I recently came across an inexpensive alternative to Adobe for processing images. It's called Affinity Photo. I learned of it in a professional video editing forum where they were looking for something without Adobe's high subscription prices. It was originally released for MAC, but released a Windows version in December. Introductory price of $39.99. Interface and controls similar to Lightroom. I'll admit I haven't spent a whole lot of time using it, but at that price, it's worth a look. https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo
For everybody waiting to get a copy of Alex's book, you can order it from Amazon.co.uk and get it in 1 - 2 weeks. You don't have to wait for Amazon US to get their act together. The cost, including shipping, is $32.80 (USD). If Amazon US ever gets around to shipping it, the cost will be $30.80 (USD), including shipping. For $2.00, why wait??? Get it today!!!
I pre-ordered the book from Amazon US back in March. I'm still waiting on that order. In the meantime, I got a copy from Amazon UK.
The typical duration of a strobe is 1/1000th of a second. Typical shutter speeds run from 1/60th to 1/250th. If you are using light(s), there is more of a chance that a moving subject will blur, unless you use a faster speed. The sequence is the shutter opens, the strobe fires (freezing the action), then the shutter closes.
I don't understand what's going on with Amazon US. I pre-ordered the book on March 5th for $17.25 + shipping ($23.27 total). Current pre-order price is $27.04 + shipping, with delivery sometime after October 1st. On April 8th I ordered the book from Amazon UK for 16.58 GBP + 6.98 GBP shipping, total USD $34.44. (That's pretty close to what the current US price is) Today, I received the book from Amazon UK. So for those of you still waiting, there is an alternate path.
OK Taken the plunge and purchased the SMC, although i am told its not shipping yet. Thanks all for the input. Once i receive this and get to use it will post some results.
Maybe a bit of good news. They are shipping. I picked mine up from Reef Photo on Dec 19th. Unfortunately, all I can do is hold it and look at it, as I've sold my rig and am waiting for the new EM1 housing to come in. But it does look nice.
Am giving my first ever photo presentation to a captive audience of victims...er....photo camera boys n girls....
Just wondering what do folks like to use as preferred software...and typically what resolution on images is sufficient for photo prep?
Am looking at microsoft power point as a potential candidate...but am finding it alot of work just to get an image on a slide (cause I dont think I'm doing it right)..and I think Im gonna wind up with a big file???
Any thoughts or advice deeply appreciated as always..
Powerpoint is a good choice for your presentation. We us it for our monthly photo contests. A resolution of 1024 to 1400 on the long side gives good results. Don't forget to consider your projector's resolution capabilities. Getting the images into Powerpoint is relatively painless. Select Insert > Photo Album and direct it to the folder that contains you images. Select the desired images, either Ctrl+A for all, or Ctrl+left click for each. Click Insert. Make sure Fit to Slide is selected, then click Create.In the newly created deck I would set the background of all slides to black. I find the white borders around the images detracting. Add any text you'd like, maybe slide transitions, and you should be good to go. The file size will be dependent on the number of slides and the resolution of the images. Roughly, a 1024x768 @ 96 dpi is about 700kb. So your deck will be 10 - 15 slides per MB.