PixelPeeper.io

So, in the Web Whip this week I included a link to PixelPeeper.io, a website where you can upload a JPG image and, if it hasn't had its metadata stripped, see the Lightroom adjustments that have been made. Well seems the world of photography as a love/hate relationship with the site, that is largely unfounded... because... you've actually always been able to do this in Photoshop!

To confirm that PixelPeeper does what it claims to, I uploaded one of my images to the site to see the results.

PixelPeeper Preview

As you can see from the Lightroom screenshot below, these are indeed the settings I applied.

Lightroom Screenshot

So yes, PixelPeeper does indeed do what it says it does. But as I said in my lead... you can also get this information from Photoshop directly. It's just not as pretty to view:

  1. Open Photoshop
  2. Open a JPEG image
  3. Go to File > File Info...
  4. Click on the Raw Data option in the left hand column
  5. You'll now be looking at the xml data that PixelPeeper.io renders nicely for you. If you scroll down to the section where the elements in the xml start with crs you'll be looking at the Camera Raw Settings that have been applied to the image, basically the things that were tweaked in Lightroom (or Adobe Camera Raw).

Below you'll see a screenshot of the xml for the image above with the section containing, most of, the settings shown in the screenshots above. So while the internet seems in a hullabaloo about the whole thing, it has long been an option for the you to see.

Camera Raw Settings

One caveat though to this information: Often an image will be loaded into Lightroom, tweaked, opened in photoshop, edited, brought back to Lightroom and tweaked again before output, at least that's sometimes my workflow. So if you think you'll be able to replicate someone's image style based purely on the information PixelPeeper.io is presenting, I think you'll find your images don't quite match up if you're just going on the info above. But it's still not a bad thing to play around with if you're experimenting or wanting to see how an image may have been put together.

As the linked article also mentioned, you'll not get any info from images on sites like Instagram and Facebook, these and others strip the metadata from images they serve. Most likely because they resize them rather than display the original, and also because although incredibly small in size, when you're serving billions of images, that tiny bit of data adds up quickly.

Upcoming

Workshop: Matt Cutting

To help out members who don't regularly mount their printed works we're putting on a special informal meeting a week prior to our official start so you can enter prints into our first competition of the year. There will be folks who regularly matt their own work in attendance to help us out and they'll have the equipment and matt board required for you to use. 

Bring along the prints you wish to make matts for and go away having made your first matts and armed with the knowledge you need to enter prints throughout the year.

Brooklyn Community Hall
6th February 2018 7:00 pm
Presentation: Mercury Megaloudis - Portraiture

Mercury runs a successful portrait photography studio in Strathmore and has been a recipient of multiple AIPP awards for portraiture, family photograph and weddings. Mercury will be graciously sharing his knowledge about portraiture during his presentation.

You can find Mercury at his website Megagraphics Photography.

Entries due for Competition 1 - Monochrome

Brooklyn Community Hall
13th February 2018 7:45 pm

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