Author Archives: Bob Giles

Polarr Image Editor

Oh No! Not Another Photo Editor!

We all like something for free don’t we? Here’s a photo editor with a difference in that it runs inside Firefox or Chrome browsers as well as having versions that run on Android and iOS. Already I can here groans from those that think that running over the web means that it is going to be really slow. Trust me when I say that it is remarkably quick! I have been running it on both a Linux laptop (64bit) and a Windows 7 64bit machine and so far, it functions flawlessly.

Who is this Aimed AT?

My impression is that this is aimed at the hobbyist who may be unwilling or unable to pay out for some of the more heavyweight photo editing software such as Adobe Lightroom®. Those who are familiar with Lightroom will immediately feel at home with this application. Some of the terminology is slightly different but only slightly. It is worth mentioning at this point that although there is no manual per se, it is very intuitive and there is a very useful list of explanations for all the terminology that such software is invariably steeped in. This is available by hitting the Link at the top right marked ‘Information’.

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Black and White – In Camera Or Post Processing

All modern digital cameras will have an option to shoot in black and white nowadays. This gives rise to the question of whether one shoot shoot black and white from the outset or shoot in colour and convert the resulting colour image to black and white during post processing.

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Butterflies and Moths

Scarce Swallowtail

Scarce Swallowtail

I often claim to be an eclectic photographer in that I will photograph anything from wildlife to abandoned vehicles. This has never been so true since my long suffering wife, Tricia and I moved to Corfu, a Greek island in the Ionian from our native UK. We now find ourselves living on the side of a mountain with panoramic views over Albania and northern Greece. The seasons are different and the light is brighter. Weather can range from below freezing to over 40°C.

Flora and fauna are, in many cases, different. It is not unusual for us to encounter snakes or tortoises on our land. We are privileged to see quite a different array of birds to that which we encountered in the London suburbs. Buzzards and owls are commonplace. However today, I want to concentrate on something far smaller … butterflies and moths. With the exception of photographing Hummingbird Hawk moths, this post relates mainly to butterflies.

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LightZone – A Very Capable and Free Photo Editor For Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Lightzone is a very capable opensource image editor which runs under Windows, Linux and Mac OS-X operating systems. Read about my first impressions.

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Oh no! Not another Photography Blog!

Yes! You have stumbled across another photography blog! In this post, I set out the ground rules that I have imposed upon myself. However, never lose sight of the fact that rules are mad to be broken!

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