My thoughts and explorations of all things related to photography
Some of you may be familiar with Trey Ratcliff of the Stuck in Customs fame. Those who remember the old website are probably familiar with his dedication to HDR imagery. Well, he has now teamed up with a company named Macphun to collaborate on the development of Aurora HDR app for the Mac.
Note that if you have already upgraded to Sierra as I have, then Aurora HDR will not work for you. I have partially tested the current version on El Capitan and it's a very capable HDR app. I've been assured by the company that the new version will indeed be compatible. If you haven't upgraded your macOS, take a look at their current HDR app and give it a try to see if it suits your needs.
According to Macphun, "Aurora HDR 2017 promises to be the HDR photo solution, chock full of new tools and capabilities. As a one-stop tool kit for casual and pro photographers alike, its versatile interface features a faster, more powerful, feature-rich and satisfying experience than any other photography software or combination of tools. Perfect for single shots or multiple-exposure brackets, Aurora HDR 2017 gives you the ultimate freedom to create".
I'm looking forward to getting a copy of the software when it's released on September 29 to do a full review.
I have packaged the latest McGimp and GIMP 2.9.5 (corresponding to 2.9.4 with the latest git pull). All versions are available. For the Mac, we have McGimp and McGimp-cc, the color corrected version based on Elle Stone's fork of the standard git repository. To understand the many differences between the standard GIMP build and the color corrected version, please read Elle Stone's highly informative article. It is strongly recommended that you have more than a passing familiarity with color profiles.
G'MIC has been updated to pre-release 1.7.5. David has been busy updating the plugin. The preview is no longer static, though you cannot enlarge the embedded preview image.
Two bugs were reported.
One dealt with certain JP2 images not rendering correctly. This has to do with a bug in the JasPer library used to render JP2000 images. This has now been fixed.
The second bug dealt with certain JPEGs not rendering correctly. This bug has to do with the Exiv2 library used to render the metadata embedded within the JPEG. This has now been fixed.
Please email me if you still experience these bugs.
I have modified the Nik Collection HDR Efex Pro 2 interface so that one can create genuine high dynamic range (HDR) images with GIMP. You will need to load all your TIFF images as layers for this to work. Once all the images are opened in GIMP, go to Filters > Nik Collection > HDR Efex Pro 2. This will launch the app and start to create your HDR image. Follow the process to create an HDR image. If you are not fully familiar with how to do this, then this website will be very helpful. Create your HDR image and then save. Once you do that, the HDR image will be opened as another layer in your image stack.
Please watch the video to see how this done.
I have added another plugin that allows you to stich large panoramas from within GIMP. To do this you will need to get the free Panorama Stitcher from the App Store on your Mac and install it in your Applications folder.
It is important to remember that the images need to be loaded as layers. Once done, start the panorama stitcher from the filters menu, and you are good to go. Once the panorama is created, you must save the file in the default location (your Documents folder) and close the stitcher. The panorama will now open in a separate window for further editing.
Please watch the video.
On Windows, please download and install the capable panorama stitcher available free of charge from Microsoft. Install it in its default location C:\Program Files\Microsoft Research\Image Composite Editor. Once installed, you'll be able to use the panorama stitcher on Windows.
Remember that the images need to be loaded as layers. Then, start the panorama stitcher from the filters menu, and you are good to go. Once the panorama is created, you must save the file in the default location (your Documents folder) and close the stitcher. The panorama will now open in a separate window for further editing.
Please watch the video.
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Important: Uninstall previous builds from the target installation location. Installation has been streamlined as much as possible.
Download and double-click on the installer and follow the instructions on your screen. Your computer may ask you to provide your administrative password. This is normal while installing software on the target computer. The software will be installed in the Program Files folder if you select the default settings. Also, it will create necessary files and $PROGRAMDATA folders.
The portable versions do not require any particular installation instructions. Simply double-click on the executable and unzip it to your desired location. The portable versions are self-contained and do not interact with your system or any existing GIMP installations.
Remove all references to GIMP from the registry and then use Windows to associate this version with your desired image formats.
These versions are compatible with Lion and above. Simply unzip the version you prefer and drag it to you Applications folder.
My builds are based on source code from the respective developers. Some modifications have been made to make the code compatible with Windows. These builds are compiled using GCC 5.3.0 available from the great folks at MinGW. I have received reports that some virus checkers are triggered by my builds. There is not much that can be done with these reports. They are false positives that you will have to take up with your virus checker software company. Please read this interesting article on how frustrating these reports can be.