Monday, November 9, 2009

Choosing a Photo Printer

My current printer is an HP 1340 printer, although it can perform well as my all around printer, I bought a new printer especially dedicated for printing my photos. When I bought the printer I have come up with a simple guide when choosing a printer.

First and foremost, the most important criteria when choosing a printer is the resolution measured in dpi (or dot per inch). The dpi will determine the quality of the prints. Choose a printer that can produce photo quality prints. Typical photo printers has a resolution of about 2400 x 1200 and if your looking for the best resolution there are printers out there that can have a maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi. If possible compare the print output of the printer and those printed from a photo lab.

Ordinarily printers, typically has 3 ink cartridges, but if you want your photos to really come out with those near photo quality, you can choose photo printers that have more that 3 ink cartridges, When choosing a photo printer, the more ink cartridge the better. You may also take into account the ease of replacing the inks, the price and the availability. One other thing to consider is, if the printer you are buying can take 3rd party ink especially if you are price conscious. When all know that original printer inks are very expensive.

Photo Paper
Photo printer manufacturers usually produced their own photo papers. But there are also third party manufacturers of photo papers. You should take into account the availability of third party photo papers. This may save money for you in the long run.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Olympus E-P1 Pen Camera

A new digital camera from Olympus has blend the sophicitcation of a DSLR and the portability of a point and shoot. The new Olympus Olympus E-P1 looks like your ordinary point and shoot camera but it is more than that. Unlike your normal point and shoot, this new digicam has accessories that can rival any DSLR. It has an interchangeable lenses just like a normal DSLR.

Some features:

Autofocus Live View
This function is just like your normal DSLR, where the subject is foucused when the shutter is pressed halfway.

Blur-Free, Dust-Free Imaging
An Image Stabilization feature lets you take blur free pictures.

Multiple Exposure
This function lets you combined multiple pictures to create stunning images.

Auto Adjustment And Face Detection
It feaures 19 automatic scene modes, including Night-Scenes, Portraits and Landscapes.An Intelligent Auto Mode (iAuto) detects the scenes you are capturing like sports, macro, and then adjusts the setting accordingly to produce the best result.

Shadow Adjustment
The camera's Shadow Adjustment Technology corrects for extreme light variations, letting you take pictures in low light conditions.

Art Filters
Art Filters lets you modify the photos to create effects. Filters include Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film and Pin Hole.

Those are some of the features that this new hybrid camera has. One more thing that is cool about this camera is that you can also record videos besides using it for photos.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Introducing Microsoft Image Composite Editor

Microsoft Image Compositing Editor is an image compositing or stitching tool that can stitch together series of overlapping photographs to produce a high resolution panoramic image. The resulting image can then be saved as JPEG or TIFF and to a multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight Deep Zoom.

Some of the added features of Microsoft Image Compositing Editor are listed below as quoted.

  • A GPU accelerated orientation adjustment tool. Sometimes the automatic stitching software doesn't quite get the viewing direction correct, or perhaps you want to use a rectilinear projection instead of a cylindrical projection. This new tool allows you to interactively make these adjustments.

  • 360 blending support. Our fast poisson blend technique now creates a seamless 360 blend.
  • Output to Photoshop layers.

  • Create an HD View web page.

  • Create a Silverlight Deep Zoom web page, including new 360 support in our Silverlight application.

  • Integration with both the Windows Shell and the next version of Windows Live Photo Gallery, so that you can quickly launch a new stitching project.

  • Advanced orientation adjustment view allows planar, cylindrical, and spherical projections
  • Support for different types of camera motion

  • Excellent exposure blending using Microsoft Research fast Poisson algorithm.

  • Automatic cropping to maximum image area.

  • No image size limitation - stitch gigapixel panoramas.

  • Native support for 64-bit operating systems such as 64-bit Vista.

  • Output in a wide variety of image formats.

Using Microsoft ICE , a user can also modify how the resulting image will look by making use of the orientation tool.

The image above was modified so as to look as if a shift or tilt lens was used. This was achieved using the orientation. There are many more added features included in the software and if you want to know more you must to try it. The tool can be downloaded for free here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Converting Color Photo to Greyscale [Method 2]

  1. Open photo.
  2. On the Layers palette, click the create new Adjustment Layer> Channel Mixer.Click [OK]
  3. Tick the Monochrome check box.
  4. Adjust the Source Channel slider RGB to create the grey scale image.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Converting Color Photo to Greyscale [Method 1]

  1. Open photo.
  2. Go to >Image>Mode>Lab Color.
  3. Go to Channels palette. Select Lightness channel.
  4. Go to Image>Mode>Greyscale.
  5. Click [OK] to discard the other channels.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Drag and Drop Color Correction

  1. Open several photos at once with the same lighting characteristics.
  2. On the Layers Palette add an adjustment Layer by clicking on the Adjustment Layer icon.
  3. Choose Curves.
  4. Make the necessary adjustment on the shadows, midtones and highlights.
  5. Click [OK] to confirm the adjustments.
  6. Drag the Adjustment Layer to the other image to apply the same corrections.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Adjusting Flesh Tone

  1. Open photo.
  2. Press [L] to select the Lasso Tool.
  3. Select all the flesh tone area of the image.
  4. Go to Image>Adjustment>Hue/Saturation
  5. Select Red from the drop down menu of the dialog.
  6. Adjust Saturation slider.
  7. Click [OK] to confirm adjustment.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Configuring Photoshop to AdobeRGB Color Space

  1. Go to Edit>Color Settings.
  2. From the Color Settings dialog. Choose North America Prepress 2 from the Settings drop down box. This will automatically select the color space to AdobeRGB.
  3. Click [OK].

Automatic Resizing and Saving

  1. Go to File> Scripts> Image Processor.
  2. Choose image folder for resizing.
  3. Enter values on the Image Processor dialog.