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  • August 27, 2018
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A young at heart hobbyist explains how Photolemur has saved him time to take more photographs

A young at heart hobbyist explains how Photolemur has saved him time to take more photographs

Not too long ago, we received a kind email from one of our newest Photolemur users - Alex Martin. Eighty-years-old young, this enthusiast isn’t a professional photographer. In fact, he doesn’t describe himself as a photographer at all. Instead, he’s a hobbyist, which he found online is described as ”one with an interest pursued for pleasure not as a main occupation.”

Before retiring in 1999, Alex didn’t own a computer and didn’t even know how to use one. Instead, his downtime focused on gardening and exhibiting his award-winning produce. 

Still learning how to use a computer after nearly 20 years, his first experience with photography came with a point and shot camera on the pretext that “a picture paints a thousand words.” Armed with his computer, diaries, and photographs, he decided to build himself a website called The Gardners Almanac. 

He explains, “I was not long into the building my website when I realized I wished I had taken more care with how I took my photos because the ones I had were not really fit for publication.”

Because of this, Alex decided to take his photography to a higher level. He decided to purchase a middle of the road “bridge” camera, the Panasonic DMC FZ50. 

Once advertised as Panasonic’s flagship “big-zoom camera,” this device replaced the FZX30 and was designed to close the gap between fixed lens and DSLR cameras. 

He used this camera until he purchased a full DSLR a few years ago, the Nikon D5500. This shipped with an 18-55mm ‘kit’ lens and a 55-300mm long lens. The kit also came with various filters and a tripod. Regarding accessories, he purchased a Vivitar SF 4000 Bounce Zoom Slave flash and a Sekonic L 308S Flashmate light meter.

For post-processing, Alex initially turned to Adobe Photoshop Elements, although he didn’t use it very much. Years later, and after buying his Nikon, he wanted to move up from Photoshop Elements. By that time, unfortunately, Adobe had switched to a subscription model. 

“Adobe had changed their costing system, and I could no longer buy the latest edition outright. Instead, I had basically ‘to rent’ their system,” he noted. 

Earlier this year, he finally came across Photolemur. He hoped the software’s “one-click photo processing system” would reduce the number of adjustments that were required. 

“It does,” he proudly explains. 

His post-processing process now is to run every photo he takes through Photolemur. From there, he looks at each individual picture and determines whether it needs further adjustment. 

“This is not to say that I think Photolemur has processed them wrong. No! It may be that I have for example; over/underexposed the photo when I shot it. “

From there he uses Luminar 2018 for any further adjustments. 

Alex explains:

“The way I do this is to select two or three typical images (templates) where for example; one image does not require further processing, and a couple of the others may be over/under exposed or have some such problem that needs further processing to get the image/s as I want it/them.” 

Knowing now that Luminar’s parent company, Skylum, now owns Photolemur, he concludes that he’s “looking forward to the future to see how things develop between these two companies.”

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