Month: July 2015

Fuji X100s Sharpness

The first image is a crop from the full frame. Click the images to see much larger and more detailed versions. Fuji X100s Sharpness I have had this camera for more than a year now and I had good results last year shooting comedians for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. But I have also had mixed results, and a few weeks ago I met someone who also shoots a Fuji X100s. He asked me what I thought of the image sharpness and I said that there was a strange kind of behaviour in some images that I could only describe as almost double imaging that gave shots a plastic look. He said he found the same, and we shook our heads at how we had managed to buy highly-recommended cameras that sometimes gave so-so results. Then about a week ago I noticed a strange thing happening when I opened images in Photoshop Camera Raw. The image would look blurry, as though it had not rendered properly. And then it would just ‘develop’ and turn into lovely, …

Pushing Photoshop Sliders

I used the Nik Vivenza plugin and then Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise with the noise slider pushed all the way across to the max and the details slider at its minimum. After several passes, the images starts to take on a life of its own. Click the image for a much larger version. And here’s a closeup showing what I mean about the effect of using the noise reduction tool several times.

Trim Your Prose With These Tools

The Hemingway app nudges and pats your writing into shape with on-screen prompts. I bought the desktop version for the princely sum of $5.00 a while ago. Now it is out with version Two. It’s a free upgrade, which I appreciate. If you don’t want the desktop version and are happy to use the web version, it’s free. Have you heard ‘adverbs are nature’s way of telling you you used the wrong verb’? I recoiled from that when I first heard it. What’s wrong with adverbs? But now I am getting used to looking for stronger verbs. The Hemingway app homes in on adverbs. So if you are into using them, be prepared to find the ‘offending’ words in your prose highlighted in blue. Now you have pruned your prose, run it through The Writer’s Diet. I came across this site on the BookBaby blog. It will tell you whether you writing is as tight as you and Hemingway think it is. It has a scale from ‘lean’, through ‘fit & trim’, to ‘needs toning’, to …