Photography

A few thoughts about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01

A friend recently told me that he wanted an ultra compact camera that has 28mm wide angle lens. While browsing on the net, I found Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01. It has 28mm – 102mm zoom lens, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization),  4.7 oz (empty) and costs about $239.99. If you search reviews or read user opinions, you might find people love everything about this camera except noise in low-light situations. If you have concern about it, this user opinion might help to set your expectations in a constructive way. If you want to spend a little more money, there are two newer models: DMC-FX50 and DMC-FX07. 

A few ImageMagic notes

ImageMagic is a collection of useful command line tools that  allows you to edit an image without using a heavyweight photo editing application like Photoshop or GIMP. This is great for batch processing a large volume of images. Here are a few tasks that I found useful for my own uses:

To rotate an image:

convert -rotate <degree> <src file> <target file>

To resize an image:

convert -geometry 800x600 <src file> <target file>

To add watermark:

composite -dissolve 50% -gravity SouthEast -geometry +5+5 <watermark file> <src file> <target file>

composite command deserves an additional comment. The -dissolve option defines how visible you want the watermark image to appear on your target image. -gravity option defines which side/corner you want to place the watermark in the target image. The choices are NorthWest, North, NorthEast, West, Center, East, SouthWest, South, SouthEast -geometry option allows you to define offset values on the placement after applied -gravity option. In the command above, the input values will cause the watermark image to move 5 units (first +5) left of the right boarder and 5 units (second +5) above the bottom border. So there is a little bit of space between the boarder of the target image and the border of the watermark.

See official web site for more information.