iOS Camera Apps and Lens Comparisons

I wondered to what extent camera apps create different images of the exact same composition when using my iPhone X camera hardware. Do they all call the same hardware functions and therefore produce the exact same image? Or, do app-specific incantations exist that voodoo the image into existence creating variance in the rendered images of the same compositions? Unsure, I… Continue reading

Okay, Okay! I Was Wrong! Yes, Again…

This past weekend I did another one of my treks1 up Mount Tamalpais. I love being up there, especially when the fog and clouds are doing their etherial dances. Yes, you can expect another time lapse soon! I had positioned my tripod at the edge of a pullout on the side of the road–a pullout with a stunning view. An… Continue reading

Affinity Photo: PS Replacement

Ever since Adobe started renting their software with annual (or monthly) fee-based subscription access, I have been actively looking for a photo editing application I could use to replace Photoshop. Photoshop has become insanely over-priced, poorly supported, and the rental access arrangement sent me over the edge with the company. I think I’ve found a suitable replacement: Affinity Photo. Not… Continue reading

New Era in Software: Rental

And I hate it! Adobe’s software is stunning stuff, no doubt about it: Photoshop, After Effects, Dreamweaver, to name a few of the industry standards. Over the past few years, Adobe’s software has become prohibitively expensive for the common man, easily costing well over a thousand dollars for a software bundle. But, at least you owned it and could use… Continue reading

How Long Is Too Long?

When you call an 800 number for technical support, how long should you be expected to remain on hold until someone talks to you to solve your problem? I’m rebuilding my hard drive, a necessary nuisance with computers; so, I’m in the process of reinstalling all of my software, and I have a lot of software. I went to reinstall… Continue reading

The Latest Beauty Treatment

I came across this on Twitter. It would be hysterical if it were not true, and I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else. Almost nothing that we see in photography and videography is actually true to life. For better or worse, just about everything is “enhanced.” Fotoshop by Adobé from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo. This commercial isn’t real,… Continue reading

@Adobe Lost a Customer Today

@Adobe is a case study in what is wrong with corporate America:  remaining insulated from its current and potential  customers, apparently internally disconnected, charging high prices, outsourcing customer service that is ill-equiped or forbidden by corporate policy to solve a problem, having policies that disregard the needs of prospective customers on a software product that retails for a whopping $1,000.… Continue reading

SlideShowPro Rocks My World

Several years ago I discovered Todd Dominey’s SlideShow Pro (SSP), which I use to present my photos here at tt.us.  (Check them out at timtyson.us/photos.)  Over the years SSP has evolved into a really slick, powerful, wonderful tool for managing both photo and video distribution.  As my knowledge and understanding of the various SSP products has grown, I would place… Continue reading

Cropping, Aspect Ratios, Crop Orientation, and Overlays in Lightroom

This tutorial needs a slightly faster pace, but Helen does a great job answering some questions I’ve grappled with in frustration concerning changing the crop orientation while using a fixed aspect ratio in Lightroom. I could never figure it out. It’s so easy when you know the magic trick!… Continue reading