Glenda sells art online for a gallery and uses CamScan to shoot the images. But sometimes the colors are off. Leo says that color accuracy can be difficult, especially when shooting art. Lighting is important, and a tripod helps in order to get the proper perspective. But when you process an image in software, it's always possible that the image can be modified in a way you don't want.
Today, Chris joins Leo to talk about THE SNAPSHOT. A casual shot meant to be a documentary record, rather than an artistic image. It doesn't usually have a lot of intention or planning like a set still image designed to tell a story. But that doesn't mean you can't employ the skills you've learned in photography to make a snapshot all it can be, and to even tell a story. Chris took images recently with his iPhone, using an app called Argentum, a black and white camera app. It gives your snapshots an Ansel Adams kind of feel.
Here are a few examples:
Photo apps from Todays' photo segment all make use of AI and photography in one way or the other. Here they are:
Trina is having issues with green dotes appearing on her iPhone photos. Rich says that there may be some reflection going off the lenses. It shouldn't happen, but lens flares do happen when users aim the camera towards a strong light source. Rich recommends using SnapSeed's healing mode to solve it. It works really well.
Leo has a bunch of pictures that he has on a large USB stick, but they're all out of order chronologically. How can he organize them? Leo says that when you take a picture with any phone, it puts the time and date in the metadata attached to the file. But some programs won't look at that, instead of looking at the file creation date. A photo program like Windows 10 Microsoft Photos will do it. You can download it from the Microsoft store for free. Irfanview is another one. Windows 10 file explorer can also sort by date taken.
Chris says that sometimes, when you've lost your motivation, or feel discouraged with your photography, is to take a break from your camera. Put all the high performance stuff aside and just shoot with your mobile device for awhile.
Three Apps -
SPECTRE. A long exposure app.
Jim wants to create custom thumbnails of his graphics as he takes them off his old Windows 3.1 computer. Leo says that Irfanview is ideal for that and the old PC will work with that app. The other options are ACDSee and NeoFinder.
In Europe, there was a lunar eclipse recently, right during the moon rise. Called the "Blood moon," the eclipse would make for very dramatic photographs. It also happened during the golden hour, just before sunset. Chris used the app The Photographer's Ephemeris to know where the moon would be in the sky and when, and what lens to use to shoot it. Unfortunately, at the last minute the clouds rolled in and he lost it all.
Chris says that smartphone cameras have gotten so good that most people are leaving their DSLRs at home. To that end, Chris says there's some great apps that can help make your smartphone pictures be all they can be.
Photo apps of the week: