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Nice informative tutorial on some photography hacks and using +darktable to create that Hollywood look for photos.

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The +G'MIC team just reached a nice milestone with a 2.0 release of their image processing framework and GIMP plugin! Congratulations to the team!

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Exposure fusion which is merging multiple exposures of a RAW photo to take advantage of the dynamic range of newer sensors like Sony is in current released 2.2.x version of +darktable

http://www.darktable.org/2016/08/compressing-dynamic-range-with-exposure-fusion/
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Whole bunch of new features to learn for creative projects this year. The import and export to HTML Canvas also looks interesting for mixed media web projects.

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Sony MDR 7506 Monitoring Headphones

Finally bought replacement for my last set of monitoring headphones, another industry standard the Sennheiser HD280 which I used for several years before one side had problems.

These headphones are used for monitoring audio. They're not perfectly neutral, a bit louder on treble side but that's OK. Mostly I need it to monitor recordings and also to hear voice calls and recordings clearly. For music, this might not be that enjoyable, but not what these headphones are designed for.

On initial use, definitely lighter, more compact when folded and more comfortable than the HD280, which clamps down hard. The HD280 has better noise isolation though. The pads look like they're the type that will peel soon. One reason I like professional equipment is that everything is designed to be replaced or repaired, unlike consumer headphones.

I need to test it a lot more before I come to more detailed conclusions.

For more detailed review by others: http://kenrockwell.com/audio/sony/mdr-7506.htm

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Visualizing the raw (sensor) highlight clipping - Have you ever over-exposed your images? Have you ever noticed that your images look flat and dull after you apply negative exposure compensation? Even though the over/underexposed warning says there is no overexposure? Have you ever wondered what is going on? Read on. the Problem First, why would you want to know which pixels are overexposed, clipped? Consider this image:  … Why is the sky so white? Why is the image so flat and dull? Let's e...

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Ok fixed the dead keys on the old Yamaha DGX 305. Kids this is why you should put the cover on your keys after playing. Basically you just need to open it and clean the dust from the contact points with microfibre cloth. It was really crummy.

One thing good about this old keyboard is that it has USB MIDI host, so you can still connect it to something like Pianoteq and get latest in synth quality vs the onboard keyboard. The woefully bad human player though, well that can only be fixed with a lot more much needed practice. :)

Also a bit of testing built in Linux screencast recorder with audio.
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