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The new Darken/Reveal option on the Crop tool does not seem to work in Windows; or I have not understood it. There is no tutorial that I have found that explains the new functionality which appears to be very useful.

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On 5/6/2019 at 21:32, hanshab said:

Ciao James. Mi riferisco ancora al vecchio set di tutorial di tanto in tanto. Ultimamente avevo bisogno di guardare il tutorial LUT. Sono ancora disponibili? Ci sono molte buone informazioni lì.

I need this too. Does it still exist?

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Great videos as usual. Terse and clear. Well done James and the team. APh is a huge and complex bit of kit and videos are important both to get beginners off the runway and to explain the dark corners and intricacies for us older hands.

The talking head video question is something I still fret about with my InAfffinity videos. I used it because many other successful channels also do so, but wonder a bit if it's helpful. I hope it gives a more personal connection. A big question is the size and scale of the frame for this as it necessarily obscures some of the window. The bottom left does seem best for this as it covers less key stuff in APh. I do wonder if the Serif videos might use a little less space. At least the right part of the image, which is showing just brick wall, could be clipped. Another thought: James is facing to the left, out of the picture and so directing gaze away from the main screen. Would it make more sense to guide the eyes into the video by facing to the right?

An apology, comment and question: Sorry about this, but... The staging and style that James is using reminds me of Unmesh Dinda on his YouTube PixImperfect channel. Am I imagining things?


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Cameras: Sony A7R2, RX100V

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On 6/10/2019 at 12:39 PM, GrahamMYC said:

The new Darken/Reveal option on the Crop tool does not seem to work in Windows; or I have not understood it. There is no tutorial that I have found that explains the new functionality which appears to be very useful.

Click Darken. Drag the crop inwards. Area of image outside crop area is a bit darker, helping to highlight the area you will be keeping.

I can't find what Reveal does. I had thought it might, when expanding the crop area, reveal previously cropped areas, but no joy here.


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Cameras: Sony A7R2, RX100V

Computers: Win10: Chillblast Photo with i7-3770 + 16Gb RAM + Philips 40in 4K; Surface Pro 4 i5

Favourite word: Aha. For me and for others.

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6 hours ago, dmstraker said:

I can't find what Reveal does. I had thought it might, when expanding the crop area, reveal previously cropped areas, but no joy here.

According to the Help:
 

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  • Reveal—when checked, displays areas of the document outside of the current crop. Useful if you have already cropped the canvas and need to expand it again

 


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Hey all, just updating you with a new tutorial: HDR from one exposure

The list in the first post has been updated too. This video looks at taking advantage of Photo's 32-bit unbounded colour format to tone map a single RAW image and make the most of its dynamic range. Hope you find it useful!

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The talking head video question is something I still fret about with my InAfffinity videos. I used it because many other successful channels also do so, but wonder a bit if it's helpful. I hope it gives a more personal connection. A big question is the size and scale of the frame for this as it necessarily obscures some of the window. The bottom left does seem best for this as it covers less key stuff in APh. I do wonder if the Serif videos might use a little less space. At least the right part of the image, which is showing just brick wall, could be clipped. Another thought: James is facing to the left, out of the picture and so directing gaze away from the main screen. Would it make more sense to guide the eyes into the video by facing to the right?

Hi Dave, I can definitely say that it makes a big difference. I think people naturally engage more if they see the person presenting, but I believe it benefits the presenter equally. When you're constantly on camera, it becomes more of a performance and you have to engage with what you're saying. It makes the speech and flow more natural because it's as if you are presenting to someone rather than at them—that's what I've found anyway :) It also encourages a single take process, as opposed to having the crutch of being able to edit the video afterwards. With the exception of a couple of videos (e.g. noise reduction stacking where creating the stack takes some time) the Photo videos are all done live (including the fade in/out) and it's something I'm keen to continue. It is quite challenging however!

The whole one take, live studio concept is still relatively fresh so I'm evolving things as I go. Thank you for your suggestion of cropping, I may well give that a go. Regarding swapping the iMac direction, some videos actually put the picture-in-picture in the Navigator panel area so there would always be an issue of which way the presenter is facing.

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An apology, comment and question: Sorry about this, but... The staging and style that James is using reminds me of Unmesh Dinda on his YouTube PixImperfect channel. Am I imagining things?

I'm aware of Unmesh, he's great. The whole studio concept came about from watching a variety of teaching channels. There are some consistent themes between them all like having a studio "set" and using picture-in-picture. We wanted a live environment where the presenter could mix on-the-go and have a video file at the end which can be uploaded straight away, so everything is tailored around that approach. Colour grading for the camera, audio EQ and compression, fading in and fading out—these are all applied in real time as opposed to part of an editing process. In terms of presentation style, I believe I'm a bit dry compared to Unmesh, he's a very lively character ;)


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6 hours ago, GrahamMYC said:

The problem seems to be that reveal does in work in Windows

That could be, but would be better addressed by posting in Photo Bugs Found On Windows  rather than here.


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I think that James' official Affinity tutorials and Dave's InAffinity tutorials are superb. I liked having a face to connect with James' amazing voice that lends such an air of authority to his presentations. I also liked seeing the man who had so much initiative, energy, and dedication to produce so many great InAffinity tutorials on his own time. Both of you have been invaluable to me.

That being said, I must submit this plea for removing the talking head picture-in-picture effects that are evolving into talking whole body effects.

In this Age of the Selfie and our hey-look-at-me culture, it was inevitable that the narrators of tutorials would think it necessary to become more ever more visible. But this is the opposite to what happened with live presentations where presenters became less visible during a talk. Decades ago I had to be front and center at my presentations to work the overhead projector. Laptops and video projectors made it possible to work at a lectern at the side of a stage or room. I rejoiced that no longer did I distract my audience with my appearance, my clothing, my fumbling with notes, or my laptop keyboarding.

If you think you need to be visible in each and every tutorial, then by all means introduce yourself at the beginning and say goodbye at the end. But please fade out completely during the tutorial itself and let us concentrate on the task at hand. 

If it helps you as presenter to have an audience, then you need a real audience. Invite a few people into the room during your recording session, as is done when TV shows are recorded for later broadcast.

Looking forward to the next tutorials from both James and Dave, with or without picture-in-picture.


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This one's for Dave Straker...

I am using a Mac, and I know you're on Windows, so that may explain the difference. Nevertheless, checking the "Reveal" box within the Crop tool's context toolbar does indeed reveal the canvas of a previously cropped photo. (Also, I assume that "Rasterize and Trim" has not been previously used.) This is what I get when I check, or un-check, that box on a photo that I had previously cropped:

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I, for one, am happy as a clam about the new videos.  And since I am neither qualified, nor there, to make them instead, I think I will just be extraordinarily grateful that Affinity and James have made these for us.  I think that the most important change from the previous videos is the greater depth of detail and the reduced speed with which the topic is presented.  Whipping between an off-screen tool, to an off-screen menu, and then flashing to a nanosecond at the layers panel in the old videos made it hard to grasp what was supposed to be happening before we reached the slider stage.  There was always that "Ah HAH! This is grand!" at the end, but how in the world did we get there?   Please James, just keep them coming, and to use a very old -- WWII era --  British army saying (I am female and neither British nor army) "Don't let the B****rds grind you down."   


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On 6/13/2019 at 7:28 AM, GrahamMYC said:

The problem seems to be that reveal does in work in Windows

Presumably 'does not work'? I get what it should do but it's not happening for me on Windows.


Dave Straker

Cameras: Sony A7R2, RX100V

Computers: Win10: Chillblast Photo with i7-3770 + 16Gb RAM + Philips 40in 4K; Surface Pro 4 i5

Favourite word: Aha. For me and for others.

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On 6/13/2019 at 8:22 AM, James Ritson said:

Hey all, just updating you with a new tutorial: HDR from one exposure

The list in the first post has been updated too. This video looks at taking advantage of Photo's 32-bit unbounded colour format to tone map a single RAW image and make the most of its dynamic range. Hope you find it useful!

Hi Dave, I can definitely say that it makes a big difference. I think people naturally engage more if they see the person presenting, but I believe it benefits the presenter equally. When you're constantly on camera, it becomes more of a performance and you have to engage with what you're saying. It makes the speech and flow more natural because it's as if you are presenting to someone rather than at them—that's what I've found anyway :) It also encourages a single take process, as opposed to having the crutch of being able to edit the video afterwards. With the exception of a couple of videos (e.g. noise reduction stacking where creating the stack takes some time) the Photo videos are all done live (including the fade in/out) and it's something I'm keen to continue. It is quite challenging however!

The whole one take, live studio concept is still relatively fresh so I'm evolving things as I go. Thank you for your suggestion of cropping, I may well give that a go. Regarding swapping the iMac direction, some videos actually put the picture-in-picture in the Navigator panel area so there would always be an issue of which way the presenter is facing.

I'm aware of Unmesh, he's great. The whole studio concept came about from watching a variety of teaching channels. There are some consistent themes between them all like having a studio "set" and using picture-in-picture. We wanted a live environment where the presenter could mix on-the-go and have a video file at the end which can be uploaded straight away, so everything is tailored around that approach. Colour grading for the camera, audio EQ and compression, fading in and fading out—these are all applied in real time as opposed to part of an editing process. In terms of presentation style, I believe I'm a bit dry compared to Unmesh, he's a very lively character ;)

Unmesh has settled down into an engaging style. He used to come over as patronising which I suspect was based in uncertainty and trying too hard.

It took me a while but I think I'm more relaxed now. The single take is certainly more challenging. Sometimes I have to redo it half a dozen times. I also edit for clicks, ums etc in sound spaces, add clarifying text and zoom in (including cropping out my head to get closer).


Dave Straker

Cameras: Sony A7R2, RX100V

Computers: Win10: Chillblast Photo with i7-3770 + 16Gb RAM + Philips 40in 4K; Surface Pro 4 i5

Favourite word: Aha. For me and for others.

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James,

Thanks for these new tutorials.

I find that I'm still not clear what I should do in the Develop persona that could also be done later in the Photo persona, as there is considerable overlap between the tools provided in the former and the more basic adjustment and live filter layers in the latter.

For a time I was just concentrating on flattening the image, having opened the RAW file without applying curves, e.g. pushing the black point a bit away from the left edge of the histogram, pushing the midtones toward the center, and recovering highlights, opening up shadows, etc.  Sharpening, clarifying, increasing contrast, etc.could be done in the Photo persona, after all.  But then I discovered haze removal.  It requires a pixel layer to work on, so it seemed to make sense to do some of the things in the Develop persona that I had intended to do later.  So now I am thinking that I should perhaps do some sharpening and perhaps introduce a curve during development.

I would find a tutorial on the theme, what should I consider doing in the Develop persona and what might I want to postpone for later, extremely helpful.

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