Sony Z1 compact

Well, apart from it being waterproof the Xperia Z1 compact does come with a nice camera which also says “20.7MP” on the box. So I went out, took a few shots which all looked very nice and thought: Well done Sony! Once I was back home looking at image on the computer screen I noticed that the pictures were not 20.7MP but rather 8MP. Which is still fine for a smartphone cam.But what about the 20.7MP (which is more than my Canon 6D does)? Well, the chip is capable to produce 20,7MP images. You have to switch to manual mode and you lose (not selectable) all the in camera shooting modulations (like Document, Landscape, Night…) but you can shoot images at this kind of resolution. The above image is the 8MP version, the below image is the 20.7MP version – both have been processed with noise reduction, sharpening and contrast enhancement. You might say: “Doesn’t look bad?” but this is

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Location, location, location…

This post is not about buying or selling a house but locations are important for photographers as well. So how to find good photo spots? Obviously talking to other photographers is always nice but when you moved to a new town or you are about to travel somewhere this is not really feasible. Something that I like to do is to browse the flickr map to find interesting photos or search for place names on flickr. This works pretty good but there are many other things you can try. G+ added geo tagging to their photo upload not too long ago, there still is picasa and panoramio but at least the last one (used to have?) has a horrible UI and I don’t really want to upload my photos additionally somewhere else. There are other services available that try to tackle this problem, however, many of them are actually using flickr as a basis. Just a quick overview (which probably is

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Nik Collection

It’s Thursday but this is not a “Thursday Anecdote” – or maybe it is – but anyway… Is anybody thinking of getting this software collection from Nik Software, which has been acquired by google not too long ago, and adding it into your workflow? Go ahead, DO IT! Unluckily they miss out on the Linux version, but there is a MacOS version available and “Snapseed”, which used to be available for computers, now runs on many many android devices. So, really, get it! So now that you have decided to get it, do not make the same mistake I did. Because I didn’t really pay attention to how the selection via control points really works. But it’s brilliant. This video gives you an idea of what the control points actually do. So DO NOT pay too much attention on the circles that show up when adding control points. They will only define the radius for the selection to take effect

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