April 28, 2012

New side Column List with Useful Links

Side column screen capture A new list is inaugurated on the right side column of the front page, as an aid to my readers and friends who would like more information and/or expand their knowledge in topics relevant to the content of this blog.

This list contains Links to Articles and Sites gathered through my quest for unbiased information and low cost / free software solutions.
At this stage the "Useful Links" redirect to articles and software for Photo Post Processing or Stitching as well as some technical readings for metal formation and photo gear servicing.

Autostitch Panorama  Free demo software of original Panorama Tools algorithms which are used as a base for many commercial products.

Dr. H. Dersch Articles & Software Dr. H. Dersch is the creator of original Panorama Tools algorithms, later licensed commercially and PTViewer an interactive viewer for virtual reality panoramas. Suitable for HDR (high dynamic range)-images.

FOV and Panorama Calculator A very useful utility by Frank van der Pol, which calculates Field of View, number of images and overlap percentage for Panoramic images.

GNU Image Manipulation (GIMP) An open source and freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring and much more.
It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

Hugin Panorama photo stitcher An open source and  free download Panorama Photo Stitching software based on Panorama Tools.

Panotools Wiki A wiki with an enormous amount of information and tutorials on Panorama Tools as well as  databases for Panorama Software, hardware and lenses.

Metal formation Forging vs Casting A discussion by Calcom SA - Switzerland, published by ESI-group of Industries, on the Pros and Cons between Forging vs Casting in metal formation.
The relevance becomes more obvious when we discuss about Forged (then CNC machined) vs Cast Tripod parts like Leg Hubs/Spiders and Ball heads.

A Holistic Approach to Lighting and Digital Photography Interesting readings and tutorials by Chuck Gardner in photography and lighting, which offer baseline concepts for beginners and not only, as anyone can benefit from his approach.

VR Wave Panoramic Lens Database A very thorough listing with field of view and number of pictures required for most wide angle lenses from all manufacturers suitable for panoramic photography.

The list will be updated and grow in accordance with the articles presented in the site.
I hope you find these links useful and helpful.

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