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Some first pictures with the iPhone 5. Facebook readers will want to skip this post if you're not interested in my first impressions of the iPhone 5 camera -- you've already seen the pictures. All but one received some light processing in Lightroom. The last one I processed in Photoshop Touch, and then finished in Lightroom. The process between Photoshop Touch, Adobe's Creative Cloud and the PC isn't entirely seamless, but it's not bad.

Most of the shots were taken with the room lights at their usual dim settings. The low-light conditions were a good test of the camera, and the noise was apparent, but not horrible -- far better than the HTC Thunderbolt it replaced.

 

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Clarity...

Back in October of last year, I wrote a short article about a piece of software called Perfectly Clear, which is designed to enhance the detail and clarity of an image. The effects range from subtle to stunning. And because I could achieve pretty much the same result by hand, I couldn't justify spending $200 for the plug-in. Yesterday, Topaz Labs released Clarity, which does very nearly the same thing, but at a much more attractive price -- $49.99 (or $29.99 until 5/31/13 with the coupon code claritynew). I figured that for $30, I'd bite. And, I'm glad I did.

I could go on about all of what Clarity offers, but Hal Schmitt at LIGHT Photographic Workshops does a great job of talking about the vital features in this video:

When I get some free time, I'll try to post a few "before-and-after" examples of my own.

 

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Obtaining Perfect White Balance with Gary Fong

Gary Fong explains how to obtain perfect color balance using the Gary Fong Gray Dome from a Lightsphere: [embedplusvideo height="356" width="584" standard="http://www.youtube.com/v/h24rI7dw8Qg?fs=1&hd=1" vars="ytid=h24rI7dw8Qg&width=584&height=356&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=1&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=" id="ep7287" /]

 

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Upcoming at gerenm.net

Stay tuned, because I've got several articles in the works for gerenm.net. Here are some of the topics you can look forward to over the next week or so:

  • Why Photograph?
  • Ultimate Depth-of-Field in Photoshop CS 6.5
  • An Easy Technique for Increased Dynamic Range in Digital Photography (and why it's better than HDR)

And many more ideas are swirling around in my head. 2013 is going to be the year of gerenm.net!

In the meantime, here's one of my favorite pictures I've made in the past year:

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Let Me Make This Perfectly Clear

A couple weeks back, Rick Sammon posted on his blog about a plug-in called Perfectly Clear. He also talked briefly about it during the workshop we attended. I finally got around to trying it out a little bit today.

In this case, the effect is subtle, as I'd already done a fair amount of work on the image. But, the already decent image got a lot snappier after a literally single-click adjustment.

Here are a few more I fooled around with at lunch today. Some worked really well.