This week saw the arrival of two emails from the KitCam support and feedback forums. KitCam is the premier app for overriding the default camera app on the iPhone. It allows separate exposure and focus controls and allows further fine tuning of these by choosing separate white balance and over or under exposure, all very powerful tools.
The two emails this week announced that further control has been added to the shutter for night photography as well as the ability to save lossless TIFF files to the apps camera roll.
I can’t sing enough praises of this camera app. It keeps going from strength to strength. It is worth every cent it costs.
Accessing the new night shot button is from the main camera screen settings button>gear wheel.
This is the new night shutter button.
Once you choose it, there are then 4 settings to pick in terms of exposure time. Used cleverly along with the histogram at the top of the screen and you have a really powerful tool at your finger tips. And of course, accessing the usual, colour temperature controls and the exposure controls enable even more fine tuning.
The other new feature is the ability to choose a. alter the level of compression you want with your jpegs, or b. save them as tiff files.
This has huge ramifications, especially if you like to edit in a post production tool, like photoshop and make hard copy prints. Of course you will need to choose wisely here as TIF files will occupy huge amounts of space on your phone and could even blow out your dropbox storage, if you have this feature enabled. I guess if I was travelling, and was sure that getting to my laptop/studio was a long way off this would NOT be a feature I used, but, for day to day shooting, this is a real bonus.
Here is the screen for choosing the level of compression as a jpeg, or the saving as a TIFF file.
If you are serious about exposure control, and think you might want to make prints from your files, this is THE CAMERA app to use.
I like photographs that don’t look altogether the way photographs are supposed to look. We don’t really know how photographs are “supposed to look.” The existing conventions make it seem that we do, because they are authentic and central to photography, but they cannot predict what the next interesting photograph is going to look like. Nobody claims to be able to predict what the next good painting will look like.
While there is no doubt that this interview rewards careful reading and makes a number of trenchant, rigorously argued points about some of the more “conceptual” issues facing the contemporary practice of photography, Wall’s mastery of the unanswerable rhetorical flourish is also much in evidence here. Indeed there is something disingenuous about the extent to which his own undeniably accomplished writing has shaped critical perspectives on his photographic output, which too often is reduced to scavenging for presumed art-historical sources.
The most obvious consequence of this has been to elide those aspects of the work that come from within the medium itself, a critical dialogue about what photographic images are and how we encounter them that is perhaps its most lasting achievement. To suppose, as Michael Fried has done elsewhere, that Wall is the inheritor - if not the actual savior - of the Western pictorial tradition, and to locate the re-establishment of those values as the fundamental use of photography, does a grave disservice to both, despite the fact that Wall does not seem averse to this particularly conservative reading of his work.(via theincoherentlight)
In what shaping up to be a busy year for top quality photography Canberra’s National Gallery of Art is showing an exhibition of world renowned street photographers such as Winogrand and Freidlander.
photo source National Gallery of Art, Canberra Australia.
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A couple of days ago, I threatened to write a bio thanks to Andy Adams’ bemoaning the lack of them online, well, I wrote one. Its had at least one revision/addition already, so its bound to change over time. So without further ado, read on.
A quick check of the route to work each morning on my phone in the driveway as the car warms up determines the actual route to be taken. This morning, there was too much red on the faster of the two routes, so, alt route #2 it was, and of course as we are at the tail end of summer the light was just spectacular; something I get to see on route #1, but as it’s a freeway, no time to slow and down and really soak it in. This is from my car window at a major intersection, on the Eastern edge of the CBD.
Do you understand the meaning, but are unable to explain the origin of, the term ‘died in the arse’?
What is a “bloody little beauty”?
Are these terms related: chuck a sickie; chuck a spaz; chuck a U-ey?
Explain the following passage: ‘In the arvo last Chrissy the relos rocked up for a barbie, some bevvies and a few snags. After a bit of a Bex and a lie down we opened the pressies, scoffed all the chockies, bickies and lollies. Then we drained a few tinnies and Mum did her block after Dad and Steve had a barney and a bit of biffo.’
Macca, Chooka and Wanger are driving to Surfers in their Torana. If they are travelling at 100 km/h while listening to Barnsey, Farnsey and Acca Dacca, how many slabs will each person on average consume between flashing a brown eye and having a slash?
Complete the following sentences:-
‘If the van’s rockin’ don’t bother ?
You’re going home in the back of a ?
Fair crack of the ?
I’ve had a gutful and I can’t be fagged. Discuss
Have you ever been on the giving or receiving end of a wedgie?
Do you have a friend or relative who has a car in their front yard ‘up on blocks’? Is his name Bruce and does he have a wife called Cheryl?
Does your family regularly eat a dish involving mincemeat, cabbage, curry powder and a packet of chicken noodle soup called either chow mein, chop suey or kai see ming?
What are the ingredients in a rissole?
Can you demonstrate the correct procedure for eating a Tim Tam?
Do you have an Aunty Irene who smokes 30 cigarettes a day and sounds like a bloke?
In any two-hour period have you ever eaten three-bean salad, a chop and two serves of pav washed down with someone else’s beer that has been flogged from a bath full of ice?
When you go to a bring- your-own-meat barbie can you eat other people’s meat or are you only allowed to eat your own?
What purple root vegetable beginning with the letter ‘b’ is required by law to be included in a hamburger with the lot?
Do you own or have you ever owned a lawn mower, a pair of thongs, an Esky or Ugg boots?
Is it possible to ‘prang a car’ while doing ‘circle work’?
Who would you like to crack on to?
Who is the most Australian: Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson, John ‘True Blue’ Williamson, Kylie Minogue or Warnie?
Is there someone you are only mates with because they own a trailer or have a pool?
What does “sinkin piss at a mates joint” and “getten para” mean?
A couple of days ago, Andy Adams from flakphoto.com asked about artist bios in his facebook group. He was basically asking for some to read and was lamenting the dearth of them, this got me thinking, so stay tuned as I prepare to write an artist bio.