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Ron Leach  |  Apr 06, 2017  |  0 comments

The art of portrait photography requires a lot of skill to both capture compelling images and process them effectively. In the forward-looking video below, Adobe takes a look at how emerging technologies could enable you to do just that on a mobile device in the not-too-distant future.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 06, 2017  |  0 comments

This morning Adobe announced an update to their popular Lightroom Mobile app that lets your smartphone do things previously possible only with a true digital camera. Key to the update is a new HDR Raw capture mode enabling mobile photographers to achieve dynamic range on their mobile device rivaling that of a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 28, 2017  |  0 comments

Everyone wants to create dramatic images with vibrant, natural colors that "pop.” And as you’ll see in the video below, there’s a bit more involved in making impactful photos than simply dragging the saturation slider to the right.

Jack Neubart  |  Jan 27, 2017  |  0 comments

I’ve worked with all the popular film emulators and black-and-white conversion plug-ins, looking for the one that met my workflow and esthetic requirements. After countless hours, I’m still not fully convinced of their efficacy as such. Still, they are fun to use and do fill a niche. So far, I’ve found Alien Skin’s Exposure X2 does the most convincing job so that I feel comfortable enough within my own alien skin—see what I did there?—that I’ll continue to use it, so to speak.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 12, 2017  |  0 comments

What if you had an “intelligent voice-activated digital assistant” to help you edit your photographs via simple vocal commands? It sounds sort of crazy, but that’s exactly what a team at Adobe is exploring as you can see in the video below from the company’s YouTube channel.

Joe Farace  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Some trends just won’t go away: Billboard magazine notes that U.S. vinyl album sales are up 53 percent, generating $416 million in sales. Stereophile, our sister publication, reviews new analog audio equipment and you can purchase new Nikon F6 or Leica M-A film cameras from Shutterbug advertisers. Ferrania is back making film and the Japan Camera Hunter website is making their own film, a discontinued Agfa emulsion they’re calling JCH StreetPan 400. Amazon’s top-selling photo item is Fuji’s Instax Mini Instant Film. There’s even a new twin-lens instant camera, Mint’s InstantFlex TL70, and yes, I gotta get me one of those.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 27, 2016  |  0 comments

Here’s an opportunity you can’t refuse; a copy of Athentech’s popular Perfect Eyes software, as well as their Perfect Portraits eBook. And both are perfectly free until January 5.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 19, 2016  |  0 comments

Back in 1987, the Knoll brothers created a program they called “Display” that was intended for creating special effects in films. A year later they renamed the product “Photoshop,” and after showing it to Adobe the iconic brand was born.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 09, 2016  |  0 comments

Last week we explored seven great photo gifts under $100. If you missed that installment, you can find it here. This week we take it down a notch in price, but truth be told, this collection of goodies is just as cool—if not cooler—than the last one.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 08, 2016  |  0 comments

We all like free stuff, right? Well, all it takes is a quick click of your mouse to download Auto FX Free and get 10 full-version Photoshop plug-is at no cost. The free collection works with Mac and Windows and includes two effects each from five popular Auto FX software suites.

Steve Bedell  |  Dec 06, 2016  |  0 comments

It appears our friends at Anthropics Technology are at it again! Not content with software that can practically take the face of Fido and turn it into Angelina Jolie using PortraitPro, the London-based company has introduced PortraitPro Body, an image editing program that can potentially transform that wimpy teenager down the block into Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime, or add curves to any woman that would make a Kardashian green with envy.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 01, 2016  |  1 comments

Phase One today released Capture One Pro 10, a powerful upgrade to their Raw conversion and image-editing software package. Designed for pros and amateurs alike, this new version offers an improved user interface, enhanced performance, and compatibility with over 400 digital cameras.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 10, 2016  |  0 comments

A while back we reviewed the latest update of Affinity Photo for Mac users, a powerful $49 non-subscription Photoshop alternative. Now Serif Labs has released a free beta that gives Windows users access to the speed and versatility of this award-winning image editor.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 09, 2016  |  1 comments

High dynamic range photography was a really popular technique for awhile, until it fell out of favor in some circles because of heavy-handed processing that often resulted in surreal looking images that were over-saturated, too contrasty, and over-sharpened.

Joe Farace  |  Nov 08, 2016  |  0 comments

Proving you can, in fact, change your tune; Paul Simon revised the lyrics to “Kodachrome” when performing the song in Central Park in 1991 to “everything looks better in black and white.” Picky photographers insist “monochrome” is more precise because it covers images made using sepia, blue, or other tones, while images using only shades of gray are black and white.

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