RawTherapee — Raw imagr processor for all platforms

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  1. RawTherapee — Raw imagr processor for all platforms
  2. First Destination in Dubai – Creek
  3. Some pictures/photos from Dubai Zoo
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Do watch this series for more information on my adventure with Windows in Dubai and Photography….

For the impatient ones, download the application here.

Recently I was stuck with a Windows only laptop for a months time and I was in Dubai. Went to Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo there and as usual took the photos in RAW mode with my D5000 Nikon camera. Alas, now I did not have a decent application to modify the images. On my Fedora system I use UFraw and the hunt began for a decent and somewhat advanced software for windows. Couple of them looked promising like Picasa, FastStone Image viewer but nothing comparable to UFRaw until I remembered anothe one that I used RawTherapee (BTW, UFRaw port for cygwin is there but I was not able to install it on cygwin, the server was not reachable). So, here is the features of this pretty good image editor having the capability to edit RAW images.

Here are the features of the application from their homepage.

Features

High Image Quality

  • Get the most details and least artifacts from your raw photos thanks to modern and traditional demosaicing algorithms: AMaZE, DCB, fast, AHD, EAHD, HPHD & VNG4.
  • Advanced color handling from white balance to HSV (Hue-Saturation-Value) curves and color management.
  • Enhanced exposure and tonality tools: tone and Lab curves, highlights and shadows tools, etc.
  • Multiple denoising methods: luminance, chrominance, impulse (for salt and pepper noise) noise reduction.
  • Several tools to enhance details: unsharp mask, RL deconvolution, contrast by detail levels.

Efficiency

  • Multi-threaded algorithms for high performance (RawTherapee can utilize modern processor featues).
  • Quick thumbnails load lightning fast and are replaced later with live thumbnails
  • Batch processing: convert all the developed images at once without not loading the processor while you work.
  • Basic tools immediately at your hands.
  • Parallel editing of multiple images.
  • An optional secondary display can be used.

Versatility

  • Wide variety of supported cameras: almost all DSLRs and even some medium format bodies are supported.
  • Advanced control over the algorithms with many fine-tuning parameters.
  • Command line usage besides the normal graphical interface.
  • Various layouts: multiple tabs, single tab with filmstrip, vertical tab with filmstrip.

Freedom for Free

  • RawTherapee is free and open source software, meaning you can use it free of charge, wherever you like on whatever hardware you like, as long as you abide by the copyleft GPLv3 license. Download the source code, modify it, feel free to do what comes to mind. We believe in open software.
  • RT is cross-platform: Linux, Mac, or Windows, be it 32-bit or 64-bit – you pick, we provide.
  • International: it is available in 25 languages!

Hope this will save your day someday like it did mine 🙂

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Making your subjects more prominent and stand out in the photos with gimp.

Lets first take a picture that we want to modify. We have done the corrections in the photo that are required like the curves, saturation and others. So, here is the photo after the modification. Now we will make the modification to make photo de-saturated other than the subject of interest.

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Okay, now fire up gimp and open the image in gimp.Once the image is open, on the left bottom of the image, you will see a square. Click on the square and the whole image will become red. Now, select eraser tool and erase the color from the subject of interest.

After this step, the image in gimp should look like this.

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After this, click on select and then select invert. With this, you have the whole background selected.

Apply de-saturate and you are done. Here is the final output from the above step. (Took me around 5-10 mins only)

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Hope this helps you too 🙂 to make some of your photos stand out.

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Three Touch Up Tricks For Photoshop To Improve Your Photos

Three Touch Up Tricks For Photoshop To Improve Your Photos enhancing photos with photoshopThe problem with exceedingly better cameras is that, besides every beautiful detail, they also manage to catch every blemish. The time when you could get away with sunburn, or even something as small as a mole is long past. Those details will be engraved in virtual stone as well.

Nowadays, everyone realizes that movie stars don’t look all that perfect in real life and that Madonna doesn’t look like a twenty year old, but rather thrice that number. It’s the fault, or blessing, of Photoshop, a premier photo editing application.

In this article, I’d like to teach you three rather simple tricks on enhancing photos with Photoshop to fix nearly every blemish. More so, this article is intended for junior editors, like myself. This means that :

* You don’t need extensive experience with Photoshop. * You don’t need a steady hand (i.e. no airbrush techniques).

In other words, everyone can take this tutorial and expect to follow it through to the end. If you watch where you step, you will get great results from very little effort and experience.

1. Remove Moles & Other Blemishes In Photoshop CS5, there’s an amazing new feature, called content-aware. Instead of sampling from one particular area, content-aware will try to reconstruct spots with little image-parts grabbed from all over the canvas. You can use it to fix a skyline, delete a tree, or to remove blemishes.

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