Migrating to Capture One Pro

In the time since I penned Goodbye Lightroom, I first evaluated and then started to use Capture One Pro in a somewhat prolonged migration from Lightroom to Capture One.

During this transition I made notes covering Capture One’s strengths, decisions I had to make to move my photographs from Lightroom’s library to Capture One’s catalog. My hope with the notes was they’d be a good source of information for others like me who want to switch away from Lightroom.

Having drafted those notes into a post and almost hitting publish I realized they would be far more useful on a platform such as Photograhy Life. That post now sits here.

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iPhone Camera Reviews by Austin Mann

Austin Manns’ iPhone camera reviews over the years are how all camera reviews should be. No pixel peeping, no studio lighting, no set scene – just a collection of photos taken on a vacation.

Although to be fair, in spectacular locations like these, its hard to take unspectacular photographs.

iPhone 5

iPhone 5 in Iceland

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S in Patagonia

iPhone 6

iPhone 6/6+ in Iceland

iPhone 6S

iPhone 6S/6S+ in Switzerland

iPhone 7

iPhone 7/7+ in Rwanda

It’s truly incredible how far phone cameras have come.

Fourier Series

Ever since I was introduced to the Fourier Series (and the Fourier Transform), I’ve been attracted to its simplicity and beauty.

Once you look beyond the underlying math, its intrigue only increases. Any repeating signal is a super-position of an infinite sine waves with different frequencies and amplitudes. Any signal. A square wave is a sum of infinite sine waves!

I remember spending time in college trying to visualise this, trying to wrap my head around it. And years later, I come across this:

Fourier Series

This is the best visualisation of the Fourier Series I’ve come across. Hat tip to Andre Michelle for making this. Have fun playing around with it.

Smartphones vs DSLR vs Film

Smartphones vs DSLR vs Film

This is as good a test comparing three vastly different photographic tools objectively and arriving at a sensible conclusion. Have a read.

The amount of grain on film surprised me; I prefer the smooth output from digital media. My Lumia 920, given the right situation, produces better results than my P&S cameras from a few years ago(a Sony and a Nikon). Finally, I’m not surprised with the pace of progress in phone cameras – competition is far more intense in that market with each manufacturer trying to outdo the other.

Who is a Real Programmer?

I read this essay the first time several years back and bookmarked it immediately. However, like all bookmarks, I forgot all about it. Recently while killing time online, I found a link to it and re-read it; the essay is still as funny as it was the first time. So obviously it warrants a better bookmark.

It includes gems like:

Unix is a lot more complicated of course — the typical Unix hacker never can remember what the PRINT command is called this week — but when it gets right down to it, Unix is a glorified video game. People don’t do Serious Work on Unix systems: they send jokes around the world on USENET and write adventure games and research papers.

…and…

One of my favorite Real Programmers was a systems programmer for Texas Instruments. One day, he got a long distance call from a user whose system had crashed in the middle of some important work. Jim was able to repair the damage over the phone, getting the user to toggle in disk I/O instructions at the front panel, repairing system tables in hex, reading register contents back over the phone. The moral of this story: while a Real Programmer usually includes a keypunch and lineprinter in his toolkit, he can get along with just a front panel and a telephone in emergencies.

…and…

There are several Real Programmers building video games at Atari, for example. (But not playing them. A Real Programmer knows how to beat the machine every time: no challange in that.)

…and…

The Real Programmer is capable of working 30, 40, even 50 hours at a stretch, under intense pressure. In fact, he prefers it that way. Bad response time doesn’t bother the Real Programmer — it gives him a chance to catch a little sleep between compiles.

The whole essay basically is an endless collection of punchlines. A great read, highly recommended!

Why web-apps are slow

http://sealedabstract.com/rants/why-mobile-web-apps-are-slow/

This one is for all the geeks out there. Check out the preamble; after reading these two paragraphs, I was hooked – it is a very well reasoned argument.

I’ve had an unusual number of interesting conversations spin out of my previous article documenting that mobile web apps are slow.  This has sparked some discussion, both online and IRL.  But sadly, the discussion has not been as… fact-based as I would like.

So what I’m going to do in this post is try to bring some actual evidence to bear on the problem, instead of just doing the shouting match thing.  You’ll see benchmarks, you’ll hear from experts, you’ll even read honest-to-God journal papers on point.  There are–and this is not a joke–over 100 citations in this blog post. I’m not going to guarantee that this article will convince you, nor even that absolutely everything in here is totally correct–it’s impossible to do in an article this size–but I can guarantee this is the most complete and comprehensive treatment of the idea that many iOS developers have–that mobile web apps are slow and will continue to be slow for the forseeable future.

Highly recommended read!

Bluetooth Blues on Lenovo?

This is one of those posts that I write to bookmark some useful stuff.

I have a Windows 7 based Lenovo laptop at work and recently got a wireless Bluetooth mouse to use. It works great but for this weird problem to stop responding every so often to any movement whatsoever. I’ve noticed this happens regularly when I get back to the PC after a coffee break and sometimes even when I’m actively working on the laptop but not using the mouse.

Naturally I suspected the Bluetooth service and looked around task manager to see if it was behaving abnormally – but no dice. SO I hunted around a bit online and it looks like its a pretty common problem with Thinkpads, something that Lenovo does to its Bluetooth service is not right(of course, this is purely based on the number of complaints I came across online by Lenovo owners; it might be an issue with other laptops too). After some more digging I came across this post – Bluetooth mouse losing connection no more.

Like the author of that post, I too did not benefit from Microsofts KBA. In my case the second point worked,

opened up Device Manager, expanded “Bluetooth Radios”, and double-clicked on the device to open its Properties page – not the enumerator, the device.

BTDeviceManager

Double click the device (highlighted), not the enumerator
Go to the Power Management page and clear the checkbox “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”. And finally, relief! No more disconnects. Apparently there is a bug in the power management of the Bluetooth driver under Windows 7.

BTPowerManagement

Uncheck ‘Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power’

So next time you have the same problem, try this out.