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Sally Wiener Grotta and Daniel Grotta Posted: Jun 16, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 2 comments
No question about it, the iPad was one of the coolest products launched in 2010, or any other year. The truth of that statement lies in the gazillions of units Apple has sold (over one million a month). But is the iPad a must-have for photographers, or just another tech gizmo?
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Cris Daniels Posted: Jan 01, 2004 0 comments

Paint Shop Pro 8 is the latest version of Jasc Software's premier image-editing software package for Windows. Sharing many of the same capabilities of more expensive image-editing software, Paint Shop Pro 8 provides the resources to create and manipulate images with complete flexibility by...

Chris Maher and Larry Berman Posted: Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

The Internet offers photographers great opportunities to share their work with friends, family, and potential buyers. But getting your images in shape to be seen quickly and easily requires that you optimize and compress it into a JPEG format. JPEG compressed images are universally recognized by all...

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

There are literally thousands of plug-ins available for Adobe's Photoshop, from expensive applications created by major software vendors to freeware created by part-time graphic programmers. However, seldom does a plug-in have as close a relationship to Photoshop as Red Giant Software's Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop. The plug-in was created by Photoshop co-creator...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Jul 13, 2012 Published: Jun 01, 2012 1 comments
Photographers, especially those dealing with large numbers of images, are always looking for ways to speed up the workflow and spend less time in front of a computer and more time behind a camera. Applications like Lightroom have improved the process tremendously, making cataloging and image adjustments easier and faster than before. If you have adjustments that you apply frequently, you can use presets to make it a single-click process, applying a number of adjustments in one operation.

Kevin Kubota has been providing presets and tools for both Photoshop and Lightroom users for quite a while now, and one of his products is a combination of a package of presets for Lightroom and a mini keyboard from RPG Keys that looks much like a numeric keypad on your keyboard. Available as a bundle for $349, or as a rental for $19.95 per month after a $49 setup fee, you get over 100 presets that do everything from black-and-white conversions to skin tone enhancements (and a number of interesting edge effects).

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2007 1 comments

Kevin Kubota has been putting together Actions for Photoshop for many years. His latest releases add to the already incredible artistic inventory he has made available to photographers and graphic artists alike. Just what are Actions? Simply put, they are scripts or a series of steps to obtain a certain result. If you were to create your own Action in Photoshop you would use the...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 15, 2012 Published: Feb 01, 2012 120 comments
If you are a serious digital photographer you probably have a good D-SLR camera. And you expect it will capture sharp, finely focused, high-quality photographic images. It follows that the display you choose should be capable of reproducing all the attributes and qualities your camera has recorded. Most of the displays sold with computers in box stores, however, are not much better at reproducing photographs than the old-type big and heavy CRTs we had back in the mid-1990s.
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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

The very first LCD display that was designated "professional," and specifically intended for use by photographers and graphic artists, was a LaCie Photon Blue model, which I reported on in the past. So when LaCie announced a new 300 Series of three different sized models for professional use, I thought it time to look at LaCie's LCD displays again.

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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2007 1 comments

Technical Specifications
LaCie 320 LCD Monitor, Item Number: 130734
Technology: A-TW-IPS
Diagonal Dimension: 20"/51cm
Display Area: 16x12"/408x306mm
Maximum Resolution: 1600x1200
Dot Pitch: .255mm
Color...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

I reported on the new Nikon Super CoolScan 2000 in the February issue with all of its exciting new features like ImageClean and Multiple Scan Sampling. My enthusiasm was dampened only slightly by my finding the Nikon software not quite equal to the rest of...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Jan 01, 2004 0 comments

When editing photo files, Photoshop is the first application that comes to mind. When it comes to scanning software, LaserSoft's SilverFast has acquired a similar association. However, most who are familiar with SilverFast, due to the many scanners...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

With a digital camera, a computer, and a printer, all that remains to make photo prints is an application that will access and open your photo files and send the images to the printer. That's simple enough. But there are obviously other issues--what about color matching between screen and print? How do you get to the pictures you want printed? There are also questions...

David B. Brooks Posted: Dec 27, 2013 Published: Nov 01, 2013 0 comments
LG Electronics is the first to offer a new pro-graphics LCD display with LED backlighting. It also has the wide Adobe RGB color width, and will adjust to the lower 80.0 CD/m2 white luminance to provide color-managed printing brightness. The new display is optimized for Microsoft Windows with WQHD 2560x1440 resolution and multitasking windows, “dependent on content, device, interface and/or graphics card,” according to LG. The 27” diagonal size has a base physical resolution of 1920x1080 pixel resolution that may be doubled by the software driver with some PC systems running Windows.
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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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