Saturday, January 27, 2007

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Autoblend fix


Adobe recently made Photoshop CS3 beta version available for Mac and Win to CS2 customers.

The new release has tons of new functions but there's one unexpectedly useful for the panoramic photography community: autoblending.

Autoblending is extremely precise and much faster than the older blenders we are used to.

Panography guru Hans Nyberg has compared CS3 autoblend against the most commonly used belnders: enblend, smartblend and PTGUI. The results are amazing and CS3 wins easily in terms of speed and quality of seams.

Unfortunately there is a limitation in the use of CS3 for panoramas. It doesn't blend over the 360 degree wrap. After a month of proposed complicate solutions for an easy problem, this minor lack of function can be solved with a 3 step method:

1. Save two equirectangular layered panoramas, the first as it is and the second with a 180° offset
2. Autoblend the two panoramas in CS3
3. De-offset the second panorama in CS3 and merge the perfectly blended sides on top of the first panorama

Thursday, January 25, 2007

DxO Optics Pro v4.1 Supports Nikon D40 and 11 new lenses

DxO Labs announced that DxO Optics Pro v4.1 now supports the popular new Nikon D40 compact digital-SLR camera. The company further announces the addition of 11 new DxO Lens Modules bringing the total number of lens correction modules available to DxO Optics Pro v4.1 users to more than 450. DxO Optics Pro is the award-winning digital image enhancement tool incorporating revolutionary optics, noise and exposure corrections in an easy-to-use, feature rich application for Mac and PC users.

DxO Optics Pro v4.1 offers an initial selection of the most popular lenses for the Nikon D40 including the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II kit lens, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55- 200mm f/4-5.6G ED and the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D.

DxO Labs has added another eight DxO Lens Modules to its offering: the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18- 135 mm f/3.5-5.6 ED-IF for the Nikon D2X/D2Xs; the AF Zoom Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR, AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF and AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED for the Nikon D80; the Canon EF16-35 f/2.8 L USM and Canon EF55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM for the Canon EOS 400D; and the Sony Zoom DT 18-200mm f/3.5 6.3 for the Sony Alpha.

Here is a list of camera-lens combinations supported by v4.1

Sunday, January 21, 2007

New smartblend beta version: 1.2.4b

A new beta version of the popular blender is available at smartblend home.

Version 1.2.4b has improved memory management and it's faster. Increased speed is significant and stability is very good.

At the same time Michael Norel released a new tutorial on color processing by smartblend.

The last official release of smartblend is still version 1.2.2

Friday, July 14, 2006

Calico Panorama - 1.2b12

Calico is an automatic multi-row panorama stitcher created with ease of use in mind. Unlike many other stitching programs, Calico does not limit you to a single row of images or a 3x3 mosaic. With Calico, you can shoot several rows of images or a single row. It's your choice.

Calico's features include:
  • Calico is a Universal binary!
  • Supports multi-row panoramas
  • Includes exposure correction option
  • Color profile and camera information transferred from first image to stitched panorama
  • Can create full 360x180º panoramas
  • Improved 16 bit support
Download it from Kekus


Thursday, June 29, 2006

New PTMac version 4.1b8

PTMac is a front end for creating panoramas using the powerful Panorama Tools package. The user is taken through the panorama creation process one step at a time with a logical interface. Using PTMac, the user has total control over the process giving the most accurate results available. Users can make 360 x 180 degree panoramas, cylindrical and rectilinear panoramas from nearly any lens type including fisheye. Panoramas can be created from single or multiple rows of images. Supported input image formats include TIFF, PICT, JPEG and PNG. The finished panorama can be saved in any of the input file types plus Quicktime cylindrical and cubic, multi layer Photoshop (one layer per input image) for easy editing in Photoshop and multi-image masked TIFF for editing in MacGimp. Color and brightness differences between the images can be automatically minimized with the check of a box as well as lens distortions common in wide angle lenses. Quicktime cubic and cylindrical panoramas can also be created with PTMac.

What's new in version 4.1b8:
  • Panorama editor movement is now accurate and the image will be located to where you drag it.
  • Tabbing between the fields in the numerical transform window is enabled.
  • The yaw and pitch of of the mouse is displayed when the mouse is over the panorama in the panorama editor window.
  • A "Do not display optimizer results" checkbox is included in Preferences > Automatic optimizer. Checking this box hides the reporting of the optimizer results. Use this option if you are confident of your optimization results.
  • If you cancel the optimizer results the lens and image position settings will not be updated to the cancelled settings.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Bibble updated to 4.8

Bibble Labs, Inc. today announces the general availability of Bibble Pro and Bibble Lite Upgrade 4.8. New features in this release include a redesigned and more powerful Lens Correction tool enabling correction of barrel and pin-cushion distortion, as well as chromatic aberration and vignetting.

Bibble was one of the first RAW Workflow tools to offer a native Intel Mac package, and now 4.8 is available as a Mac Universal Binary. Further optimization for Intel Mac’s results in even faster conversion times for these platforms, and better memory management offers performance enhancements to Windows, Mac, and Linux users.

Friday, June 23, 2006

World Wide Panorama Summer Equinox: 20-25 June 2006

The world most famous panoramic photography event is on these days with a new theme: Gardens.
The previous nine events have created a showcase of VR photography, with 2005 panoramas by 633 photographers from 73 countries. The World Wide Panorama represents everyone in the VR community, from first-timers to professional photographers.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Photomatix Pro for Windows 2.2.4

Photomatix is a post-production software that blends images of the same scene taken under multiple exposures. The result is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image that you can display on monitors or printers while preserving the details of the original scene in highlights and shadows.
Photomatix combines any number of bracketed shots automatically. The computed image is created as a new document, making it easy to compare the result with the original images or with the result obtained using another computation method. Additionally, you can use the Photomatix comparison feature that displays the histograms of two images on the same panel.
Photomatix Pro offers six different methods to blend exposures, all of them based on a different algorithm.

What's new in this version:
  • New Tone Mapping setting that smoothes out microcontrast enhancements. This has for effect of reducing Low Magnitude Noise (noise in the sky for instance).
  • Option for removing HDR image after Tone Mapping in Batch Processing.
  • Algorithm of "Generate HDR" has been improved. Improvements include a better handling of noisy LDR source images for instance.
  • HDR image created contains absolute values when exposure information (Shutter, Aperture and ISO) is available in source images.
  • Bug fixed: Combining 16-bit images with "H&S Adjust" should now correctly take into account the Blending Point setting.
  • Bug fixed: output bit-depth default is not reset anymore when OK clicked on Default Options without changes to output bit-depth.
  • Bug fixed: When the width or height are not a multiple of 4, rotation function should now work correctly
  • Bug fixed: When image is 16-bit, brightness value in "Brightness & Contrast" should now be correctly taken into account.
You can download it from: http://www.hdrsoft.com/download/download20win.php

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