JR Photo

Brussels Artist Photographer and World Traveler

Free koken plugin selection

For my photography website - jr-photo.be, I use koken CMS as I believe this is the most easy photo CMS on the market. But koken is nothing without plugins. Here is my selection of free plugin for koken photo CMS:
Instagram feed  - Eminos
Nice way to display your instagram feed on your Koken website. E.G: https://www.jr-photo.be/pages/instagram/
Email Endpoints - koken.me
Dependable emails via your own SMTP server or Mandrill.
Google Universal Analytics - Daniel Muller Github
Automatically add Google Universal Analytics code to any theme.
HTML Injector - koken.me
Add arbitrary content before the the closing head and body tags.
No Right click - Michael B. Rasmussen
Disable right clicking
Rich snippets and Structured Data for Google Search - Michael B. Rasmussen
Use markup code to add Rich snippets and structured data to your Koken installation. It is highly recommended after inputting the data that you test the script on Google rich snippet test console: https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool and upper right corner press new test and type your website url.
Semantic Images - Nikolas Hagelstein
Adds semantic information to images. For e.g. search engines. With those plugins, you have everything you need for your Photography website. You can check mine on jr-photo.be Enjoy!

Koken - Adding EXIF to Chastain theme

This website is based on Koken cms - http://koken.me/ and currently I'm using the free theme - Chastain.

According to me there is one big feature that is missing on this theme: the possibility to show the EXIF data of your pictures.

All your chastain theme files can be found in /storage/themes/chastain/

So, here we go!

First we need to create an /inc/exif.html page.
This html page will contain the different EXIF properties of your photo to be displayed. Here is a sample one: https://github.com/jonathanR79/koken/blob/master/chastain-exif/inc/exif.html

The next step is to customise the info.json file of Chastain theme to allow the possibility to turn on or off the display of EXIF data on your photo album or simply on your image content.
This is done by adding a show_exif setting like here: https://github.com/jonathanR79/koken/blob/master/chastain-exif/info.json

The last step is to modify album.lens and content.lens to effectivly display EXIF when wanted. Samples files:

All the customized file of this project can be find on my github https://github.com/jonathanR79/koken/tree/master/chastain-exif

Important: this customisation is lost if you update your theme. To get it permanent, you have to create a copy of your chastain theme.

About Noise Reduction...

Hello Photographers!!!

Starting with a good news: DxO Optics Essential 11 is free till the 30th of November! (Normal price is 129€)


It's only the Essential version but I wanted to try it out and specially the HQ Noise reduction feature. Note, that to get access to the PRIME noise reduction, you need the Elite edition which costs 199€.

Duck photo

Here is a cropped RAW photo of a little duck without any Noise Reduction - Sony A7II f/4.5 1/80 sec 55mm ISO 6400

Duck 6400ISO

DxO duck photo

The same picture with the HQ RAW Noise Reduction from DxO Optics without changing default settings:

DXO duck 6400ISO

Dfine duck photo

To compare with another software, here is the result on the same image with Dfine from Google Nik collection (free) with default settings - https://www.google.com/intl/fr/nikcollection/  

Dfine2 duck 6400ISO