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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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)...
Read More

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…
Read More

Random Photo in a Field

My wife Maureen and I were out and about yesterday with friends for a dip in a spring-fed pool near a local village called Orce  and as you do, I got the urge to take photos of a nearby field. Lest anyone tells you that you need a “real” camera to blow up photos beyond snapshot size, try expanding this – I would imagine the image tools in here will allow this to grow and it looks ok on my 4K monitor… taken as is often the case with my handy Pocophone. I still keep the camera around for telephoto shots but in the summer heat in Southern Spain, I…
Read More

The Age of Camera Phones has Arrived

Not only have recent smartphones stepped up to the mark when it comes to camera resolution (48Mpx for the Umidigi S3 Pro, 40Mpx for the Lumix,  28Mpx various Chinese phones, 16Mpx and 20Mpx common on many medium range and even budget phones) and now sensitivity (large pixel size on many new models lets in more light). One of only few issues left to negotiate is zoom, digital zoom is basically a con and very few phone cameras have any sizeable zoom capability. While phone cameras do not have large apertures due to the tiny lenses, various software “solutions” have appeared which, while not as good as the real thing, can…
Read More

PocoPhone F1 with Pixel 3 App

Last year I write about our day-trip to Gibraltar and my then new Panasonic TZ-70 camera. Shortly thereafter we headed off back to blighty and have only just returned to Spain. Our first few days were marvellous but then the weather went sour and so here I am, blogging, staying indoors to keep warm. My favourite phone of the moment is the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and has been since late last year. From a photography perspective it is pretty hard to fault this phone as the pictures are great, Two of my few gripes have been night-vision quality and limited panorama options and so I’m delighted to announce that thanks…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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)...
Read More

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…
Read More

Random Photo in a Field

My wife Maureen and I were out and about yesterday with friends for a dip in a spring-fed pool near a local village called Orce  and as you do, I got the urge to take photos of a nearby field. Lest anyone tells you that you need a “real” camera to blow up photos beyond snapshot size, try expanding this – I would imagine the image tools in here will allow this to grow and it looks ok on my 4K monitor… taken as is often the case with my handy Pocophone. I still keep the camera around for telephoto shots but in the summer heat in Southern Spain, I…
Read More

The Age of Camera Phones has Arrived

Not only have recent smartphones stepped up to the mark when it comes to camera resolution (48Mpx for the Umidigi S3 Pro, 40Mpx for the Lumix,  28Mpx various Chinese phones, 16Mpx and 20Mpx common on many medium range and even budget phones) and now sensitivity (large pixel size on many new models lets in more light). One of only few issues left to negotiate is zoom, digital zoom is basically a con and very few phone cameras have any sizeable zoom capability. While phone cameras do not have large apertures due to the tiny lenses, various software “solutions” have appeared which, while not as good as the real thing, can…
Read More

PocoPhone F1 with Pixel 3 App

Last year I write about our day-trip to Gibraltar and my then new Panasonic TZ-70 camera. Shortly thereafter we headed off back to blighty and have only just returned to Spain. Our first few days were marvellous but then the weather went sour and so here I am, blogging, staying indoors to keep warm. My favourite phone of the moment is the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and has been since late last year. From a photography perspective it is pretty hard to fault this phone as the pictures are great, Two of my few gripes have been night-vision quality and limited panorama options and so I’m delighted to announce that thanks…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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)...
Read More

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…
Read More

Random Photo in a Field

My wife Maureen and I were out and about yesterday with friends for a dip in a spring-fed pool near a local village called Orce  and as you do, I got the urge to take photos of a nearby field. Lest anyone tells you that you need a “real” camera to blow up photos beyond snapshot size, try expanding this – I would imagine the image tools in here will allow this to grow and it looks ok on my 4K monitor… taken as is often the case with my handy Pocophone. I still keep the camera around for telephoto shots but in the summer heat in Southern Spain, I…
Read More

The Age of Camera Phones has Arrived

Not only have recent smartphones stepped up to the mark when it comes to camera resolution (48Mpx for the Umidigi S3 Pro, 40Mpx for the Lumix,  28Mpx various Chinese phones, 16Mpx and 20Mpx common on many medium range and even budget phones) and now sensitivity (large pixel size on many new models lets in more light). One of only few issues left to negotiate is zoom, digital zoom is basically a con and very few phone cameras have any sizeable zoom capability. While phone cameras do not have large apertures due to the tiny lenses, various software “solutions” have appeared which, while not as good as the real thing, can…
Read More

PocoPhone F1 with Pixel 3 App

Last year I write about our day-trip to Gibraltar and my then new Panasonic TZ-70 camera. Shortly thereafter we headed off back to blighty and have only just returned to Spain. Our first few days were marvellous but then the weather went sour and so here I am, blogging, staying indoors to keep warm. My favourite phone of the moment is the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and has been since late last year. From a photography perspective it is pretty hard to fault this phone as the pictures are great, Two of my few gripes have been night-vision quality and limited panorama options and so I’m delighted to announce that thanks…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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)...
Read More

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…
Read More

Random Photo in a Field

My wife Maureen and I were out and about yesterday with friends for a dip in a spring-fed pool near a local village called Orce  and as you do, I got the urge to take photos of a nearby field. Lest anyone tells you that you need a “real” camera to blow up photos beyond snapshot size, try expanding this – I would imagine the image tools in here will allow this to grow and it looks ok on my 4K monitor… taken as is often the case with my handy Pocophone. I still keep the camera around for telephoto shots but in the summer heat in Southern Spain, I…
Read More

The Age of Camera Phones has Arrived

Not only have recent smartphones stepped up to the mark when it comes to camera resolution (48Mpx for the Umidigi S3 Pro, 40Mpx for the Lumix,  28Mpx various Chinese phones, 16Mpx and 20Mpx common on many medium range and even budget phones) and now sensitivity (large pixel size on many new models lets in more light). One of only few issues left to negotiate is zoom, digital zoom is basically a con and very few phone cameras have any sizeable zoom capability. While phone cameras do not have large apertures due to the tiny lenses, various software “solutions” have appeared which, while not as good as the real thing, can…
Read More

PocoPhone F1 with Pixel 3 App

Last year I write about our day-trip to Gibraltar and my then new Panasonic TZ-70 camera. Shortly thereafter we headed off back to blighty and have only just returned to Spain. Our first few days were marvellous but then the weather went sour and so here I am, blogging, staying indoors to keep warm. My favourite phone of the moment is the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and has been since late last year. From a photography perspective it is pretty hard to fault this phone as the pictures are great, Two of my few gripes have been night-vision quality and limited panorama options and so I’m delighted to announce that thanks…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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)...
Read More

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…
Read More

Random Photo in a Field

My wife Maureen and I were out and about yesterday with friends for a dip in a spring-fed pool near a local village called Orce  and as you do, I got the urge to take photos of a nearby field. Lest anyone tells you that you need a “real” camera to blow up photos beyond snapshot size, try expanding this – I would imagine the image tools in here will allow this to grow and it looks ok on my 4K monitor… taken as is often the case with my handy Pocophone. I still keep the camera around for telephoto shots but in the summer heat in Southern Spain, I…
Read More

The Age of Camera Phones has Arrived

Not only have recent smartphones stepped up to the mark when it comes to camera resolution (48Mpx for the Umidigi S3 Pro, 40Mpx for the Lumix,  28Mpx various Chinese phones, 16Mpx and 20Mpx common on many medium range and even budget phones) and now sensitivity (large pixel size on many new models lets in more light). One of only few issues left to negotiate is zoom, digital zoom is basically a con and very few phone cameras have any sizeable zoom capability. While phone cameras do not have large apertures due to the tiny lenses, various software “solutions” have appeared which, while not as good as the real thing, can…
Read More

PocoPhone F1 with Pixel 3 App

Last year I write about our day-trip to Gibraltar and my then new Panasonic TZ-70 camera. Shortly thereafter we headed off back to blighty and have only just returned to Spain. Our first few days were marvellous but then the weather went sour and so here I am, blogging, staying indoors to keep warm. My favourite phone of the moment is the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and has been since late last year. From a photography perspective it is pretty hard to fault this phone as the pictures are great, Two of my few gripes have been night-vision quality and limited panorama options and so I’m delighted to announce that thanks…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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)...
Read More

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…
Read More

Random Photo in a Field

My wife Maureen and I were out and about yesterday with friends for a dip in a spring-fed pool near a local village called Orce  and as you do, I got the urge to take photos of a nearby field. Lest anyone tells you that you need a “real” camera to blow up photos beyond snapshot size, try expanding this – I would imagine the image tools in here will allow this to grow and it looks ok on my 4K monitor… taken as is often the case with my handy Pocophone. I still keep the camera around for telephoto shots but in the summer heat in Southern Spain, I…
Read More

The Age of Camera Phones has Arrived

Not only have recent smartphones stepped up to the mark when it comes to camera resolution (48Mpx for the Umidigi S3 Pro, 40Mpx for the Lumix,  28Mpx various Chinese phones, 16Mpx and 20Mpx common on many medium range and even budget phones) and now sensitivity (large pixel size on many new models lets in more light). One of only few issues left to negotiate is zoom, digital zoom is basically a con and very few phone cameras have any sizeable zoom capability. While phone cameras do not have large apertures due to the tiny lenses, various software “solutions” have appeared which, while not as good as the real thing, can…
Read More

PocoPhone F1 with Pixel 3 App

Last year I write about our day-trip to Gibraltar and my then new Panasonic TZ-70 camera. Shortly thereafter we headed off back to blighty and have only just returned to Spain. Our first few days were marvellous but then the weather went sour and so here I am, blogging, staying indoors to keep warm. My favourite phone of the moment is the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and has been since late last year. From a photography perspective it is pretty hard to fault this phone as the pictures are great, Two of my few gripes have been night-vision quality and limited panorama options and so I’m delighted to announce that thanks…
Read More

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…
Read More

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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Random Photo in a Field

My wife Maureen and I were out and about yesterday with friends for a dip in a spring-fed pool near a local village called Orce  and as you do, I got the urge to take photos of a nearby field. Lest anyone tells you that you need a “real” camera to blow up photos beyond snapshot size, try expanding this – I would imagine the image tools in here will allow this to grow and it looks ok on my 4K monitor… taken as is often the case with my handy Pocophone. I still keep the camera around for telephoto shots but in the summer heat in Southern Spain, I…
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The Age of Camera Phones has Arrived

Not only have recent smartphones stepped up to the mark when it comes to camera resolution (48Mpx for the Umidigi S3 Pro, 40Mpx for the Lumix,  28Mpx various Chinese phones, 16Mpx and 20Mpx common on many medium range and even budget phones) and now sensitivity (large pixel size on many new models lets in more light). One of only few issues left to negotiate is zoom, digital zoom is basically a con and very few phone cameras have any sizeable zoom capability. While phone cameras do not have large apertures due to the tiny lenses, various software “solutions” have appeared which, while not as good as the real thing, can…
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PocoPhone F1 with Pixel 3 App

Last year I write about our day-trip to Gibraltar and my then new Panasonic TZ-70 camera. Shortly thereafter we headed off back to blighty and have only just returned to Spain. Our first few days were marvellous but then the weather went sour and so here I am, blogging, staying indoors to keep warm. My favourite phone of the moment is the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and has been since late last year. From a photography perspective it is pretty hard to fault this phone as the pictures are great, Two of my few gripes have been night-vision quality and limited panorama options and so I’m delighted to announce that thanks…
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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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

Random Photo in a Field

My wife Maureen and I were out and about yesterday with friends for a dip in a spring-fed pool near a local village called Orce  and as you do, I got the urge to take photos of a nearby field. Lest anyone tells you that you need a “real” camera to blow up photos beyond snapshot size, try expanding this – I would imagine the image tools in here will allow this to grow and it looks ok on my 4K monitor… taken as is often the case with my handy Pocophone. I still keep the camera around for telephoto shots but in the summer heat in Southern Spain, I…
Read More

The Age of Camera Phones has Arrived

Not only have recent smartphones stepped up to the mark when it comes to camera resolution (48Mpx for the Umidigi S3 Pro, 40Mpx for the Lumix,  28Mpx various Chinese phones, 16Mpx and 20Mpx common on many medium range and even budget phones) and now sensitivity (large pixel size on many new models lets in more light). One of only few issues left to negotiate is zoom, digital zoom is basically a con and very few phone cameras have any sizeable zoom capability. While phone cameras do not have large apertures due to the tiny lenses, various software “solutions” have appeared which, while not as good as the real thing, can…
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PocoPhone F1 with Pixel 3 App

Last year I write about our day-trip to Gibraltar and my then new Panasonic TZ-70 camera. Shortly thereafter we headed off back to blighty and have only just returned to Spain. Our first few days were marvellous but then the weather went sour and so here I am, blogging, staying indoors to keep warm. My favourite phone of the moment is the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and has been since late last year. From a photography perspective it is pretty hard to fault this phone as the pictures are great, Two of my few gripes have been night-vision quality and limited panorama options and so I’m delighted to announce that thanks…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

Random Photo in a Field

My wife Maureen and I were out and about yesterday with friends for a dip in a spring-fed pool near a local village called Orce  and as you do, I got the urge to take photos of a nearby field. Lest anyone tells you that you need a “real” camera to blow up photos beyond snapshot size, try expanding this – I would imagine the image tools in here will allow this to grow and it looks ok on my 4K monitor… taken as is often the case with my handy Pocophone. I still keep the camera around for telephoto shots but in the summer heat in Southern Spain, I…
Read More

The Age of Camera Phones has Arrived

Not only have recent smartphones stepped up to the mark when it comes to camera resolution (48Mpx for the Umidigi S3 Pro, 40Mpx for the Lumix,  28Mpx various Chinese phones, 16Mpx and 20Mpx common on many medium range and even budget phones) and now sensitivity (large pixel size on many new models lets in more light). One of only few issues left to negotiate is zoom, digital zoom is basically a con and very few phone cameras have any sizeable zoom capability. While phone cameras do not have large apertures due to the tiny lenses, various software “solutions” have appeared which, while not as good as the real thing, can…
Read More

PocoPhone F1 with Pixel 3 App

Last year I write about our day-trip to Gibraltar and my then new Panasonic TZ-70 camera. Shortly thereafter we headed off back to blighty and have only just returned to Spain. Our first few days were marvellous but then the weather went sour and so here I am, blogging, staying indoors to keep warm. My favourite phone of the moment is the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and has been since late last year. From a photography perspective it is pretty hard to fault this phone as the pictures are great, Two of my few gripes have been night-vision quality and limited panorama options and so I’m delighted to announce that thanks…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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…
Read More

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)...
Read More

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…
Read More

Random Photo in a Field

My wife Maureen and I were out and about yesterday with friends for a dip in a spring-fed pool near a local village called Orce  and as you do, I got the urge to take photos of a nearby field. Lest anyone tells you that you need a “real” camera to blow up photos beyond snapshot size, try expanding this – I would imagine the image tools in here will allow this to grow and it looks ok on my 4K monitor… taken as is often the case with my handy Pocophone. I still keep the camera around for telephoto shots but in the summer heat in Southern Spain, I…
Read More

The Age of Camera Phones has Arrived

Not only have recent smartphones stepped up to the mark when it comes to camera resolution (48Mpx for the Umidigi S3 Pro, 40Mpx for the Lumix,  28Mpx various Chinese phones, 16Mpx and 20Mpx common on many medium range and even budget phones) and now sensitivity (large pixel size on many new models lets in more light). One of only few issues left to negotiate is zoom, digital zoom is basically a con and very few phone cameras have any sizeable zoom capability. While phone cameras do not have large apertures due to the tiny lenses, various software “solutions” have appeared which, while not as good as the real thing, can…
Read More

PocoPhone F1 with Pixel 3 App

Last year I write about our day-trip to Gibraltar and my then new Panasonic TZ-70 camera. Shortly thereafter we headed off back to blighty and have only just returned to Spain. Our first few days were marvellous but then the weather went sour and so here I am, blogging, staying indoors to keep warm. My favourite phone of the moment is the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and has been since late last year. From a photography perspective it is pretty hard to fault this phone as the pictures are great, Two of my few gripes have been night-vision quality and limited panorama options and so I’m delighted to announce that thanks…
Read More