Thursday, July 31, 2008
Anyway, I do this for three basic reasons:
- most of the time the JPEG is fine
- if the JPEG is not fine for some reason eg compression artifacts, colour balance etc, I can use the RAW
- using the Nikon software, currently NX, you can convert from NEF to TIF or 16 bit, with the settings the camera used to make the JPEG.
So since most of the time I am happy with the white balance and profile etc used by the camera to make the JPEG, this works really well.
No other RAW converter can do this even Bibble, Adobe etc.
Even better, you can adjust the following parameters in the NEF file without changing the underlying data:
Friday, July 18, 2008
The info window opens, but now it auto-updates the file you have selected. Then you can use Quick View as well.
He also has some thoughts about the D300 vs D700 vs D3 and D3 vs D700 vs Canon 5D.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Well maybe. If you launch Map Loader and it just sits there saying “waiting for device” then you need to delete a directory on the SD card in the phone.
OK, you say. But check the directory. Its where the maps are. So the advice is delete the maps and download them all over. Grrrrr!
From Nokia forums, posted by Nokia person:
- People having problems with “waiting for device” or “Unable to read all information…”, you could try the following:
1. make sure you have maps 1.2 wk30 or later (or 2.0)
2. connect the device in mass storage mode, it will show up as a drive in windows
3. delete the folder E:\Private\20001f63 (including sub folders)
4. start maps on the device once, it will recreate the folder in a different location
5. connect the device in pc suite mode and start maploader
Yes, great. I'll connect in Mass Storage mode, thank you!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
You would think it wouldn't be too hard to write a little java app that works cross platform like on OSX. They must have enough customers using OSX. I mean its not as though they invested any effort / money in the GUI, is it? And they wrote a photo downloader for N series to iPhoto workflow.
Well anyway, I don't use those systems (by choice) but if I want to download the maps in advance of a trip, then I guess I have to sigh.
The current versions of PC Suite (7.0) and Map Loader (2.0) in theory can transfer the maps by bluetooth.
In practice I never got this working... so I used the USB cable.
Oh yes, and another thing... why does Map Loader not allow you to selectively delete the cached maps on your device? I have a 2Gb card in the N73, a substantial amount of which is used for cached maps. Do they really want me downloading another 2Gb from their server? Bandwidth is that cheap for them?
If you are wondering why I want to cache the maps, well when you are places with no signal eg Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree, Yosemite etc...
Monday, July 14, 2008
What you can do is to force quit, or kill it, from the command line. You can either do this locally or by SSHing in.
First run 'top' and see if you can find the culprit. If the process is consuming too much CPU you can find it using 'top -o cpu'.
Make a note of the PID (process ID), so if the PID is 1292, then you do
kill -9 1292
and it'll be gone.
If you get a no permission error then it could be that the process is owned by root or another user, n which case you can do
sudo kill -9 1292
put in the root password, and its killed.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
This means that if you buy a lens and you think you'll still be doing semi/serious photography for at least another year or two, you really need to consider if you buy FX capable lens or not.
But knowing whether a lens can do FX is tricky! Would that Nikon had adopted a consistent naming scheme...
Into this breach steps Thom Hogan and his page which lists current lenses and their FX / DX capability.
Of course I have considered getting the D700... who wouldn't! But its a big big spend. Not only do I need the $3000 camera, then I need glass to do it justice.
I LOVE my Tokina 12-24 on my D300, example picture here. The FX equivalent would be 18-36, so the nearest equivalent would be ummm well there isn't one at the moment that I would want to buy. Its only a matter of time before Nikon fix this of course.
More pictures from Yosemite
Friday, July 11, 2008
Check your users pref pane ~/Library/PreferencePanes, as well as the system one in /Library/PreferencePanes.
Might require a log out / in afterwards.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
To do this on the tablet Application menu, select Settings > Control panel > About product.
On mine it now says "Internet Tablet OS: meamo Linux based OS2008 version 4.2008.23-14"
Saturday, July 5, 2008
- ensure your tablet is off. You can have it connected to your USB.
- download the file 770Flasher-2.0.dmg
- open and drag the application to your applications folder
- download the latest .bin file for your model from http://tablets-dev.nokia.com/
- double click the flasher application and when it asks open the .bin file you downloaded from Nokia
If the host doesn't see the tablet on boot then try removing the memory cards. For me at first it wouldn't. I removed the cards and it went through no problem.
Friday, July 4, 2008
An advantage of opening the PDF in preview is that when you can save you can apply some filters, courtesy of the Quartz engine.
You can also save in a different file format, which is cool.
But what about a PDF thats been sent to you? Well you can load it into the ColorSync Utility
and you can then select 'export'
since the underlying engine is the Quartz engine you get the same options. Cool!