Getting the Most from Your iPhone Camera


A few weeks ago, I gave a presentation to the South Bay Mac Users Group (SBMUG) on the iPhone’s camera. This presentation was basically an update of the one I gave about three years ago. The camera in the iPhone and the software that supports it has gone through a lot of technical advancements since then.

I decided to post the slide show here, because I suspect that many people (including myself) just use camera to take simple selfies and are unaware or forget just how capable the iPhone camera is.

Slide 1 iPhone

To view the slide show, just click on the link above. It is a large file, so it will take several seconds to open.  To go from slide to slide, just click. There are embedded videos, so you may have to click to start and/or stop them.

The presentation uses the iPhone 7+ camera, since that is the iPhone I own. Most of the material is directly related to the camera in the iPhone XR, as well as older recent versions of the iPhone.

For those of you who have a different smartphone, check out its camera’s capabilities. I bet you will find that it can do a lot more than you thought.

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Overview of Photoshop Elements 15 Organizer Views


When Adobe introduced Photoshop Elements 11 several years ago now, they totally redesigned the user interface, and the workflows that are used to effectively use the Organizer. One of the main additions that were introduced were Views.

The views are shown at the top of the Organizer’s screen and are eLive, Media, People, Places, and Events. These views and the features they contain have continued to evolve since then.

A PDF tutorial that overviews these views can be opened by clicking on the figure below. Future posts will go into more detail on using these views and their features.

pse-15-views

If you found this post helpful, please let me know with your comments and rating it.

Until next time.

 

No Better Time to Upgrade to Photoshop Elements 14


There is no better time to upgrade to Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 14 (PSE 14) than now!

Between now and November 29th, Costco will have the program on sale for $39.95. You will never see a lower price. Normally a good deal is about $80 for the program.

pse 14 welcome

If you are brand new to the world of digital photography, this best selling program is one of the easiest ways to get started. Beginning with uploading your images or videos from your digital camera or mobile device through enhancing them , and ultimately sharing them with others,  PSE 14 provides a user friendly solution. At the same time, the program provides sufficient tools and commands, similar to its its more powerful sibling, Photoshop CC, to give your photos that professional look.

If you are using an older version of PSE (PSE 10 or older) it is definitely time to upgrade to PSE 14. When you do, you will see a much friendlier user interface in both the Organizer and the Editor.

If you are familiar with Photoshop Elements, you know it consists of two main modules, the Organizer and the Photo Editor. You are probably also aware that there are many books available to help you learn how to effectively use the program. But I have found that these books focus on the Photo Editor module. How to use the Organizer to manage your images and videos effectively is given much less coverage.

To fill this gap, I have published an inexpensive yet a detailed eBook that addresses only the Organizer. This ebook includes material that is normally not found in other books. The PSE 14 version of this book is titled Photoshop Elements 14: The Organizer Revisited Again. It is available on Amazon. Click on the title link above to find out more about my eBook.

My New eBook

My New eBook

And by the way, PSE 14 works on both the PC and the Mac.

Photoshop CC Dehaze Filter at Work


The before and after image below was taken from my Phantom 2 Vision+ UAV above Valle Verde Park in Escondido, CA. The RAW image was corrected using the new Photoshop CC (2015) Dehaze filter along with a tweaking of the color balance etc. The DJI lens correction preset was also used. I really like the simplicity and ease of using this new Dehaze filter. It also works well with images that do not contain a lot of haze.

Before after dehaze P2 Image

Carbonite Has Completed!


Sometime around midnight of December 31st, my initial backup using Carbonite was completed. I actually started the initial backup in mid-November as I commented on in this post.

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/carbonite-slow-but-steady/

As the initial backup was being done, I really did not notice any performance hits in using my computer. I did leave my computer on for the most part, which is my usual practice.

So as of right now, I am backing up 148,940 files that consume about 486 Gb of cloud storage. The bulk of those files and the storage space they consume are due to photo images.

Now that I have completed the initial backup, I will find out a bit more about Carbonite itself. For example, my video files, which also take up a lot of local space were not part of the initial backup, but I understand  that I can back them up manually using Carbonite.

As I said earlier, Carbonite is kind of my doomsday backup. I will continue to back up my data files and photos/videos in my normal manner. But it is nice to know that Carbonite has my back.

I am interested in your experience with Carbonite, especially how it worked out for you for recovering destroyed local files. Please share your experience and thoughts in the Comments below.

iPad Photography Class Starts January 8th


 

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Did you get a new iPad for Christmas and want to learn how to take great pictures with its camera? Do you want to find out how to enhance or add special effects to those pictures and video clips you have already taken?

One of the classes I will be teaching beginning January 8th at the Griffith Torrance Adult Center will teach you how to do these things, as well as many others.

This short video further describes the class.

iPad for Photography Class

Quick Video Tip Via Movie Moments


Movie Moments Edit

In Windows 8.1, Microsoft added a free app called Movie Moments. It is available in the MS Store. The app is easy to use for the most part, although trimming something from the middle of the input clip is tricky – at least it was for me. The final video can only be one minute in length. That may seem really short, but it may work well for many subjects. The input video clip can be longer, but it must be reduced to one minute prior to saving it.

For some time, I have been thinking about routinely posting short videos covering just a single tip or hint. Maybe this is one way to do that. Below is my first attempt. Admittedly, the tip is trivial, but I’m sure that better tips can be provided within the one minute limit.

https://vimeo.com/82318177

Let me know what you think via a comment or liking the post. Thanks.