#15 | 03.08.2020

NEWSLETTER 03.08.2020

Hi to all, and welcome to this weeks newsletter!

First off I need to explain why there was no newsletter last Monday.

A strange and sudden string of events sent us a bit south in the country, and at the same time also forcing us on a few days off from refurbishing our house. This was good, as we really needed some time off. I did not bring my computer as I did not think we would be gone that long. I should have let you guys know, but hopefully you were busy on your own summer holidays:) Anyway, my apologies for this, but batteries are charged again, and we are back on track.


On the analog side, Denny and I are still sharing the Lomochrome Purple in the Pentax ME. On this "vacation" we have had I have not taken my camera out once. There were tons of opportunities for it, but Denny did picture work with her mobile while I was constantly driving through the country. So all in all, not many pictures taken, but there is still a good handfull to take of from previous sessions. I have still not gotten into the lab to get straightened out the shots from the Flexaret, but I will hopefully get around to it this week and have something to share on the next newsletter from that story. Here is a shot of our home coming, a sleepover just before we reached our island home. Incredible sky! This is a mobile shot and I only dropped the shadows a little to get nicer shadows in the foreground. No colour-correction. It was natures TV at its finest:


So, for todays topic. I have said in previous posts including the last one, that I will share a bit how I do the digital pictures and what photo editing I use. This can be a long and very nerdy dive, or we can stay out of all the small details, as I am going to do here:) I will basically just go through my workflow.

Software: I use Lightroom and Photoshop on mac and iPhone. Yes, I am that boring and simple:) But for me this works great. I subscribe to the Photography plan

and I have had no problems yet.

My Olympus also communicates great with both my iPhone and Mac book Pro.

On mobile I use either the built in iPhone camera app or the Lightroom mobile camera.

I have tried dozens of apps, and most of them have cool features, but when it comes to the basics I haven't found anything beating Lightroom mobile yet. Denny is the wizard of us with photo apps, but I am brick stone basic here:)

The built in camera app will shoot a 3024x4029 pixel jpg in 4:3 or a 3024x3024 pixel JPG in 1:1, which are the two aspect ratios I use. On an iPhone you can not change the resolution, but have to change the image in a third party app or i.e. photoshop. When you shoot with the Lightroom camera app, you have the same resolution, but you have a lot more manual control and you can shoot in RAW. In the app it is shot as DNG,

which is Adobe´s RAW format.


Which one I use is determined by the situation and what I want. If I shoot fast passing moments I will use the regular camera app and mostly shoot in black and white. If there is great landscapes, sunsets or a composition you can use some time on I use the Lightroom mobile camera. So it all boils down to the time you think you have to make the shot basically. When the shot is taken I always use this workflow:

Go through the camera roll and pick out a shot I am happy with. I adjust exposure and slightly adjust sharpness. I use a filter I find that fits the composition and then go on to tweak shadows, exposure, highlights, contrast and basically every option until I have what I vision for the shot. If I need a gradient or want to do more complicated tasks I will then bring the image into lightroom on the computer. There I will go between lightroom and photoshop until I am happy and save it in lightroom.


When I shoot with the Olympus, it is really the same process. The only difference is that here I always have RAW images and I put the SD card into the computer and start directly in the Lightroom desktop. If I am at all unhappy or wonder about the exposure, I will first bring it from lightroom and in to photoshop. There I will check levels, do an oh so slight unsharp mask and save it back to Lightroom. I then find a filter that suits the picture to give it the overall look I want. Its also to nail down as fast as possible what I have in my head for the picture. Filters are great that way and can give you a faster arrival to your ideal starting point. A good thing to keep in mind here is to watch the areas that are important to you in the image when you apply a filter.That way what you want enhanced doesn't get sacrificed in the process.

After applying a filter I tweak all the variables I want and if I am still not happy or have bigger plans I go into photoshop. Oh, here is something I should mention. I almost exclusively use Lightroom CC and just use Lightroom Classic for the camera raw filter and a plug-in for bracketing if I am making composite landscape shots or other weird stuff:) It is advised to do the other way around, like go through Classic and bring in to CC, but I am really happy in Lightroom CC:)


So in short it is like this: The picture is taken, I adjust exposure and maybe sharpness. After a filter is applied I will then go on to adjust highlights, shadows, contrast and so on, . After that I will ad or take away elements or use brushes or different layers and change light streaks etc in photoshop. First when that is done I will experiment a bit with the cropping of the image.

So there you have it. A quick tour of my workflow:) Usually I am done with a picture when I have added a filter and tweaked around some settings. Sometimes I walk a few blocks and I am content and sometimes I walk the road for miles:)

Hope I managed to cut it down to an understandable working process, and please feel free to ask if anything is unclear. Or maybe I left something out? Its 2 in the morning, so something might have slipped:)

Thank you again to everyone reading, and I will writing you again next Monday,

Goodnight and take care, Sjur



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Stay safe, bsp

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