Automatic Image Optimization: Part 2, Available Light

This picture I took just a couple of weeks ago. It shows the Congress Center in Davos where the World Economic Forum will take place next week. Hopefully this is suitable for testing on available-light-shots. With this lighting, we have to be aware of complementary colors (deep blue sky and yellow lights) as well as …

Automatic Image Optimization: Part 1, Sunlight

This photo from Ljubljana, Slovenia was chosen to represent the average outdoor scenery with sunlight during the daytime. I shot this late spring 2006 and manually optimized colors, contrast, shadows and highlights. The result is shown above. This file originally was saved in "Adobe-RGB" colors, but when I mistakenly used the Windows Explorer to rotate …

Automatic Image Optimization: Introduction

When I return from a photo-shooting I usually find myself with a giant pile of digital pictures to populate the harddisk. So the first step will obviously be to view the pictures and throw away the odds. If you want nothing but the best you'll use Photoshop to fine-tune the data next. But I can …

Blow-up: Image resizing software test

Though digital cameras become better and are equipped with higher resolution sensors every other day, from time to time we reach the point where our digital image file is just not big enough for our purpose. We urgently need this file printed in, let's say 70x100cm, but the original resolution would then be less than …

Updated: Security issue: Update your Adobe (Acrobat) Reader!

As the german newssite Tagesschau.de reports, there is a possible security problem with the browser plug-in of the Adobe Reader 7.x. Looks like certain PDF documents can transport invisible yet malicious Javascript. There is a description on "Heise online" as well (read it in german or english). Luckily the Mac-version seems not to be affected. …

Firmware update for Canon digital SLR’s

As Digitalkamera.de announces, Canon released several firmware updates for their high-end digital cameras, the EOS 1D Mark II (version 1.2.6), the EOS 1D Mark IIn (version 1.1.2) and the EOS 1Ds Mark II (version 1.1.6). The update enables the use of compact-flash-cards with more than 8GB of storage capacity and adresses an issue with the use …

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta released

Adobe today released a public beta version of their Photoshop CS3 software. It is available from the Adobe Labs Homepage both for Windows and Mac. You'll have to register in order to download the 650MB file to your harddisk. The Beta will run after entering a valid CS2 serial number into the startup-screen. Otherwise you …

Converting to Black&White

I just read an interesting article in the swiss-german magazine "Photographie" about converting color-pictures into black&white ones using Adobe Photoshop. Obviously we all know the integrated routine "mode/greyscale" is not quite what we want. So there are a couple other ways to get rid of those over-saturated colors our digital cameras provide us with. If …