March Table Of Contents

March 2009

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This month our focus is on the creative aspects of image processing. With that in mind, we’ve tested a range of software and plug-ins, so you’ll be equipped for whatever your imagination has in store. We also have an insider’s report on image noise, which explores its causes and cures. In addition, we have a valuable report on external storage options to ensure the safety of your creations. Finally, our cover image appears courtesy of Jody Dole.

To see more of his unique cyanotype look-alikes, turn to page 104.


28 Digital Innovations
It Ain’t The Tools, It’s The Pix
by Joe Farace

58 Roundup
Covering The Photo Beat
by C.A. Boylan

68 Test Report: Anthropics Technology’s Portrait Professional 8 Software
Retouching Can Be Fun!
by Steve Bedell

74 Test Report: ArcSoft’s Panorama Maker 4 Pro
Shooting And Assembling Made Easy
by Joseph A. Dickerson

82 Test Report: Imagenomic’s Portraiture 2
Digital Retouching Plug-In
by Joe Farace

90 Test Report: DxO Optics Pro 5.3
Raw Converter & Image Enhancer With Auto Or Manual Transmission
by Howard Millard

100 Test Report: Aperture
2.1 Plug-Ins Workflow Enhancements For Mac Users
by John Brandon

112 External Storage & Backup
Safeguard Your Valuable Image Files
by Jack Neubart

116 Get Yourself Framed
A Survey Of Edge Effects Software
by Howard Millard

120 In Brief: Adobe’s Lightroom 2
An Upgrade To Appeal To All Digital Photographers
by John Brandon

124 Noise Reduction Comes Of Age
Plug-Ins For Getting The Noise Out
by Joe Farace

130 Test Report: Lucis Pro 6.0 Software
An Update Offers More Sophistication
by Steve Bedell

167 Classic Cameras
Pontiac Bloc-Métal 45
by Roger W. Hicks

176 Help!
Q&A For Traditional Photography
by Robert E. Mayer

180 Digital Help
Q&A For Digital Photography
by David B. Brooks


36 Business Trends
Selling Event Photography
by Maria Piscopo

46 Pro’s Choice
Scarpati’s Harmonious Portraits
by Jack Neubart

52 Web Ways
Attention-Catching Animation Features
by Anthony Celeste

152 Book Excerpt: Digital Portrait Photography
An Excerpt From Steve Sint’s Latest Book
by Steve Sint


12 Picture This!
Monthly Photo Assignment
by The Editors

20 Talking Pictures
The Painterly Effect
by Robert A. Levine, M.D.

24 Web Profiles
Great Photo Sites Reviewed
by Joe Farace

44 Student Union
Profiles Of The Up And Coming
by Jay McCabe

104 Craftwork
Jody Dole’s Chemical Romance
by Barry Tanenbaum

108 Carnival In Venice
A Fashion Extravaganza
by Jim Zuckerman


10 Editor’s Notes
160 Trade Shows
161 Workshops