lightly or very often), I chose Corel Paintshop Pro Ultimate 2019, which at least on the surface appears to represent a great deal. Now, whether or not I’m able to make effective use of it is another matter. The local photo club here in Galera needs a photo submission for tomorrow night – so, in for a penny… and here’s another landscape shot…
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