I’ve always thought it might be interesting to look back on all of the products I’ve reviewed over the years and see what I’m still using. That would be a gargantuan effort, given that I’ve been doing this for over 12 years!
Affinity Photo for iPad is a glorious app. I’ve done my two part series on it, I’ve created a 45 minute screencast for ScreenCasts Online (not out yet) and I’ve started doing the user group circuit to demonstrate its awesomeness. Last weekend I presented at SMOG (Southern California Macintosh Owners | Users Group). While I was teaching it, I realized I’d figured out a few tricks to how to effectively use the tool. Continue reading “4 Tiny Tips – Affinity Photo for iPad”
David Ginsburg of the In Touch with iOS podcast sent in a recording describing the unusual problem he had where Apple shipped him with an operating system actually newer than the one you can download. I’ve started a series called Tiny Tips, and the first one is why you should create a folder called Delete Me. I’ve got part 2 of my Affinity Photo for iPad review/walk through and then we’ve got Security Bits with Bart Busschots.
I got to be on the Ritual Misery Podcast at ritualmisery.com/…. In a completely non-tech story I tell you about my path to exercise and give you some really practical tips on how to get in shape yourself. Joe LaGreca and I collaborated on a review of IRCcloud at irccloud.com, which helps you stay logged into all your favorite IRC clients. The folks at Serif have done it again, coming out with Affinity Photo 1.5 for Mac AND Windows that adds HDR, Tone Mapping, Focus Stacking and more. Bart Busschots joins us with his fortnightly Security Bits segment.
If you like photography at all, please stop reading/listening to me right now and go out and buy Affinity Photo. Seriously, do it. Here’s why.
I first told you about Affinity Photo in May of 2016 and I’ve been singing the praises of this app ever since as an alternative to Photoshop. This week Serif came out with version 1.5 of Affinity Photo and it’s even MORE amazing. Not only is it amazing, they also shipped 1.5 for Windows! They explain that they purposely created one code base that could be used for both platforms so there would never be a problem with feature parity between the two.
The show’s out early (no live show this weekend) and it includes a great story about how MenuBar Stats from seense.com became accessible. Then we’ll hear from NosillaCastaway Todd McCann telling us about a Slack group he created for his trucker geek friends. I’ll give you part 2 of my Affinity Photo review and then Steve Sheridan, aka spsheridan joins us to explain what Reddit is, why it’s so popular and how it works.
A couple of weeks ago I told you about Affinity Photo’s extensions to Apple’s Photo app. I promised that I’d come back later and give you an idea of what you can do with the full Affinity Photo from affinity.serif.com/…. Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, remember that Affinity Photo is only $50 in the Mac App Store.
I’ve struggled a bit to do this review because the tool is so crazy capable, I can’t possibly go through everything it can do, but on the other hand if I don’t, you might walk away thinking it’s another Pixelmator, when in reality it might be another Photoshop. I’m not a Photoshop expert by any means but I’ve been showing Affinity Photo to a bunch of my photography friends and they’ve all been very impressed. I’m going to pick out a few things that make Affinity Photo stand out from the crowd, while continuing to stress that this is a $50 piece of software with no monthly fees.
Turns out the Theta S software works great on the iPhone, IF you have the right version. We’ll have a nice Trigonometry lesson as I try to explain what interpolation means and why you might care about it if you’re editing images. We have an interview with FoxFury Lighting and Audio-Technica from NAB.
This week I was in the process of ordering a metal print of one of my turtle photos from my vacation. The instigator of this is photographer Mark from Twin Lakes Images, the artist formerly known as Switcher Mark. He’s a big believer in printing photographs and he convinced me this would be fun.
Printing the photo meant making a lot of decisions, including not just the medium (I wanted to try metallic because it looked cool in a gallery I visited recently) but also the size and proportion of the print.
While this photo was taken on a GoPro and was a 10MP image, the resolution was a bit low for the size print I wanted to do. In Affinity Photo in the Export Persona (they call the different modules personas for some reason) they have options for 1x, 2x, and 3x. Mark and I inferred that the latter two buttons would up-sample the image. Up-sampling an image means to add pixels to an image.
I suggested that this was fake, cheating, misleading or at the very best silly, because the pixels don’t exist so the software has to make them up. I told Mark that the software would have to interpolate to figure out where those extra pixels were supposed to be. (At the end of this story I’ll tell you that I figured out it’s not interpolation but we can’t get there yet!) Continue reading “HiDPI Images or “Fun With Trigonometry””