PHOTOGRAPHY & APERTURE 2 using the Sharpening tools, plus a cool TIP for your iPhone “TRIPLE T” continues…
Tips, Tricks & Techniques... “TRIPLE T”
plus “Food for the iPhone”
© Gunther Deichmann “Food for the iPhone” cool Applications
Lets start with Aperture 2 before we start “cooking” with the iPhone...
Applying Sharpening...which one??? We have two sharpening options in Aperture 2 Edge sharpening and Sharpening. I get always asked why should we sharpen images anyway or most of the time and if so which one do we use.
Most if not all DIGITAL CAMERAS producing a softer image, hence the build in sharpening controls in today’s cameras.
So how come we don’t or I should say I don’t use these? My Camera settings are all set to normal, because it is very difficult to judge from the LCD screen how much or how little sharpening to apply.
I have set all my sharpening parameters in Aperture 2 and since I know my Cameras I perform all the Edge or Sharpening in the Computer using my standard settings.
Of course these can vary from one Camera Model to another, you have to experiment a little to find out which settings works for you best. My recommendation experiment with some of your images and don’t worry you can always go back to your untouched Original, that is the beauty about Aperture’s non-destructive editing.
Aperture’s Sharpening Adjustment does a good job, but it can also get you into trouble.
SHARPENING sharpens everything in your image including nose from darker images found in low light images. If you apply this on Portraits this can have some unpleasant results. Where as in Landscapes and normal exposed images this could look Ok.
Aperture’s EDGE SHARPENING controls lets you apply subtle sharpening effects to only the edges in your images.
Press F to enter Full Screen mode, and then press H to bring up the Adjustments HUD.
(to apply any sharpening you should view your images at full screen mode) Now place your cursor at the area you like to sharpen and press Z to zoom to 100%
Press Control-S to add an edge Sharpening adjustments. Edge Sharpening searches for edges by identifying areas of sudden contrast change.
Try a quick experiment and deactivate Edge Sharpening controls group by deselecting it, and then add normal Sharpening adjustments. Set the intensity to about 0.6 and the radius to 3.1. now you will noticed the difference due to the Global sharpening.
Of course since Aperture 2 we have also our New Dodge and Burn Controls.
Screenshot of Dodge & Burn Panel
In Aperture select IMAGES and on the drop down menu choose Dodge & Burn then on the small drop down window (red square) select Sharpening, choose your brush size and strengths and apply your Sharpening on selected areas only.
This iPhone application is truly one of the better ones, very practical and useful, now I have arranged all my most frequent and important Phone Numbers, no more scrolling and searching just touch and go or should I say call…
Hot iPhone Tip from Hot Chili Apps
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Screenshot of this cool application
For our German readers they have provided the info in German too.:
Würden Sie gerne Ihre Freunde und Kontakte mit nur einem Fingertip anrufen, eine Mail oder eine SMS schicken ? Würden Sie gerne Ihre eigenen Buttons entwerfen ? Mit Ihren Fotos, Hintergrundfarben, Texten und Symbolen ? Dann ist Com Center genau die richtige Applikation für Sie ! Com Center ist eine Speed-Dial / Speed-Mail / Speed-SMS Applikation die Sie ganz individuell gestalten können mehr @..... http://www.hotchiliapps.com/?p=132