Master ExifTool Basics with Practical ExifTool

digiKam, darktable, RawTherapee, and other open source photo management applications allow you to read and tweak metadata, but it’s fair to say that none of them can compete with ExifTool in terms of sheer power, flexibility, and speed. So if you want to make the photo management process more efficient, ExifTool is right up your alley.

This is the ebook I wish I had when I started using ExifTool. To master this immensely powerful tool for reading and manipulating photographic metadata, I perused the official documentation and studied real-world ExifTool usage examples. I wrote my own ExifTool-based shell scripts that are now an integral part of my photographic workflow.

Practical ExifTool is the result of my extensive research and practical experience I accumulated using ExifTool. The purpose of the ebook is to provide a straight-to-the-point introduction to ExifTool usage and demonstrate how this utility can be used for common tasks involving manipulating photographic metadata. The ebook introduces and explains commands that can be used to organize photos based on their metadata, geotag photos, extract and analyze useful photographic data, and much more.

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The Photographer’s Introduction to Color, from Color Space to Monitor Calibration

If you’re a photographer today, you’re probably sharing your photos everywhere from Facebook to Flickr. Your photos are being seen on every device possible: iPhones, Samsung Galaxys, crappy Dell office monitors, and Mac Retina Displays. Each online service, each device, even each web browser handles color differently. If you’re putting your photos up online, you really need to think about how you output files for the web. If you accidentally save to the wrong color space, you can really change people’s perception of your photos.

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5 Great Film Cameras Under $100

Originally posted on Casual Photophile:

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These days, film cameras are a dime a dozen, and while they may not be as alluring as the newest mirror-less marvel from Sony, they’re definitely worth owning. Not convinced? Well if their natural full-frame quality, bulletproof construction, and undeniable hipster cachet hasn’t won you over, consider the fact that just a few decades ago these machines were being used by every single professional photographer and photojournalist in the world to capture everything from product photos to war-zones, portraits to moon landings. Yes, film cameras have been to the moon. And you haven’t. Show some respect.

What’s the downside? There are too many. In less than ten minutes shopping online, a would-be film shooter can come away with an astounding number of pro-spec options. With this many machines to choose from, selecting the right camera can be pretty overwhelming. I think that’s why it’s one of the questions that most…

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What is Reciprocity Failure and How to Correct It

You all probably have a good grip on exposure by now, and how it is an interplay of aperture and shutter speed used to control the amount of light that hits the film. In case you don’t, or rather for the sake of refreshing our memories, aperture is basically how much the lens opens to let the light in and is measured in f-stops, and shutter speed controls the amount of time the film is exposed for, and thus is measured in seconds.

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Making digiKam Stable on Ubuntu 14.04

If digiKam crashes a lot on your machine running Ubuntu 14.04 or any of its derivatives, the most likely culprit is a bug in the SQLite database version 3.8.2 (see bug 329697). Fortunately, this problem is easy to fix: you need to install newer libsqlite3-0 and sqlite3 packages manually from the Utopic Unicorn repositories. To do this, download both packages (choose the i386 or amd64 version depending on your platform), then install them using the following commands (replace xxx with the appropriate architecture, i.e., i386 or amd64):

sudo dpkg -i libsqlite3-0_3.8.6-1_xxx.deb
sudo dpkg -i sqlite3_3.8.6-1_xxx.deb

Note that you need to install the libsqlite3-0_3.8.6-1_xxx.deb package first. That’s all there is to it.

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Little Mejiro Book 1.1.0 Released

The first update of the Little Mejiro Book features the amended Install Mejiro and Tips and Tricks sections along with the new Mejiro Alternatives section.


The updated version of the ebook can be downloaded as described in the Book Updates section.

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The difference between photography and most other art forms

Originally posted on Ming Thein | Photographer:

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A study of red drapes

I’ve struggled a bit for a title to today’s essay. Through the course of my investigation into other forms of art – perhaps investigation is a bit too strong a word; meandering or exploration is probably closer – I’ve noticed that photography stands apart for two reasons: perception, and origin. They’re really one and the same if you dig a bit deeper, and this also applies to a lesser extent to its derivatives – film/ video, mixed media etc. I suspect I may open a can of worms with this piece, but I’m also hoping it’s going to provoke some interesting discussion below the line in the manner of some of the classic posts of old…

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