A while ago I bought a Canon PowerShot SX230HS for my ‘carry around’ camera. Its primary purpose was to document our daughter. I loved the movies generated by the SX230 and the zoom range is great, but the JPEG sharpness isn’t great. To be honest, they images are fine for prints up to 8×10 (without cropping), but I’m used to the image quality of a Canon EOS 7D RAW and that’s probably just unfair to the 230.

I want more sharpness.

The PowerShot S90 and S95 weren’t contenders due to, in my opinion, stupid limitations in their use. The S95, for example can’t zoom while shooting video. That would drive me crazy. That’s part of the reason I got the SX230 to begin with.

Now Canon has this new flagship PowerShot, the S100. On paper it seems to have everything I want: RAW, fast lens, zoom with video, small size, RAW, etc. The camera was announced to ship in “November” and I actually found one in stock at a local Best Buy (ironically the same store where I got my 7D) so I grabbed it to play with.

Unboxing the camera was no surprise – the S100 is very similar to the S90 and S95 that came before. It is a small camera with a great feel. The body feels metal, but I’m not sure that it is. I can say, however, that I can see why there is an aftermarket grip. I’ve seen one on an S95 and it makes this small camera feel more substantial in the hands. The popup flash is fully automatic, you can’t pull it open yourself as you can on the SX230.

At this time, the only app that can handle the S100′s RAW files is the included Canon Digital Photo Professional. I don’t like DPP, but I’m stuck with it for today. For testing I plan to shoot RAW+JPEG so that I can import into Aperture and be able to work with the JPEGs for now.

My initial (and very informal) test shots show the S100′s flash to be way too powerful at times. I’ve never shot with a camera that would fairly consistently run the flash at least 2 stops too bright in full-auto mode. I did a reset of all camera settings and it is still doing it. There don’t seem to be enough S100s in the wild for many other reports to come in yet but I’m going to be watching for others who report this.

Today I’m hoping to do some shooting.

Oh, and this may be my first post to make it across to Facebook.

So I’m trying to link my blog with Facebook

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We’ve decided to get mom an iPad as her primary computing device. This will replace her very old Mac and very old PC.

Of course, the real planning is just starting. I need to figure out how we’re going to manage her contacts and email. She already has a GMail account so I’m expecting all of her stuff will live ‘in the cloud’.

I’ve also got to figure out how we’re going to handle the iTunes account.

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If you are an Aperture 3 user (and I have no idea why you’d be reading this if you aren’t) and you have an iPhone 3GS (I presume) or iPhone 4 you should select your iPhone images and choose Update from Masters in the Metadata menu item after updating to Aperture 3.1

You will now be able to see what direction you were facing when you took the photo.

Cool beans.

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Well, you can’t say that my script names aren’t descriptive.

Select a bunch of images in Aperture and run this script. It will ask you for a destination folder and create a text file corresponding to each selected image. This text file will contain all of the useful metadata that I could glean from an image using AppleScript.

Each metadata item will appear on its own line preceded by the name of that particular metadata field. That should allow for easy enough reuse of the data if you wanted to do that.

This script was inspired by a comment posted to another of my scripts.

Export Metadata (Individual Files) 01.scpt

When on your own with the baby, park close to the cart return

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Albums by Import Session
Version 03
Developed & tested on Aperture 3.0.3

This AppleScript will ask the user to pick a Project and then proceed to create Albums based on the images’ import groups. These Albums will be placed into a Folder in the Project named “Import Groups”

Albums by Import Session 03.scpt

I think that the subject says it all. It’s a great iPhone app but simply excellent on the iPad!

In previous versions of Aperture you had 2 big import option buttons: Import All and Import Selected. This allowed you to quickly and easily import the whole memory card or just (most likely) the last few shots. This works great: I find it hard to imagine myself not wanting to do one of those actions.

Aperture 3 changes things. You now tell Aperture what images to import by checking them much as you would if you were importing video from a non-tape-based video camera in iMovie. There are Check All and Uncheck All buttons and the sole import button is Import Checked. At first I though that this would be terrible if I wanted to import just the last 50 images shot when I have 50 images on a card (checking/unchecking 50 items!) but I found a shortcut today that I wanted to share.

Aperture will toggle the checked status of all selected images when you check/uncheck any selected image. This makes it very easy to select only the very specific images you may want – especially if they’re noncontiguous. Let’s say that you want to select the last 50 of 100 images. Easy. Uncheck All, select from image 51-100 and check any one of those images’ checkbox. Viola all 50 are ready for import!

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I’m digging the Aperture 3 user manual.

It has a great section on the new nondestructive brushes with nice examples of what the brushes do. More helpful, most brushes have a ‘why not do it another way?’ section. For example, the contrast brush has an entry “Why Not Use the Enhance Adjustment?” which, surprise of surprises, has a good reason to use the brush instead of the adjustment brick.

Anyhow, it is a good read. Certainly better than watching Angels and Demons. I really hate books/movies that feature a Bad Guy plot that is far too complex to ever possibly work. But I digress…