Baby ducks, The iPhone As An Image Editor, Shooting In JPEG

Baby Ducks

There’s something pretty fun about seeing baby ducks. I don’t know why, but it seems like something from a book for kids, lol. We have some ducks that were born at work in our lake. It’s great walking in to work and seeing them. I mean could there be anything cuter than a baby duck?

That’s all I really have to say about that. I love ducks.

The iPhone As An Image Editor

The iPhone is becoming a very capable image editor. It can process RAW photos and in many ways is comparable to some, not all, desktop solutions. Snapseed, Lightroom Mobile, RNI Films, Max Curves, and Polarr are all extremely good editors that are getting better.

Tonight I took a few pictures of Jenn holding Finn and used Snapseed to edit them. Because Jenn was sitting by a light, I used the camera app to lock the exposure and focus and then lowered the exposure so the light wasn’t as harsh. You can recover shadows, you can’t recover blown highlights. I then took the photos in to Snapseed and was able to create a much better image. Here are the before and after.

It went from a dark image to a more dynamic image. This is also the type of image that would best to not use a filter with. Some images that are well lit are much better to use a filter on, but with a photo on the iPhone that didn’t have much light, adding a filter can often show more noise.

If you shoot JPEGS on your camera or only need light editing, I would definitely use the iPhone. If you are doing a lot of editing of RAW images, than you might be able to use the iPhone, but it won’t be quite as good as desktop software. But it depends. I could probably be ok using Snapseed, Lightroom Mobile, or Polarr, but it would take some adjusting. Which leads me to my next topic.

Shooting In JPEG

I’m going to start shooting mostly in JPEG. I’m doing this because I love editing on my iPhone and I’m going to start editing some more on my iPhone. Unless I know I’m going to be shooting in low light situations, than I’ll be shooting in JPEG only. For work I think I’ll shoot RAW+JPEG, but for personal I’ll mainly be shooting JPEG. Sony has great JPEGS, but from what I’ve heard Fuji has the best JPEGS which isn’t hard to believe considering what I’ve seen. I’ll let you know how it goes.


Disney Crossy Roads Mini Figs, Micro Four Thirds, Picktorial

Disney Crossy Roads

So Disney just released little mini-figs that are based on the Disney Crossy Roads characters from their game. Basically they look like little 8-bit characters from Disney. It’s amazing! I had to have one! I also just love mystery mini-figs in general. It takes me back to when I would open baseball cards and see what I got. I always looked for either Ken Griffey Jr. or Deion Sanders.

Well, my wife went by Target and I asked her to get me a few. Luckily they are just $2.99. So she found them and got two. She got home and we opened them up. There are a possible 40 to get. We got Mickey and Donald! Two classics! On the little paper insert they give you they show you all the mini-figs you can get. They also let you know which ones are “rare”. Apparently Donald is rare. Jackpot! Really, I just love putting these in my work area. They are fun to look at and play with when I get bored. Sort of like a fidget-cube, but Disney. I have a bunch of The Simpsons Lego mini-figs.

If you haven’t seen these, go get some! I’m going to have to get some more soon.

Micro Four-Thirds

I’m still saving up about $500-600-ish for a personal everyday walk around camera. I’m super intrigued with the micro four-thirds system. I don’t know why. I think I like them because they are just mini DSLRs with a ton of technology in them. They produce amazing images and their lenses are cheap. The only major downside is that they just aren’t as good in low light. They are still good, but not as good as APS-C and of course not as good as a full frame.

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The EM10 looks like a tiny film camera. What’s not to love about that?

Now some of them have 5-axis image stabilization which helps a ton and so does a fast lens. But even a basic Sony A6000 will beat most of the MFT (micro four-thirds) cameras. The good thing is you can get a really really good MFT body for under $400. You can get a used OMD EM10 for around $400 and a Panasonic 20/1.7 lens for $250. That’s $650 for a killer combo. Not to mention that the MFT bodies look super retro. I have my eye on a few MFT cameras and really might consider getting one. It all depends on pricing when I get my money saved up.


I recently got Picktorial for work. Picktorial is a RAW photo editor for Mac. It’s made by a small design team and they had a big 3.0 release recently. I really like it. It looks great. The only big downside right now is that they don’t have a noise reduction slider. They have a denoise brush, but I would much rather have a slider with options.


From Picktorial.com. Picktorial has a beautiful UI that is joy to use.

I really really like Picktorial though and hope to keep trying to work it in to my workflow. Right now I can import photos in to either Photos or Lightroom and Picktorial can see them. So I don’t import photos in to Picktorial. It’s more of a plugin style. I like that. A buddy of mine over at Finding Middle Earth has talked to the developers and says they are working on a slider for noise reduction. They seem like a great team of people that are really active on their app. That’s what will keep my coming back to it. I love it.