Episode 040: Talking Head!

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Sorry, I had some network problems. And so the show is late again this week. You’ll see this:

I draw the Winner of the Monchrome Challenge with help from the BSAG and risk my life on the tracks of the tram to show you the difference between the distortions made by faults imperfections of the lens and the unavoidable effects of falling lines. In between you learn something about the nasty symbolic of swords in the hands of old statues.

Then I cover again the area of layer masks. I try to clarify the blunder I have made in the last episode and show you a (for me) new way to colourize a layer with the bucket fill tool. If you have read the comment from David Gowers for the last show you’ll know what I am talking about.

Finally I announce a surprise for the next episode and ask again for donations for the Libre Graphics Meeting. Click here to lend your support to: Support the Libre Graphics Meeting and make a donation at www.pledgie.com !

What do you think about the “real”video in the show? If I do it again, it will have a better quality (tripod…. ;-) ). Is this worth the extra large file size? Shall I include stuff about photography or stick to GIMP et al.?

There is no extra file for download this week.


00:23 It’s Rolf
00:50 The monochrome challenge – the winner
04:29 Perspective distortion
11:40 Correction to episode 39
17:44 Colourising the layers
20:14 Libre Graphics Meeting
21:59 the End
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12 thoughts on “Episode 040: Talking Head!

  1. I enjoyed this show and all the previous shows alot. Thanks for all the work. And now finally we got a face to the voice, makes it less anonymous.

    It was quite a nice demonstration with the real video, some basics you somehow know until you need to explain them, so thank you. It is a good mix, some GIMP/software stuff and some photographic tutorials. The file size is really not worth mentioning I think, I believe, there is enough broadband out there (no offence to people the Telekom could not satisfy).

    I’d be interested in workflow orientated work, how do you proceed when you went out on a sunny day and then coming home with ~200 shots on your camera? I found ufraw quite painful for this and recently came across rawstudio[1] which could be a competitor to ufraw when they develop it further. Maybe you want to take a look into it and share your experience with your workflow.

    Anyways, please keep up the really good work, it is very nice to come home on a tuesday and watch and listen to your screencast.

    [1]: http://rawstudio.org/

  2. Bjoern,

    You don’t state which operating system that you are using, but if you are using a *Nix based system, UFRaw does have a batch mode in which you can processes several files all at once. The only difference is you don’t get to use the graphics interface, but if will let you use a predefined photo or image to get all of the settings for the image or you can use automatic settings for them.

    For myself, I tend to either use the same settings for most of my images and batch process them, or use gThumb to browse the photos, select the ones I want to work on and have it opened in UFRaw. It gives me the overview of the images that I can browse through, and then I can edit them individually from UFRaw.

  3. Great show, Rolf. I am glad you survived the stunt and that the trams had suddenly changed tracks (“Baustelle”) ;-)

    I would not mind video footage at all. On the contrary, it gives an extra touch and adds dynamics to the show. You should definitely include photography topics as far as I am concerned. GIMP is the tool after all to treat photos, so dealing with both of them in a show makes absolutely sense.

    Thanks again!

  4. May I associate myself with what has already been said about the latest video. For me, the most important material is that dealing with GIMP but, as you give so much of your time and expertise to producing the videos, I will accept gladly whatever gives you the most personal satisfaction. I remember your opening remarks in the first video you produced where you said that you wanted to put something back into GIMP because of what GIMP had given to you. I expect if you stick with that philosophy, the ever developing GIMP will keep you very busy for some time to come.

  5. I have no problems with learning more about photography, just don’t forget to include the gimp stuff as well! For the most part I use gimp on my photos. It kinda goes without saying that improving the photo in the first place before it goes into gimp will go a long way to help gimp deal with the result. Thanks again and keep up the good work!!!

  6. I appreciate it if you make some episodes about photography.
    Some repetition will do:
    - How or what to crop; rule of thirds; DOF
    - The unsharp mask;
    - Healing tool
    Some follow up will do:
    - We learned different methods to convert into black and white.
    Why not some extension; how to create sepia photos.
    Gimp has many abilities:
    - You can show how to add a watermark.
    Text, bordered and with a shadow; some nice plug-ins are embedded in Gimp.
    I think the best way is to take varied themes, each for some weeks, and varied new stuff and some revision.

  7. I appreciate the photography tips. Especially when you tie them into Gimp techniques.
    As a novice photographer and Gimp user everything helps..

  8. Another outstanding show. It was a pleasant surprise to flip on the podcast, expecting the usual intro, and then be greeted by live-action Rolf in beautiful Bremen, Northern Germany.

    General photography tips would be quite welcome. As with the rest of the podcast, these would be great if they were applicable to different skill levels.

  9. Once again, I’ve found it a really nice show.

    I think that general photography topics are welcome, and I think that if the shows get a bit heavier because of including some video, it should not be much of an issue; as I assume that almost everyone has a decent inet connection here (130 mb is no problem for me here in Spain, and I do think that people from other countries in Europe or US have better broadbands than us, spaniard folk).

    Thanks for another great show, Rolf.

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