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Create Embeddable Maps with digiKam and uMap

The Map view in digiKam is handy for displaying photos on a map directly in the application. But what if you want to create a shareable and embeddable map with pins that mark all places where you took photos? A simple Bash

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Brutalist Copenhagen Teaser

If you think that finding brutalist architecture in Copenhagen is as realistic as stumbling upon an ice-cream truck in the middle of a desert, you are in for a pleasant surprise. The capital of Denmark is home to at least

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Mejiro Update: Responsive and Improved

Up until now, Mejiro sort of worked on mobile devices. But sort of is, of course, not good enough. So after some hacking and tweaking, I’ve managed to rework Mejiro into a fully-responsive application using example code in the excellent Responsive Image

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Kusakabe Kimbei’s Photos of 19th Century Japan

The archives of the New York Public Library hold a hundred or so color photographs by Kusakabe Kimbei that offer a fascinating look at 19th century Japan. From serene landscapes and scenes of everyday life, to cityscapes and landmarks recognizable even today

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Simple Photo Hack: Use a Vintage Optical Viewfinder with a Mirrorless Camera

Despite its age and budget status, my trusty SONY NEX-3N still serves me well. But the lack of an optical viewfinder (OVF) hasn’t become any less annoying with time. Although the camera has a decent display, it becomes pretty much unusable on

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digiKam Explained: Chroma Subsampling

When configuring saving settings for the JPEG format in the Saving Images section of the Configure digiKam window, you can choose between medium and high chroma subsampling, or disable it altogether. But what is chroma subsampling and what does it do? As

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digiKam Recipes 4.9.9 Released

A new release of digiKam Recipes is ready for your reading pleasure. This version adds two new recipes: Chroma Subsampling Explained (tucked under Configure digiKam) and Create Embeddable Maps with digiKam and uMap. That’s all there is to it this time around. Readers who already purchased the

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