GIMP vs Photoshop Elements 13 – First Impressions

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Macro photo from the National Gingerbread Competition in 2013

After taking a photography course, I’ve been curious about editing photos, especially in the Raw format (more on that later).  I’ve used GIMP for around 5 years, and am pretty comfortable with it for simple things, but from watching a few videos (this one is pretty excellent), it seemed to me like Photoshop Elements might have some significant advantages.

After seeing a physical copy on sale at Amazon for $49.99 on sale at Amazon (with Prime), I decided to take the plunge.  The hard copy seems to go on sale intermittently, as with the downloadable version, so I’d suggest watching it for a while if it’s not.

After playing with Photoshop for less than a day, I can see that I was definitely right about it being a more polished experience.  The two seem similar, but Photoshop just feels better to use.  There are a few advantages to GIMP though, so read on to see my comparison and some before/after photos. Continue reading

Extend Your GoPro Time Lapses over WiFi

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GoPro Egg timer, extended ‘lapse not necessary.

We’ve featured a way to extend your GoPro’s functionality using an SD card script, but if that seems to risky to you, this WiFi GoPro hack should do that trick.  According to Adrian’s excellent write-up, all you need to do to trigger your camera over WiFi is enter the correct HTTP get request.

All you do is enter: http://10.5.5.9/bacpac/PW?p=%01&t=XXXXXXXX into your browser where the XXX’s are your WiFi password.

What’s even cooler is that this GoPro WiFi hack can be automated to take very long time lapses.  Adrian has written a script to do this in Python, but I’m sure the technique can be copied to other languages if necessary.

On a related note, Adrian is quick to point out that you can view the photos on your GoPro over WiFi by going to http://10.5.5.9:8080.  Really cool.  I hadn’t done the research before, but it seems logical that something like this could be done.

I’ve written about this hack as well as some other GoPro “Pwnage” at Hackaday.  I think I’d started writing this article on DIYTripods before the Hacakaday piece, but held off publishing out of respect to them.  It’s a cool article (In my probably-biased opinion) covering several GoPro hacks, so be sure to check it out.

Via Reddit

Trigger Trap for Android Reviewed

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New Dongle (left) Old version (right)

After taking a look at the Trigger Trap device, which allows your smartphone to interface with a camera, it’s obviously a really cool product.  It can replace a number of different triggering methods on your DSLR using your cell phone’s audio jack.

The most obvious trigger method is that of an intervalometer camera timing gadget (I also have this intervalometer -Amazon).  It can also do a number of other more advanced options, like accelerating the speed of picture taking during a time-lapse sequence.

Now that I actually have an Android “smart” phone,* I thought this might be a bit more practical than my iPad to use as an intervalometer substitute.  It works well with the features available on Android.  There are, however, a few drawbacks to using Android version instead of iOS.

One consideration, not really connected with OS, is Continue reading