Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Using Camera FV-5 for Android with a bit of Manual Camera and a dash of Stock. Nexus 6P

11-25-15 - "Red" 1/200 sec. f/2 4.67mm ISO 100/macro - Camera FV-5.  I bought Camera FV-5 because an Android user made a comment in a thread on one of Google's support pages for the busted exposure compensation that the developer of Camera FV-5 was working on a workaround for the lack of the function. I tried out the free version and it was impression although limited, as free versions of apps tend to be. I bought the pro version and it was very good. Very easy to see that the developer(s) are photographers or have good knowledge of photography. The macro function works incredibly well but for some odd reason I was never able to get macro to work correctly with Manual Camera.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Google Screwed Us (Again) - Busted Exposure Compensation is a Android 6.0 failing, not your camera app.

"Classic" 1/200 sec. f/2.6 3.7mm ISO 80 - This was captured with a Galaxy S3 that I rooted to run a stock Android ROM. The standard Android 4.x camera app was used as well with no post processing applied. I was of the impression that the lack of exposure compensation in Manual Camera currently was due to the apps not being updated to fully support Android 6.0. I have since found out that this is not the case at all. Android 6.0 launched without supporting exposure compensation. Call it an omission, a glitch, blundering...no matter how you slice it this is so not good. How did Google allow this to happen when trying to convince us to take their cameras on Nexus devices seriously is beyond me.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nexus 6P Camera test: Round 3 with Manual Camera

"The Fire at Washington Square" - 1/80 sec. f/2 4.67mm ISO 700 Shot using Manual Camera in low light. I tried something a bit different tonight. I manually set the shutter speed and ISO but let Manual Camera automatically set the White Balance and Focus Distance. I was able to get better results faster than manually setting all parameters. I can't recommend this method for every occasion as conditions vary wildly from project to project. But it's an option to consider for some situations. 


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Nexus 6P Camera test: Day 3 and 4. Lens Blur, Manual Camera, Low Light/Capturing fast moving objects in focus and out of focus. No Post Processing.

11-16-15 Crowded Bus1/100 sec. f/2 4.67mm ISO 1000 I used Manual Camera for two of the new additions. Manual Camera's F-stop dial (Exposure Compensation) isn't working so I had to use other means to try and get more light into the aperture and control the shot. As a result some of the shots came out grainy. Unfortunately, my own inexperience with using Manual Camera is to blame also. I'll give it another shot later to see if I can get better results. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sketches, Sketches, Sketches! 1115. Sketchbook Pro 7 and ArtRage - Surface Pro 3.

11-25-15 What if Chun Li was Bruce Lee in drag? This is a test of a custom pencil I made in ArtRage. It started as a quick sketch that I initially wasn't going to finish but it grew on me. I ran with it and came up with this so far. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Nexus 6P Camera Tests - Day One, No post edits, Stock Android 6.0 Camera App

Philly_01 Day 2 of the Nexus 6P camera test. Same criteria as yesterday, shoot from the hip with the stock Marshmallow camera app with no post edits. Simple shots in good lighting are still in effect to see how easy it is to get good results, under ridiculously good circumstances (conclusion: it's very easy).