Two Weeks on Linux

Compared to what I had with Adobe product, it is like hell… And I don’t want to bash the work done by the community, I just want to state what is it actually.

I have the firm impression that Darktable is actually destroying my images. I can’t get details out without breaking every pixels in blurred zones. It is impossible to lower high light zone without destroying, again. Briefly, you can’t do anything without destroying the whole picture.

Those guys at Adobe’s office are doing a great job, and they’re working on it every day instead of those guys from the free software community who are working on it when they have time for.

This is why they bring back in each update the same old filters that no one care and no one use anymore. This is why we can’t work on files that uses more than 8 bits. Well finally this is why I am loosing interest in working on my pictures.

But in the mean time I decided to try something new. I did transfer some pic to my Google Photo cloud and then tried to work on some of those from Snapseed, a photo retouching program for mobiles and tablets. And the result gave me more fun than what I could get with GIMP/Darktable.

Here are few example. Pictures have been taken with my old Canon but processed in Snapseed.



Pignon sur Rue


Three essential

A Latte and a candle, both needed in a day life. After a busy day, a Latte for my body and a light for my mind. What is the third essential… ?

Ah! A good radio.

Roboto Medley

Some other pictures form my Nexus 5.

Taking pictures with a cellphone is quick and easy. I like it. It’s like driving a car on a Sunday morning at 7 am… You just don’t care about anything. You click and it’s done. The rest of the work is about spending few minutes of fun in front of Snapseed, a Google app for photo editing. So you have to edit on your Android. which is something that I appreciate. Because it’s fast and easy. Sometimes it’s fun to work that way.

So far I think the Nexus 5 can give good result but… I wish I could give a try to the Nexus 6… I can clearly see a lack of performances in low light condition, which is bring a lot of noise. So this is why I am often heading for a damaged look on few pictures. I still like the result but I wish I could have better performances.



Manual Camera For Android

I love doing photography with my mobile because, anyway, I always have it on me and it is light and I can keep it in my pockets. Added to this, I can do photofinishing directly on my phone and syncs or share my photos online.

Isn’t paradise?

But what is annoying on Android is the fact that the camera app would not let us free to take the picture as we want it : No manual focus, no manual exposure, etc …

Few things have changed lately on the Android system and, without going too deep into the geek language, I can say that these changes leads, among many others, to the possibility to add all these manual elements to any camera application.

Google has not done yet but, GD Software did it.

We’re all having access to this app called Camera Manual and it is available on the Google Play Store since May 17 2015.

I tried it and I adopted it.

But don’t go to fast and try first the Manual Camera Compatibility app that GD Software built for us. It will tell you what your phone can give you what it can’t.

Ok, this app isn’t free. You can buy it at around 4$, which is worth it. I truly appreciate it and, the only drawback is the fact that it is using a lot of the battery… As any other apps that use the screen.

Oh by the way, the shutter is so fast! As soon as you click it, you got the picture. Also you can do RAW images with it. I am still trying to manage this part and I will post about this aspect really soon.