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

In this article, I'll be looking at some plug-in classics that have been around for a while, and at a couple of new programs as well. The new programs include a plug-ins package and a stand-alone application, originally created for motion picture-quality video that's also used to create impressive special effects in photos.

Corel's KPT...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 30, 2012 Published: Jun 01, 2012 2 comments
Tiffen’s Dfx 3.0 offers photographers software that can make their images stand out from the crowd. The bundle is a digital emulation of 2000 of the company’s glass filters that for convenience uses the same names of the company’s Soft/FX or Pro-Mist filters, so those who’ve shot with their filters in the past know exactly what to expect when applying their digital equivalents. For those who haven’t, rest assured that the company who made their name in filters knows their stuff. As a bonus, the software also includes effects created by lenses, lab processes, film grain, color correction, plus natural light effects.

I must confess that previous versions of Tiffen’s Dfx Digital Filter Suite, while interesting, did not make the final cut of power tools in my personal digital toolbox. All that’s changed in 3.0. It takes all of the good stuff from the previous versions, blends in new options, and wraps it around an interface that, while still containing a few less-than-elegant elements, retains its individuality and provides for smooth workflow.

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Jason Schneider Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

About 31/2 years ago something happened that was destined to change my view of filters forever. I was talking shop with an old buddy who happens to be a veteran professional photographer and a bona fide digital guru. In the course of our brief conversation I mentioned that I was using optical filters--namely a graduated ND and a circular polarizer--for a D-SLR project I...

The Editors Posted: Aug 01, 2009 10 comments

The best imaging products of 2009 were voted on at the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) General Assembly held from April 2-4, 2009 in Budapest.

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John Townley Posted: Jan 01, 2004 0 comments

We've lost a lot of files in our day--mostly by forgetting to back them up--but photo and movie files have always managed to hang around unscathed, probably because we are rather slow with our equipment and constantly charging it, checking...

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Howard Millard Posted: Feb 01, 2004 0 comments

Corel Painter, now in Version 8, has been among the world's top painting and drawing programs for more than a decade. So what does this mean for photographers? Painter 8 includes powerful, controllable commands to convert your photos to look like...

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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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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

Adobe's Photoshop is unarguably the most popular photo editor in use today, although not everyone needs its myriad of features or is willing to spend the money to get them. There are options out there, among them Ulead's PhotoImpact 12. It's a feature-packed photo editor that may well offer you both the power and efficiency that you need, and do so at a very...

George Schaub Posted: Feb 27, 2014 Published: Jan 01, 2014 0 comments
There are many ways to share images these days, from social networks to clouds to full-fledged e-commerce platforms. For some, simple online albuming will do, but for others it can become an involving project that puts your images on the Internet in a very engaging way. It’s not only in the personalization of the look and feel of the wrapper around your image content that can separate your site from the crowd. It’s also the ability to work cross-platform, include an e-commerce component, and allow for a “translator” that can make your site accessible to folks and even clients around the world that can add to its attractiveness and functionality.
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Rod Lawton Posted: Mar 01, 2008 0 comments

It's a fact of photographic life that some of the most exciting lighting conditions are also the most challenging. Bright sunlight produces intense colors but also areas of very deep shadow, and with heavily backlit subjects the difference in brightness between the highlights and shadows may be so great that one or the other must be sacrificed. And yet, the conventional...

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

If you have ever used a darkroom to make photographic prints it is likely you have also used a test strip to determine the ideal exposure to make your final exposure. That method, of making a sequence of increasing overlapped exposures on a strip of...

George Schaub Posted: Jul 18, 2012 Published: Jun 01, 2012 12 comments
Wacom recently introduced their new line of Bamboo tablets, and we thought we’d revisit the use of stylus and tablet tools to give it a try. For our test we worked with the Bamboo Capture, described by the company as most apt for enthusiast digital photographers, although there are three intros in this new line.
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Jon Canfield Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

Most serious digital photographers know that using a graphic tablet is the best way by far when it comes to editing and making selections in Photoshop and other imaging applications. There is a learning curve when switching from a mouse to a pen, but after using one I don't know of any photographers who would go back to the old method. Along with the finer control you have...

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Jon Canfield Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments

I've written about the advantages of graphic tablets before, and most recently reviewed the Wacom Bamboo line of inexpensive tablets in these pages (see April 2008 issue). Today, I'm headed in the opposite direction and taking a look at the Cintiq 12WX tablet, also by Wacom.

What makes the Cintiq line different from the entry-level Bamboo...

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