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Tony Sweet Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is definitely the rage these days. Actually, it's a bit more than a rage. It could give us a glimpse into the future of photography. A brief overview is that several images are made at different exposures, then the images are combined in software to create a single image, which can show detail in the dark areas and in the bright portions...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

Capture One 4 (CO4, if you will) is a raw file processor/organizer that shares many features, albeit with its own nomenclature and workflow, with products such as Apple's Aperture and Adobe's Lightroom. Competitively priced at $129 (for a two computer license), owners of Phase One's Capture One LE can upgrade to 4 free of charge, and Capture One PRO users can...

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

Just about every one of us has suffered through at least one data disaster, where we’ve lost a significant number of photos or other important files.

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Howard Millard Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

Would you like to transform your photos into digital artworks emulating oil paintings, watercolors, charcoal or pen and ink drawings at the click of your mouse? Or would you like to try your hand at digital drawing and painting? Whether you want to explore your creativity or expand the services you offer to clients, creating naturalistic art from your images has never been...

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

You read the headline right--that new, off-the-shelf computer you just bought is colorblind! Even though your computer sends RGB color information to its display so colors will appear on the screen, the computer does not know what colors its user is seeing. That seems like a contradiction, unless you realize that personal computing hardware and software grew like topsy...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

Just as we view flare as non-image-forming light that detracts from a photograph, we can think of digital noise as non-image-forming picture elements (pixels) that detract from a digital image. We tend to look at digital noise as a nuisance, like bats in the attic. And we want to be rid of the problems as quickly and painlessly as possible while doing the least amount of damage.

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Jon Canfield Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

Adobe's Photoshop application is the standard for many digital photographers. Heck, it's even a verb now, as in "that looks Photoshopped." But, at $500 and up, depending on the packaging, Photoshop CS3 is overkill for many users. Recognizing that the majority of photographers don't want to be spending their time learning a complex program, Adobe...

Jon Canfield Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

Color management isn't one of those topics that tend to get the heart racing with excitement, although the lack of it has probably caused more than a few panic attacks. We've seen steady improvements in color calibration hardware and software over the past few years and it's clear that color management is becoming much more mainstream than ever as digital...

Ibarionex R. Perello Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

As I walked the trade show floor at the recent PMA, it was interesting to see how much software was being offered to meet specific needs, rather than attempt to be the end-all and be-all. I discovered software that offers solutions not meant to replace Adobe's Photoshop, but rather help photographers improve their ability to achieve common and specific tasks.

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

This report covers back-up systems and all sorts of storage devices, beginning with USB flash (thumb/pen) and handheld devices. In terms of backup, there was only one hardware solution worthy of note, plus a related product that uses DVDs. Beyond that, there are the plethora of digital photo frames, making it one of the hottest product categories at this year's show.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2008 0 comments

As part of our annual Photo Marketing Association (PMA) coverage we ask our reporters to deliver a "Best of Show" award. While each contributor had their own beat, we also asked them to go beyond their respective area of coverage to find what, for them, signified a breakthrough product, technology, or new trend that they felt would affect all photographers in the...

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Phillip Andrews Posted: May 01, 2008 1 comments

Remember the Polaroid? You push the button and the print is ejected and developed right before your eyes. But rather than settle for these "straight" prints, for many years professional image-makers used the unique features of this technology to create wonderfully textured images as well. The process involved transferring the image from the original to damp watercolor...

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

What do we do when it comes time to show our photos off to friends, family, and colleagues? There's no question that printing every picture is a time-consuming and costly process. But there's a better way--photo "slide" shows. But unlike slide shows of the past, which meant dimming the lights, setting up a screen, and dealing with sometimes quirky...

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

In the summer of 2007 I received news about a new version of SilverFast scanning software that included additional and improved features, most significantly for this report something dubbed Multi-Exposure. This is a strategy involving two scan passes: one with normal exposure and a second with amplified exposure applied just to the shadow regions of the film image; then these two...

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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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