It's been a while since the last time I wrote something here. Unfortunaly for the site, but fortunately for me, it's a quite busy period. I finished all my exams, I had two weeks off and now I'm working on the thesis (a case of study in a company). However, even if I know that the time will be less and less in the near future, I won't let this blog die. This site is somehow a part of me and also a place to show all the things I'm doing. So, let's start from the major creative news: I've been in Argentina and I did more than 90GB of photos. Many shots. I used my Canon, my GoPro (the videos are not included into the 90GB) and of course my iPhone.
It's been a great journey, I visited wonderful places and also took a lot of flights (11 flights in 15 days. My new personal record!). We almost changed place every two days or less, so it was important to travel light. For this reason I brought a new camera bag, a Lowepro Protactic 350. It's a gorgeous bag! It followed me under the rain, under a waterfall, in the city, on the beach and in every place I've been during the journey. I walked a lot (at least 10km a day), with the camera always with me and all the lenses, the speedlight, the filters, the Joby GorillaPod and many other things on my shoulders, including my Macbook Pro. It would be a mess without a good camera bag.
Of course I started to import and edit the photos while traveling, in the hotels or in the airports, but the biggest part of work has been done at my desk, at home. I selected few shots, around 255, but I belive that many others are ready to be discovered. So, in the meanwhile I'd like to show you something. The only person that has already seen all the shots, and thanks to God didn't send me to hell for sending daily photos, is Marta (thanks for the support!). I hope you like them too.
"With the Leica M Edition 60," the company says, "photographers compose and frame each subject in the viewfinder, set the aperture and shutter speed and press the shutter release at the decisive moment. Instead of the constant distraction of technical features and the checking of menu settings and controls, they enjoy the freedom to concentrate completely on their subjects. With this concept, Leica is once again the synonym for an art in which technology plays a role subordinate to the essentially creative aspects of photography."
I've been a huge fan of Aperture for the last few years. I bought it almost when the version 3 came out and I was very satisfied. The way it organizes the projects is clear and easy, the brushes work well and the whole editing experience is good. Moreover, months ago, I bought VSCO Film 1&2 for Aperture and from that moment my editing experience became even better (here's my VSCO experience).
However... It's time to say goodbye to Aperture, because it won't be longer developed and updated.
"Apple introduced a new Photos app during its Worldwide Developers Conference that will become the new platform for the company. As part of the transition, Apple told me today that they will no longer be developing its professional photography application, Aperture. " - (Jim Dalrymple)
I'm quite sad about the news, because I've been using this app for a while. Maybe for many is not a problem, but the fact is that the switch between Aperture to other programs means losing all the adjustement on each photo. Yes, all my photos will lose the filters, the corrections and so on. It's not a good news.
Despite this, I've decided to switch. Well, I've been thinking at this switch for a long time, looking at more professional (and more updated) apps. Moreover, the newest VSCO Films were not avaible for Aperture because VSCO decided to discontinue the development for a close-to-end app... and this was another big cons against my loved Aperture.
For these reasons I made my choice: welcome to Lightroom.
I've opted for the Creative Cloud Photography Plan. It's a little bit expensive (well, it's 12.29€/mo in Italy!) but it offers both Lightroom and Photoshop, plus various other options like Lightroom mobile, 2GB of space to store stuff like .psd and more.
A huge problem of the transition were the VSCOs presets. I bought Films 1&2 for Aperture and they're not usable with Lightroom (as you could imagine). Thanks to VSCO, they are giving away to users 30$ for each Aperture Film bought (60$ in my case). So, by that, thanks to this opportunity and other fidelity discount I've been able to bought two new Films specifically for Lightroom: VSCO Films 1&4 for Lightroom. My opinion? These Films (that are specifically developed to use the more powerful features of Lightroom) are amazing. They feel more precise and the editing workflow is more enjoyable.
So, I'm excited for this switch. Maybe it's a stupid thing for many of you but it's a big change in my "photography life". I hope I'll take full advantage of these new and powerful apps, and even more important I hope to learn more and improve the quality of my workflow, thanks to this opportunity.
Bye bye Aperture.
I’m a huge fan of VSCO Film. It’s a must-have-tool for every photographer and the results you’re able to reach are always amazing.
However, I’ve a problem: I use Apple Aperture.
Why is this a problem? Because VSCO has decided to stop the development of new films for Aperture, and this is very sad. I always look at VSCO website admiring the new films (especially the Slide Films 04) but they’re developed exclusively for LR and PS. I don’t want to switch to another software, basically because:
- My all libraries are based on Aperture.
- I don’t want to use another editing software and, by that, have multiple editing flows on different applications.
- Moreover I’m still waiting for Aperture X.
For these reasons, few days ago, I decided to search for another software house and other presets for Aperture.
I’ve found Litely desktop presets. As they’ve written on their website:
Visually-stunning photo presets for Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture & more.
I decided to try. Specifically, I bought the Origins pack.
My opinion? A big disappointment.
- First of all, the presets are only 12 and they’re not as beautiful as the VSCO ones.
- Second, they’re only basic color corrections and the pack does not contain one feature that is maybe VSCO major point of force: VSCO Film Toolkit.
Litely is able to improve your shots for sure, do not get me wrong, and it’s perfectly integrated with Aperture. However, for great results the shots must be further edited (and manually). The solution is to integrate both VSCO and Litely maybe, but if you’re looking for good presets, my suggestion is to buy VSCO Films first.
I use Instagram daily. I follow many people and I do many many likes.
However, I forget the photos I liked in almost 1 minute and there’s not an official feature to view that photos a second time into a nice presentation (there's only an inconvenient section not so much visible).
I thought of a solution for this, to use that many photos and enjoy them in a great way. I’m using my liked photos as screensaver. Gorgeous (well, it mainly depends on the people you follow and the likes you do!).
First of all you need to create an account on IFTTT and activate both the Instagram and Dropbox channel (I hope you all have Dropbox guys. If not, you’re a bad and ugly and sad person) (just kidding guys! But, really, use Dropbox. It’s great).
Second, enable this recipe.
Third, set yours Mac screensaver choosing as source the folder “IFTTT/Instagram Liked” (is into your Dropbox main folder). If you don’t know how to do it, follow this Apple guide
Fourth: enjoy your fucking gorgeous new screensaver and never miss another liked Instagram photo.
If you need a little of inspiration on who to follow on Instagram… follow me!
Below an example of the photos I liked on Instagram.
[Update] You can easily add an Hazel rule to automatically delete old photos.
Thanks to this MacStories's article for the inspiration.
Have you ever thought that your photos are too... well still? Of course you'd say: they're photos, not videos.
I've discovered a new great app, that is able to combine the advantages of both videos and photos.
It's Cinemagraph Pro.
The app is incredibly easy to use and with just few clicks the results are amazing. You need only a camera (a reflex is maybe better, for the image quality, but even an iPhone is fine) and a computer. There's also the iOS version of this app, but I prefer to work on my Mac with photos and videos.
You can download Cinemagraph Pro from the Mac App Store. I bought it with a huge discount (92.5%) for a limited time, but the full price is around 199$ (199€). Yes, it's expensive.