Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 26/09/2012

Carry on Mandrill*

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Typical, why is it you can never find something when you’re looking for it? No, I’ve not lost my keys, or the TV remote – I’m trying to find a series of photos I’ve taken this year, which I know limits it a little Dear Reader (there are currently over 31,000 photos in the 2012 folder on my file server and I still have August and September to upload from my laptop!), repeated scenes where one or more object in the picture isn’t quite right. I know I have them… lots of them.. but I’ll be darned if I can find them. There is a reason why I’m so keen to find these photos, I downloaded a trial version of Adobe’s latest offering of it’s entry level photo editing software, Photoshop Elements which is now up to version 11. Browsing round the software I noticed that the component I now use to create the multi-image panoramas, Photomerge, has moved from under the File menu where it was located in Elements v9 to one of the more central menu options (Enhance I think) – I normally don’t take much notice of what other options are available under Photomerge so I was rather taken when I saw a number of applets, such as Scene Cleaner, Exposure, Faces and Group Shot amongst others. Intrigued, I started to read about Scene Cleaner – it’s a tool I’ve been looking for for a while, one that can eradicate unwanted items in a number if similar photos ie a car moving through a photo, or people (there has to be a ‘before’ and ‘after’ for the software to compare to be able to remove the selection). It’s very impressive stuff and very easy to use… and amazingly it appears this and the other applets mentioned were always available in the software installed on my laptop!

More details are emerging about the mega Megapixel that Canon might announce next week, one point in particular caught my attention, even though there has been a dramatic increase in the number of pixels, the real emphasis in developing the new sensor has been to greatly increase the dynamic range – the one major disadvantage of digital over film. There will, of course, be one major drawback… yep, I’m guessing the new camera won’t be priced for mere mortals or even those who inhabit Mount Olympus.. actually especially those at Mount Olympus, or Mount Nikon or Mount Fuji!

* “Oooh no, stop messing about”


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