Every now and again, I find myself with a pile of telephoto shots of something which was very hard to focus on properly, where I want to select the best few images and crop them for display. If I’ve made a hundred images, this can get very tedious – I have to manually zoom in on each one to see how sharp it is before comparing it to the next.
Tedious, repetitive, tasks. Surely, this is something a computer can do for me? Lo and behold, imagemagick saves the day…
convert -crop 1024x768+1632+1040 *.JPG -set filename:f 'crop_%t.%e' +adjoin '%[filename:f]'
..takes a series of 4288×2848 pictures, crops out the centre 1024×768, and drops this into a seperate file called crop_FILENAME. Skimming through these is far quicker…
I know, I know, trivial solutions. But it saves me a lot of time. And as a result:
…pictures of the woodpecker outside my living-room window, shot with a D90 and an old manually focused f/5.5 300m lens.
It works! I had almost two hundred frames to run through to find these (which may explain why they waited a month and a half for me to get around to it…)