See also Digital Images for more on processing and organizing images.
When I was considering the Lumix, I also considered:
For my upcoming BurdensLanding:Korea trip, I'm considering a new camera:
The Olympus E-PL2 seems like a good option for a Micro Four Thirds camera.
One day, I'm going to get a Leica M8:
Other possible equipment:
I'm experimenting with exiflow for managing my digital photography workflow (renaming files, metadata, etc.). F-Spot has an extension that supports an exiflow workflow.
I'm constantly disgruntled by F-Spot, but I keep returning to it, because it keeps getting better. I'm not crazy about F-Spot for importing images off of my digital camera, so I'm thinking about switching the default to gThumb.
And now I've moved to Shotwell, because that's now the default in Ubuntu. I'm thinking about Lyn on my Mac.
Other tools of interest:
Services for scanning old photos:
Tags + types. Tags can have types. If I want to get really funky, types can have relationships -- an ontology! For example, the "Eugene Eric Kim" tag could be of type "People." This would allow me to do faceted classification.
Collections (or albums) cannot be tags, because you want to be able to do special things, like define cardinality and other metadata within a collection. However, you ought to be able to assign a photo to multiple collections.
Favorites from Eugene Chan
Wide aperture (smaller f-stop) decreases depth of field and gives you blurry background.
Try increasing the ISO for darker shots or action shots.
My camera doesn't have aperture or shutter priority modes, but they're good features to be aware of.
A nice explanation of apertures and focal lengths, and why you can't get good depth-of-field in point-and-shoot cameras (like mine).
In general, to [get shallow depth-of field], especially w/ point-and-shoot cameras:
- Lower F-stop numbers (larger apertures)
- Longer focal lengths (zoom in)
- Get closer to the subject
High-Dynamic Range Images
The best tool for doing these on Linux seems to be metapixel: