jpeg2RAW Guest Spot


jpeg2RAW Guest Spot

An interview! LGM update! And Github?

Mike Howard, the host and creator of the jpeg2RAW podcast reached out to me last week to see if I might be able to come on the show to talk about Free Software Photography and what we’ve been up to here. One of the primary reasons for creating this site was to be able to raise awareness of the Free Software community to a wider audience.

So this is a great opportunity for us to expose ourselves!

Exposing Ourselves

The podcast airs live this Tuesday, February 23rd at 8PM Eastern (-0500). You can join us at the jpeg2RAW live podcast page! Mike has the live feed available to watch on that page and also has a chat server set up so viewers can interact with us live during the broadcast.

If you are free on Tuesday night then come on by and join us! I’ll be happy to field any questions you want answered (and that Mike asks) and will do my best to not embarrass myself (or our community). If you would like to make sure I address something in particular (or just don’t forget something), I also have a thread on discuss where you can make sure I know it.

I’m also looking for community members to submit some photos to help highlight our work and what’s possible with Free Software. Feel free to link them in the same thread as above. I’ve already convinced andabata to point us to some of his great macro shots (like that awesome lede image) and I’ll be submitting a few of my own images as well. If you have some works that you’d like to share please let me know!

In Case You Miss It

Mike has all of his prior podcasts archived on his Podcasts page. So if you miss the live show it looks like you’ll be able to catch up later at your convenience.

LGM Update

As mentioned previously we are heading to London for Libre Graphics Meeting 2016! We’ve got a flat rented for a great crew to be able to stay together and we’re on track for a PIXLS meet up before LGM!

Speaking of people, I’m looking forward to being able to spend some time with some great folks again this year! We’ve got Tobias, Johannes, and Pascal making it out (I’m not sure that Simon, top below, will be making it out) from darktable, DrSlony and qogniw from RawTherapee, Andrea Ferrero creator of PhotoFlow, even Ofnuts (how cool is that?) may make it out!

![Darktable II|500x500](upload://1npEGWEiLBnduflF1Xc24n6BySQ.jpeg)
Pascal, Johannes, and Tobias (left to right, bottom row) will be there!

We’ve also already had a great response so far on our Pledgie campaign. The campaign is still running if you want to help out!

Click here to lend your support to: PIXLS.US at Libre Graphics Meeting 2016 and make a donation at !

If anyone is thinking they’d like to make it out to join us, please let me know as soon as possible so we can plan for space!

![Mairi (Further)|622x800](upload://OHBMWXtptt4j3pPpC8Z3KpsEpX.jpeg)
Looks like Mairi will be joining us!

My friend and model Mairi will also be making it out for the meeting. She’ll be on hand to help us practice lighting setups, model interactions, and will likely be shooting right along with the rest of us as well!

I’ll also be assembling slides for my presentation during LGM. I’ve got a 20 minute time slot to talk about the community we’ve been building here and the neat things our members have been up to (Filmulator, PhotoFlow, and more).

Speaking of slides and sharing information…

Github Organization

I’ve setup a Github Pixls organization so that we can begin to share various things. This came about after talking with @paperdigits on the post about the upcoming podcast at jpeg2RAW. We were talking about ways to share information and assets for creating/delivering presentations about Free Software photography.

At the moment there is only the single repository Presentations as we are figuring out structure. I’ve uploaded my slides and notes from the LGM2015 State of the Libre Graphics presentation announcing PIXLS. If you’re on Github and want to join us just let me know!

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Seriously? Not a single person wants to comment on the opportunity to expose oursevles?!

Here I was so proud of that line… :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

Unfortunately here in Europe it will be the middle of the night, and I have an hard day of work waiting for me on Wednesday :wink:
I’d really love to participate, if only I was on the other side of the Ocean!

Good luck, I’m sure you’ll do a really great job to promote all of us!

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Thanks! I’ll do my best to not screw up! :wink:

At least the show will be archived to watch later on!

You have no idea how hard it was to avoid being silly again. Like, seriously hard.


That was a great show Pat, what a great FLOSS ambassador ! :wink:

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Just watched the show on YouTube. I think you got the balance spot on, shame it didn’t go on longer, but a follow up show doing what you suggested will be great.

So, well done and a BIG thank you. :grinning:

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Thanks! I do think a follow-up from start to finish would go a long ways to helping newcomers see that there’s a perfectly viable workflow in Free Software. :slight_smile:

You did a great job @patdavid ! :slightly_smiling:

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Thank you! Hopefully I didn’t embarrass myself or anyone else. :wink: Next time we’ll wow them with some neat solid examples!

Yes, you did a really great job!
Never heard of this podcast, but it seems very interesting. So thanks for that too. :wink:
Hoping for more great podcasts with you that dig deeper into the stuff.

And one little tiny thing.
Photoshop has the “blend if” function in their layer styles, which would be the same like darkrooms paramatic masks.
But seems not be in Lightroom though.

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@patdavid, great show… I just watched it on YouTube… I really enjoyed the way the show went, and I have to say your knowledge on applications working on the various apps was pretty impressive. I’m struggling with just one or two… and I haven’t ever mastered layers…

Well done. I think you did well show casing the FOSS software options and I think the two hosts were very good with their acceptance and willingness to ask and explore the software options.

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Thanks for the kind words! :slightly_smiling:

I’m glad the consensus has been that I didn’t do too bad. I feel like I could have done better personally. The hosts were super nice and congenial and hopefully we’ll get a chance to do more to showcase the projects in the future! :slight_smile:


Yeah, I hope you do get a chance to go back, it opened their eyes and possibly a few others eyes with what can be used for digital imagery in open source.


Pat, I think you did a great job in explaining that 90% of the people could perform their workflow with FOSS with minimal adjustments to their current way of working. I am surprised how little people know, and are happily spending $$ each month without taking the time to explore the alternatives.
I found the demoing less convincing, due to technical limitations.
It would be nice to have some follow ups and get the chance to go in-depth on specific topics like raw-processing and pixel-editi, but in order to give a good impression, the screenrecording needs to be improved.

But all in all: a job well done!



Pat, thanks for doing the interview, you indeed did a great job. I was able to watch it yesterday night, a couple of days after its release. That brings me to my question: I am curious if you have seen a change in the activity on Do you see any difference in the site’s statistics after the show, was there some impact?

Do you mean that you need a new web cam? :wink:

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Thanks! :smiley:

The activity on the site over the 5 days (with the showtime, Tuesday in the middle) looks like this (Blue was show week, Orange the same timeframe previous):

We had a slight bump in overall session over that time period, as well as users.

The Pageviews, Pages/Session, Duration, and Bounce Rate all went down - presumably influenced by viewers who only came for the show and then left? It seems plausible.

Yes! I absolutely do need a new webcam! :movie_camera:

Does “Users” refer to users that create an account? More than 1000 users on the site? And that means 12% more accounts than the week before? Sounds impressive.

[Edit] Hm, checked the about page and there the user statistics are different, seems to be a different measure. More than 300 users with account is still impressive.

Actually, “Users” could be anonymous viewers as well - not necessarily those that create an account on the site. We currently have over 350 registered users, over half of which are active, Trust Level 1 users.