Author Archives: Jeff

About Jeff

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.

It’s always a good day to shoot.

Recently we had a lot of cold, cloudy, rainy weather. Each morning a voice in my head said, “There’s no light out there for photography. Everything is dead in the winter. Stay in bed!” But then I had some strong … Continue reading

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Great Blue Heron

I discovered a small population of Great Blue Heron while getting to know my telephoto lens. They live year round at Lake Crabtree here in Raleigh, NC. It was fun learning how to approach close enough for a good shot … Continue reading

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Image Stabilization and Tripods

Image stabilization (IS) in some lenses and cameras will actually make a picture more blurry when used with a tripod. Common advice is to turn off IS when using a tripod. I like to read advice, but then I test … Continue reading

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Exposure Grain Size

Let’s talk about how to control film grain size in Exposure. First, I’ll acknowledge that individual film grains can only be seen with a microscope. The little fractal lumps you can see in film are clusters of many grains. Still, … Continue reading

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First walk with the Olympus OM-D E-M5

As I mentioned in the article on choosing a mirrorless camera, I bought the Olympus OM-D E-M5. I recommend also getting the Wasabi charger that is more compact than the one from Olympus. I went for a walk in the woods to … Continue reading

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Choosing a Mirrorless Camera

I decided to buy a mirrorless camera. Why? I mostly do travel photography and macro shots in tight locations, like under logs. I’m grateful for any decrease in size and weight compared to a DSLR. So, I started reading…and reading… … Continue reading

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iPhone Photography: Slow Shutter Cam

Now that you have the free Alt Photo and installed the latest update, let’s talk about other fun iPhone apps. Here is one for shooting long exposures. Slow Shutter Cam Note that this is Slow Shutter Cam by Cogitap Software, … Continue reading

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Simon Griffiths on Black & White

Simon Griffiths was one of our advisors during the birth of Exposure. Recently he showed me a black & white project he is working on. I asked him if I could share the beautiful photos. He said yes and then, to my … Continue reading

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Lighting for Exposure

Recently Doug James asked the following question in a blog comment. Question Since I bought Exposure, I have spent countless hours experimenting with different filters either straight up or as a combo of more than one and never tire doing … Continue reading

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iPhone Photography: Olloclip

iPhone photography can turn out surprisingly well, but it takes practice and some good tools. Of course the best tool is our Alt Photo, which is now free in the app store. Even if you already have Alt Photo, make … Continue reading

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