Feb 14 2009

Flickr Photographs from Chris Politzki

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing. These are our 2008 pumpkins from the garden. These images I’ve initially posted are from the backyard of our Westminster, Colorado home. Check the entire collection here: Fall Color Images 2008.

 

 

Chris J. Politzki

Studio 119 Degrees

 


Feb 1 2009

WordPress Bug???

So I thought I’d throw this out there.

In my last post, ‘Photoshop CS3 Newly Discovered Panorama Stitcher Feature‘ I kept having an error appear each time I went to save my post as I was crafting it. I would get this 412 Error message:

The precondition on the request for the URL /wordpress/wp-admin/post.php evaluated to false.

I kept taking off content from the bottom to determine that one particular line of text was causing the problem. It was this one below:

Hit the ‘Choose’ button. This adds the f i l e s from the selected folder into the queue. Finally hit ‘OK’ to see this magical feature perform it’s task.

I’ve purposely put the word ‘f i l e s‘ separated out because I wouldn’t be able to post without doing so. Anything below this line would not appear in a preview of the post. So I kept taking individual words off the end to discover that this word was not allowing me to save my post. I changed the line to read as such:

Hit the ‘Choose’ button. This adds the selected images to the queue. Finally, hit ‘OK’ and see this magical feature perform it’s task.

Everything worked fine after this change, but I still haven’t determined why? There’s another discussion I found which claimed this line, ‘d e l e t e f r o m f i n d e r‘ (Once again, I had to separate out letters to post this) produced similar results. In the post titled, ‘Very Strange WordPress Error‘, there were words that were also tripping WordPress up.

Anybody have thoughts on this?

Chris J. Politzki

Studio 119 Degrees

 


Feb 1 2009

Photoshop CS3 Newly Discovered Panorama Stitcher Feature

Adobe Photoshop never ceases to amaze me. I’ve been working with it since version 3, which would have been somewhere around 1995 or 1996? So when I found this new automation in CS3, I was really psyched to be able to share this new feature I found. I used to take hours sometimes to do what Photoshop now does with a click of a button.

So what is this new feature?

Well, as an avid enthusiast of photography, I’m always exploring ways to further the art of creating an engaging image. Upon my explorations, I’ve dabbled in creating panoramas. Never resorting to purchasing either a wide-angle lens or a proper panoramic camera, I was left to discover cheaper methods to satisfy my explorative cravings in photography. I even briefly offered my panoramic photography services out to realtors before it was a common feature on realty web sites. These were Quicktime VR files, which were interactive (some examples of my quicktime vr examples). The creation of these files took an enormous amount of manual labor. The new automation ‘Photomerge’ within Adobe Photoshop CS3 is a godsend!

How do you make this new feature work?

This ‘Photomerge’ feature is found in the top menu under ‘File’=>’Automate’=>’Photomerge’. A window will popup which gives you the option to work with individual image files or a folder of images.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Photomerge Dialog Box

Demonstration

I’ll demonstrate working from a folder of images. Select which layout you prefer on the left-hand side (I’ll show samples of all these layouts at the end of this post), select ‘Folder’ and then click on ‘Browse’. I always choose the ‘Blend images together’ checkbox as this helps in blending imperfect matches between image edges.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Photomerge Choose Folder Dialog Box

Hit the ‘Choose’ button. This adds the selected images to the queue. Finally, hit ‘OK’ and see this magical feature perform it’s task.

Samples

Here’s the results below with different layouts used.

The ‘Auto‘ layout: (Full-size image)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Photomerge Auto Layout

The ‘Perspective‘ layout: (Full-size image)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Photomerge Perspective Layout

The ‘Cylindrical‘ layout: (Full-size image)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Photomerge Cylindrical Layout

The ‘Reposition Only‘ layout: (Full-size image)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Photomerge Reposition Only Layout

The ‘Interactive Layout‘ allows you to manually move around the images. This can be useful when the automation isn’t quite perfect. All-in-all, a nifty little feature to have!

Chris J. Politzki

Studio 119 Degrees