Three 10 Second Edits To Upgrade Your Photos by Robert Albertin

These three simple steps that take less then 30 seconds to complete, will take any of your old photos off your camera or phone and improve them significantly with minimal other editing. The last step is in my opinion the one that gets forgotten about the most but can improve the way your image is portrayed significantly.

1. Exposure - Use the exposure slider to either brighten or darken the exposure of the photo to where you want it to be.

Typically if shooting in any Auto or semi-Auto mode, the camera takes it's best guess as to how the final image should look. Since there's no real right or wrong answer, adding your own input will set the image exposure exactly right where You feel it should be.

2. Contrast - Once you've either lightened or darkened the photo to where you feel the image should be, adjust the contrast to suit. Sometimes this slider can be left alone entirely.

3. Cropping & Straightening - It sounds so simple and it really is. Making sure that the photo is straightened and then cropped perfectly will make it look like you really put a lot of thought and effort (which you likely did) into capturing the perfect shot.

Below are four quick examples of photos that look like they might have been missed opportunities but that can be quickly brought up to decent shape with just the there basic tweaks mentioned above. It doesn't hurt that they're all shot in RAW format either.   ;) 

Phase One Blue Ring 45mm Sample Images by Robert Albertin

Phase One’s Schneider Kreuznach 45mm LS f/3.5 Blue Ring is officially here and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pre-production version to test it out earlier this week.

The “Blue Ring” series of lenses are designed to easily resolve detail for Phase One's newest 100MP medium format digital backs. While the Blue Ring Leaf Shutter (LS) lenses are larger and heavier than their Focal Plane (FP) counterparts, as soon as you see the incredible image quality they produce, you’ll forget all about the added bulk.

The 45mm is an obvious compliment to the new IQ1 & IQ3 100MP digital backs and is extremely well designed to resolve detail and maximize edge to edge sharpness and crisp microcontrast even in bright lighting conditions. Fringing and chromatic aberration are also minimized to make this an easy choice for anyone looking to capture all the detail they can in this focal range.

At a six thousand dollar price tag, this lens isn't cheap however, it provides great value when you consider the quality and resolving power that it can deliver.

Below are a few pre-production samples to judge for yourself.

All images copyright Robert Albertin 2016. Captured using pre-production Phase One Schneider Kreuznach 45mm LS f/3.5 Blue Ring lens, XF camera and IQ3 100MP digital back.