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Adjustable Filters Are Big Improvement to Photos

There are many features in Photos for Mac and iOS that I like, but until now, Filters was not one of them. My complaint was that there weren't many to choose from, and they often didn't look that great when applied full force. That's changed.

IMG_0192.jpeg Tapping Filters in Photos for iOS

The Filters in Photos for both iOS and macOS Big Sur are now adjustable. And that's a whole new ballgame. For example, I applied Vivid Warm to this historic building in Santa Rosa, CA. At full force, the filter was just too strong and was not the effect that I was looking for.


In the past, this was the "take it or leave it" choice I faced. So I often left it. But now, once I tap on a specific filter, a slider appears next to it that allows me to adjust the intensity of the effect.

IMG_0194.jpeg Adjusting the intensity of the applied filter.

For this image, 25 percent was the look I wanted. And that is a completely different result than 100 percent.

Adjustable Filters is just one of the refinements in Photos for macOS Big Sur and iOS. At last, I can actually use this feature of the software... and like it!

How to Watch Photos for macOS Catalina and iPadOS

Learn more about Photos for the Mac and iPad by checking out my course on LinkedIn Learning and on This course is perfect for Mac and iPad based photographers who shoot with iPhone, Mirrorless, and DSLR cameras. It covers both photography and movies. And if I say so myself, it's a lot of fun.

I'm currently working on an updated title that covers the latest iPhones, Big Sur, and more. Stay tuned for its release date.

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This is The Digital Story Podcast #779, Feb. 23, 2021. Today's theme is "Exploring the World of Electric Vehicles and Photography" I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

Going back to our roots in nimble photography, the thinking has always been, "travel lightly and take only pictures." Now, as we begin to think about post-pandemic exploration, the world of electric vehicles has become very interesting. And combining emissions-free travel with nimble photography feels like a match made in heaven. I hope you enjoy the show.

Exploring the World of Electric Vehicles and Photography

Like many of the lightening bolts that have struck me, this concept is the result of ideas and situations. Today I'm going to explain how this all came about, and where it's going from here.


I've been interested in EV for some time. Many of you know that I'm on the notification list for the Volkswagen Buzz, their reimagined bus that's all electric.

My thinking has been that I'm going to sell my 1990 VW Vanagon to help with the down payment for the Buzz. However, due to the pandemic, VW has slowed their plans for the bus and decided to move forward with a new SUV/Crossover body design called the ID.4.

They notified me about the reservation system that was in place for the ID.4. I really liked what I saw, and have since begun the process of buying one. I should have it this year.

Next came the notion of what I'm going to do once we emerge from the pandemic. Yes, I will fly when necessary, but I'm thinking more of road tripping for my photography adventures. I've been fine-tuning my self-contained travel approach on road trips to visit my mom in Southern California. I've discovered that I can travel without interaction or physical contact with other people. I just need a bigger car than my Audi A3.

About this time, the movie Nomadland was released starring Frances McDormand. The film takes us inside the lives of those who choose to live in their tricked out vans and RVs. Even though I don't want this for my everyday life, I am interested in approach for my photography adventures.

And finally, I feel like I need to take the next step toward helping this planet survive. My brother-in-law is about to embark on a home solar project that I'm going to shadow to absorb as much knowledge as possible. If I could install a smaller version of his project for charging the EV, then my transportation would be totally green.

This brings us to a new group that I've opened up at DerrickStoryOnline titled EV Explorers. The tagline for this group is: "Bringing Curiosity and Nimbleosity to the World of Electric Vehicle Transportation." Here we can share information, tips, discoveries and more about using electric vehicles for our photography adventures.

If you want to join this group, click on this link for an invite. We're going to keep this as a private group for now, but you are invited to join us.

I'll be sharing my story of going through the process of buying the VW ID.4. We're also going to talk about travel tips with EVs, and the different models available in 2021 including Tesslas, the Ford Mustang Mach, the Bolt EUV, and emerging car manufacturers as well.

As the group and our knowledge grows, we'll see where this takes us. I'm sure we'll have meetups and workshops that focus both on EV travel and photography. I have secured the domain if a dedicated website seems appropriate. Really, there is no limit to this.

The bottom line is that we've been a part of the photography revolution that has moved us to smartphones and mirrorless cameras. Now it's time for the automobile revolution to get us where we want to go without killing the very planet we want to enjoy.

If this sounds appealing to you, then join us at EV Explorers.

Second Session of Integrating iPhone into a Pro Photography Workflow Online Workshop - April 21 to May 15, 2021

The first session of "Integrating iPhone into a Pro Photography Workflow" Online Workshop has sold out. But now I've posted a second session that begins April 21, 2021.

If you're interested in attending, just go to catalog page.

In this workshop you will explore:

  • Working with just one digital camera and an iPhone.
  • Taking advantage of a versatile fast prime lens on your digital camera and using iPhone for additional focal lengths.
  • Perfecting a RAW workflow with the iPhone.
  • Leveraging Apple ProRAW for those who have iPhone 12 Pro.
  • Building a kit that allows you to travel lighter without compromising capability.
  • Post processing tips and techniques using Photos on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.
  • Investigating other software and workflows to augment your imaging prowess.

You can sign up by visiting the workshop catalog page.

Huawei announces foldable Mate X2 smartphone with Leica-branded cameras

You can read the entire article on Petapixel.

The Huawei Mate X2 is co-engineered with Leica, building upon an existing relationship between the two companies. The rear of the device features a Leica-branded camera array. The smartphone includes a 50MP Ultra Vision Camera, RYYB telephoto, 100x digital zoom, and a 2.5cm macro lens. The Ultra Vision camera is wide-angle, includes optical image stabilization, and has a maximum aperture of F1.9. The 16MP Cine Camera (ultra-wide angle) has an F2.4 aperture and includes OIS. The 3x camera has a 12MP sensor, an F2.4 aperture, and OIS. The 10x optical zoom camera, dubbed SuperZoom, has an F4.4 aperture, OIS, and additional support autofocus.

In terms of additional features, there is 100x digital zoom and hybrid zoom. Autofocus is phase focus and contrast focus. The camera includes numerous photography modes, such as Night, Macro, Portrait, Pro, Slow-Mo, Panorama, Light painting, HDR, and much more. The Mate X2 records 4K UHD video. The device can also record Full HD video at up to 960 frames per second.

The Huawei Mate X2 will go on sale in China later this week. The 256GB model will cost 17,999 yuan (which is just under $2,800 USD). The 512GB version will cost 18,999 yuan (around $2,950). The Mate X2 will be available in black, white, blue and pink color options. There's no word yet on availability outside of China. To learn more about the Mate X2, visit Huawei.

The New Donation Kit for Carefree Shipping of Found Film Cameras

We have more time around the house than ever. And you finally dove into that bedroom closet that's been begging for some organization.

If you found a film camera that you're no longer using, our new Donation Kit makes it easy to pack and ship. Just visit the Contact Form on, click the box next to Donating a Film Camera, and let me know what you have. In your note, be sure to include your shipping address.

If it's a camera we can use for the shop, I'll send you a Donation Kit that includes a USPS Priority Mail shipping box and prepaid label. All you have to do is tape it up, insert the camera, and add the label. USPS will pick up your shipment from the front door of your house during their regular mail delivery. It's that simple!

Your donation help get analog gear in the hands of aspiring fine art photographers, and the proceeds help support this podcast.

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See you next week!

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