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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

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.

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