Episode 128: Beam it up, F-SPOT!

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I was out on a photo walk with a GIMPer from Bremen. One of these shots is post processed in this show. Nothing special, just adjusting the colours with a curve in two different parts of the image. Of course a layer with mask is used to separate the different areas and explained again for the new GIMP users.

The really new information is about uploading images from F-SPOT to 23 and flickr. You have to enable the exporter in the menu Edit/Mange Extensions/Export. 23 is covered by the flickr exporter, they use the same API.

You can find the final image on 23 and flickr, both uploads worked like a charm.

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10 thoughts on “Episode 128: Beam it up, F-SPOT!

  1. If you get a 25MB file, it’s the wrong one (no audio track muxed in). The real one in 33MB. Curse to transparent proxies!

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  3. How do you make those nice mushy effect around the camera? You only show how to increase the lcd screen. I tried blur and smearing but cant get it. It this a special filter or plugin to make the background this mushy? I really like this effect.

  4. That is Bokeh – the advantages of a DSLR and a lens with a wide aperture. This was shot with a 28mm lens wide open with 1/f=1.8. Narrow Depth of Field and nice round blobs.

  5. Sorry, but I dont understand. Maybe I am stupid but this is all geek to me. Please, pretty please, explain it. I need a special camera for this, correct? And what is 28mm, that is somewhat like an inch, right? Do you have to be this near for the effect?

  6. You need a camera with a big (compared to a Point&Shoot) sensor or film and a lens with a large aperture.

    I have done this with a

    Nikon D200 (Sensor APS-C = 18×24 mm)
    28mm focal length lens
    at 1.8 aperture, which is the largest possible with this lens.

    The distance to the LCD was about 50cm. This allows for a Depth of Field of a bit more than 2 cm. Everything before and after that is out of focus. ( http://dofmaster.com )

    To understand this, I would suggest reading up on the basics of photography. Either in a book or online. Wkipedia has some nice stuff, but I am sure there are a lot more sources. It is a lot to fully grasp, but can be done in little steps.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depth_of_field
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shallow_focus
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aperture

    … and follow the links.

  7. Ouch, my poor head. How should I keep all of this in? My mother tongue is not english, it is hungarian and our local wikipedia is a little behind.
    I read about your camera. Its expensive. And huge! Your lcd is larger then my whole camera! No wonder it can do such photos! I have a kodak z1485. It makes good photos but doesnt come near this. It has several programs for night photos, but I cant say what is background and what is not, it selects itself.

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