Jul 252012

My camera marks HDR images quite clearly: They are a sequence of images, where the first second one and third one are equally many stops removed from the first one, and they’re usually within a couple of seconds from one-another, with all other settings the same. That sounds like something that should be easy to stack in the import-process, right? Preferably followed up by a rendering to a 32-bit pr channel image straight afterward that is set as the stack top image.

Unfortunately, I don’t know Lua, so I won’t write it myself any time soon. But such a trivial plugin should exist after all these iterations. Heck, it should be a core functionality!

As for grouping, possibly even a quick pre-rendering, I’d argue there should be a similar Panorama function.

Can anyone recommend any plugins?

 Posted by at 8:00 am
May 012011

Wow, I remember back in 1998, me and another photo enthusiast were discussing DSLRs vs digital film. I was holding out on DSLRs until there was a camera that could fit my lenses and was as good as the Canon 500N I had at the time. Turned out I’d be waiting a while, the first one I got (matched the requirements!) was the Canon 20D. Anyway, my friend showed a links on Slashdot and a few papers on “Digital Film”, and I had to agree: that was probably a much better fit for the time.

Well, digital film didn’t materialize, until now (or rather, soon) hopefully: Tom’s guide has an article where they describe Park Hyun Jin’s concept:

Digital film

While in my mind the right time was 1998 and the wrong time is 2011, I would still love a “roll” for my analogue camera, and I might even get a few more old systems for the pure joy of using them :-)

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Mar 272011

In this first video blogpost I follow up on my two blogposts from 2005, I show you how easy it is to put a Pentax m42 mount lens, one of the most popular kind of lenses from the 1950s up until the late 1980s, on a Canon EOS DSLR body. Back in 2005 I used the EOS 20D, now I use the EOS 5DmkII, but it’s just as easy.

The lens I put on the camera is a Helios 85mm f/1.5, second generation, meaning that it has a 42mm screw-mount instead of the original 39mm. The adapter is a m42 EOS AF confirm adapter that you can find on eBay for around $15.

 Posted by at 3:48 pm
May 312010

Frustrated about having Faces in iPhoto and not in Lightroom? Frustrated that it’s then in Aperture, but not Lightroom 3 beta 1 and 2? Frustrated about not hearing about it being a priority in Lightroom at all? And still addicted to Lightroom? Yupp, me too. But this night, for reasons not related to this post, I thought, hey, perhaps Picasa can help out? What I found is too good to be true, so it’s probably going to have all kinds of weird side-effects. But for now it seems to be great! You see, Picasa doesn’t move the files out of place, and it works with XMP (which Aperture does not, even though it claims to). And of course, I save all changes in an XMP sidecar. This great article simply states that all face detection will be written back as metadata in the file, and even updated into the XMP, so that I can just read it back into Lightroom! That sounds fantastic! So right now I’m scanning my entire library and look forward to a lot of tagging! :-)

Sep 052009

Recently I bought a Canon Pro9000 MkII printer. About a week later, Snow Leopard was released. I decided I wasn’t too fond of the drivers that came with Snow Leopard and wanted the “official” ones. However, they won’t install on anything beyond Leopard, unless you do some tweaking. If tweaking is what you’d like, you’ve come to the right place. In this little post, we’ll install them.

First, use Disk Utility to create a new image that’s read/write enabled from the CD. Select the CD (CANON_IJ) from within Disk Utility and hit the “New Image” button at the top of the window, between “Enable Journaling” and “Convert”. Select “read/write” from Image format and save the image to your desktop. You should get a window titled “Disk Utility Progress” saying Creating Image and Reading CANON_IJ. Let it finish

Having done that, eject your CD, and be sure you have your image mounted. (Double-click it if it’s not). Open your terminal, and write

cd /Volumes/CANON_IJ
find ./ -name getosversion -print

That should give you:

.//Set/Printer Driver/Pro9000 Mark II series/PrinterDriver_Pro9000II series_071700.pkg/Contents/Resources/getosversion
.//Set/Printer Driver_Alt/Pro9000 Mark II series/PrinterDriver_Pro9000II series_101800.pkg/Contents/Resources/getosversion

Now replace these files with a string saying your OS is version 10.5.8:

cat > /tmp/getosversion
echo 1058

press ctrl-d

chmod a+x /tmp/getosversion
cp /tmp/getosversion "Set/Printer Driver/Pro9000 Mark II series/PrinterDriver_Pro9000II series_071700.pkg/Contents/Resources/getosversion"
mv /tmp/getosversion "Set/Printer Driver_Alt/Pro9000 Mark II series/PrinterDriver_Pro9000II series_101800.pkg/Contents/Resources/getosversion"

You’ll get an “Operation not permitted” when mv tries to set the file owner, don’t worry about that.

Voila, you’re good to go. Run the setup from your image. You’ll get a warning saying the OS version is unsupported, but we’ve just made it so that it will complete correctly. So just click OK when you get the warning, install the printer as you would before and enjoy

 Posted by at 11:09 am
Apr 082007

Well, I’ve been using iPhoto, Lightroom in it’s different beta stages and now I had a demo of Aperture. I’ve been shooting digital for quite some time now, and scanned lots of negatives from when I still shot film and my parents before me. My collection is about 35.000 pictures, spanned over many DVDs and CDs. Pictures that are virutally inaccessible because I don’t know where they are. So I decided a while back to throw them all into a harddrive and try out different programs.

First program I had to ditch was iPhoto. Even iPhoto 6 becomes unusable after about 5000 pictures. It’s just ghastly slow on my Macbook Pro 15″ 2,33Ghz Core 2 Duo with 2GB RAM. So that’s inexcusable.

Second program was Lightroom, after about 10.000 photos it was very slow. At 16.000 photos it grinded to a halt. Not even half way there. :-( A shame, really, as I really liked Lightroom and had high hopes for it, I have now abandoned it.

I grabbed a demo of aperture, and hit a very convenient limit. Where Lightroom and iPhoto just died more and more, Aperture said:
Aperture has max 10000 pictures
Aperture projects are limited to 10000 master images each. You should create new projects and import your images in batches of less than 10000.

Quite convenient, really

So, what do I do now? Shooting mainly RAW I don’t suppose changing to F-Spot is much of an alternative, especially since it’s proved quite inaccessible on OS X. I guess I’ll have to talk with the crowd that uses iView Media Pro and see how it fares. Do you have any other recommendations?

 Posted by at 12:57 am
Aug 112006

For a long while I have been recommending my mum to get the Panasonic DMC-FZ7, and now she was finally ready to take the plunge. Of course, when reading up I found that the Canon Powershot S3 IS was out as well and has close to identical features. The differences are: the Canon is twice as heavy, uses AA batteries rather than a propriatery lithium-ion battery, has a shorter minimum focus distance (good thing :) ) and zooms quicker. After much discussing, she ended up with the DMC-FZ7 as it was lighter and I’m quite confident it was a great choice even though I liked the lens of the S3 a bit better. Price difference? $1. ;-)

 Posted by at 5:50 pm
Jul 012006

I’m planning on getting a filter system for my lenses, and I’m investigating the Cokin P system. I found this article that is really nice with lots of images and explanations on how to use such a system.

 Posted by at 11:29 pm
Jun 142006

I recently bought a sensor cleaning kit with a blower and two brushes not very unlike the one featured here. Luminous Landscape has a great article on sensor cleaning that I followed. So here follow a few pictures from my cleaning session. It should be noted that I have tried cleaning it with a swab and some lens cleaning stuff before so rather than being nicely spread out, my dust was here and there collected in little stacks. Have a look at the changes. I did three sweeps and got to the point where I couldn’t quickly spot any dust. Bonus points to find dust I didn’t spot. :-) The entire thing took about 5 minutes:

Before the cleaningAfter the first sweepAfter the second sweepAfter the last sweep - no dust

The following two cleaning pages are also nice: photo.net and Rob Galbraith.

 Posted by at 11:36 am
Feb 212006

The speculations on Canon’s release are over, DPReview has a preview of the Canon 30D that was released today. In short: not much new from the 20D. More flexible ISO settings and a larger screen. What is this? They should’ve called it Canon 21D. ;-) Not much of a version bump, while 10D to 20D was significant. With the release of the 5D I was hoping for some of the features to be brought down to the x0D line, but only the LCD made it. Oh well, I guess they want to keep me drooling for a 5D instead. ;-) I’ll be keeping my 20D, though. The 85mm f/1.2 lens looks cool, though. :-)

 Posted by at 8:47 pm
Feb 192006

Mogens‘ Canon 10-22mm rocks. That was what I read out of the lineup of Nikon, Sigma, Tokina and Tamron wide-angle zoom leenses. It’s conclusion was to buy a Nikon, but further down argues that he prefers the Canon with lower distortion and price. I’ll borrow Mogens’ lens and put some pictures here. Meanwhile, my take on wide angle has been my Canon 20mm f/2.8 (hmm, no pictures online yet, I’ll have to do something about that. I’ve had the lens for like half a year now) and fish eye lens adapters like the 0.42x I was sent instead of what I’d actually bought or my father’s 180 degrees fisheye adapter. That works well also, but 10mm is awesome!

 Posted by at 2:20 pm
Feb 172006

Therefore, the owner of the lens did not have any idea that there was someone living inside the lens. I found this quote when searching on how to clean lens fungus. Not that I have found any on my lenses, but a very interesting lense just turned up but with some fungus. Read more on lens fungi and how to remove them.

 Posted by at 12:55 am