In preparation for the trip to Taiwan in September that I’m going for, I’ve decided to work out a new workflow for my photography short of bringing out my entire laptop, dslrs and travel items. As such, I’ve turned to my iPad to reduce carry weight (and value loss in the case of thievery or foolery on my part)
I’ve ordered a SD to iPad card reader for File transfer and though it has yet to come, decided to first test out the work flow.
Using the app Photoforge2, I’ve been editing photos taken off a Canon Ixus 125 HS during a trip out with Leon and Loretta as we went to Singapore’s Bugis area for a photography outing. More thoughts about the camera and workflow after these pictures.
The above photos have been exported at different resolutions for the sake of experimenting with how this affects the image and it isn’t much. What I found with the camera was these
1. While off the camera images tend to be soft, this can be fixed with the app’s sharpen function. Generally this is not something I like to do, but will do for the sake of visual aesthetics.
2. Bit depth on the camera is terrible, when I add contrast or saturation to the images via the app, the worst of worst results appear. This may be due to the color profile I’m using not being the cameras native profile. Shall experiment more.
3. Even at its longest focal length, the camera is unable to create much, if any, bokeh. Heck, you get better bokeh on the iPhone 4 and above. (Maybe even the 3GS too)
4. The workflow reduces the weight of carrying a laptop, dslrs, lenses, charging cables etc etc by about 80% and the loss of the ability to shoot better quality images. I might end up using a dslr and the iPad instead of the point and shoot. The reason I don’t want to use the iPhone as my camera is the lack of optical zoom.
5. While photoforge2 offers the ultimate amount of control, it’s lack of easy to use filters on my decent-but-not-best photos may be the reason I use other apps.
The road to Taiwan is a long one, at least where my photography is concerned but one that I think will lead me to be a better and more productive cameraman.
PS: here’s a more experimental photo using filters from the app.
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