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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: May 01, 2009 0 comments

When you browse advertisements for notebook computers, you may be led to believe that the only differences between them are scientific-sounding technical specifications.

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Jack Neubart Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

The digital image age has raised many questions and concerns about the safety and protection of precious image files.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

Upon first inspection, Adobe’s Photoshop Express could be mistaken for an attempt to popularize a diluted version of the image-editing software we all love and can’t live without.

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Noise in digital photographs is the visual equivalent of the static you hear in AM radio signals and the unvarnished truth is that most digital cameras add some level of noise to image files.

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John Brandon Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

What if you could take a physical light box—like that ancient cabinet model you once used for viewing slides—and put it inside your computer?

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Jack Neubart Posted: Mar 01, 2009 1 comments

I thought that transferring my files to an external drive was all that I needed to ensure the safety of my photo library—until that external drive crashed!

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Portraiture 2 is a Photoshop-compatible plug-in that also works with Photoshop Elements.

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Steve Bedell Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

I’ve used LucisArt 2 for years to enhance detail and discover information in my image files; indeed, every pro I know has LucisArt and uses it to either sharpen detail or create amazing effects. But the basic LucisArt platform now seems crude compared to the latest, more sophisticated version. The older, basic version had several effects that you could choose from and a small window that...

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Joseph A. Dickerson Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Whether it’s with film using my large format gear or capturing multiple images on my digital camera to be stitched together later in the computer, I’m nuts for panoramas.

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Howard Millard Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Whether you’re starting with a portrait, landscape, or still life, it’s easy to use edge effects to give your images a distinctive look. The software we will be looking at goes from the “traditional” to the “edgy.” Most are plug-ins, but some also work as stand-alone programs, and one system is comprised of image files. Many offer literally thousands of...

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Howard Millard Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Whether you shoot raw or JPEG, whether you’re on the Windows or Mac platform, the latest edition of DxO Optics Pro, Version 5.3, offers sophisticated automated image enhancement and raw conversion.

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John Brandon Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Workflow has become an important topic in photography. I know it is for me. After a shoot, I’ll rummage through photos on a MacBook Pro trying to pick a few that are worth publishing on my Flickr page, saving several for my permanent archive, and using a small handful for Photoshop experimentation. Of course, you can browse photos on the digital camera itself right after you take a series...

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Steve Bedell Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

Fun and retouching aren’t usually words found in the same sentence.

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Jerry Courvoisier Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

This is an excerpt from the chapter on “Global Develop Corrections” found in “Lessons in DSLR Workflow for Lightroom and Photoshop” by Jerry Courvoisier, published by Peachpit Press.

Because of the non-destructive nature of the adjustments in Lightroom, experiment is the key word here. You will learn more without the fear that you are degrading the image. Not every...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

The biggest news at photokina this year was perhaps the unveiling of Photoshop CS4, advancing this imaging application’s reputation as the leader in its field. But if you’re more interested in using other apps for raw conversion and workflow management alone (with some editing thrown in), then you’ll be happy to learn that there are also new iterations of Bibble, ACDSee Pro, and...

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