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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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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

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People who use digital cameras tend to shoot more images than when they had to pay for film and processing, but management and organization of these digital files is not free. You need software to organize those images...

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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

All Photos © 2004, Joe Farace, All Rights Reserved

I never much liked any of Adobe Systems' previous versions of Photoshop Elements. Sure, the program had its place as an $99 alternative for digital imagers on a budget, however, the interface was confusing, trying too hard to be easy to use, and in the process making it more complicated than the...

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

Once you use a pen and tablet for your digital darkroom work you rarely go back to mousing around. Aside from avoiding repetitive stress problems, working with a pen and tablet makes the work faster, smoother, and in all ways cooler. Wacom Technology Corporation, whose pens and tablets have been with us for years, seems to be on a constant...

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Howard Millard Posted: Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

Say the words "color management" and some digital photographers and printers break into a sweat. Others swear that what they don't know can't hurt them. But most believe that taking control of color management is essential to a...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

These days, digital minilabs from Agfa and Fuji have made producing inexpensive, good looking prints directly from memory cards as easy as shooting film, but just as the person who wants to create more expressive film images needs the creative control...

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