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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.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 27, 2016  |  0 comments

Now that most of us are shooting with high-resolution cameras, the need to upscale our image files isn’t as pervasive as it was a few years ago. But occasionally we still need to res-up an image that’s been cropped significantly, and there’s a freeware program that’s designed to do that and more.

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.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 28, 2016  |  0 comments

Alienskin has introduced Exposure X2, a powerful new version of their affordable Raw photo editing/organizing software. Intended to be a more complete, all-in-one package than ever, it can be used as a standalone solution or as a plugin for Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.

George Schaub  |  Sep 13, 2016  |  0 comments

Creating a web page for your images these days is fairly easy, and there are numerous web apps available that offer a wide variety of colors and backgrounds. But organizing your images before you even consider the template (or “skin” as it is called in the trade) is perhaps the biggest challenge, given the proliferation of images we all have made with various cameras and mobile devices stored on flash drives, hard drives, and even memory cards.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 25, 2016  |  0 comments

The moon was full last week, and two lunatic things happened to friends of mine. One got a bad case of ransomware on her Mac (yes, that’s Mac as in MacBook Air). The other had a microSD card self-destruct in his Android cell phone. Bad things happen in threes and, oh yes, I hit a curb and blew out a tire.

The difference was this: I had a spare in my trunk. I didn’t wait until the curb bit me to prepare for the disaster. My two friends? Well…

Ron Leach  |  Aug 18, 2016  |  0 comments

Datacolor has just unveiled Spyder5 Capture Pro, a comprehensive color-management bundle for photographers who are serious about precise color calibration from capture to post production. The package incudes four sophisticated tools for streamlining your workflow while obtaining perfect results.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 05, 2016  |  0 comments

Adobe Photoshop Elements is a budget-friendly image editing package that’s designed for casual users and amateurs. Under the hood, however, there are dozens of advanced features and hidden capabilities that are accessible via plug-ins. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could unlock, say, 130 of those features with one add-on product that costs less than fifty bucks? Then here’s good news: you can. 

Ron Leach  |  Aug 04, 2016  |  0 comments

The free Snapseed app for iOS and Android phones and tablets has long been a favorite among “serious” mobile photographers who want powerful image-editing tools without a lot of superfluous gimmickry.  And now the app has been updated to include features some of us found missing.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 01, 2016  |  0 comments

Plotagraph Pro is an amazing web app that brings life to your still images by quickly converting a JPEG into a looping animated GIF or video file that’s viewable on virtually any computer screen or mobile device. Initially used for commercial purposes by companies like Coca-Cola, Chevrolet and others, this subscription-based online service is now available to everyone.

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  |  Jul 20, 2016  |  0 comments

Despite the nearly universal acceptance of Photoshop as the editing program of choice for serious photographers, we’ve been keeping our eye on Affinity Photo—an award winning, $49 software alternative that Apple named the Best Mac App of 2015. Parent company Serif Labs has just upped the ante with version 1.5 that includes an array of new feature for both Mac and Windows users.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 21, 2016  |  0 comments

Last month we gave you a sneak preview of Adobe’s forthcoming Content-Aware Crop feature that auto straightens horizons and fills in the blank space in your photos. Well, that impressive tool is now a reality for Photoshop CC users.

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