Sharing is Caring

June 22nd, 2016

It was always my intention to make the entire PIXLS.US website available under a permissive license. The content is already all licensed Creative Commons, By Attribution, Share-Alike (unless otherwise noted). I just hadn’t gotten around to actually posting the site source.

Until now(ish). I say “ish“ because I apparently released the code back in April and am just now getting around to talking about it.

Also, we finally have a category specifically for all those darktable weenies on discuss!

Sharing Galore

June 21st, 2016

Community member and RawTherapee hacker Morgan Hardwood brings us a great tutorial + assets from one of his strolls near the Söderåsen National Park (Sweden!). Ofnuts is apparently trying to get me to burn the forum down by sharing his raw file of a questionable subject. After bugging David Tschumperlé he managed to find a neat solution to generating a median (pixel) blend of a large number of images without making your computer throw itself out a window.

So much neat content being shared for everyone to play with and learn from! Come see what everyone is doing!

New Rapid Photo Downloader

May 22nd, 2016

Community member Damon Lynch happens to make an awesome program called Rapid Photo Downloader in his “spare” time. In fact you may have heard mention of it as part of Riley Brandt’s “The Open Source Photography Course”*. It is a program that specializes in downloading photo and video from media in as efficient a manner as possible while extending the process with extra functionality.

* Riley donates a portion of the proceeds from his course to various projects, and Rapid Photo Downloader is one of them!

G'MIC 1.7.1

May 18th, 2016

A new version 1.7.1Spring 2016” of G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic for Image Computing), the open-source framework for image processing, has been released recently (26 April 2016). This is a great opportunity to summarize some of the latest advances and features over the last 5 months.

Post Libre Graphics Meeting

April 29th, 2016

What a blast!

This trip report is long overdue, but I wanted to process some of my images to share with everyone before I posted.

It had been a couple of years since I had an opportunity to travel and meet with the GIMP team again (Leipzig was awesome) so I was really looking forward to this trip. I missed the opportunity to head up to the great white North for last years meeting in Toronto.

Pre-LGM Photowalk

April 8th, 2016

It’s that time of year again! The weather is turning mild, the days are smelling fresh, and a bunch of photography nerds are all going to get together in a new country to roam around and (possibly) annoy locals by taking a ton of photographs! It’s the Pre-Libre Graphics Meeting photowalk of 2016!

Come join us the day before LGM kicks off to have a stroll through a lovely park and get a chance to shoot some photos between making new friends and having a pint.


April 6th, 2016

For some reason I was checking my account on the forums earlier today and noticed that it was created in April, 2015. On further inspection it looks like my, and @darix, accounts were created on April 2nd 2015.

(Not to be confused with the main site because apparently it took me about 8 months to get a forum stood up…)

Which means that the forums have been around for just over a year now?!

So, Happy Birthday discuss!

Lighting Diagrams

April 4th, 2016

Community member Eric Mesa asked on the forums the other day if there might be some Free resources for photographers that want to build a lighting diagram of their work. These are the diagrams that show how a shot might be set up with the locations of lights, what types of modifiers might be used, and where the camera/photographer might be positioned with respect to the subject. These diagrams usually also include lighting power details and notes to help the production.

It turns out there wasn’t really anything openly available and permissively licensed. So we need to fix that…

PlayRaw (Again)

March 21st, 2016

On the old RawTherapee forums they used to have a contest sharing a single raw file amongst the members to see how everyone would approach processing from the same starting point. They called it PlayRaw. This seemed to really bring out some great work from the community so I thought it might be fun to start doing something similar again here.

I took a (relatively) recent image of Mairi and decided to see how it would be received (I’d say fairly well given the responses). This was my result from the raw file that I called Mairi Troisième:

Shimming an Adapter to be Parallel

March 11th, 2016

Some of you may know I exclusively use Contax manual focus lenses on my Canon cameras. I have had one reliable adapter from the start, that just happened to be perfect in every way: perfectly parallel, and lets my lenses focus exactly to infinity, and none of my lenses hit the mirror on my 5D.

However, swapping adapters between cameras gets mighty tedious, so recently I have been trying a variety of different adapters for my cameras, several quality tiers ranging from the cheapest ($15) up to the most expensive ($70).

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