Ah, so far from home and yet, a man can still enjoy the simple pleasures of being there. It’s not like there is a Starbucks on every corner in Asia, but …… well, almost. Next time you are in Ubud, Bali, look for this familiar & comforting beacon when the craving for a latte hits. BTW, it’s not any cheaper in Asia.
This is another of those photos made on my iPad that I’m experimenting with. I used RAW photos from my DSLR, importing them into the iPad with the Apple Camera connection kit. The RAW files were processed using the outrageously expensive iPad app called Photo RAW. This app is supposed to work a lot like Adobe camera raw. So far though, I’m finding that if you try to make even small changes to shadows or highlight areas, for example, the image begins to go into posturization. You’ve seen it sometimes. They are areas of solid color… here, let me google that for you: POSTERIZE. We don’t want that. So this app is less useful than I had hoped it would be.
Did I forget to mention that I’m doing HDR on many of my iArt pieces? Yeah, I actually found a new camera app in the iTunes store that will merge three files together into an HDR. All the other I’ve used only do two. The camera app I found is called HDR Camera and it works just fine! Now I have an HDR to play with in any of my other favorite apps, like Snapseed and others, for the final touches. It’s those final touches where all the fun happens in making iArt. Now you’re working with the highest quality source files possible and running them through your favorite apps. I think there’s great potential here for anybody now to let their inner-artist emerge and turn out high quality art. If you decide to give it a try I think you’ll get hooked!
So that’s the workflow I’m using to make these higher quality iArt HDR images on the iPad. When that changes, I’ll let you know.