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You could consider a right angle viewfinder. They just clip onto the viewfinder where the little rubber eyepiece goes. Generally they rotate left and right a bit to give you a bit of flexibility in how you position yourself, and you get to physically see through the lens which can be better than using the live view image on a screen. As someone else ...


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Technically any software that is capable of stitching regular photos would be capable of stitching macro photos as well. However, to be able to accurately stitch photos they need to be taken with little or no parallax (movement of the camera's optical centre). This is typically achieved by rotating the camera/lens about it's optical centre using a "VR" ...


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The flip screen, usually called rotating screen is a liability. Even tilting screens are more fragile than a fixed one, so your camera is tougher for the matter. This constraints flexibility of composition but it is usually easier to keep things level when using the viewfinder, even if you have to crouch. There are a few things you can do to help with that: ...


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As far as I know there are two possible solutions. I will explain both of them below. EOS utility This software is supplied with your camera. It can be downloaded from the internet, but it's a hassle. It's better if you install it from the CD and update it. When you have it on your computer do the following: Connect your camera through USB. Start EOS ...


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Sports photography usually require two things: a long focal length and a wide aperture. The long lens is required to shoot action a long way away. The wide aperture is used for two purposes: Letting in enough light (it won't always be bright sunshine; weather, being indoors and daylight will affect the amount of natural light available to you) so you can ...


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Selecting an appropriate aperture When shooting sports in low light you're not going to be able to shoot at f/11. Most of us use f/2.8 lenses and shoot wide open. We do this not only because it helps isolate our subject(s) from backgrounds that are often cluttered but also because we need the "speed" of the wide aperture to allow a fast enough shutter speed....


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Lightroom is pretty much the defacto standard for photo management. It has the backing of Adobe and this gives it more chance to last than the competition. This is a double-edged swords as some people are concerned that Adobe will abuse its power and force users to buy into a subscription model with little to escape since the majority of data is stored with ...


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What are some alternatives if you don't have a flip screen in your camera? Practice until you become familiar enough with your camera and lenses to be able to "shoot from the hip" with a reasonable expectation of success. Not every camera that has been used effectively in the past had a way of seeing the exact scene immediately prior to taking the image. ...


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Photos for OS X The next version of OS X Yosemite coming Spring 2015 will have an application Photos for OS X that will integrate many of Apertures features. Photos for OS X is a new product that combines features from the soon to be retired Apple Aperture as well as Apple iPhoto. Photos for OS X is tied closely to other Apple cloud products, and edits are ...


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Compact mirror (as in makeup mirror) can be used for viewing from difficult angles, e.g. close to the ground. You can hold it in place with tape made to be easily removed. Duct tape is not advised, though approved by Possum Lodge.


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There are possibly several options available. From a cursory search, native Mac applications include: Nebulosity Keith's Image Stacker PixInsight (cross-platform) Starry Landscape Stacker If none of the Mac native applications do what you want, you're probably going to have to consider somehow running Windows programs. Your question rules out running ...


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take a photo using the lowest resolution, then another at the max resolution, A camera will take the underlying RAW image at only one resolution : the native resolution of the sensor. Different resolutions are obtained by scaling the image in a combination of hardware and firmware inside the camera. resize the small one to the same resolution as the ...


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Easy. Use any Canon camera supported by magic lantern. Load it onto the card (plenty of tutorials online, all you have to do is copy some files onto the SD card and run a firmware update on the camera). Once you did that open the ML menu ("Trash" button) and go to the modules tab. Load the lua.mo module by pressing the SET button on the camera. Save the ...


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On the side of open source options, in Apple OS X and Linux (but not in Windows) a nice option is darktable. I use it a lot (as an almost exclusive Linux user), and I am quite satisfied with the results(1). There is still no support for X-Trans sensors, but it is coming along. (1) caveats: I am not a pro. And I know that there are a lot of missing thing ...


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Ideally, dark frame subtraction should be done with raw images before demosaicing. Then the resulting black spot is 1 pixel, and after demosaicing it will typically be invisible in the result due to the interpolation during processing. You seem to have used converted (jpeg?) files, in which the stuck (hot) pixels have already been smeared over the ...


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The most obvious thing is that you chose to use f/11 for your photos. At least according to the EXIF data on this image, your lens had a maximum aperture value of f/5.1 at this focal length. By using that kind of aperture, you get two stops worth of exposure and therefore you could drop your ISO by two stops. You say in a comment that you wanted more depth ...


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Have you tried using Sony's "Imaging Edge" software? Most manufacturers' raw developing software opens raw images with the in-camera settings at the time the image was captured applied by default. Canon's Digital Photo Professional and Nikon's Capture NX-D both certainly do.


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The unofficial firmware extension magic lantern has this feature. There you can select an arbitrary Image that you have taken with this camera on the sd card in playback mode and overlay it in live-view mode.


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Adobe Lightroom is a streamlined photo processing and organizing software. Adobe Spark is a tool for visual storytelling on the web. Here's a comparison of the respective pro's and con's: Adobe Lightroom Pro: It's a good program for photo processing and organizing Con: It's not a tool for visual storytelling on the web Adobe Spark Pro: It's a good tool ...


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I think you might be best served by being patient — you say that the Lensfun database is old, but it's actually a current, ongoing project, with (as of this writing, of course) new lens information added just days ago. Your camera was just released last month, and even commercial software will just now be updating with the relevant profiles. (Lightroom might ...


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For Linux, the following all have GUIs you can use to adjust settings and CLI you can script for batch conversion. UFRaw RawTherapee DarkTable You may also consider trying the camera manufacturer's software with WINE.


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If I simply include a color card in the image. Will I be able to capture color information perfectly? No. A color target recorded in monochrome does not carry the information necessary to reconstruct color information. We can think of color as being comprised of three basic parts: chroma (or hue), saturation, and lightness (or value). When you record a ...


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It seems to me you have an X-Y problem here. The actual issue you're trying to solve is "how can I tell if my product photography is sharp", but you've jumped straight to the solution of "view it on a laptop". It seems to me the best solution here is "get better at telling on your camera if the photo is sharp enough or not". How sharp it needs to be is ...


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Darktable is free (but only available for Linux and OSX/MacOS, not Windows). It is a decent catalog and a good non-destructive editor. Since DT develops rather quickly, I find myself resorting less and less to Digikam for cataloging.


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What is the difference between a panorama for macro compare to (for example) a panorama landscape? I think there is no difference. If your pictures are accurate taken so that you can stitch them, than the motive is not relevant. So panorama for macro is possible. By the way: thanks for a interesting inspiration to create a macro panorama (+1 for that) ;-).


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Take a look at the below solutions: Daminion Server Portolfio Server Canto Cumulus FotoWare FotoStation Apple Final CutServer (Mac based, abandoned by Apple) I work at Daminion Software. So I can provide more info about Daminion Server, but I've also listed other products above so you can save your search time and compare products in my list. There ...


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You don't need any software to compare gamut coverages For what it's worth, you can get the three X-Y chromaticity coordinates from the monitor manufacturer and the three from the ink manufacturer and plot them on a plain X-Y coordinate graph paper. Connect the apex points with lines and compare/look at them directly. The two shapes will overlap. Parts that ...


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Assuming you understand all that StephenG wrote, and perhaps would like to experiment with, say images taken in and out of focus, or with image-stabilization turned on and off, let me recommend reading up on the NIIRS scale of image evaluation. It's by no means perfect but it is at least a reference standard that is used by many communities, not just the ...


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The usual suspect in the Windows universe is Adobe Lightroom. It does not come free, but it is in its sixth major version and has a lot of kinks ironed out. It has powerful cataloguing and rating options suitable for professional work (meaning thousands and thousands photos and projects) + some light editing.


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It depends on what kind of pictures you want to catalog, what kind of processing you'll need and how many pictures you have to manage, and what kind of information you need to tag. There's also the migration issue. Softwares like lightroom store data in a database, meaning that if you change your computer, you also have to transfer that database and the ...


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