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Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 07, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 1 comments
We’re all familiar with image-editing software, but we may be a stranger to asset management, that is, organizing and managing your stock photo library so that image files are readily accessible. Bibble 5 Pro’s asset management begins with pooling data from all the images you’ve shot on any given day, occasion, event, trip, or job into individual databases that Bibble defines as “catalogs.” The process also entails assigning keywords and labels, which along with other criteria, can be used to search through all of Bibble’s catalogs, whether the images or the catalogs are stored on your computer’s hard drive or on external drives.
Ben Willmore Posted: Feb 01, 2008 1 comments

Black & White
In previous versions of Photoshop, the most common method for converting a color image to black & white was to use the Channel Mixer. It was a clunky, counter-intuitive process that forced you to think like Photoshop instead of allowing your brain and eyes to naturally digest what was being done to your image. The new Black & White...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

"Don't let's spoil everything, we've only just met."--David Hemmings in Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow-Up

Since back in the days when a 3-megapixel camera was as good as it got, making big ones out of little ones has been a goal of digital photographers. Along the way this desire to create big prints from small files led to the...

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John Rettie Posted: Jul 01, 2003 0 comments

Build Your Own Color Imaging Computer

Don't worry; you will not need a soldering iron to build your own computer. In fact all you need is a Phillips screwdriver and maybe a pair of needle nose pliers. But then, why would anyone build...

Jack Neubart Posted: Sep 10, 2013 Published: Aug 01, 2013 5 comments
Capture One Pro stands as the Raw converter and digital asset manager of choice among many pro photographers, notably those using Phase One backs. But this software also supports many, many other cameras, with profiles for over 250 models plus a wide range of lenses. Version 7 (V7) has some new features of note, so I checked it out to see if an upgrade from 6 is advisable, and if it might tempt users of Adobe Lightroom/ACR. For this test I ran Capture One Pro 7 on a 27” iMac under OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, with 8GB of RAM.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Mar 01, 2007 2 comments

If you think a notebook computer is a scaled-down compromise with a cramped keyboard and tiny screen, think again. Notebooks have become an indispensable tool for photographers. Choosing the right one is easy--there are a few core components that determine how well a computer will perform over the long haul. Here is what you need to know:

Size...

Chris Maher and Larry Berman Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

Consistently achieving accurate color may be digital photography's most difficult skill to master. Shooting the same subject under different lighting conditions can cause unacceptable color variations which can be difficult and time consuming to correct later. Digital cameras have many more color balance options than film ever did, but when the ambient lighting changes from...

Jon Canfield Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

It's clear that color management is a hot topic, and products that provide accurate results with a minimum amount of fuss or techno-jargon are in high demand. Two new products fit this need perfectly, plus there is one that handles the needs of the more advanced user.

Pantone, along with GretagMacbeth, has brought out the smallest display calibration device...

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Cris Daniels Posted: Sep 01, 2003 0 comments

One of the most beneficial and cost-effective procedures that anyone involved in digital imaging can perform is calibration and profiling of their computer display. Implementing a successful color management workflow begins with this task, and rewards the user with a high degree of accuracy...

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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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Scott Eldridge Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

The surging popularity of monochromatic images in fine art and graphic design has led photographers and artists to devise their own Photoshop techniques to convert their color images to black and white. Unfortunately, the Photoshop function of Desaturate falls far short in giving the needed control of the monochromatic conversion process. Other Photoshop techniques like...

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Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 01, 2014 0 comments

There are lots of apps out there for converting your images into classic looking black-and-white shots but few with the pedigree of Macphun’s new Tonality program. Created, in part, by several former members of Nik Software, who were behind the popular Silver Efex Pro black-and-white app, Tonality aims to to take monochrome conversion one step further.

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John Brandon Posted: Jun 28, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 2 comments
For years, anyone serious about photography has viewed Corel Paint Shop Pro (PSP) as the low cost alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Originally developed by a tiny company in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Paint Shop has grown up into a full-featured photo workflow tool with a built-in photo organizer that includes tagging options and fast previewing, an advanced image editor, and handy integration with Flickr and Facebook.

For $70, PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate is a smart addition to a virtual photo toolbox. A few performance problems and some slightly questionable editing capabilities puts PSP in the uncomfortable position of still being in the tall shadow of Adobe. That said, if you want to skip the $700 purchase price, PSP is on the right track.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Feb 07, 2014 Published: Jan 01, 2014 0 comments
It all began back in 1990 with a shareware program called Paint Shop. Debuting the same year as Adobe PhotoShop 1.0, comparison to that legendary product has been inescapable. Paint Shop, known as PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate in its current incarnation, has always been associated with three characteristics: extreme affordability, sufficient power for most photo enthusiasts, and Windows-only compatibility. PaintShop Pro has continued to evolve and improve, and today offers many significant enhancements, including the ability to run smoothly on Macs using a Windows emulation program.
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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Sep 30, 2014 0 comments

Corel has launched its new AfterShot 2 software for Windows, providing photographers with a Raw photo editing and adjustment application at an affordable price. Available for just $39.99, AfterShot 2 offers 64-bit performance and a variety of features including: complete photo adjustment tools include Crop, Straighten, Highlight Recovery, Noise Removal, Color, Temperature, Exposure, Highlights and Fill Light.

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