eXtensions - Wednesday 14 March 2018
eXtensions - The Wednesday File (48): The Photographer's Interpretation; and Philips' Hue in Thailand at Last
By Graham K. Rogers
Composition is another moment when the photographer can interpret the subject. I was shown this in late 1986 when I walked round New York with Tony Harvey (Director of The Lion in Winter) who I had met at a dinner the day before. He showed me how to look at a subject. His suggestions as to where I should position myself (come this way a bit, move a little to the right) when looking at (for example) the famous Flat-iron building in Manhattan, taught me more about taking photographs in a couple of hours than all the books I had read.
BACC Bangkok - Original (left), Cropped and Edited (right)
I love working in black and white (I try to think of light and shadows while looking at a scene), but most digital images are recorded in colour. In editing I may look at black and white options, but some photographs are best left as colour photographs. Apps available nowadays make it easy to add effects to images using filters, although I always note that these are subjective: what I like, you may not.
Once I have worked on the image, I may consider the use of a filter. These used to be clear glass of various colours (some were also patterned) to change the input to the film. I use clear glass or a UV filter to protect lenses (cheaper than buying a new lens), and my grandfather used a yellow one (for skies in black and white film). There are many apps that apply filters to images, but these are now much more than just one color.
On the iPhone I tend to use the filters with the Tadaa app within Photos for some nice output. I also use these after changing an image to monochrome for different effects. On the Mac the two apps I use most at the moment - again from within Photos as extensions - are Luminar 2018 and Tonality Pro. I also use these selectively on scanned images from the Hasselblad negatives.
Editing an iPhone image in Photos on the Mac using Luminar 2018
With digital I know immediately if a photograph has worked. With film I need to check the Light Meter, change the settings on the camera, focus manually and take the shot. It may be a while before I can take the exposed films to be developed, and a few more days will pass before I can collect the negatives. These then require scanning and the images need editing on the Mac. Then I can see what I took.
On Monday evening I went for a walk in the neighbourhood, taking over 100 iPhone shots (some later edited and uploaded to Instagram) and also finishing off a couple of rolls of film. I took these and a couple more already exposed (a total of 6) to AirLab on Tuesday so hope to spend the weekend scanning and editing.
Hasselblad Medium Format Camera
Philips Hue AvailabilityLast Thursday I found examples of the Philips Hue lighting system on sale in Siam Discovery and bought a colour bulb to go with the lights I already use at home. I was pleased to see these items on sale after several years of waiting and put some comments online with images. The local representation also have a Twitter feed and they announced this week that there is more information on their Instagram Stories on PhilipsLight as well as on Snapchat. The company also announced this week that Hue for outdoors will be coming soon and a HueMenu app 3 was also released, but not here.
These have not appeared her and as the color bulbs also display white, the staff were unsure what I meant, until I showed a photograph. There is no information about when (or if) these will be available here. As Copperwired also run the non-iStudio DotLife stores, I checked there and found that there is a similar availability of bridge units, starter kits and bulbs.
The stores have a number of Elgato Eve units too, for measuring temperature, air pressure and humidity, as well as motion sensors. There are also cameras that can be accessed remotely. All of these are HomeKit capable, while there are also Nokia scales that work with HealthKit. Devices like the Nokia or Qardio blood pressure monitors may still need to be bought from Amazon.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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