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    • Taking satisfying nature: wildlife, bird, landscape, macro photography has never been easier. You can do it with a phone...but today’s advanced, long-zoom, point-and-shoot cameras give you a range of options and opportunities that conventional long and short lens photographers can only envy. All my work is currently done with the Sony RX10iv, 24-600mm, 1 inch sensor camera...and all my post-processing is done in Polarr on an iPad Pro. A highly mobile work-flow. Are others exploring in the same area? This shot is from a recent 12 day Point and Shoot safari in Kenya...Tsavo East National Park.

    • Hi Stephen, welcome to Cake! 😁

      I know your photos from Google+ and SmugMug, if you're the Stephen Ingraham African bird photographer I think you are. Your photos are beautiful.

      It's amazing how good the Sony is with that 24-600. One lens to rule them all. Someone else was raving to me about it the other day. I didn't know about Polarr.

    • Hi Stephen, I've been following your work on Google+, glad to see you here! I've always enjoyed your work!

      I'm not using a point-and-shoot camera but I did switch from a dSLR to mirrorless several years back.

    • Ah yes. You have to try Polarr. It is worth the subscription for the “advanced” features, but give the free version a try first to see if suits your workflow. It has replaced all other editors for me.

    • Yes, I recognized you and enjoyed your recent set from Acadia. One of my favorite places too, but I don’t get there as much as I used to. Point and Shoot is not really about the camera and I know I did not make that clear. Maybe I should edit. :) It is about letting the camera do everything it does well, so that your are free to see and compose the images. Giving Cake a try, since G+ is going away. Like what I see so far.

    • Since I apparently can not edit my original post, I should clarify. To me Point and Shoot Nature Photography is not so much about the camera you use as your attitude and workflow. The Point and Shoot photographer lets the camera do everything it does well, so that he or she can spend his or her time seeing and composing images...the things only the photographer can do well. It is also about using the amazing technology built into today’s cameras to best effect in any given situation (especially the multi-frame effects built into the JPEG engine, HDR, Anti-motion blur, etc). I always tell my classes: “You get no extra credit for doing it the hard way. If your camera will do it well, then let it.”

    • You can edit each of your posts by clicking on the grey pencil image on the upper right of your post - this will give you a drop down menu that includes "edit" that gives you an editable copy of your post at the bottom of the page. Once you have edited it, you have to hit the Update button to finish editing.

      I have a question about Polarr - from my reading it cannot handle RAW or DNG files, unlike Snapseed - is that correct?

      So I gather you are shooting jpgs with your Sony RX10iv? Is that what you are referring as " letting the camera do everything it does well, so that your are free to see and compose the images"?

      How does the Sony camera perform for birds in flight for you? I notice that many of your bird images are perched.

      I don't have much success with mine for bifs. But shooting hand held 600mm is always tough no matter what tool you use. Maybe a gimbel mount might help me some.

      My wife and I both own and occasionally use our Sony RX10iv's, but in our hands we still use larger, heavier, more cumbersome tools most of the time. At my age, I sure would like to use lighter tools, if I could.

      The high frame rate of the RX10iv is amazing - I was able to shoot panos of the Blue Angels in flight with it

      In brighter light, the Sony RX10iv can produce stellar images. How do you find it does in low light, before sunrise, say or 15-20 minutes after sunset?

    • I have “edit topics” and “edit title” but no “edit post”???

      As far as I know Polarr handles RAW images from most cameras...but since, as you suspected, I don’t shoot RAW, I can not be sure. Shooting jpeg is one part of the Point and Shoot attitude, and the camera surly does more in jpeg modes. And, if you shoot in Program modes (or one of the specialized modes) it is unlikely you will get the kind of images that require RAW to save them. You get consistent exposures which are easy to process as jpeg. And with tools like the selective luminance tool in Polarr, as well as the general shadow and highlight sliders, almost any jpeg can be processed to a satisfying result. Or that is how I have experienced it.

      I have had good success with the Sony RX10iv with BIFs. If you look at my Honduras 2018 gallery on you will see lots of Macaw shots, and the most recent Bosque Del Apache or St. Augustine galleries will have many more examples. If you use Continuious Focuc and one of the flexible spot modes or lock on focus it will pick up birds and follow them very well. As you say, the better the light, the better :)

      I have what I consider adequate success in low light. Again, the Honduras gallery has many rainforest images that test the limits of the camera.

      I am simply too old to carry a heavy outfit...the RX10iv does me just fine. I have fun with it, and that is the main thing.

    • My question about Raw editing was due to this website which suggest the paid version of Polarr does not support RAW files -

      I am not willing to spend $69.99 for an editor that cannot manage RAW files and that apparently charges $2.49 a month for many of its filters just to answer this question - is this your experience re: monthly charges?

      I see you got some frames of the Northern Harrier in flight in Bosque - not an easy thing to do! Harriers always seem to stay just out of lens range for me - I have tried many times with very limited success with Harriers. I did get one feeding on a snow goose at Bosque a few years back.

      As you say, shooting in the shade of rain forests can be quite challenging to camera systems - both ISO quality and AF ability.

      Years back I had a good friend who always said that he only shoot birds at 100 ISO - After shooting with him a couple times I realized he was shooting white egrets in tropical sunlight 😃 - not dark brown birds in deep forest shade . I suggested he come shoot with me in the forest shade, and see how 100 ISO worked for him in that situation.

      Being out of doors, and experiencing nature is always a worhtwhile endeavor. I can appreciate lighter and smaller tools too. I will continue to work with my Sony and see if I can develop more affection for it.

    • I have “edit topics” and “edit title” but no “edit post”???

      Hi Stephen, there are two edit pencils near the top of the conversation, one for the title and topics, and another to edit the first post. It's really easy to overlook the second one. Sorry for the confusion. (You can click on the following image to make it bigger.)

    • From what I can find, the current version of Polarr does support RAW and RAW editing. Not sure where the article author got his info. I have also used Snapseed and it is a great app, especially at the price. However the way “custom filters” or “presets” is handled is not very intuitive, and I depend on developing a set of presets for each camera which I can apply quickly and easily to the majority of my photos, depending on lighting and subject matter (birds and nature, people, HDR, etc.). I have been using Polarr so long that I was “grandfathered” in when they went to subscription. The subscription price gives you access to all the finer, more selective, processing tools...not just a bunch of filters. Anyway...if you are using Lightroom on a laptop or better, there is not much reason to get Polarr. If you are using Photoshop or want to work on a tablet, or multiple platforms, then Polarr makes sense. There is nothing better for the iPad Pro or a touch screen Chromebook or Android tablet. IMHO.

    • Thank you for the follow up - I'll keep Polarr in mind, and I may give it a whirl when I get a newer iPad. I do use Snapseed from time to time, but LR is my main processing engine, with occaisional steps out to PS.