Smartphone camera images were something I avoided for some time when it came to my blog images. They just did not come up to scratch. I finally succumbed in 2016 and used my fone for 7 months, in conjunction with an Android tablet to prepare the pictures and produce some blog posts.
For image processing, I used MacGyver Photo Editor, on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 8 inch tablet. At first I didn't notice the slight smudge lingering at the top of the photo. It was a couple of days after posting the article that it was discovered. I guess the unfamiliarity of using a tablet and so having to concentrate differently, meant I missed the thing. The problem is on the internal lens of the camera and I would have to pay for a new camera unit to permanently stop it.
It took a while before I managed to remove it and have the correct pic in the article.
Transferring images to tabletFirst of all I have to move my images to the tablet from my Smartphone. Whilst on the road, I take a lot of care to not make my machines vulnerable. I will not use anything which can be easily cracked. So: Nearby devices, BlueTooth and sharing between units are off and not used. I make sure all my shots are in a folder named for the specific post.
I use one of these, a SanDisk Ultra Flash Drive with dual connectors (micro-usb and standard USB). You just slide out whichever end is needed and stick it into your unit. It takes up hardly any room in my bits pouch and my one is 16GB, which is all I need. Images from the phone are put on it and transferred to the tablet, where I pick the ones I want to keep and discard the rest.
Retouch with Clone ToolI only worked on copies of the imagenot the original.
Finalizing the imageThe retouching was finished, now to process the rest of the image to get it ready for publication. The meant a resize and some other edits.
Once an image is to this point, the rest is just fine tuning. In Effect, go to Sharpen and I normally just tap it, unless the image is already sharp enough. Once everything is to where I want it and I have done my last Save/Overwrite, my PNG image is ready to be saved as a JPGthen uploaded to my server.
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For the images on the Simian Circles blog, I put a special frame around them with a watermark. This is a Batch process in MacGyver, using my watermark image (a PNG with transparent background that I made in Photoshop). Normally I have several images in a folder and Batch the whole lot in MacGyver, ready to be uploaded to the server in preparation for the draft of that article. I'll cover Batch in the next tutorial.
Sep 14, 2017