Snapshot Update

I apologize for these pictures. They’re all terrible, and I can’t do anything about it with my iPhone.

In general, both here and on Instagram, I prefer to post the photo as is, doing no editing. As I’ve already commented, this results in some pretty bad pictures sometimes. (Snapshots)

My main complaint now is the color cast. If a picture is taken when there are incandescent lights on in the room, the photo will have a yellowish or orange cast to it. Otherwise, the phone’s sensor might make the color cast too blue. In some of my recent snapshots, I have tried to fix this with the Edit feature inside the Photos app.

In that, one of the options is “Color” — perfect! But I discovered when I tried to use it, that it is NOT color. Rather, it adjusts Saturation, or how much color is applied to the photo. I guess Apple thought that “Saturation” was too big a word for iPhone users to handle. This fits in with what seems to be their overall philosophy. Apple products used to have a large number of options so people could do what they liked. Now everything is dumbed-down, and options are “simplified” (meaning, removed) so the poor users don’t hurt themselves.

I’m still trying to fit ‘this blogging thing’ into my life, so want to keep it as simple as possible. (Please note, Apple, that I want to choose from a variety of options — which ones I want to use that will make it simple for me — not a one-size-fits-all lack of choice which suits nobody.) It’s hard enough to keep up with the writing and snapshot-taking and posting; I do not want to take real photos with my real camera, then deal with the hassle of uploading them; I do not want to drag my pics through PhotoShop.

Unfortunately, it looks like I have to choose between convenience and good photos. Someday, maybe I will run all my pics through PhotoShop and fix the color cast. Until then, I apologize for the terrible tints.

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Umm, I should clarify: I understand that the in-phone app needs to be kept simple for memory reasons. (But I do wish they would include a small tint adjuster; that would help the color cast a lot.) My rant is based on years of watching perfectly good options (which I used a lot) get deleted every time I needed to “upgrade” my laptop computer. Apples are still far better than Windows machines when it comes to security and reliability, but my user satisfaction declines with every year, every “improvement” Apple dishes out.

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Snapshots

I recently went back and read all the posts from 2014 and found something surprising: my post (Pictures) about how I was taking all the photos with my real camera, and playing with product-placement ideas as I did. I proudly announced that I was not taking mere snapshots with my iPhone.

A few months later, I discovered and started using Instagram. On that, all my photos are snapshots taken with my iPhone. I have discovered how convenient it is to post a photo that’s already on my phone, so now all the photos I’m posting on this blog are also snapshots taken with my iPhone. For the most part, that’s all that’s needed. It does a pretty good job of showing stitch definition, and in any case, the convenience factor is worth so much more than the lack of photographic quality.

The reason I’m mentioning this now is because of the photo in a previous post (2016 Project). It’s the picture of my cat sleeping on the beige sweater. It looks fine on my iPhone, but when I view it on my computer, poor Buttercup is all pixelated. The phone might have focused on the sweater, though, because there is some pretty good stitch definition in the foreground.

Buttercup on beige sweater

Buttercup says the sweater is just fine.

I wouldn’t be commenting on this at all, except that I’d gone to great lengths to declare that I’d be taking only “real” photographs for this blog, and now that I’m not doing that, I didn’t want any confusion to arise when I post a sub-par photo such as that one.

Pictures

One of the reasons I thought a blog would be a good way to take my notes on this project is the pictures. I see other people’s blogs effortlessly strewn with photos of the works in progress. I had no idea that the need to insert pictures is not only not effortless, but can actually slow a project down.

Did you know that those photos don’t just pop themselves into the blog as you write it? That you have to make a point of taking your pictures, which involves finding a good location, gathering your subjects, and using your camera? That you then have to move the photos from your camera to your computer? — No matter that your hard disk is nearly full, and the camera’s memory card is full, so you can’t take any more pictures until you either get the photos onto the hard drive (which will involve severe hard-drive purging) or buy another card. — That you then have to edit the photos? And then upload them to the blog? That when you have pattern and needles ready to go, and are itching to begin, you cannot start knitting your project because you need to get a shot of the unused balls to go with the post you wrote days ago about which yarn you chose? That if you’ve decided to take pictures outside because of the gorgeous way natural light has with yarn, it then rains 3 days in a row?

I used to be a professional photographer, so you’d think some of this would be easy. And it is, to a certain extent; all the technical details are easily mastered, and I love the editing process. But my ego won’t let me just take a snapshot with my cell phone and upload it as-is. I have to fiddle with settings and arrangements and so on. Not that my pictures are works of art: I haven’t done much still-life photography, so these pictures that I’m slaving over don’t look any better than snapshots. I’m approaching the whole situation as a chance to learn product placement.

Bear with me. Either my photos will get better and look more like advertisements, or I’ll give in and start uploading snapshots from my cell phone.

close-up of the chosen yarn

 

basket of Possum Paints yarn - with Sergie