Using an iPad to Work With Photoshop on Your Computer

Adobe has release a software development kit to aid developers in producing apps for the iPad that interact with Photoshop. The SDK is supposed to work with other tablets running Android and Blackberry OS’ but the first apps are for the iPad.

To work this requires an update to Photoshop to 12.0.4 level, which is coming shortly and is available to developers at this time. Adobe has announced three apps for the iPad that will use the SDK to interact with a computer running Photoshop provided they are running on the same wireless network.

This looks to be a huge but obvious development for Photoshop and one can only assume will also roll out for their other applications as well, Premier being an obvious one.

At the very least this lets you get some of your palettes off your computer screen and onto the iPad or be more efficient in your tool use. But the potential is so much greater. One of Adobe’s three apps, which should be available in early May from Apple’s App Store is a colour mixer that will work so much like a real painter’s palette.

One day all our computer screens will be touch. For now this is a great step in that direction.

TrueDoF for the iPhone and iPod Touch

TrueDoF, the unique depth of field calculator for the digital photography age, is available now on iPhone and iPod Touch.

TrueDoF is a major step forward in working with depth of field:

  • TrueDoF is the only depth of field calculator that takes the effects of diffraction into account (diffraction is the blurring caused when light passes through small apertures) TrueDoF will therefore correctly show decreasing depth of field when the f-number gets too large. This is of use to all photographers, but particularly so for users of digital cameras with sensors smaller than 35mm format, where the effects of diffraction severely limit image quality at large f-numbers. (Lenses on 35 mm cameras stop down to about f/22. There’s a reason why they don’t go any further. But f/22, or even f/16 or f/11, can be too much for cameras with smaller sensors.) With TrueDoF, photographers can instantly see what depth of field they’re really getting and see what apertures will give the best results.
  • TrueDoF, like its sister app, OptimumCS, is designed for very rapid use – it is specifically intended for photographers who don’t want to fiddle with their tools but, instead, want to get on with the job.
  • TrueDoF allows the photographer to easily work with a desired output in mind. Depth of field depends not only on focal length, focus distance and aperture, it depends also on the desired output quality. With TrueDoF, you need not go through mental gyrations trying to relate the size of the “circle of confusion” on the image sensor with the final output on print or on a computer screen. Instead, you work directly with the desired output: How big a print do you want? How sharp an image is sufficiently sharp for you? Stick with the default values, set them to your own personally acceptable default values, or vary these quantities as the need arises. Whatever you choose, it’s all intuitive, simple and fast.

TrueDoF is available now from Apple’s App Store.

A note on intended use:

  • TrueDoF is designed for photographers who want an accurate, versatile and easy way to calculate the depth of field produced by their chosen camera settings.
  • For photographers who would like, instead, to start by specifying the distances to the nearest and furthest objects that they wish to appear sharp in their photograph and, from that, determine the camera settings (focus distance and aperture) that will give the sharpest possible image, OptimumCS, the unique Optimum Camera Settings calculator, also available on the App Store, is the right tool.

For further information, see the developer’s website, www.georgedouvos.com.

Photography Wisdom for iPad is out

Photography Wisdom for iPad™ Now Available on the App Store

The Photography Wisdom book, written by Wayne J. Cosshall, is now available for iPad from the App Store.

The App provides all the content of the book, but as an App with an interactive Table of Contents. It also has very convenient brightness controls that allow you to really dim the body of the App for convenience when reading in bed, something we love to do, so we wanted to make it easy for others. Font size can be changed to suit every reader and the App handles all orientations of the iPad, resizing images and changing the layout to make best use of the space. Left and right flicks take you from page to page and a push scrolls vertically.

Whatever your experience in photography, Photography Wisdom will help you to make your images better by giving you new tools, insights and ways of thinking about your photography. Fifty great tips and extensive illustrations guide you through a process of loosing up, being more creative and taking better photos.

Wayne J. Cosshall, renowned author and educator about photography, brings his 35+ years of photography experience to you in a fun, thought provoking App that challenges you to take better photos.

Topics covered include:

  • Composition and Exposure
  • Test Your Own Gear
  • The Numbers Have Meaning
  • Use What You Have
  • Intuition and Intellect
  • Restrict Yourself
  • Comfort Zone
  • Reconsideration Is Good
  • Plan, Then Shoot
  • Understand/Break the Rules
  • Print More and Differently
  • Experiment Widely
  • Shoot More and Differently
  • Work a Scene to the Max
  • Every Image Has a Story
  • Work With Many Levels
  • Bodies of Work
  • Developing a Style
  • Expressing Yourself
  • Strong Emotion Is Powerful

Photography Wisdom came about from my desire to take a series of tips for better photography I have been publishing on www.dimagemaker.com, expand on them and publish them in book form. Some people like and use online resources but others do not, and it seemed a shame to miss out on reaching such people. You can now choose between the printed book and App forms.

Photography Wisdom Book is Out

Wayne’s second book: Photography Wisdom: A Practical Guide To Successful Photography and Self Expression is now out and selling on Amazon.

Photography Wisdom

A Practical Guide To Successful Photography and Self Expression

Wayne J. Cosshall

ISBN: 978-0-9807500-1-0

Whatever your experience in photography, Photography Wisdom will help you to make your images better by giving you new tools, insights and ways of thinking about your photography. Fifty great tips and extensive illustrations guide you through a process of loosing up, being more creative and taking better photos.

Wayne J. Cosshall, renowned author and educator about photography, brings his 35+ years of photography experience to you in a fun, thought provoking book that challenges you to take better photos.

Topics covered include:

  • Composition and Exposure
  • Test Your Own Gear
  • The Numbers Have Meaning
  • Use What You Have
  • Intuition and Intellect
  • Restrict Yourself
  • Comfort Zone
  • Reconsideration Is Good
  • Plan, Then Shoot
  • Understand/Break the Rules
  • Print More and Differently
  • Experiment Widely
  • Shoot More and Differently
  • Work a Scene to the Max
  • Every Image Has a Story
  • Work With Many Levels
  • Bodies of Work
  • Developing a Style
  • Expressing Yourself
  • Strong Emotion Is Powerful

Photography Wisdom came about from my desire to take a series of tips for better photography I have been publishing on www.dimagemaker.com, expand on them and publish them in book form. Some people like and use online resources but others do not, and it seemed a shame to miss out on reaching such people. Plus the printed form (and even e-books) offers a different look and design layout options than a website does.

The tips come from my 35+ years of photography experience, from my passions of landscape, macro, collage and infrared photography to portraits, weddings, product shots and the odd bit of fashion. They also draw from my varied other interests and activities: helping people overcome creative blocks, teaching photography, art and computers at all levels of adult education, a passion for science, philosophy, spirituality and history, and much more. I find it constantly amazing that interests in one area will often yield insights in a completely different field.

Photography Wisdom is designed to be used in many ways. You can read it through sequentially, dive into it at random or go find the specific tip relevant to whatever you are dealing with at the time. I took particular time over the index to ensure you can access the book directly to what you need.

 

Photography Wisdom: A Practical Guide To Successful Photography and Self Expression
Photography Wisdom: A Practical Guide To Successful Photography and Self Expression Book

 

Engrave Photographs on Metal

The following product announcement seems to offer some interesting potential to photographers and artists:

Roland DGA Corp. has introduced the MPX-90 desktop impact printer, an easy-to-use personalization device for jewelry, gift items and accessories.

Based on the Roland Photo Marking System (RPMS), the MPX-90 uses a durable diamond-tipped stylus to imprint hard surfaces including stainless steel, titanium, iron, gold, silver, copper, platinum, brass, aluminum, nickel and acrylic. This innovative system produces flawless photographs, vector images and fonts up to 529 dpi. The MPX-90 features a maximum printing area of 3.1” x 3.1” and imprints items as large as 3.9” x 7.9” x 1.5” with the cover closed. Users can also insert items of virtually any length when the cover is open. Additional features include automatic surface detection, a center vise, USB connectivity and a user-replaceable print head cartridge.

The MPX-90 is designed for jewelers, engravers, retailers, gift shops, kiosks and any business specializing in personalization. In addition to flat items such as pendants, dog tags and key chains, the MPX-90 adds text, graphics and photographs to curved objects including pens, cuff links and money clips. Quiet and compact, the MPX-90 leaves no residue behind, making it ideal for retail environments.

Design and Engraving Software Included

The MPX-90 comes with Metaza Studio photo editing software, which imports data files in AI, EPS, JPEG or BMP format and accepts data from digital cameras and compatible scanners. Users can add text, frames and borders, remove backgrounds, and rotate text and images. In addition, it supports vector designs which allows for faster, more precise production of text and line art.

The MPX-90 also includes Dr. Engrave, easy-to-use engraving software that inputs various types of text and bitmap images and supports industry standard True Type fonts. The software also comes with a built-in single stroke font editor (SFEdit) to convert any Windows True Type font into a stroke font that improves engraving speeds and allows the user to engrave smaller text without any type of overlap or bleed. Dr. Engrave supports variable data printing using .CSV or .TXT files imported into a template.

The MPX-90 is priced at $4,495 and available from authorized Roland dealers. For more information, please call 800-542-2307 or visit www.rolanddga.com.

Computational Photography Testbed Camera, the Frankencamera

Computational photography, as we have talked about it before, is a coming together of the camera and the computer to do more than the camera can do by itself. Things like HDR, increasing depth of field and much more are possible. To advance this work the Stanford University research group that has been pushing computational photography for some years has produced a camera that will make it easier for researchers to work in this field, as part of their Camera 2.0 project. Continue reading “Computational Photography Testbed Camera, the Frankencamera”