Thursday, February 11, 2016

How to take lomo-style photo with Canon S110

I have to admit, I don't like photo post-processing. It's very time-consuming. I normally do resize, put a frame, and put some text on the photo before I post online. This is already quite a post processing steps that I have to deal with.

After I figured out how to turn the photo to 日系-style using photo post processing, I started to play with my camera to see if I can eliminate the 5-step way mentioned in How to 日系-nize photo with Photoscape.

So, this is my camera default setting under normal light photo shooting :
White balance : Fluorescent
Colour setting : Vivid
Exposure : 0

I should have taken an original setting photo... I forgot. :P

I changed these settings to :
White balance : Custom B3,M1
Colour setting : Neutral
Exposure : 0

Here's the outcome.

At this point, I actually haven't think of changing the exposure setting yet. I am quite happy with the outcome. Then I saw the +/- sign on the setting control ring. So I change the exposure to +1 and try again.

White balance : Custom B3,M1
Colour setting : Neutral
Exposure : +1

Whoa! The outcome, I love it!

As I started this post, I was wanted to name it how to take 日系-style photo without post processing way. Then I recalled my lomo cameras, which I have not touched them for ages. I think it would sound nicer with lomo-style here. :D

Monday, February 8, 2016

How to 日系-nize photo with Photoscape

It's been quite some times (or years) I have been stop using Camera360 or other mobile apps to take photo or to edit photo. Recently I downloaded 畫中畫相機 and started to play with it. One feature I like most on these applications is change the colour tone by one touch! However, when it comes to PC, I can hardly find any free application with this feature.

I never like colour edit, however, those mobile apps make it so simple that I finally think colour edit is not a bad idea. How do I can do this on my PC? I googled and found this page 如何修出日系風格相片. Based on the recommendation, I tried with Photoscape.

I normally use Canon camera, with Vivid colour setting + Fluorescent white balance setting. My photos would be very colour-"full" and "warm". I would like my photo to be in 日系 style, here's what I did.

This is the original photo. I actually don't really understand what does the colour graph mean, but... this is the original photo. :P

According to the post, the post processing steps as below :
1. Increase the brightness
2. Decrease the contrast
3. Lower the saturation
4. Increase the exposure
5. Warm colourize or blue-green colourize

I translated these to Photoscape colour edit as below :
1. Brighten the photo (probably can try increase brightness instead next time)
2. Decrease the contrast
3. Lower the saturation
4. Increase the exposure
5. Tune the temperature

Here's the result :

The post processing steps change the colour tone of the photo. However, the photo was not taken with 日系 in mind. If there are more blank area in the photo would be better. :)