Photography and Related Musings

My thoughts and explorations of all things related to photography

Me I enjoy exploring the art and science of photography. I am also interested in digital darkroom tools and hope to share them with you.
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Partha

I enjoy exploring the art and science of photography. I am also interested in tools of the trade and hope to share them with you.

NEW LOOK

July 23, 2016

Perhaps you noticed the new look. I am still experimenting with this. I welcome your feedback and if something is broken, please let me know. Thanks.

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McGimp 2.9.5 Color Corrected

McGIMP and GIMP 2.9.5

McGimp 2.9.5 (same as McGimp and GIMP 2.9.4 with the latest git pull)

I have packaged the latest McGimp and GIMP 2.9.5 (corresponding to 2.9.4 with the latest git pull). All versions are available. For the Mac, we have McGimp and McGimp-cc, the color corrected version based on Elle Stone's fork of the standard git repository. To understand the many differences between the standard GIMP build and the color corrected version, please read Elle Stone's highly informative article. It is strongly recommended that you have more than a passing familiarity with color profiles.

G'MIC has been updated to pre-release 1.7.5. David has been busy updating the plugin. The preview is no longer static, though you cannot enlarge the embedded preview image.

Bug Reports

Two bugs were reported.

One dealt with certain JP2 images not rendering correctly. This has to do with a bug in the JasPer library used to render JP2000 images. This has now been fixed.

The second bug dealt with certain JPEGs not rendering correctly. This bug has to do with the Exiv2 library used to render the metadata embedded within the JPEG. This has now been fixed.

Please email me if you still experience these bugs.


Banf, Canada

HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)

How to create high dynamic images in GIMP

I have modified the Nik Collection HDR Efex Pro 2 interface so that one can create genuine high dynamic range (HDR) images with GIMP. You will need to load all your TIFF images as layers for this to work. Once all the images are opened in GIMP, go to Filters > Nik Collection > HDR Efex Pro 2. This will launch the app and start to create your HDR image. Follow the process to create an HDR image. If you are not fully familiar with how to do this, then this website will be very helpful. Create your HDR image and then save. Once you do that, the HDR image will be opened as another layer in your image stack.

Please watch the video to see how this done.


Peyto Lake, Canada

PANORAMA STITCHER

How to stitch panoramic images

I have added another plugin that allows you to stich large panoramas from within GIMP. To do this you will need to get the free Panorama Stitcher from the App Store on your Mac and install it in your Applications folder.

It is important to remember that the images need to be loaded as layers. Once done, start the panorama stitcher from the filters menu, and you are good to go. Once the panorama is created, you must save the file in the default location (your Documents folder) and close the stitcher. The panorama will now open in a separate window for further editing.

Please watch the video.

On Windows, please download and install the capable panorama stitcher available free of charge from Microsoft. Install it in its default location C:\Program Files\Microsoft Research\Image Composite Editor. Once installed, you'll be able to use the panorama stitcher on Windows.

Remember that the images need to be loaded as layers. Then, start the panorama stitcher from the filters menu, and you are good to go. Once the panorama is created, you must save the file in the default location (your Documents folder) and close the stitcher. The panorama will now open in a separate window for further editing.

Please watch the video.


Partha

I enjoy exploring the art and science of photography. I am also interested in tools of the trade and hope to share them with you.


Helpful Hints

  • Installation
    Windows

    Important: Uninstall previous builds from the target installation location. Installation has been streamlined as much as possible.

    Download and double-click on the installer and follow the instructions on your screen. Your computer may ask you to provide your administrative password. This is normal while installing software on the target computer. The software will be installed in the Program Files folder if you select the default settings. Also, it will create necessary files and $PROGRAMDATA folders.

    The portable versions do not require any particular installation instructions. Simply double-click on the executable and unzip it to your desired location. The portable versions are self-contained and do not interact with your system or any existing GIMP installations.

    File Association

    Remove all references to GIMP from the registry and then use Windows to associate this version with your desired image formats.

    Mac OS

    These versions are compatible with Lion and above. Simply unzip the version you prefer and drag it to you Applications folder.

  • About Virus Alerts

    My builds are based on source code from the respective developers. Some modifications have been made to make the code compatible with Windows. These builds are compiled using GCC 5.3.0 available from the great folks at MinGW. I have received reports that some virus checkers are triggered by my builds. There is not much that can be done with these reports. They are false positives that you will have to take up with your virus checker software company. Please read this interesting article on how frustrating these reports can be.


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