I normally don’t spend any time retouching my photos. There’s something very satisfying about composing a shot, lighting it just right, and snapping a great picture. It’s those rare moments that I think that maybe I should start using the nofilter hashtag. But increasingly, I find myself taking the quick and dirty shot – the one where I’ve set up a figure in front of my computer monitor in my poorly-lit home office, holding an LED light in one hand and my camera phone unsteadily in the other. It usually takes five clicks to find a pic that’s even in focus.
It’s those shots that sometimes need help, and the tools, like Adobe Lightroom, are getting better and easier to use. Previously, I’d only used Lightroom to process pictures taken at events on my DSLR in RAW format. It makes the tedious work of cropping, adjusting exposures, and watermarking a little less so. And because I’m a self-taught amateur, I didn’t even know I could use Lightroom to make quick adjustments on the JPG files that my camera phone shoots.
Now, because I want to stay true to the “quick” here’s three Lightroom tips that you can use in just a couple of minutes to clean up that “dirty” shot. I’ll use Jitsu, shot one-handed with my camera phone, as an example. (I recommend maximizing your browser and clicking on the photos, to view them at their largest, with the fewest artifacts from JPG compression.)
The fate of Mattycollector’s Club 200X will be decided today, as fans of Masters of the Universe Classics have their last opportunity to subscribe. As of last Friday, the sub had climbed to 81% of the total pre-orders needed to ensure all six figures will be made. While it’s possible that it hit 100% over the weekend, we’ve yet to hear from Mattel this morning. If it’s still below the threshold, we could have a long wait, even past closing time tonight, to learn the final outcome.
With less than a week to go, Mattycollector revealed the final figure, Prahvus – the Evil Master of Doom – for its under-subscribed and at risk Club 200X. As of the last official update, the six figure plus one exclusive accessory pack subscription was at 50% of the needed pre-orders to guarantee that all the figures would be made. (We looked at what might happen if Club 200X doesn’t hit its target in our last Soapbox Sunday.)
Prahvus joins Callix, Evil Seed, King Chooblah (the Kulatak Elder), Ceratus, and Queen Grayskull as the six figures in Club 200X. The Heads of Eternia exclusive accessory pack includes MOTU 200X heads for Grizzlor, Buzz-Off, Sy-Klone, Roboto, Snout Spout, and Clawful. The subscription period ends Monday, March 23 – if you were still on the fence, is Prahvus enough to get you to sub?
Is it too soon to say that Club 200X, and by extension, Masters of the Universe Classics, is dead?
We asked last week if Club 200X has the power. According to Skeletor’s Love Child, it does not. In the latest report on the subscription, SLC stated that they had just hit the halfway mark to the minimums needed to make all six figures they announced for the line. With just over a week to go, it’s not looking good.