Episode 200: Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

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And here is the mythical Episode 200 – in a quite different form than planned. Years later, shabby audio and short. I am still on a steep conversion course with my workflow – and completely out of routine. Even the video is partly out of focus….

This Sunday (tomorrow!) is theΒ Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day.

In the video I demonstrate a quick and dirty way to convert an expensive digitial camera to a cheap quality pinhole camera.

Episode 201 will cover the background for this stuff – but this has to go up now!
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12 thoughts on “Episode 200: Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

  1. Hi, Rolf.
    I’m sorry to post this comment here, but I’m not pretty sure that you will see old posts’ comments.
    I was following your Episode 140, and then https://blog.meetthegimp.org/workflow-wiki/, and on neither case I can follow the link to the Meet The GIMP’s Workflow, which results to be very straight forward.
    Please point me out the new link, if there is one.

    Best regards, great videocast!!!! I find you so pedogogical. You are a true master. Thanks!!!!!!

    • I get a notification for every new comment, so you could have posted there too. And thanks for the kind words.

      The Wiki and the forum are still offline – I will look into it. If I can get a secure version up, I’ll publish it again. This old stuff (2010) has gotten a little bit of bit rot….

      Sadly every webserver seems to be under constant attack, I see no minute without a WordPress or ssh login attempt and there are also occasional port scans. And these are no specific attacks at me – they go through all the IP ranges and try every door handle. It’s a scary place out there…. πŸ˜‰

      BTW, old stuff – I am not entirely sure I would still do it the same way today. Perhaps I should revisit some of the old stuff and do it again, but different?

      • Hi Rolf

        You write
        “Sadly every webserver seems to be under constant attack”

        Yes, that’s what we are at now. If you want to stay save with WP:
        o Enable automatic updates.
        o Disable all unused plugins.
        o Reduce the number of active plugins to a minimum.

        Not much more you can do beside moving away from WP.


        Stefan Peter

        • I did all that (perhaps I can cut down some more plugins) and I have secured the access to all administration files with an additional password via .htaccess.

          I would love to switch to a cleaner and simpler blog software, any hints?

          Ah, and ssh is of course not on port 22 and uses keys only, no login prompt. That should be safe, I hope…..

          • Berlin is history for me – I went there to help restructure the school system (they changed to a system in which I have been working for nearly 20 years), but experience was seen as a threat by my superiors.
            Got my experience of living in a big city and learned to value my “village with streetcars”.

      • Hi Rolf,
        nice to have a new episode.
        You want to do old episodes anew?
        Thats a good idea. There are many people out there, I think, who would like to start with Gimp, but need a nive introduction. And after many shortcuts have been changed a while ago, it makes sense to have beginners shows with the correct keys/short-cuts in the show.

        You personnaly seem to have an new hobby: changing location πŸ˜‰
        If you change to Berlin again, let me know. lol


  2. Hi Rolf

    It is so great that your show is back! I really missed it, you have a way to explain things that I have not found anywhere else. Well, you’re a teacher, so explaining things in an understandable way to non-specialists most probably is a core skill in your profession, but it seems that not a lot of other teachers care to explain the Gimp and other photo related issues to a broader audience.

    Please let us know how we can support you in your quest and keep up the good work.

    With kind regards

    Stefan Peter

  3. Fabulous episode! Pinhole photography is the future πŸ˜‰

    And it’s wonderful to have you back. I suppose I can finally make my DVD of Meet the Gimp 101-200 now πŸ™‚

    Regarding the old episodes, I can honestly say that I’ve watched them all within the past month. I would not worry that they are outdated. The information is still excellent, and relevant.

    Technology ages and ideas do not. I find that Gimp itself has not changed much since 2007, and so there are very few new tools. (This is less true of plugins, etc.) There is still no real CMYK support and that which exists is quite backward. There is still no support for other RGB profiles than sRGB. There are no “adjustment layers” or the ability to view an image simultaneously in different color spaces or other such innovations. Every image that anyone has ever corrected could always be done differently, and even better, because all of us are constantly learning. But over the eleven years of your podcast, Gimp itself has not really changed that much–certainly not from the point of view of color correction and preparing images for print.

    As a teacher myself, I would not update old teaching methods unless there were distinctly new tools, tools that did not exist before, that now offer a significant advantage, or change one’s workflow significantly. Of course, it’s up to you to determine what “significant” means!


    • Thank you for your kind comments! In the stable GIMP there was not so much advances, that’s right. The unstable branch has some quite nice new stuff.

      I have changed a bit too in the years, for the better I hope…. πŸ˜‰

      I’ll try to unearth the old workflow and go over it with a critical eye. Could be a nice show.

  4. Will the next show be filmed with a pinhole-videocamera?
    Any attemts in this direction? πŸ˜‰

    • Cool idea – perhaps not with the pinhole (I don’t have a 50kW arc light at my disposal) but with a zone plate or a photon sieve.

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