I had a few hours to spare last Sunday evening, so I thought I’d tweak a few things in Photocrumbs. But what started as some minor modifications resulted in an entirely reworked version of the application.
If you take a look at the Photocrumbs demo, you’ll notice that the application now uses a different layout: instead of a continuous stream, all photos are displayed as a thumbnail view. Clicking on a thumbnail shows the related photo in a separate view. While a photo stream layout worked well for publishing a handful of photos, the new approach is better suited for viewing a large photo collection.
The new version of Photocrumbs features a slightly more graceful handling of empty metadata, displaying n/a (as in not available) instead of blanks.
Another, rather minor, change is the new logo. I traced a technical drawing from a Nikkormat FTn repair manual using Inkscape and used the resulting SVG file as the Photocrumbs logo. And I added the ability to show user-defined text right under the logo. I use this feature to display photography-related quotes.
In the previous part of this essay, we discussed how diversification of media and bringing control to the masses changed the face of photography; today we’re going to continue with some thoughts on the current standard-bearer for that camp, and some concluding thoughts on what it means for everybody else.
Today’s photo of a high-rise apartment complex looks like an unfinished railway track, or a ladder, or a concrete stripped-down pagoda. As you may notice, the photo was taken using the Tamron SP 28-80mm f/3.5-4.2 Adaptall 2 lens.
This lens has plenty of shortcomings: it’s relatively heavy and bulky, it exhibits noticeable distortion and vignetting, and it’s not particularly sharp wide open. Yet, I find myself using it more and more often. The focal length range is ideal for my shooting needs, and the lens performs really well from f/5.6 and upwards. As for distortion and vignetting, the former is easy to fix in digiKam, while the latter can be incorporated as an artistic effect.
Airports are known for rules and regulations, a reputation that applies to the runways as well. Almost all airport designs are governed by regulations established by the International Civil Aviation Organization to ensure pilots circling Toledo or Timbuktu remain properly oriented and deliver passengers and cargo safely.
Lauren O’Neil turns those strictures into art, with the help of Google Earth. The Brooklyn-based designer has made a meticulous study of airport runways and logged the results on a Tumblr called Holding Pattern. These views reveal beautiful compositions at airports that are nothing special at ground level.
In the olden days of photography we thought were ready for anything with a few 36-exposure film cassettes in our bags. Now we can capture gigabytes of photos in just a few minutes, without reloading. [...] Over the years I’ve created duplicates by dumping them onto my computer when I was in a hurry, and making backups without rhyme or reason, so I want to hunt down all the duplicates and get rid of them.
The ImageMagick suite of image processing and manipulating commands has been around forever, and lurks in all kinds of places: it is the image-processing backend in Drupal, Lyx, OpenShot, and many more. ImageMagick is über-powerful, and because it is a command-line program you can build clever scripts with it and automate routine tasks. You can flip, mirror, resize, distort, shear, and rotate images; do special effects, edit colors, and draw lines and shapes; create thumbnails, galleries, and proof sheets.
A new version of the digiKam Recipes ebook is available for download. Nothing earth-shattering this time: just a slightly refreshed cover, a few tweaks here and there, and a new appendix containing a list of useful digiKam keyboard shortcuts.
Readers who already purchased the book will receive the new version free of charge. If you haven’t received your copy, please send your order confirmation as proof of purchase to email@example.com, and I’ll email you the download instructions.
There have been a few requests for a printed edition of digiKam Recipes. While it’s possible to turn the ebook into a printed book, this would require some work. So I’d like to gauge the demand before I decide to go ahead with this project. Please spare a moment and participate in the poll below. Thank you!