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Honour thy mistake as a hidden intention

in Olympus E-System , Sunday, March 14, 2004

There's been a lot of talk about how Olympus should add instant histogram review in a future E-1 firmware upgrade. Actually, whilst I would not mind seeing this, I don't find the two-click approach need now terribly inconvenient. What I do think is a problem is the lack of a permanent ISO speed display. Really it should be in the viewfinder. It is as important as aperture and exposure. Twice now I've shot a whole series of photos at the "wrong" ISO. although clearly I should realise that there is something amiss when I'm assuming I'm at ISO 100 and in fact am at 800! Instead I started thinking to myself that I should get an ND filter, and at least I'm not using a Nikon that only goes down to 200! But... had I not made this error, I would have missed out on some quite nice photos, like the one below, where working at high ISO made me work at higher shutter speeds than I normally use for "water" shots - and the results are quite good. Mugena_040314_28.jpg

Images online

in Olympus E-System , Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Well I haven't posted here for a long time. Partly because I was away in Cannes, attending the 3GSM Conference - basically the most important 4 days of the year, work-wise. But also because I've been concentrating on web site updates. I've now completed revising my online photo galleries, and the E-1 now starts to make an appearance. Since I provide a "by camera" index, you can quickly see which E-1 photos I feel are suitable for display.

Let me know what you think!


ISO 3200

in Olympus E-System , Sunday, February 22, 2004

Guggenmusic group, Bellinzona Carnival, February 2004. Rabadan_040221_018.jpg An example of a photo taken at ISO 3200 - in camera noise reduction, RAW noise filter, and Olympus Studio noise filter applied. It is hardly perfect, and possibly other cameras do better, but nevertheless it at least matches any colour slide film rated at ISO 3200!

All a matter of choices

in Olympus E-System , Saturday, February 21, 2004

I've just been converting some high speed (ISO 1600) photos taken last night at the carneval in Bellinzona. The differences between Adobe Camera Raw and Olympus Studio are really quite striking. I think I prefer the colour from Olympus Studio - I think it is more accurate. But ACR has more punch. Finally you end up wondering which is closest to the "truth" ... Converted with Adobe Camera Raw: rabadan_acr2.jpg Converted with Olympus Studio (noise reduction ON, High Speed): rabadan_os.jpg Noise reduction is also interesting. I thought, from screen previews, that ACR was better. But on review in Photoshop, I found that Studio seems to do a better job - it reduces colour noise better, without losing so much detail. Of course it is not so easy to do a straight comparison, as the two programs have different controls. But for batch processing on this evidence I might tend to prefer Studio. But there are plenty more parameters to fiddle with yet. 100% zoom, ACR: rabadan_crop_acr2.jpg 100% zoom, Studio: rabadan_crop_os.jpg One strange thing I discovered in ACR (to me anyway) is that the Preview button toggles between the current setting and the "initial" settings. Well, obviously it has to start somewhere, but it might be nicer if it used a "flat" setting as the reference, with all settings zero or neutral.

Olivier Balen

, Thursday, February 19, 2004

I don't know anything about this guy - just encountered his URL on the Chasseur d'Images forum. But his daily photos, posted on his very low key website, are seriously addictive!
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