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New Year, New Raw Samples Website

January 12th, 2017

Happy New Year, and I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday!

We’ve been busy working on various things ourselves, including migrating RawPedia to a new server as well as building a replacement raw sample database/website to alleviate the problems that rawsamples.ch was having…

Welcome Digital Painters

December 5th, 2016

Yes, there really is art outside photography. :)

The history and evolution of painting has undergone a similar transformation as most things adapting to a digital age. As photographers, we adapted techniques and tools commonly used in the darkroom to software, and found new ways to extend what was possible to help us achieve a vision. Just as we tried to adapt skills to a new environment, so too did traditional artists, like painters.

Giving Thanks

November 22nd, 2016

Here in the U.S., we have a big holiday coming up this week: Thanksgiving. Serendipitously, this holiday also happens to fall when a few neat things are happening around the community, and what better time is there to recognize some folks and to give thanks of our own? No time like the present!

João Almeida's darktable Presets

November 14th, 2016

I realize that I’m a little late to this, but photographer João Almeida has created a wonderful set of film emulation presets for darktable that he uses in his own workflow for personal and commisioned work. Even more wonderful is that he has graciously released them for everyone to use.

The Royal Photographic Society Journal

November 2nd, 2016

The Journal of the Photographic Society is the journal for one of oldest photographic societies in the world: the Royal Photographic Society. First published in 1853, the RPS Journal is the oldest photographic periodical in the world (just edging out the British Journal of Photography by about a year).

So you can imagine my doubt when confronted with an email about using some material from pixls.us for their latest issue…

Arnold Newman Portraits

October 28th, 2016

Anyone that has spent any time around me would realize that I’m particularly fond of portraits. From the wonderful works of Martin Schoeller to the sublime Dan Winters, I am simply fascinated by a well executed portrait. So I thought it would be fun to take a look at some selections from the “father” of environmental portraits - Arnold Newman.

From the Community Vol. 1

September 4th, 2016

Welcome to the first installment of From the Community, a (hopefully) quarterly blog post to highlight a few of the things our community members have been doing!

HD Photo Slideshow with Blender

July 12th, 2016

While I was out at Texas Linux Fest this past weekend I got to watch a fun presentation from the one and only Brian Beck. He walked through an introduction to Blender, including an overview of creating his great The Lady in the Roses image that was a part of the 2015 Libre Calendar project.

Coincidentally, during my trip home community member @Fotonut asked about software to create an HD slideshow with images. The first answer that jumped into my mind was to consider using Blender (a very close second was OpenShot because I had just spent some time talking with Jon Thomas about it).

Texas Linux Fest 2016

July 4th, 2016

While in London this past April I got a chance to hang out a bit with LWN.net editor and fellow countryman, Nathan Willis. (It sounds like the setup for a bad joke: “An Alabamian and Texan meet in a London pub…”). Which was awesome because even though we were both at LGM2014, we never got a chance to sit down and chat.

Color Manipulation with the Colour Checker LUT Module

June 29th, 2016

I was lucky to get to spend some time in London with the darktable crew. Being the wonderful nerds they are, they were constantly working on something while we were there. One of the things that Johannes was working on was the colour checker module for darktable.

Having recently acquired a Fuji camera, he was working on matching color styles from the built-in rendering on the camera. Here he presents some of the results of what he was working on.

This was originally published on the darktable blog, and is being republished here with permission. —Pat

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