Lightroom Mobile for iPhone Is Awesome

Lightroom Mobile on iPhoneBack when I shared my 2 favorite camera apps for iPhone (Camera+ and Hipstamatic) I said I would be testing the camera functions of Lightroom Mobile. And wow! It is awesome!

I have been using Lightroom in my laptop for many years. It is my starting point for all my photo retouching and cataloging. Over the last year, I have been preparing myself to use LR Mobile: I now have all my photos in one catalog, created collections for my portfolio and my travel photos.

At first I only a as going to use LR Mobile to show my photos on my mobile devices. But when Adobe announced they where adding shooting in RAW/DNG to the LR Mobile app I knew I had to try it. And it was well worth it!

You can shoot RAW/DNG from right inside the Lightroom Mobile. Your RAW photos get stored in your catalogue and are automatically synced to your desktop. I used to have to connect my iPhone to my laptop and import the photos into my Lightroom catalogue before I could retouch them. And as they were JPEG, my options were limited.

Now, when I get home and my iPhone is connected to WiFi, it syncs with my desktop and photos automatically apear in my catalogue. Shooting RAW on the iPhone means you can use all the familiar tools and sliders in LR. You are able to correct your photo like you would with a RAW photo from your dSLR.

Another advantage of LR Mobile is the ability to edit right on the iPhone itself. Most of the tools and adjustment options you know from LR (that is if you are a LR user of course) on the desktop are available on LR Mobile as well. So instead of having to wait for you to get home, you can edit on your iPhone or iPad, export to JPEG and share on social media right away. And the cool part is, your retouching is synced with your desktop catalogue too!

If you are already a Lightroom user on your desktop, I highly recommend LR Mobile.

I have a couple of sample photos I shot with my iPhone 7 and LR Mobile over the last few weeks. They have been retouched with LR right on my iPhone. I was really impressed with the quality of the photos. Even the concert photo turned out pretty good.

Aurora in Concert made with LR Mobile on iPhone

Tate Modern shot with LR Mobile on iPhone

St. Paul's Cathedral shot with LR Mobile on iPhone

Prickly Pear Ice Cream (aka Cactus Ice Cream)

I am continuing to experiment with homemade ice cream. Last week, I found some fruit purees at a local supermarket. They came pre-made and it quite some exotic flavors. I was a bit skeptic. At first glace, they looked more like juice then puree. But I decided to give them a try. I grabbed a bag of prickly pear–the fruit from a certain type of cactus–puree. It turned out to be a very flavorful puree. Exactly what I would use for making ice cream.

Prickly Pear Ice Cream (aka Cactus Ice Cream)

This is how you make my prickly pear ice cream:

Preparation Method:

Whisk 3 egg yokes and half of the sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Meanwhile combine the heavy cream, milk, the other half of the sugar and the seeds of 1 vanilla pod in a saucepan. When the dairy mixture is close to the boiling point, add half to the beaten egg yokes while whisking to prevent the egg yokes from setting. Add the eggs and dairy to the remainder of the diary mixture and simmer over a medium heat whisking regularly. Add the cactus puree and a pinch of salt. The mixture will start to thicken much like custard. The mixture will be ready when it coats the back of a spoon. Once ready, transfer the custard to a container, let it cool to room temperature and put in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours; overnight if possible.

To make the ice cream, transfer it to your ice cream machine and follow the instructions of the machine. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg yokes
  • 500ml heavy cream
  • 250ml whole milk
  • 225gr caster sugar
  • 350ml cactus puree
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • pinch of salt

Norwegian Singer Aurora Impresses Me

Norwegian Singer-Songwriter Aurora Performing at Le Botanique Brussels

Aurora is a young Norwegian singer-songwriter that has just released her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend and is touring Europe to promote the album. She has released a couple of singles and EP’s since 2012. I picked up on her music a couple of years ago.

Norwegian Singer-Songwriter Aurora Performing at Le Botanique Brussels

Last night she was performing at Le Botanique in Brussels and I was fortunate enough to be at that sold out show enjoying her music while working for Frontview Magazine. She totally impressed me with her mix of electropop and more intimate songs that show her singer-songwriter talent.

Norwegian Singer-Songwriter Aurora Performing at Le Botanique Brussels

Norwegian Singer-Songwriter Aurora Performing at Le Botanique Brussels

See the full album on the Frontview Magazine website.

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Portrait Session with Jolien

Jolien in Lingerie

I had Jolien in the studio a couple of weeks back for a portrait and lingerie session. We were assisted by Frany who came in to do Jolien’s make-up. This is our favorite photo from the shoot. Thank you Jolien and Frany for a fun shoot.

My Favorite Camera Apps fop iPhone (part 2)

Last week, I started a new series of blog posts on taking photos with an iPhone. In that 1st episode, I talked about one of my favorite camera apps: Camera+. Today, I will share that other favorite camera app: Hipstamatic.

Hipstamatic Examples

Hipstamatic is by far the coolest app if you like those vintage style photos that are still very popular on Instagram and other social media. Their interface turns your iPhone in a vintage camera. They have tons of different lenses, film types and flash emulators to give your photos that vintage look. And you can endlessly combine all those elements to change the look your photos.

When you have Hipstamatic in its traditional vintage camera mode–the ClassicMode–all you have to do is shake your iPhone to randomize the lens, film and flash type.

Hipstamatic ProMode

I want to have a little more control over the type of lens and film I use though, so I use the new ProMode: it allows for manual control, control over the format of your photos, and you can easily store your favorite combinations of lens, film and flash. I like to use it for snapshots and behind the scenes photos at my photo shoots. I will save the photos to my iPhone’s camera roll of course so I can share them on social media.

I have 2 favorites I use very often: Lucas AB2 lens + BlacKeys B+W film + Dreampop flash for black & white, and Watts lens + Pistil film + Tasty Pop flash for color.

Duxford Air Show – Meet The Fighters

The Imperial War Museum Duxford is home to a series of World War II airplanes. It is also renowned for their air shows staring their collection beautifully restored airplanes. You’ll see Spitfires or a Catalina and sometimes Sally B at other air shows. But you don’t often get to see them in 1 show. Going to the September show at Duxford therefore was a treat to me.

I am absolutely mesmerized by the beauty of the PBY Catalina. I’ve been waiting for a few years now to get a couple of nice photos of it. So I was happy to see it fly against a clear blue sky.

Consolidated PBY Catalina

Consolidated PBY Catalina

Consolidated PBY Catalina

Sally B is the only airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress in Europe. See is the star in the movie Memphis Belle and is based at the museum in Duxford. Her crew is doing an awesome job at keeping her in shape.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

And what would an air show in the UK be without those 2 very famous British-design warbirds? I had not seen an Avro Lancaster “Dambuster” fly for over 10 years I think. And I’m not sure if I have ever seen so many Spitfires take the air at the same time.

Avro Lancaster

Supermarine Spitfire

Flight of Supermarine Spitfires

My Favorite Camera Apps for iPhone (part 1)

I get plenty  of questions about my iPhone photos. Questions like “What app do you use to take your photos?” and “How do you edit your photos?” or “You must be using Photoshop to edit your photos, right?”. So, let me address these questions in a series of blog post.

Caveat: I am and always been an iPhone user. My tips & tricks and app recommendations apply to iOS devices only.

Anyway, let’s start at the beginning: my favorite apps for taking photos with my iPhone are Camera+ and Hipstamatic. I will talk about Camera+ now and I will cover Hipstamatic in a later blog post.

It’s also good to know that Adobe‘s latest release of Lightroom Mobile now includes a camera supports shooting in DNG on the iPhone. I will be looking into that in the next few weeks. It might be a good alternative to Camera+ if you are a Lightroom user like me.

Camera+ on iPhone 7I love Camera+ for its versatility. It obviously has an automatic mode as you might expect from any iPhone camera app. But you can also run it in full manual mode giving you control over shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation and focus point. The thing that sticks out for me is the possibility to independently choose a focus point and an area where to measure exposure form. Not many other camera apps for iPhone have that many manual controls.

I also like the fact that you can also control the flash to be always off and always on. I prefer not to use flash as it is very harsh light on an iPhone, so I keep my flash turned off most of the time. But when I need a bit of extra light, I prefer to have continuous light coming from my iPhone rather than harsh flash light.

I have the output of the app set to the highest possible quality. This gives me a little more room for editing afterwards. And I keep the zoom function of the camera disabled. I will explain why in a later blog post.

And with the option to choose from a wide format, square or the standard 4:3 aspect ratio, and timer functions, Camera+ is really my go-to-camera on the iPhone for stills. Camera+ is not a free app but it will be money well spent if you decide to buy this app.

It has plenty of build-in features for editing and sharing to social media. However I never use them. I save my photos directly to the iPhone’s camera roll and use other applications to edit and share.

RAF Red Arrows

I’ve been trying to get a good shot of the RAF Red Arrows synchro pair all summer long. But the weather has been poor at every air show I attended this summer and all my photos came out dull and grey. Until my visit to Duxford air show in September: great weather, lots of sunshine, blue skies and with the help of my friends, I finally got my photos of the Red Arrows I wanted.

RAF Red Arrows

RAF Red Arrows

Simply Shannety

Shannety in Lingerie

This girl does no longer need an introduction: she is my friend, she is my muse, she is awesome, she is simply Shannety.

Inside Tate Modern

Tate Modern in London

Tate Modern is one of our regular stops when my friends and I visit London. Their new wing—with an observation deck in the 10th floor—recently opened. I love the elevator hall on the ground floor. I can see myself doing a photo shoot there: great location for a beautiful model in shiny black latex…