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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 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...

George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2009 1 comments

The photokina trade fair held in Cologne, Germany, every two years has a solid reputation for previews and announcements meant to shake up the practices and worldviews of photographers, be they amateur or pro. This can come in the form of products real and imagined, with some making it to shelves and others just a wistful dream of designers and engineers who hope what they propose will become the...

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

Given the fact that Macs have always been popular among photographers, and that there are now more Mac users than ever, I felt it was high time for an article focusing on affordable Photoshop alternatives for Mac OS X.

ArcSoft’s PhotoStudio 4
PhotoStudio 4 is a graphic editor with a good selection of features and a focus on photo editing. The interface is...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

Now on Version 11, it’s hard to imagine that Photoshop can continue to make large changes. It seems that just about everything but the kitchen sink is already in the application, but once again Adobe has found ways to take a mature application and improve it. In this overview, I’ll give you a first look at the new features you’ll find in CS4.

First up, and a...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Nov 01, 2008 1 comments

The original Nikon Capture NX could be compared to a four-cylinder vehicle: it would take you where you wanted to go when it came to raw conversion of Nikon NEF files, but it wasn’t the best ride for image editing. Compared to that, the newly released Capture NX 2 can be described as a six-cylinder roadster—sleek, yet powerful enough for a long drive. The additions and changes add...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

Someday an innovative manufacturer will market a memory card that changes color as it fills with images, then changes back again when it’s downloaded. Such a feature would make it easier to determine which cards are ready for formatting. That wouldn’t stop us from accidentally deleting a keeper now and again, but it might help us steer clear of total calamity. However, until...

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

In just about any discussion of photo editors for Windows, Corel’s PHOTO-PAINT is widely considered to be the high-end competition to Adobe’s Photoshop. Earlier this year, Corel released Version X4 (Version 14) of PHOTO-PAINT. This version ships with numerous new features. The most obvious change to PHOTO-PAINT is the addition of the Welcome Screen that displays when opening the...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Sep 01, 2008 0 comments

When it comes to choosing a display for your computer to do photographic image editing and color correction there is an old saying, "You can't control what you can't see." This should be your primary guide as to what to buy. ViewSonic has been a brand name associated with monitors and displays from the earliest days of personal computers and the company...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Sep 01, 2008 0 comments

By the time you are reading this it will be almost a year and a half since Adobe Systems introduced Photoshop Lightroom (LR) 1.0. The introduction of the original version of LR took place after an extensive period of online beta testing by photographers from all over the world. The full release was followed by a series of updates which steadily improved the functionality of the...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Sep 01, 2008 0 comments

In midwinter I had a sneak peek of a new color management product. I was lucky enough to get a beta unit then and have been using it for the past couple of months. But, I don't review beta products, so I've been holding out for the release version of the product, dubbed ColorMunki Photo (#1). The ColorMunki combines high-end technology with easy-to-use features and a...

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