At PhotoPlus 2011, I sat down with one of the software developers at DxO Labs to talk about the recently introduced DxO FilmPack 3, which is photo processing software that emulates the look of classic film types. [Read more…]
In the book, Jeff covers the Photoshop Elements workflow from intake to print and web output. “He covers the key software features that affect and improve your image, including: removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush, using masks to isolate effects, sharpening with High Pass, darkening blue skies and using gradients, creating black and white images, going wide with a Panorama, and removing people with Photomerge Scene Cleaner.”
Photoshop Elements: From Snapshots to Great Shots retails for $24.99; however, it is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com for only $14.48.
ACD Systems launched ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 today, priced at $239.99 and $79.99, respectively. Both products offer several new features and improvements.
ACDSee Pro 5 adds a new “user-controlled edge detection mask slider lets you focus the sharpening effect more to edges and textures than non-textured areas.” Additional new features include split-toning, enhanced dodge and burn controls, and metadata removal, among others.
ACDSee 14 adds map view and geotagging support, news special effects presets, and cloud storage and sharing options.
More details over at ACD System’s website.
Bokeh 2 is a plug-in from Alien Skin that allows you to create all kinds of focus effects and vignettes. As with other plug-ins from Alien Skin, Bokeh 2 is now updated to deliver full 64-bit support with Photoshop CS5 (it also works with Lightroom 3). And, it is quite peppy even with my aging Windows Vista machine.
Software products often tend to get pushed back in the review cycle in favor of camera reviews here on Photography Bay, which is a bit of a shame for the cool stuff like Bokeh 2. When I got around to actually putting Bokeh 2 to use, I was really amazed at the power that it gives you to take your images so far beyond what is practical when using Photoshop or Lightroom alone. [Read more…]
DxO Labs has announced the availability of DxO Optics Pro v6.5.5, which adds RAW image processing support for the Sony A33 and Nikon P7000. Additionally, the new version adds 50 new optics modules for a number of other camera models. This update pushes DxO Optics Pro past the 3,000 mark in total correction modules – and a total of more than 5,000 is planned by the end of the year.
Additional info can be found on DxO’s website.
Photo Mechanic is solid piece of photo organization software. It is not an image editor, but it’s just as critical to your workflow if you shoot a lot of photos. Camera Bits (the maker of Photo Mechanic) says, “Photo Mechanic sets out to be the most useful Photo Workflow Software on the market today. It does this by being logical in operation, intuitive in use and, most importantly of all, performing its functions as quickly as possible.”
All those things are true, but that last part “. . . as quickly as possible” is what makes Photo Mechanic such a hit for me.
Ever shoot a few hundred or a few thousand images in a day? Do you shoot in RAW format and hate waiting for the those 100% previews to load in Lightroom? Do you need to view your photos faster? If you said “yes” to any of these, then you will see an immediate benefit to putting Photo Mechanic in your workflow. [Read more…]
DxO Optics Pro v6.5 is now available with support for HDR rendering of single RAW shots, Lightroom 3 integration, improved RAW conversion engine, and support for the following camera models:
- Canon 60D
- Canon S95
- Canon G12
- Pentax K-x
- Sony A290
DxO Optics Pro is available with a 30% discount through December 25 via DxO’s website.
More details in the press release below. [Read more…]