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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

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AutoEye is designed as a plug-in that performs quick image corrections. It provides access to tools for fine tuning your adjustments and can be used as a photo editor plug-in or as a stand-alone program.

AutoEye's Automatic Photo Adjustments
The strength of AutoEye lies in its...

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

I just got a call from a digital photographer we all know and who is one of the pioneers and chief practitioners of the craft. He related the awful tale that we hear all too often these days--that his computer crashed and all the data on his hard drive was gone. Luckily, he had been backing up all along, on CDs and a separate hard drive.

If...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

As the price of wide format photo printers like the ones offered by Epson, Canon, and HP continues to come down, more and more digital photo enthusiasts are adding them to their digital darkrooms. For less than $400, you can now print photo quality 11x14" images (actually, up to 13x19), saving money and time without sending these prints out to a photo lab.

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Jon Canfield Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

This month I'm going to focus on optimizing your digital images for display on the web. The biggest challenge most photographers face is creating a good print, but web display can be just as challenging and has its own unique set of needs. Images shown on the web or in e-mail need to find a balance between the size and the quality of the file. Too much compression to reduce...

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Roger W. Hicks & Frances E. Schultz Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

The name may not be catchy, but it is a fine piece of truth in advertising. Kaiser's Studio Out of the Box comes in a box and it's a sort of mini-studio for making small product shots for catalogs, insurance purposes, documenting collections, posting on websites, and many other applications. It's usable even by non-photographers: all you need is a light or two...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

What happens when you go back to the drawing board and redesign a successful product? If you were to base your answer on some of the movie sequels that have come out, the results would not be good. Thankfully, Pantone ColorVision has avoided the Hollywood syndrome and come out with a real winner. The recently introduced new version of the popular Spyder hardware calibration system...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

If anything over the years characterizes doing photography digitally, it is Adobe's Photoshop--now the standard mainstay application at the heart of a digital darkroom. I can't remember now just how many years ago I was introduced to Adobe's yet-to-be-released PhotoDeluxe 1.0 at a Comdex computer show. I was impressed with PhotoDeluxe at its beginning...

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

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One of the few problems with digital image capture is you tend to shoot more photographs than if you had to pay for processing them. (You really have to pay for all these extra images--there is no free digital lunch--but that's a topic for another story.) If you're gonna shoot lots of pictures...

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Howard Millard Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

Does it seem that your hard drive is filling up with digital image files faster than the speed of light? Where in the world is that shot you took last summer of Steve water-skiing, and whatever happened to those great photos from the trip to Death Valley that you want to e-mail to a friend? Whether your digital pictures are from a digital camera, scans from prints, negatives, or...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments

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Although most digital cameras produce clean images at low ISO settings, digital noise often degrades images made at higher ISO levels. Resembling colored specks that are visible especially in shadow areas, noise can be prominent in ISO 800 and higher images made with a digital SLR. It's even more problematic...

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

Further Information
Ulead CD & DVD PictureShow 3 Deluxe
http://www.ulead.com

Finding a convenient way to share your photos with others is often a challenge. Printing extra copies of your images gets expensive, and building web pages to share your images can be a time consuming task. Ulead CD...

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Howard Millard Posted: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

Since I reviewed Version 2 over a year ago, Extensis has significantly upgraded its powerful PhotoFrame software, a plug-in to create a tremendous variety of exciting image frames and border effects. With the new Version 2.5, you can quickly create an unlimited array of effects from high-quality frames designed by professional artists, or use the included Instant Frame and Instant...

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

Ulead SmartSaver Pro Quick Look
· Batch processing
· $59.95 (Street price)
· Opens two dozen different file formats

Further Information
Ulead SmartSaver Pro
http://www.ulead.com

Most of the plug-ins I've looked at have been designed to...

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Howard Millard Posted: Dec 01, 2004 0 comments

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nik Color Efex Pro 2 Quick Look
· 75 filters
· $299.95 (Street price)
· True Light processing

Further Information
nik Color Efex Pro 2
http://www.nikmultimedia.com

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Jon Canfield Posted: Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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If you're anything like me, you have wasted time, paper, and ink, and pulled hair out trying to achieve the perfect print from your digital files--especially neutral black and white prints. There are many solutions available, some that are very specific in nature, and others that cover...

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