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Ron Leach  |  Apr 28, 2016  |  0 comments

Macphun has announced an offer you can’t refuse: A free download of their new Filters For Photos app that lets Mac users create striking effects without the complexity of other image-editing programs. The new app can be used as a standalone program or as an extension for the popular Apple Photos application.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Dec 11, 2014  |  0 comments

Macphun Software has launched Snapselect, a new app that helps you quickly pick your best images and easily get rid of unwanted shots to save valuable disk space on your computer.

Joe Farace  |  Nov 06, 2015  |  0 comments

There’s more to black-and-white photography than simply a lack of color. Maybe we wouldn’t feel this way if the first photographs were made in color but that didn’t happen and I grew up admiring the works of W. Eugene Smith and other photojournalists who photographed people at work, play, or being themselves in glorious black and white.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 26, 2016  |  0 comments

The folks at MacPhun are really excited about the launch of their new all-in-one desktop image-editing program for Mac users, calling Luminar, “The most fantastic piece of software we’ve ever created.” This robust program was designed to deliver both simplicity and creativity for photographers who desire a less-expensive alternative to Photoshop.

Jon Canfield  |  Mar 28, 2012  |  First Published: Feb 01, 2012  |  1 comments

Digital black and white has probably never been more popular than it is today. All of the major editing programs like Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom and Apple’s Aperture support black-and-white conversions natively, and at a much higher quality than just a few years ago. While all of these programs can do black and white you can take your monochrome imagery to the next level with plug-ins, specific task programs that use the architecture of the main program to get the work done. These plug-ins (which may be available as “stand-alones” as well) produce some amazing work, letting you emulate various film types, grain patterns, and more, usually working with “presets” (image looks) that can be modified with ease to customize every image. Combined with the improved output from recent inkjet printers, there has never been a better time to explore digital black and white than today.

Joe Farace  |  Oct 24, 2017  |  0 comments

There’s more to black-and-white photography than an absence of color. One reason purists refer to black-and-white images as “monochrome” is that it’s a more precise term covering photographs made in sepia and other tones.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Mylio has announced a fast, easy, and robust solution to help Aperture users migrate their entire Apple Aperture library over to Mylio’s multi-device image management service. The Aperture migration tool will also let photographers carry over their most important actions such as Originals, Edits, Tags, and Organization into a system that protects and syncs their libraries across all devices.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 25, 2016  |  0 comments

If you’re new to Lightroom, or just need some help streamlining your workflow, fear not: After watching this six-minute video tutorial you’ll feel much more confidant when editing your images.

Ron Leach  |  May 16, 2016  |  0 comments

Corel is clearly taking a shot at Adobe with the AfterShot Pro 3 photo editor/management suite, which offers a host of new features and claims to be four-times faster than the latest version of Lightroom. This powerful new version of AfterShot Pro comes at wallet-friendly price of $79.99.

Ron Leach  |  May 19, 2016  |  0 comments

Anthropics Technology has unveiled LandscapePro, an easy-to-use, full-featured software package designed to take your photo retouching to the next level. Created specifically for enhancing scenic photography, LandscapePro is available in standalone and Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements plug-in editions.

Dan Havlik  |  Oct 29, 2014  |  0 comments

A comprehensive new photo management system called Mylio that’s designed to help photographers organize and edit their images across several devices – i.e. desktop computer, tablet, smartphone etc.– launched this morning. Mylio, which is being spearheaded by former Microsoft Chief Technical Officer David Vaskevitch, has received lots of pre-release buzz based on intriguing demos of early versions of the software – Shutterbug has seen it in action and came away impressed – prior to this morning’s launch.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jul 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Anthropics Technology has revamped its popular PortraitPro photo retouching software with version 12.5. The 12.5 update of the award-winning software is designed to provide fast and easy portrait retouching with camera Raw support and Arabic and Swedish language options. PortraitPro version 12 customers may upgrade for free to 12.5.

Joe Farace  |  Mar 20, 2012  |  First Published: Feb 01, 2012  |  2 comments

Color Efex Pro 4 is Nik Software’s (www.niksoftware.com) latest version of its digital photographic filter plug-ins for retouching and creative enhancements. It is Mac OS and Windows compatible and installs as a 32-bit and 64-bit plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS4 or later, Lightroom 2.6 or later, Photoshop Elements 8 or later, or Apple Aperture 2.1.4 or later. The installer searches for all of the hosts that are on your computer and if you already have Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture installed, as I do, it will install Color Efex Pro 4 for all of the host applications.

 

What’s New
One of the biggest improvements in Color Efex Pro 4 is the ability to use Filter Combinations that let you stack multiple filters, adjust each one’s opacity, and make selective adjustments to get the desired look. Each filter contains single-click starting points, making it possible to explore different options. Shades of Emeril Lagasse, there are Filter Recipes that let you customize and share filter combinations with others. Bam! Reminiscent of HDR Efex Pro, the 10 recipes that are part of the package are a quick way to get started using Color Efex Pro 4 and more are available for download on Nik Software’s website.

Joe Farace  |  Oct 28, 2011  |  First Published: Sep 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 is a major upgrade to an already great product and introduces many new features that offer you even more control over an image’s detail, contrast, and tonality, making it easy to transform color files into stunning black-and-white photographs. Silver Efex Pro 2 now includes controls for Dynamic Brightness, Amplify Blacks, Amplify Whites, Soft Contrast, Fine Structure, Image Borders, Selective Colorization, as well as a History Browser and many speed and quality improvements. All of Silver Efex Pro 2’s new features also play nice with Nik’s U Point technology, giving you selective control over an image instead of globally applying an effect, although that option is available, too.

Joe Farace  |  Mar 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Everybody knows the basic concept and conceit of High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging but first let’s get rid of yet another unnecessary acronym. What does HDRI—High Dynamic Range Imaging—add to the discussion other than just another letter?

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