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Geotagging in Antarctica, Patagonia, Rwanda and Tanzania with PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900

March 10th, 2012 |  by No comments

GPS photo tagging, also known as geotagging, is the process of embedding a digital photo with latitude, longitude and even altitude data.  I like gadgets and for the past several years I have been searching for an inexpensive but accurate way of geotagging my images. I am a Canon user and while there are many devices for Nikon cameras there are relatively few for Canon.  Ironically the iPhone does a great job.
My search for a device that would work with all my Canon Cameras became more imperative because I was writing a book on Lightroom 4 and it was clear during development that LR4 was going to include a Map Module. I called my friends at B&H on a regular basis and kept asking what do you have for GPS and Canon? I further complicated my request because I wanted to be able to work with Raw files. Finally just before I went to Antarctica in December, my good friend Gabe found me a device to try. The GistePhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 is an inexpensive $49.95 device which works. The Skytrag GPS chipset allows you to precisely record and review your trip. I used the device extensively in Antarctica and then again in February 2012 in Rwanda and Tanzania.

When my device arrived I was totally psyched until I tried to use the software that comes with the device which is nothing less than atrocious. The Gisteq PhotoTracr application required all kinds of finagling to get it to work on Lion Mac 10.7.3 Lion and even after getting it to work the software was tough to figure out and is really suitable for jpegs and not for tagging raw files. I was ready to give up and then discovered an awesome piece of software called myTracks from the Apple Application store. My Tracks was a dream and I was able to geotag my images and export a track log which I was able to import into Lightroom 4 and fully take advantage of the Map Module.

PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900

 

Nancy Leigh photographed me in a cravasse in Patagonia with the PhotoTrackr Mini hanging recording GPS

 

Using the PhotoTrackr mini in Rwanda

 

MyTracks is an awesome application. Here we have a track from the gorillas in Rwanda showing the altitudes during each shot on our hike in the rain forest.

 

The track log is easily imported into Lightroom 4

 

 

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The new NEC MultiSync PA301W 30″ widescreen ROCKS

March 19th, 2011 |  by No comments

The new NEC MultiSync PA301W 30″ widescreen ROCKS. I have been using 2 30″ Apple Cinema Displays in my office for quite sometime and just replaced them with 2 30″ NEC Displays. This monitor blows the doors off of the 30″ Apple  Cinema Display. This monitor sets a new standard for color critical performance. If you’re a photographer, or designer this monitor must become part of your repertoire.

The new NEC MultiSync PA301W 30" widescreen ROCKS

The 30?, widescreen LCD display with a 2560×1600 resolution  is ready to go right out of the box, as it’s set up and even calibrated at the factory before being sent out. Other features include a USB hub and a KVM built-in for those of you who run multiple machines or like to switch between your laptop and desktop. It also has the same picture-in-picture features and the capability to calibrate the monitor without a computer set up. You can also use an X-Rite i1Pro with SpectraView Software which produced spectacular results on my two monitors. This monitor has one of the widest gamuts I have seen in a monitor. Below I compared the profile from the 30 ” Cinema Display to the NEC MultiSync PA301W and there is a major difference with the NEC clearly superior.

30"Profiles showing gamut of Apple Cinema Display and The new NEC MultiSync PA301W 30" widescreen

Features include 350cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, dual DisplayPort, dual DVI-D input, built-in USB hub (2 up, 3 down), and 178/178 degrees viewing angle.

Using The MultiProfiler Software enables you to change between multiple profiles on the fly. This is fully customizable and allows you to have profiles set up for specific areas of your business—such as print, Web, animation and video, and photography profiles—and switch to see how something will look in print as opposed to the Web, etc. This is a huge timesaver and a great workflow asset. 

The NEC PA301W really is a new standard for those seeking color critical performance in a monitor.

Best of all if you buy one through the D65 Storefront through B&H and then send an email to info@d65.com with the details we will send you a $75.00 rebate coupon.
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Discount for onONe Software – Perfect Photo Suite 5.5

December 24th, 2010 |  by Comments off

Right around the time of PhotoPlus, onOne Software released Perfect Photo Suite 5.5   I have been more than impressed with this software and have incorporated it into my own workflow as well as our D65 workflow.  The Plug-in Suite 5 contains Mask Pro 4, PhotoTune 3, FocalPoint 2, PhotoFrame 4.5, PhotoTools 2.5 and Perfect Resize which was previously Genuine Fractals. The Plug-in package works with Photoshop and Lightroom or as a standalone application. Starting in January I will be doing a monthly webinar with onOne. We are offering a special 15% discount which can be used at the onOne Store. For details go the D65 store

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Back from Canon Expo

September 7th, 2010 |  by Comments off

I am back from presenting at the Canon Expo which ran August 31 to September 3, at the Javits Center in NY. Personally I was working with a wonderful designer named Cat Nastasoiu. We would come up with a concept for an ad and then execute the concept and output the whole thing in about 10 minutes. There was lots of new technology although most of it has not been incorporated into a product and no details about future products were available. Still it was truly enlightening to have a peak at the future. For me one of the coolest things that I saw was a prototype LCD monitors with an 8-megapixel display, or roughly 4x HD. This Ultra-High-Definition 8-Megapixel display blew me away. I was able to read small Photoshop type from 10 feet away. I can’t wait for the day when two of these are on my desktop.  Below are some of my shots for one of our ads on one of the new screens.Other things that I saw were a Multipurpose Camera which resembled something like a futuristic Hasselblad which Canon also called a 4K camera. The design includes an integrated 7-140mm, 20x optical zoom lens with maximum apertures of f/1.8 to f/3.8. The lens drive system is a new design that is electronically controlled. The Canon Multipurpose Camera’s 2/3-inch, 8-megapixel CMOS sensor shoots video at more than 60 frames per second at a resolution that’s four times greater than HD. That’s 4,000 lines of resolution, or 4,096 pixels wide.

I also saw a 300mm wafer-size CMOS sensor with 600um pixels, which is able to capture a 1-megapixel image. The extreme sensitivity allows the sensor to capture clear human facial expressions in light measuring only 1 lux, a light level where the naked eye would only see faint movement of shadows, according to Canon. The Ultra High-sensitivity CMOS sensor is currently used in a telescope in Japan.

I was intrigued by a  Ultra High-Resolution Panorama Camera’s with a 120-megapixel sensor roughly the size of Canon’s current APS-H chip, as used in the EOS-1D Mark IV.Canon also said that the 120-megapixel sensor was comparable to the number of optic nerves in the human eye, which is about 130 million. The sensor can output 1.4 frames per second with a 2.52 Gbps data rate. It can also output Full HD video at 60 fps from a designated area on the sens

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Wow Canon announces 120mp APS-H Sensor

August 24th, 2010 |  by Comments off

TOKYO, August 24, 2010—Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed an APS-H-size*1 CMOS image sensor that delivers an image resolution of approximately 120 megapixels (13,280 x 9,184 pixels), the world’s highest level*2 of resolution for its size.

Compared with Canon’s highest-resolution commercial CMOS sensor of the same size, comprising approximately 16.1 million pixels, the newly developed sensor features a pixel count that, at approximately 120 million pixels, is nearly 7.5 times larger and offers a 2.4-fold improvement in resolution.*3

With CMOS sensors, while high-speed readout for high pixel counts is achieved through parallel processing, an increase in parallel-processing signal counts can result in such problems as signal delays and minor deviations in timing. By modifying the method employed to control the readout circuit timing, Canon successfully achieved the high-speed readout of sensor signals. As a result, the new CMOS sensor makes possible a maximum output speed of approximately 9.5 frames per second, supporting the continuous shooting of ultra-high-resolution images.

Canon’s newly developed CMOS sensor also incorporates a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video output capability. The sensor can output Full HD video from any approximately one-sixtieth-sized section of its total surface area.

Images captured with Canon’s newly developed approximately 120-megapixel CMOS image sensor, even when cropped or digitally magnified, maintain higher levels of definition and clarity than ever before. Additionally, the sensor enables image confirmation across a wide image area, with Full HD video viewing of a select portion of the overall frame.

Through the further development of CMOS image sensors, Canon will break new ground in the world of image expression, targeting new still images that largely surpass those made possible with film, and video movies that capitalize on the unique merits of SLR cameras, namely their high mobility and the expressive power offered through interchangeable lenses.

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Very Cool Model Release Applications for iPhone

July 7th, 2010 |  by Comments off

I have been playing with several apps for model releases. There are several good ones and they offer some really neat features like being able to generate a release on the fly with a photo of  the model and mail a copy in PDF form to yourself and the model.

Check out iRelease – Pro Model $14.99, mRelease $ 2.99 and Easy Release $9.99

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Totally Cool 500GB LaCie Biometric Drive

June 30th, 2010 |  by Comments off

Ever worry about someone stealing your drive and your data. LaCie is now producing Biometric Drives and they are totally cool. The 500GB Rugged Safe Hard Drive from LaCie is an excellent solution to keep your data safe and secure. The shock-proof design protects your information from accidental falls, while a fingerprint reader provides secure access to up to 10 users. Firewire 800& USB 2.0 Best of all you can get it right here with a discount

buy 500GB Rugged Safe Hard Drive

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