13 May

Sony RX1, 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss
ISO100, f/5, 1/500, jpeg
Auto DRO, Vivid
Snapseed on iPad

This month I’ll be traveling a lot and I won’t be able to bring my large 17″ macbook along for the usual post production of the RX-1 raw files. Hence, I decided I’ll spend this month focusing on “On the Go” photography, meaning I’ll shoot jpeg and do my postproduction with nothing else than an iPad or an iPhone.
Things like “Creative Style”, DRO, and “Picture Effect” (which I always ignored till yesterday) will now play an actual role in my photography, at least for the next thirty days.
For the first shot I decided to go with a landscape of Tuscany made automagically by the RX-1, because landscapes (tens of shots stitched together by the camera) come out only as jpegs (no raw stitching). Also, for some reason I can’t import only jpegs to the iPad when I shoot jpeg+raw, so I’ll have to shoot solely in jpeg. I’m a bit frustrated by this limitation, I somehow feel I could be shooting the shot of my life and it will be spoiled by the in-camera jpeg compression. However, this is the monthly theme and my monthly challenge, which means that there will be frustration but also a lot of new knowledge together with personal and professional growth.
Indeed I’ve never been really following the progresses on iPad photo processing apps, so I tried google-ing them and I found this article. It seemed well written and thought, so I downloaded the first four options it gave (the fifth and last was also the most expensive) which are: Photogene, Photoshop Touch, Snapseed, and Photo Forge 2. I’ll try them all in the next days and see what works best for me.
As you can see, I added two extra lines to the photo-details right under the image to collect the info about the jpeg-compression camera settings and the App I used for the postproduction.
I hope you’ll enjoy this theme and you’ll share your opinions on “On the Go” pre and post production (I call pre-production all the settings which affect the very first jpeg compression, meaning the image which comes out of the camera).

6 thoughts on “90/365 – “On the Go” nr.1”

  1. Hi Luca, first thought I had was I hope he shares his experiences with using apps to edit on the iPad, upon reading your description I see you will be so I’m looking forward to that! Second I’m shocked that even on a camera that expensive and capable that it still only does jpg pano just like my 5n does! I find it to be frustrating sometimes, especially with moving water which I grant is surely difficult. Thirdly I love those trademark trees that shout out ‘Tuscany!’, I look forward to seeing a months worth of places in Italy that will be all new to me!

    Thanks as always for your daily dedication, which i enjoy daily myself 🙂


    1. Cheers Eirch! Yes, as part of the theme I’l try to analyze the tools I’ll be using, so camera settings, Apps, and any other accessory I should include in the workflow.

  2. That’s another good theme and a very difficult one (deceptively so) when you’re on a schedule. Because landscape is all about light and weather (and to a lesser degree location) and you really don’t have much control over that. At the end of the day you get what you get and you will rarely be at the right place at the right time. So I think you will probably get less “keepers” from this month but at least you will get a few. I personally love landscapes but rarely shoot them because of time constraints and when I do get great light at a good location I’m often not prepared to take the shot. But dedicating a whole month to this is almost guaranteed to give you some awesome imagery. Good luck! 🙂

    1. Cheers Miran! I’m not entirely sure that this monthly theme will be solely dedicated to landscape photography… I think it will be more about travel-photography/street-photography, everything on the go, that’s for sure 🙂
      There should be a good share of landscape, however!

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