Tag: post processing

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More pictures and some thoughts on post processing and future blog entries

The comparison of noise reduction algorithms in X3F Tools and SPP 6.3 (part 1 and 2) helped me understand how great the additional potential in Foveon images that can be released with relatively easy post-processing actually is. Currently, I’m testing a number of editing steps (noise reduction and sharpening) which I’ve come across in the ...

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Fascinating: experimental algorithm removes reflections and distracting elements in the image foreground

Even though there are ways and means to remove annoying reflections in photos that have been taken through glass (e.g. with a polarisation filter), there is nothing wrong with having the possibility to get rid of them later on with a fully automatic image editing algorithm. The software filter, which is being developed by a ...

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SPP 6.3 vs. X3F Tools (Kalpanika): coloured vignetting and noise performance

Yesterday I uploaded a couple of photos which I had taken with the DP2 Quattro as X3Fs, then converted into the DNG format with X3F Tools (Kalpanika), and edited in Lightroom 5.7. Most of these photos are nothing out of the ordinary, but in two shots, taken only seconds apart, it is possible to see ...

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New photos taken with the DP2 and more insights into the Kalpanika alias X3F Tools

If you have never heard about Kalpanika, aka the X3F Tools, then you should have a go at this blog entry. In short, it is a X3F to DNG converter with excellent noise reduction, but at the moment there is still a long row to hoe. One of the current issues is the “Italian Flag” ...

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X3F Tools: a cumbersome but very effective X3F-to-DNG converter

The X3F-to-DNG converter which was developed under the codename “Kalpanika” has now been released as “X3F Tools 0.53”. As far as I understood it, it was originally planned to make Kalpanika into a full-fledged RAW converter. This task was now abandoned as, according to the four-men-strong programming-team, there was no way to get rich with ...

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A three-minute-long video shows the restoration and coloration of a badly damaged photo

Almost two years ago I wrote about the ColorizedHistory Community on Reddit, whose 85,000 members have devoted themselves to colourising historic black-and-white photographs. In order to give anyone who might be curious an idea of how much work is involved in this, I included a video tutorial by Mads Madsen, who was one of the ...

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Lightroom 6 and the GPU deceleration

When I updated from Lightroom 3.5 to 5.6 at the start of last year, I noticed after just a few photos that the new version is running more slowly on my PC. In fact, a new version of an image editing software should be optimized and perform better than the old one. At least, if ...

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Optimizing color processing in SPP

In the past few days I have tried to further optimize my SPP 6.2 color processing workflow, I introduced in this blog entry. What I particularly like about those settings is that they deliver reproducible results for photos taken in sunny conditions, cloudy skies and light shadows and that the colors appear very vibrant. In ...

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New SPP 6.2 insights and many cat photos

As I’ve discovered recently SPP 5.5.3 is much faster than newer versions at processing Merrill X3Fs, but I find myself missing SPP6’s “color square”. IMO the older version has one additional advantage: its color rendition in regard to Merrill Foveon output is much better. When applying small color corrections, however, there is no way around ...

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Photos from the previous Photo Tour with the DP2Q

Once again, I was out taking pictures with the Quattro – this time in very soft and flat light. On the whole, I am happy with the results. Slowly, it dawns on me how exactly I need to edit pictures taken under a cloudy sky. For me, the difficulty so far was to correctly adjust ...