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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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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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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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Steve Bedell Posted: Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

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

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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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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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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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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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Jon Canfield Posted: Dec 01, 2007 Published: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

In a world of oversaturated color, I’m always surprised at the popularity of black and white images. There is something magical about a well-crafted image in monochrome that is more expressive than any color image could ever be. In fact, it was black and white that first interested me in photography. So, with digital photography, I’ve often done black and white conversions with a...

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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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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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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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