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This could be wrong or could be right. I do not know, but what I have seen is that since the COVID-19 pandemic started, businesses have been struggling with how to get the income. Sadly, some indispensable businesses know their status and they have started to impose new fees. The telecommunication industry is no exception; since November 2020 at some point, carriers started to apply a short call policy with a fee. If the policy already existed and not enforced, I can't tell, but what I can is the charge. If you ask one of them why the charge, they will answer they try to stop dialers. Again, nobody can tell if this is the real reason.

Possible Scenarios

Fortunately, a short call definition for everybody is any answered call that is six or fewer seconds in length. When a call is terminated (outgoing call made), if the callee answers and the call is hung up before 6 seconds, the fee applies. There are two possible scenarios:

  1. the call is finished by the callee and
  2. the call is finished by the caller.

Read more: Fighting the Short Calls Policy Imposed by VoIP Carriers (Part 1)

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It is very disappointing when you are shooting mixed scenarios where there are dark and light areas all over it. Photos are not right, bright parts are overexposed if you want that the dark ones to appear or dark areas are underexposed because bright parts are looking good. For example a sunset, a moon landscape or even a Christmas tree. Our eyes are used to see in HDR mode but the camera doesn't capture what we see, after all, it is just a sensor.

HDR images are the kind of images that have managed to let you enjoy the dark and bright parts of a scene. They are the product of a post-edition.

In this article, I will explain how to produce an HDR photo taking advance of the AEB capability of modern digital cameras and post-editing with Darktable. Please note I am a Canon user, if I use their terms just translate them to other brands. I am also an open-source advocate myself, do not expect I write for any other commercial proprietary software.

These photos were taken using a Canon 90D using a prime lens 50mm f/1.8. The camera had the D+ enabled (a personal preference; thus, ISO 200 is the minimum I could use). The EXIF information as follows: 1/10s, f/1.8, 50mm, ISO 200.

Read more: Creating HDR Photos using the Canon AEB feature & Darktable

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One of the most exciting things I think modern photography has is the ability to make special effects thanks to the computer. I have always been fascinated by mixing colour with blank & white elements. So, after giving a fast reading to the Darktable 3.2 manual, I found a way to create the effect I want: blank and white but one colour.

Who doesn't remember that dark scene of the Schindler's List film where a girl in a red jacket is walking. Then a few minutes later, you identify her corpse from a pile of bodies. Well, I will show how to make this happen, but with a more joyful image.

The picture above was taken by me with my Canon 90D in the last Christmas Parade 2020 in my local city. The left picture is the original JPEG from the camera, the middle one is the product of the RAW processed with Darktable and the right one is the same photo with the additional effect of a monochrome photo while keeping red-orange colours. There it is what I did.

Read more: Converting Photos to Monochrome but One Colour with Darktable

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