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Affinity Photo better than Adobe Photoshop ?

We’ve been using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for years and although we’re not professional photographers, we’ve enjoyed using the software.

Truth be told – I mainly used Lightroom to import and manage my photo catalogue & doing the odd “enhancement” (colour adjustments, etc.)

Looking at the pricing for the subscription model, it’s not that expensive per month but it does add up over the years.

The nice thing is that you do get continuous upgrades to the software (not all of them great – when you think of the Lightroom “mess” Adobe created a while ago).

Recently however, Heidi had a look at Affinity Photo and she’s well impressed !

For a once-off fee of $49.99, you get the software and support for 2 years !

Compare that with $9.99/month for Lightroom & Photoshop.

So we’ve decided to cancel our Adobe Creative Cloud Photographer bundle (Lightroom and Photoshop) and will now be using Affinity Photo instead.

There are a couple of things missing – it doesn’t handle the import and management of your photos as well as Lightroom, but it’s something I can probably work around.

Affinity Photo won the Apple Mac App of the year 2015 – which says something 🙂

We’ll update you on our experiences as we go along, but for now it’s “Bye-Bye Adobe!”

More info and review of Affinity Photo on TechRadar

 

 

Another Picture Style for Video – Marvels Cine 3.4

While on the subject of using different Picture profiles for filming/video recording, I found another Picture style called “Marvels Cine” for my Canon EOS 7D.

The results looks quite impressive – see here:

finally, the new marvels cine picture style 3.x for canon dslrfinally, the new marvels cine picture style 3.x for canon dslr

The blog entry explains the loading of this onto your camera as well.

Have fun !

 

 

More info on the Technicolor Cinestyle Profile

Vincent Laforet wrote an interesting article on the history and use of the Technicolor Cinestyle in 2011 already, but as I said previously I’m only now getting into the filming scene 🙂

Good to share though !

New Technicolor Profile for Canon HDDSLRs

 

Have fun !

 

How to install EOS Utility if you can’t find your CD anymore …

So I needed to install the Canon EOS Utility program on my MacBook recently in order to load a new colour profile (Technicolor Cinestyle) onto my Canon 7D, but I could not find the media (CD) which came with my Canon EOS.

As always, the power of the internet is amazing and I found some useful links to people who had experienced the same issue.

I’m not going to re-hash the process as it’s well documented here:

 

I found that it worked best if you download the EOS Utility 2.14.0 under the OSX 10.7 (Lion) section, edit the install as per the instructions in link above and then install.

MacOSX10.7

EOS Utility 2.14

Once installed, download the updated for OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) and it will update your installation.

Have fun !

 

 

Installing the Technicolor Cinestyle Profile on your Canon EOS camera

I recently got more involved with using my Canon 7D for filming & have been reading up a bit on how to get “more” dynamic range out of your camera while capturing video.

I do make use of MagicLantern on my camera, but at this point in time it’s only to give me some extra features onscreen (LiveView on-screen info, zebra stripes, on-board intervalometer (time-lapse), etc.)

I read about the Technicolor Cinestyle profile for EOS cameras (FAQ).

When you install this profile on your Canon EOS DSLR, you get a new User-Defined picture style on your camera, which essentially produces a “flat” image (but capturing more dynamic range).

You NEED to make use of Post-processing (Colour correction, etc.) to make the video come to life, but that’s another blog post in it’s own :-).

To install the Technicolor Cinestyle profile is quite easy:

  1. Register and download the Cinestyle profile (in .zip format)
  2. Extract the .zip file to a local folder
  3. Connect your camera via USB (but do not switch on yet)
  4. Start up the Canon EOS Utility program (comes on the CD with your EOS camera, or read my post on how to install WITHOUT having the original installer)
  5. Switch on your camera
  6. The EOS Utility should recognise your camera and show you a start-up menu
  7. Select ” Camera Settings / Remote Shooting”
  8. Select the Camera Icon
  9. Click on “Picture Style” and select Detail Set
  10. In the window that comes up, select one of the User Defined slots (1,2 or 3)
  11. Click on the “Open” button and browse to the Technicolor_CineStyle_v1.0.pf2 file and select it.
  12. It will now be loaded in the slot you selected.
  13. Viola ! you can now set this as your shooting picture style

Canon explains a bit more about the Picture styles here

Have fun !

Kgalagadi Time-lapse

We went to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park recently and I made a (very) short time-lapse of the sunrise on the 1st morning there.

Used a Canon 7D and Lightroom to quickly put the time-lapse together.

More video to follow as I spent the whole time there only doing video while Heidi (and the kids) did the photos.

 

Have fun !

 

Use Microsoft Hyperlapse to compress those LONG GoPro/Action Cam videos into smaller easy-to-consume videos

Everybody captures some footage on GoPro/Mobile/Action cameras these days, but I’m sure a lot of you have experienced the “pain” of watching an endless video of a friend who wants to share his experience from the past weekend 🙂

Well, Microsoft comes to the rescue to help compress those memories into a smooth and stabilised time-lapse video!

Using Microsoft Hyperlapse, you can take your endlessly long video and make a shorter version of the video without loosing the important bits 🙂

This is a sample of footage we captured in Sabie in August 2015, where I took around 1.5 hours of video and compressed it into a 3 minute clip – still keeping the “feel” of the experience and as a matter of fact, probably adding to the overall mood of the speed we enjoyed on the Quad Bikes:

 

Microsoft Hyperlapse is available on mobile (Android and Windows Phone) as well as the Pro version on Windows and Mac.

It’s free to try (with a HyperLapse watermark in the footage) and on purchase the watermark will not appear anymore.

It works great and can take the mundane feeling out of extra long footage to make it easier to consume for your viewers 🙂

The software is easy to use and you basically drag&drop your footage, select the bits you want and then let the software do it’s magic !

More samples of people using Microsoft Hyperlapse available here – https://www.youtube.com/c/MicrosoftHyperlapse 

As always – Have Fun !

 

 

 

Convert your H.264 footage to ProRes 422 easily

My Canon 7D shoots video in .mov format, using the H.264 codec.

This is not the best format for editing and as part of my video workflow process, I convert the footage to the Apple ProRes 422 codec before starting with my editing process.

Fortunately this conversion can be automated to convert a batch of videos at once, using a FREE tool from Squared 5 called MPEG Streamclip.

Although the software is fairly old, it still runs well on my Mac using OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) without any issues.

The 1st step you have to follow is to ensure you have the Apple ProRes 422 codec on your machine (covered in one of my previous posts) and then  install MPEG Streamclip.

Once you have MPEG Streamclip installed, open it up and select the “List – Batch List” option (Cmd-B).

List-Batch

This will open up the Batch List Box – now just drag & drop your original footage in here

Batch-List

in the window that pops up, select “Export to QuickTime”

ExportToQT

Select your destination folder for the output and then configure the information for export.

ExportSettings

For my footage I select:

  • Apple ProRes 422 LT
  • Quality: 100%
  • Frame Size: 1920 x 1080 (unscaled)
  • leave the rest on default settings

Click on “To Batch” and this will add all to the queue to be processed.

Queue

Now click on the “Go” button to process this queue.

Conversion should be fairly quick & “Hey Presto!” you now have your footage in Apple ProRes 422 format which is easier to work with in an NLE editor (like Adobe Premiere, Hitfilm 3, Da Vinci Resolve, etc.)

Be aware that this does create a COPY of all your footage and that it may be a bit larger than the original H.264 .mov files – so make sure you have enough space 🙂

Have fun !

Time-lapse Photography using Adobe Lightroom

I’ve always been interested in time-lapse photography as the results can be quite stunning.

It does take a fair amount of planning though & sometimes the results may not be what you anticipated 😦

I’m going to try my hand at some time-lapse in the near future and hopefully the results will be worthwhile 🙂

In the meantime I found the following time-lapse sample and tutorial from a fellow South African (http://www.lifeofmike.co.za) :

 

 

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