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50% gray. The area around your image is a light source (either emitted, or reflected). If the surrounding area is white, your iris will close slightly to accommodate the excess light. Your will perceive the image as darker than it actually is because your iris is a little too closed. If the surrounding area is black, your iris will open up slightly to ...


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Give a try to Piwigo : this is an open source photo gallery software. It includes many features such as hierarchical albums, tags, search, browse by date or in a map, EXIF/IPTC support, additional features with 150+ plugins, change appearance with themes... A few examples made with Piwigo: Sébastien Tarrajat animals and landscapes Audrey & Julien - ...


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My favorites are ProPhoto and RawFolio. Both of these are going to cost you money up front and both of them have self hosting options. They even have the option to install the software for you if you decide that is the path you want to follow. You will find that the ProPhoto blog is used across the photography industry. It is hard not to run into this ...


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The most important are the ones that are needed to help the decision at hand. This will depends on the context and who looking at images. For everyone: Date & Time - Are probably most important. They are often different than the file-data since that may reflect when the files were copied, shared, sent, edited, etc. To look for a photo of an event or ...


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I recommend Flickr. You can even choose Creative Commons licenses to assign to photos based on what licensing rights you want to permit.


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This may not be what you're looking for, but I learned most of what I know about matting and framing (and I do a lot of matting and framing as part of my photography business... The 'carpentry' as well as the 'artistic' parts) by attending a few classes at the art supply store in my town. I think I took 3 or 4 of them, and they may have cost me $20 each plus ...


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I'd say they technically black would be the best as it adds no extra light to the photos, however if the poster is coming from an inkjet printer this can make large areas of black look like a murky dark green. In this case I'd stick with white or grey. The key is to be neutral so that the colour balance of the images is not thrown off by the eye accounting ...


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I never found a definitive answer to that because I don't think there is one, as long as it's not a colored background. When displaying on a monitor: Lightroom, for example, presents you with a neutral gray interface and lets you choose between different level of gray. Flickr default photosteam is on a white background, but their full-screen slideshow is ...


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As of March 2012 nothing like this exists in the color e-ink picture frame market. The Mirasol display made by Qualcomm is the only color e-ink display that I have heard of. I suppose one could try to tap into that reader to turn it into a picture frame style display, but from what I can tell they do not offer it prepackaged that way. The original question ...


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None exist currently. There is one or two chinese made e-readers that have "photo frame" capabilities, (the kindle has this as well, but it is a hidden feature), but these are all limited to displaying the images in grayscale. Color e-ink photoframes are pure speculation at this point. If you are the DIY person, you could conceivably find one that is ...


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The formula you're asking for is x = (fl * d) / s Where s is the diagonal size of the image sensor — 43.3mm for a full frame sensor. However, for a 12" x 8" landscape print from a 24mm lens, your viewing distance works out to be about 8 inches — not exactly comfortable — and that's if  your eyes can actually focus properly. A picture being flat ...


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Well... except for the non-Mac requirement, I think the answer is iMovie :) There are a few alternatives, some free and some not: Paid: These are probably both going to give you more control over the details, but you pay for that extra control. Pro Show Pinnacle Studio Free: If you just need a simple slideshow, with basic transitions and music, these ...


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VersaTile is getting ready to fundraising for an eInk Digital Picture frame on Kickstarter (you can follow the updates from @getversatile on Twitter ). I think that color eink technology (and black and white, for that matter) is finally to the point where you could conceivably make one of these frames work--200dpi is higher than the retina display on an ipad ...


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I think this is very much a matter of style. Combined with the right complimentary design, you can present photos with light or dark backgrounds. You may even be able to use a colored background if it properly compliments the tone of the photos themselves. If you have a very widely varying set of color and tone in your photos, you might want to stick with ...


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If I'm reading your question correctly you're asking more about the photo processing part of the problem (i.e. how to level out the differences in light, style, etc.) than the slideshow part (what software to use). If that's the case I have a couple of suggestions that require very little in terms of software and know-how: Picasa has a handy "I'm Feeling ...


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The viewing distance of an image is based on two factors; first is the diagonal image size and second are the pixels per inch required at that distance to give a sharp image. Firstly the rough rule of thumb is that the viewing distance should be 1.5 to 2 times the diagonal length. This will give you an optimal viewing distance for the overall printed size ...


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First, let me start by saying I am not a lawyer and for questions of legality you should really talk to a lawyer, however I will attempt to answer this from my personal understanding of how I believe the law applies. You don't need a copyright for the music, you need rights to use the music. Copyright is held by the creator of copyrighted work. If the ...


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I use Lineco Self Adhesive Mounting Strips. The advantage of these is that the photo is not mounted physically at all to the mat. This takes into account the different rates of expansion (due to humidity changes) that the photo and the mat have, the photo will never buckle since it floats on the back of the mat. Plus it is super easy and cheap also!


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It's mid-tone grey. That is why photo software aimed at professionals such as Lightroom use a grey background. This has been used for over a decade with video edition software as well, long before Lightroom, Aperture and Bibble Pro were created. Someone suggested to look at publications but they have other concerns that just displaying photos and therefore ...


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CES 2012 brought some good news here. Kyobo Mirasol is an Android-based device with a 5.7" Qualcomm's Mirasol e-paper screen. A review finds it very demanding on viewing angle though. Ectacto jetBook Color Deluxe, an e-reader with 9" color e-ink display, won the innovation award of CES 2012. The software is proprietary, but according to manufacturer, it ...


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These are all relative, idiosyncratic, aesthetic judgments. What are the characteristics of beauty? You can say that beauty's organization seems unified and that beauty imparts a feeling of transcendence. How to achieve that? Have you looked after books on design, say, home design, books about how to dress or what to wear? There, you'll find examples of ...


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Certainly these: Focal length Aperture (F number) Shutter speed ISO/Film Flash Nice to have: Camera model date & time Geo location


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Typically you do want to use some type of archival quality tape. The adhesive in it will not damage what you are working with, and it also will not yellow over time. Acid free linen tape is kind of the standard I would say. Usually it is used on the top, top sides, and the top for a hinge. Lineco is probably the most popular brand I am familiar with. They ...


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If you only need a handful just make them yourself. You can buy all sorts of interesting paper/card stock at art supply stores. Once you've developed a pattern, it doesn't take long to trace it onto your final material and cut it out with an Xacto knife, rotary cutter, or just a good pair of scissors. Use a bone folder to help you create straight, smooth ...


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360cities: panoramas can be viewed on desktop, iPhone, iPad and in Google Earth. If you want a more customized panorama or virtual tour (many panoramas connected), krpano would be the best option. UPDATE: Google Maps has a repo on GitHub that can convert Android's Sphere Images to Street View: https://github.com/googlemaps/streetsphere and it also has an ...


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I do not believe there is any automated way to do this on Windows. A lot of these kinds of things pop up on the mac first, as Apple has a huge team that works on their bundle of little iApps like iPhoto. It is a critical part of their platform, and fancy little tools like that help their bottom line. When it comes to the big dogs in the photo editing ...


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you've mentioned many solutions there and I'm sure there are more but as I see it the best way would be to either create a video file with a standard codec or a flash slideshow. The reason for this is that not every customer will have powerpoint or openoffice installed, whereas the vast majority of people will have flash and the ability to play vdieo files. ...


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liquavista are probably closest to a commercial color e-ink display. BUT it's probably not going to be 24bit color any time soon - it's difficult to think of a way of having an e-ink type display with enough gradations in brightness.


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Depending on your specific needs you could go the web-2.0/cloud-computing/program-as-a-service route. There are a number of sites that will take your images and turn them into a slideshow with music with very little work required on your part. Most of them I've seen produce mediocre results, but usually they have some type of graduated subscription plan with ...


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Wordpress is probably going to be the standard blogging service that is the most widely recommended. It is very scalable and gives options specific to photos if that is what you are interested in. You have two basic options when you choose Wordpress, one is to have wordpress.com host your website and content, another is two download it from wordpress.org and ...



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