100 megapixels or 400 megapixels sounds like a whole lot, doesn’t it? Well, large format wilderness photographer Ben Horne takes it even further and gets a 709.6-megapixel file. With a little help from his friend Michael Strickland, Ben scans his large format 8×10 slide film with a very high-resolution drum scanner. Check out his video to see the result and how he managed to do it.
If it happens to you to see a photo and wish you could recreate the look, you will find this website really handy. Piotr Chmolowski has launched Pixel Peeper, a website that reads EXIF data from JPG image and instantly shows what process was used for editing in Lightroom, as well as the camera settings. We chatted with Piotr about his project and the plans for the future, and it seems there will be a lot more useful stuff for photographers on this website.
If you’re in the market for a new camera or DSLR and are not familiar with Pixel Peeper, you may want to check out what the gear-centric website has to offer. Pixel Peeper essentially let’s users choose from a large selection of cameras and lenses, then allows users to further narrow down their search (should they choose to) by entering very specific exposure settings information. The website then serves as a search engine of sorts and returns back sample images whose EXIF data matches the user requested settings.
For an example of how it works, the screenshot at the top of the article is of a search for photos taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 50mm f1.4. The search is limited to exposures taken at an aperture between 1.4 and 5.6 and an ISO of 6400 or greater. In live version of the Pixel Peeper query, the thumbnail results show up under the search query, clicking them links you through to Flickr to inspect the full size image. The advanced search could be very useful if you’re looking to see how a camera performs at a high ISO, for example, or if you want to see the quality of a specific lens’ bokeh.