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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Dec 18, 2014 0 comments

IInstagram has introduced five new creative filters for its popular, photo-sharing app: Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Perpetua, and Aden.

Jack Neubart Posted: Dec 12, 2014 0 comments

I’ve worked with DxO's OpticsPro imaging software for several years and have watched this program evolve and make great strides as a Raw image converter. What the new DxO OpticsPro 10 version of the software brings to the table is a cadre of new features and improvements. But are these enough to catapult this software into the top tier, or is it still playing catch-up?

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Oct 06, 2014 0 comments

Adobe has announced an update to Photoshop CC that adds new features including changes to the Creative Cloud service; improvements to some existing features; and various other refinements. Key among those additions are updates to 13 Photoshop CC desktop tools that link to a new family of integrated mobile apps; Touch support for Windows 8 and Surface Pro 3; the Creative Profile (that connects CC desktop tools); and nine new mobile apps.

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.

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Sep 25, 2014 0 comments

ACD Systems recently announced the release of two new image-editing/management products: ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18. Offering users a variety of imaging features in an easy to use, affordable package, ACDSee Pro 8 is designed to be the complete solution for image enhancement and the control of image production for professional level photographers.

Howard Millard Posted: Sep 24, 2014 0 comments

If you are an aficionado of the rich tones and subtle gradations of fine black and white and toned images, Tonality Pro 1.0 from Macphun is a tool you will want to try. For Mac only,  the Tonality black-and-white photo converter is available as a stand-alone and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements, as well as Apple Aperture.

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Sep 24, 2014 0 comments

Adobe has announced Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13, which are the latest versions of Adobe’s popular consumer photo and video editing software. Filled with a variety of new creative features and tools, Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 are designed to be fun, easy to use and affordable. The new Elements Live portal (found within the software) is an educational tool that offers users a constant supply of fresh tips, tricks and inspiration designed to enhance their image-editing skills—from beginner to advanced level and beyond.

Dan Havlik Posted: Sep 16, 2014 1 comments

Phase One released Version 8 of its Capture One Pro at photokina this morning and the updated imaging software features a host of new tools designed to better process and edit Raw photo files. Phase One also said there’s a new subscription plan available for Capture One Pro 8 though, unlike the latest version of Adobe’s Photoshop, you can still buy the software outright.

Dan Havlik Posted: Sep 02, 2014 0 comments

If you’re looking for a way to power up Photoshop, you might want to consider Perfect Photo Suite 9, a plug-ins package unveiled today by onOne Software. We reviewed Perfect Photo Suite 8.5, last month and liked this photo editing and effects app quite a bit. Version 9 of the Suite, which will be available in late October 2014, adds a number of new features and upgrades including faster Raw image previews, re-editable image files, and improved selection tools.

Jack Neubart Posted: Aug 08, 2014 0 comments

The goal in HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging is to recapture the full tonal range that you saw in the scene, despite dynamic range limitations of the camera sensor. Previously, HDR technique generally involved use of a tripod: now, while it is still advisable, it may become an option. It also required a static scene totally devoid of movement. Any movement resulted in misalignment and ghosting, or secondary images, caused by a shift in camera position or of moving objects from frame to frame.

Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 05, 2014 0 comments

If you want to correct the color in your photos and videos but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg doing it, Datacolor has just introduced the SpyderCHECKR 24, an affordable priced color calibration tool for your camera.

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.

Dan Havlik Posted: Jul 31, 2014 0 comments

Adobe announced this morning that final release versions of Lightroom 5.6 and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) 8.6 are now available.

Adobe customers can can get the apps through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6, or through the download links at the bottom of this page. Adobe says these updates correct "issues reported in earlier versions of Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8," without being specific about what those issues were.

C.A. Boylan Posted: Jul 18, 2014 0 comments

Tamron recently added the SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD (A011 for Nikon mount) and the 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD macro (B016 for Canon and Nikon mount) to the lens profile for aberration correction offered for Adobe’s Photoshop CC, Camera Raw and Lightroom 5. The lens profile will be bundled with the Camera Raw 8.5 update and Lightroom 5.5. Customers who use these lenses will be able to utilize the software for easy correction of lens distortion, chromatic aberration and peripheral light fall-off based on design data.

Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Jun 03, 2014 Published: May 01, 2014 0 comments

I first looked at Auto FX Software’s DreamSuite Series One in the January, 2006, issue of Shutterbug. Since then, Auto FX has gone on to create DreamSuite Series Two and DreamSuite Gel. Now, Auto FX has released upgraded versions of all of these filter sets, plus an additional 12 new filters in a collection it calls DreamSuite Ultimate.

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