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    Scanning in some old photos for my mum after a long struggle trying to get my old scanner to work with OS X.

    TWAIN SANE is smashing, unlike the Canon drivers, which won't even install on my machine. Why are hardware manufacturers universally rubbish at writing software? It's the same with Canon cameras, which I love, the bundled programs are dreadful, but are the only thing available for doing fun stuff like time-lapse, or useful stuff like lens distortion correction on RAW files.

    Found the info I needed here, incidentally.

    1. chthonic 90 months ago | reply

      Will PT Lens not work with your camera/lenses? You can send him a shot of a standard grid and he'll add it to the lens database if not... works brilliantly for our shots at work (that aren't taken with the technical camera, or course)

    2. t0msk 90 months ago | reply

      PT Lens will work with my lenses, I'm sure, they're pretty standard fare, but...

      I use Lightroom which is ace for cataloguing and almost all the processing I need, but it doesn't let external programs play with the RAW files, it exports PSD or TIFF, so you're working on a second-hand copy rather than the original. I know, it's petty, but I hate having to fire up another program to work on pics. I also prefer to keep things all in one place, and work on one file per shot, as non-destructively as possible. PT Lens would work fine, but would create another copy, non RAW, on top of the original file in Lr, and that's just messy. I live in hope that Adobe will add in lens distortion correction to Lr one day (preferably in a point update so I don't need to shell out for the upgrade, but that's probably too much to hope for).

      The other thing, and I suppose the main point I'm making, is that Canon have all the data and IP to be able to create a program that gets as close to perfect as post-processing can: they know the limits of their hardware exactly, for instance they know how best to implement noise reduction for their sensors, whereas Adobe et al. need to reverse engineer, and might therefore not be able to get the best possible results. It's a pity that Canon and other manufacturers don't either a) make decent software to bundle with their kit or b) open up their IP a bit more to allow other developers who know what they're doing to do their jobs properly. Just releasing binary libraries for devs to use would do, there's no need to reveal trade secrets or anything.

      Anyway, because of all this, currently, I'm treating lens distortion as a feature of some of my shots, and leaving it in. I actually rather like it in some cases:
      Lac Leman Widescreen

    3. Smithsonian Institution 73 months ago | reply

      Thank you for the Creative Commons license! This photo has been featured in a post at the Smithsonian Institution Archives' blog, THE BIGGER PICTURE: blog.photography.si.edu/2010/10/28/you-asked-we-answered/

    4. t0msk 73 months ago | reply

      You're welcome, thanks for using my photo!

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