Review: JPEGmini Capture One Plugin (You’ll Want It)

JPEGmini is bringing its fantastic algorithms to Capture One, finally!

When we first reviewed JPEGmini, we were pleased with the results it gave us. I never ended up using it as it couldn’t integrate easily into Capture One Pro. But that’s over now; today there is a release for JPEGmini as a plugin for Capture One accompanying the announcement that it will finally be available for PC too. If you’ve ever seen the show Silicon Valley, think of JPEGmini as Pied Piper for images. It’s an algorithm that heavily compresses images without quality loss. For a publication like ours that regularly uploads 100 images roughly to reviews, JPEGmini is going to be a significant space saver.

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Compress Your Images Without Compromising Quality with Squoosh

Remember when it took forever to download images on dialup? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Images on the web have been increasing in size throughout the years, and the displays we are viewing these images on have followed suit accordingly. High resolution desktop monitors and large mobile phone displays have become the norm, but unless you’re paying for the fastest internet plan, chances are these large images online will still take a second to load. This is where the recently launched browser utility Squoosh comes in. An open sourced project created by the fine folks over at Google Chrome Labs, Squoosh promises to “make images smaller using best-in-class codecs, right in the browser.”

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Four Outstanding Telephoto Lenses to Pack in Your Bag for Landscape Photography

Landscape photography isn’t always about sweeping panorama’s and wide angle lenses; telephoto lenses have place in this genre too.

When it comes to landscape photography most people think about using wide and ultra-wide lenses to shoot images that show wide sweeping vistas, mountain ranges, or large portions of countryside. But sometimes focusing on one tiny area of detail can offer much more impact. Telephoto lenses are able to bring far away objects to us, and they offer amazing compression which can lead to some incredibly dramatic shots.

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Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz’s Latest Shoot Continues His Stopping Liquids at High Speed

Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz recently shot an ad for Atom Compression Wear using his signature look.

When I think about photographers who are really, truly unique, the name Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz of course comes to mind. Very few have been able to do what he does. We’ve covered lots of his work in the past with him making it really big with his Milky Pinups, then Splash Heroes, Bamboo ForestFallen Angels, and Splashscreen. But his latest project is much more commercial and done for Atom Compression Wear.

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How to Choose the Right Portrait Lens for You

Portrait photography, in general, is one of the most popular niches in the industry and often one of the first things a new photographer attempts to master as they hone their craft. But a key to appealing portraits is making a good lens selection based on the look you are attempting to produce.

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Review: JPEGMini Pro

In an age where sensor resolution is getting higher and higher, those MB, GB, and TB on your computers at home are simply not getting you where they used to. The saying ‘Storage is Cheap’ is true, but only to a point, and a frugal photographer should always be looking for ways to cut back on the amount of storage space they need to store their images – both at home and on the web. The solution for this, at least when it comes to JPEG files, is JPEGMini – or at least that is what they claim it to be.

JPEGMini has been around for some time now, but as you would expect, many photographers are skeptical of any compression system that could possibly have a negative impact on quality or appearance of their images in print or digital. I was skeptical, so when they offered to let me test drive their Pro version while we met with them at Photo Plus, I took them up on it. Today it is time to share my thoughts on this software for you. Continue reading…

The Basics of Photography: J for JPEG

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Today, we continue our series covering the Basics of Photography with the letter J, and which subject would be more fitting than everyone’s favorite file format, JPEG. The file format which is commonplace in digital cameras, on the internet and in image editing software is used by millions of people around the world each day. But as with so many things that we use on a daily basis, we often know little about them. In this article, we’re going to talk about what JPEG actually is, how it works, and when and when not to use the format.

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JPEG Standard Receives Update, Now Supports up to 12-Bit Color Depth

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The Independent JPEG Group at the Leipzig Institute for Applied Informatics, which is responsible for defining the JPEG standard, has just released version 9.1 of the ‘libjpeg’ library. The updated software library now supports color depths of up to 12-bit for JPEG images, although these will probably not be supported by most mainstream softwares or camera makers any time soon. However, the press release states that the update may prove useful for professional applications such as printing or output on displays or projectors with a wide color gamut.

Additionally, the latest version of libjpeg supports new scaling functions as well as new compression options, including completely lossless compression. This part is especially interesting for photographers, as it means that the JPEG file format can now be used as an alternative to both raw and TIFF files for archiving images. For future versions of libjpeg, the IJG promises the support of HDR, though the press release does not mention anything specifically.

It’s good to see that the JPEG standard, which was first introduced 23 years ago in 1991, is still being updated continuously, despite its age. Considering that the file format is used in so many applications, photographic and otherwise, it’s safe to assume that the standard will remain relevant for a long time.

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JPEGmini, the Tool That Shrinks Your JPEGs, Is Now Available for Windows

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JPEGmini has been around for a while now, as a web-interface as well as a standalone app for Mac OS. The clever software that shrinks your JPEG files up to five times from their original size without compromising image quality ist now available as a standalone app for Windows as well. The great thing about JPEGmini is that it creates 100% compatible JPEG files, but uses a special compression algorithm to reduce file size even further, without degrading perceptional image quality. We’re not sure what wizardry they’re using, but you can learn more about it on their website.

JPEGmini can be purchased for US-$ 19.99 via the JPEGmini website or from B&H Photo.

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