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A Picture Says A Thousand Words

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

A diving couple coming up from a morning dive said it best: WOW!

Frankentray about to go in the water.

Follow our “Cayman Adventure” all week!

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How To Get The Best Vacation Photos

How To Get The Best Vacation Photos

You traveled how far and spent how much on your vacation?

On location in Grand Cayman, we’re creating a one-stop information source for cell phones through point and shoot cameras that have both topside and underwater photo capabilities.

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Celebrating the Spirit of Christmas Past

Celebrating the Spirit of Christmas Past

As you dig into your personal cache of treasured holiday memories, here are a few ways you can bring the spirit of Christmas to life using old photos.

As Charles Dickens showed us in his classic novella A Christmas Carol, reflecting on memories of holidays past can help guide us on our path to creating joyful memories in our present and future. Whether it's looking back on the Christmastime of our youth, exploring the holidays of our parents and grandparents, or even reliving the celebrations of a bygone era, photos are the gateway to the spirit of Christmas past.

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Remembering America's Heroes Through Photos

Remembering America's Heroes Through Photos

Nov. 11 is a day that we reflect and give thanks for our brave military heroes.

Every year on Nov. 11, millions of people across the U.S. take time to reflect and give thanks to the countless Americans over the centuries who have fought bravely for our country in times of war, kept the peace, and engaged in humanitarian efforts as well. At Vivid-Pix, the activity to remember and honor our military heroes has particular significance: CEO Rick Voight is father to an active-duty daughter, and as a company, we take the greatest pride in supporting veterans' service organizations. Part of this includes volunteering and donating to the Patriots for Disabled Divers organization, a group of volunteers who work with scuba diving centers and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors to help physically and psychologically affected patriots when they come home.

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Shot in the Dark: Taking great low-light photos

Shot in the Dark: Taking great low-light photos

Low light can present a serious challenge for even the most seasoned photographers.

Low light can present a serious challenge for even the most seasoned photographers. Light is the most important part of how we perceive images and all photography involves capturing the light reflecting off of a physical object. 

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The Vivid-Pix Fall Photo Contest: Get social and win prizes!

The Vivid-Pix Fall Photo Contest: Get social and win prizes!

The Vivid-Pix Fall Photo Contest is back!

From now until November 14, 2016, we're inviting everyone to share their favorite fall photos that have been fixed up using any Vivid-Pix software product - from RESTORE to SCUBA to LAND & SEA - for the chance to win great prizes!

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What did you do on your summer vacation?

What did you do on your summer vacation?

The memories of the fun we had are what can help get through some of the chilly days to come

The memories of the fun we had can help us get through some of the chilly days to come. We've all seen when our social media feeds fill up with people posting images of fun in the sun on their vacations. 

Did you take some time this summer to visit some exotic locale? How about a relaxing tropical cruise? Or what about a trip to a famous theme park? Documenting and sharing trips and summer happenings can be a great way to help connect with friends and family over your travels, but be careful: Experts say that "oversharing" pictures can have some unintended consequences. 

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Tree Photography: it's even possible in New York City - by Amy Horton

Tree Photography: it's even possible in New York City - by Amy Horton

Sometimes you don’t know how what you’re missing until it’s gone.

That might sound like something out of the diary of a scorned lover, but what I am referring to is trees. Growing up in Sacramento, California, trees were not just something you saw at the local park or nature reserve. Topiaries lined the sidewalks of downtown streets and filled front yards, backyards, shopping malls - you name it! In fact, someone did name Sacramento the “City of Trees” because of the fact that it contains the most per capita (that’s per person), in the entire world. There’s even a highway-side water tower proclaiming this namesake.

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Father’s Day: A time to RESTORE some memories - by Amy Horton

Father’s Day: A time to RESTORE some memories - by Amy Horton

For Father’s Day this year, I decided to put a digital spin on an analog favorite and retouch some old photographs of my family. Since my dad still has a flip phone, using Instagram or Snapchat filters were out of the question. For this task, I used Vivid-Pix’s RESTORE software to correct and freshen up these dusty memories.

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RAW, RAW, RAW!

RAW, RAW, RAW!

"RAW, RAW, RAW!…that’s the spirit!”  I hear this all the time from a number of folks who shoot RAW with their cameras.

 

So let’s talk about image formats.  And by "talk,” I really mean converse.  I’d like to hear what you think.  Note that I am at least vaguely aware I don’t know everything.

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Connecting With Pictures

Connecting With Pictures

We’re pleased to begin providing articles on improving your Restoration/Throwback images.  We’re also pleased to be working with Rachel LaCour-Niesen of www.SaveFamilyPhotos.com / #savefamilyphotos.  

The below “conversation” begins this collaboration with a topic that is near and dear to all of our hearts – the connection to our past that photography provides.  Both the images and the stories they suggest allow us to be a little closer to those no longer with us.

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Vivid-Pix Announces RESTORE Photo Software

Vivid-Pix Announces RESTORE Photo Software

Software brings back color and clarity to old photos with one click

“With digital technology, pictures can be scanned and improved by businesses specializing in genealogy, scrapbooking, and photography right in the shop. Vivid-Pix RESTORE is also suitable for hobbyists and amateurs. -- Rick Voight, CEO, Vivid-Pix"

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 03, 2016

Vivid-Pix, the inventor of underwater-image improvement software, has expanded its portfolio with the release of Vivid-Pix RESTORE for Windows.

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Deb Albright wins grand prize in Vivid-Pix photo contest

Deb Albright wins grand prize in Vivid-Pix photo contest

There’s a lot of hard jobs in the imaging software business, but few compare to the difficulty we had selecting the grand-prize winners for our photo contest. There were some amazing photos made better by the Vivid-Pix fix.

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A Vastly Under Appreciated Skill In Underwater Photography

A Vastly Under Appreciated Skill In Underwater Photography

Hi Vivid-Pixers! The first two images discussed in this blog were created in oceans that are halfway around the world from each other. In addition to that, the images were created were significantly different camera systems. The shot of the rosy-lipped batfish resting on the sand was created with a macro lens at Costa Rica’s Cocos Island.

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Create Good Pre-Dive Habits To Help Make Great Photographs

Create Good Pre-Dive Habits To Help Make Great Photographs

Hi Vivid-Pixers,

In all of my previous blogs I have written about techniques involving things you want to consider or do during a dive. This blog is a bit different in that I will be discussing some things that you will want to do before your dives as you prepare and assemble your camera system.

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One-Click Editing with Vivid-Pix - We test the editing capabilities of Vivid-Pix with .jpg images from La Paz

One-Click Editing with Vivid-Pix - We test the editing capabilities of Vivid-Pix with .jpg images from La Paz

Read the article "One-Click Editing with Vivid-Pix - We test the editing capabilities of Vivid-Pix with .jpg images from La Paz" written by By Brent Durand that appeared on the Underwater Photography Guide website

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Fill A Pleasing Percentage Of Your Frame

Fill A Pleasing Percentage Of Your Frame

One of the pitfalls for underwater photographers, especially newer shooters, is failing to have their subject fill a pleasing percentage of their photographic frame. All too often, the result is a fantastic subject that is too small in an image. In short, the best way to describe a picture like that is “an opportunity lost”.

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I'm pleased to see the seas

I'm pleased to see the seas

This is so cool...

Pardon me for the dated use of “cool.”  I don’t have a better way to express what I feel. 

I live in upstate New York, USA.  No, not skyscrapers and concrete...this is primarily farm country.  Think apples and dairy cows.  And I actually enjoy living on what many people would consider the frozen tundra.  As my daughter says, “The cold does not seem to affect you the way it does most people.”  Yes.  This is one of the positive attributes of Swedish and German heritage.

Heritage aside, it is absolutely great that I receive images from all over the world.  Since I am responsible for the support of our Vivid-Pix software programs, I often have the chance to receive imagery captured by people on dive expeditions all over the globe.  I can’t tell you how great this is.  Don’t stop.

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Making Photographs

Making Photographs

Hi Vivid-Pixers!

If you watch new underwater photographers as I have over the years, you would surely see that a significant percentage of them that try to take pictures of dozens of subjects on almost every dive. I often explain their style as “shooting at anything with gills”.  

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Waves of Grain

Waves of Grain

Though certainly not the norm, occasionally some photos can come out grainy.  

When an image is very dark, or very low contrast, the potential for graininess rises.  In particular, when your camera is forced to boost the low light level that it captures, the image may become grainy.  You may not realize this is happening because cameras generally make this boost automatically.  And some cameras do this boosting much better than others.

In order to enhance the contrast so that we see the image in a more dynamic and pleasing way, we are essentially amplifying the differences between pixels.  If the image contains a good amount of visual noise (unwanted small image artifacts), the noise is amplified along with the image and becomes more noticeable in the form of graininess.  There are filtering techniques that can be applied to reduce this, and we use them, but they must be used sparingly lest the image become “cartoony” due to over-smoothing the image.

Also, when an image is sharpened, it tends to bring out the graininess.  Sharpening amplifies the differences between pixels, and visual noise or grain is exactly that...differences between nearby pixels.  We have chosen a sharpening technique that minimizes this effect by attempting to sharpen only the actual “edges” of the objects in the image, but the technique is not perfect.  Also note that the effect shows differently with different image content. For example, you rarely see graininess in the sand, but a “clear” blue background makes it obvious.  Grain is also reproduced differently in different size images, with small images like our side by side being more prone to the problem than larger image files.

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