Episode 043: Brand New and Stone Age

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Brand new tech- nology meets stuff from the Stone Age, ehm… the 70’s.

Rawstudio’s 1.0 release sits on the lab bench for a test run. I am impressed by the workflow and the overall appear- ance. The output in the video has some noise in it, but that was my fault.

I had my camera set up to store a RAW and a JPEG image and have put both files and the camera profile into the companion file to this episode. Now you can try to get a better image out of the RAW file than the processor of a Nikon D200.

In a lot of discussions and tutorials you read the term “lith” or “lith film”. One is running in the meetthegimp.org photogroup at 23.hq. I found an old box with real lith film and take you back some decades while describing how I have worked with these sheets of plastic.

Then I try to rebuild one of the effects that were done with lith film in GIMP. I just emulate the effect, but I am working on a process to really simulate the process done with film. You can find the file to this part of the podcast also in the companion file.

How did you like the concept of these two last shows? Not one monolithic block but several shorter segments? I want to offer a mix of different topics in each episode, covering different levels of experience and different interests. I have put up a poll for you to vote on the side bar. If you want to give me more input than just a click, write to info@meetthegimp.org or post a comment here in the blog.

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Release 1.0 of Rawstudio

In total it took two years of development but there it is: version 1.0 of Rawstudio. Congrats to the developers! Apart from the usual bug fixes and GUI enhancements the most noticeable feature is probably the possibility to export to GIMP.

Rawstudio is an application to manipulate RAW images of digital cameras. RAW applications are not fully fledged image editors but they rather prepare the RAW images for further processing in e.g. GIMP. In a way one could say that converting a RAW image is developing a digital negative.

Joel has an interview with one of the developers on his fine site.