Low End DSLR: digital photography on a budget

July 05, 2006

iPhoto RAW Workflow

The “low end” in Low End DSLR extends to the software that I use for editing photos. Up until recently, that was Photoshop 7, since I have not upgraded to either CS version yet, along with the File Viewer Utility and Digital Photo Professional software from Canon (both included with the camera). I used the Canon software to view the RAW files and make my selects for additional editing in Photoshop after exporting them.

While this worked, it wasn’t anything approaching an optimal workflow. In fact it was too frustrating, slow and awkward to really be called a workflow, more like a work bottleneck. Add to this that I was doing this on an 867MHz 12-inch PowerBook G4, and you can see where much of the frustration came in (not to mention the lack of USB 2.0 for importing the photos onto the PowerBook to further add to the bottleneck).

With the acquisition of a G5 iMac (reasons for purchasing that are detailed at iBlog), the workflow has improved. Included in the iMac is the latest version of iLife, including iPhoto 6. This update to iPhoto has greatly improved RAW support and handling, along with an increase in the number of photos it can handle, and the speed with which it deals with them.

After having worked with the software for some time, I have begun to fall into some patterns of use that can reasonably be called a workflow. I’m sure this will be refined as I continue to discover new ways to work with the software, and my even be replaced at some point in the future should I upgrade Photoshop or even to Lightbox or Aperture. But for now this is a good low end workflow.

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Posted by Mark in: Software | Tutorials | iPhoto

March 14, 2006

A Digital Photographer's Worst Nightmare

If you are shooting film, you have to protect that film. You make sure it is completely rewound before removing it from the camera. You worry about sending it through the X-ray machine at the airport. You dread someone opening the door of the darkroom while you are developing, and you pray that you don’t have the “new guy” processing your precious prints at the lab.

As a digital photographer I am blissfully unconcerned about those issues. But I have my own fears to face. Hard drive failure and no back-ups (note to self, make sure my back-ups are up to date), losing a CF card, or having a CF card go south.

That last one hit me last night.

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Posted by Mark in: 300d/350d | Canon | Digital Rebel/XT | Photos | Software | Comments (14)

March 08, 2006

iPhoto plugins updated

Keyword Assistant has been updated for compatibility with iPhoto versions up to 6.02. This is good news, as I had been forced to use iPhoto’s awkward keyword handling since updating to 6.02.

In related news, FlickrExport has also been updated and now supports Intel Macs.

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March 03, 2006

Morning Commute - Photo a Day number 3

Morning Commute - Photo a Day number 3
Originally uploaded by gnuhaus.

Sorry for the view up my nostrils. This was taken with the keychain cam on the way to work this morning, and enhanced with Picasa. I’m pretty impressed with what it can do given an admittedly limited amount of information to start with.

Posted by Mark in: Photo a Day Challenge | Photos | Picasa | Software

March 02, 2006

Emergency - Photo a Day number 2

Emergency - Photo a Day number 2
Originally uploaded by gnuhaus.

My second image for the challenge. Still using the 640x480 pixel keychain camera. It only interfaces with Windows, so I am playing around with Picasa for editing.

This one used “I’m Feeling Lucky” in the Basic Fixes tab, a small saturation boost and an application of “Warmify” in Effects, followed by some Soft Focus.

I like how it turned out, given the quality of the original image.

Posted by Mark in: Photo a Day Challenge | Photos | Picasa | Software

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