Wednesday, November 25, 2015
CompositingStock.com is a new stock photo site designed specifically photographers and designers who create composite images in Photoshop. With the help of a collapsible safety cone, CompositingStock.com has solved one of the biggest challenges with compositing: determining how big your subject should be in relation to the background. “Many stock photos just don’t work for compositing because they just aren’t taken at the best angle and there’s no sense of scale.” says Dave Cross, Founder of CompositingStock.com. “With our safety cone system, our backgrounds are shot specifically with compositing in mind.” The site provides free compositing tutorials and the option to download sample images to try out the safety cone compositing system. Photographers can join the site as a Contributing Photographer and start earning commission on the sale of their images, with royalties starting at 40%.
Lytro have announced Version 5.0 of their Lytro Desktop software. According to the company, this new edition features breakthrough depth editing capabilities that are not currently possible with any other camera on the market. The Lytro DepthFX tool makes chroma keying for background replacement unnecessary and enables depth-based adjustments to exposure, contrast, colour, hue and saturation. The Lytro Desktop 5.0 update for Lytro Illum is free and will be available for Windows users on 8th December.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Aurora HDR for Mac is now available for pre-order. "Aurora HDR is like no software I've ever used and I think it's gonna blow people's minds,” commented Trey. "Over the past 10 years I've been trying to find the ultimate HDR software, and it wasn't until Macphun came along in this amazing partnership that I was able to finally build my own." Available for Mac OS only, Aurora HDR is available either as a standard version through the Mac App Store, or a pro version direct from the website below.
Akvis have released version 8.0 of their NatureArt software for Windows and Mac OS X. This update adds a new Aurore Borealis effect along with an assortment of ready-to-use presets, plus a new optional dark interface style and minor bug fixes. Version 8.0 is a free upgrade for everyone who purchased a NatureArt license within the past 12 months.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
DxO has released DxO OpticsPro 10.5.2, DxO FilmPack 5.5.2 and DxO ViewPoint 2.5.10 for Mac and Windows. These applications now support seven additional cameras - the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the Pentax 645D, the Panasonic Lumix GF7, Lumix G7, Lumix GX8, and DMC-ZS50/DMC-TZ70 - and add 787 more modules to the DxO Optics Modules library, which now contains nearly 28,000 combinations. DxO OpticsPro, DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint are available in the DxO online store and at photo resellers at a special discount price through 25 December 2015.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Magix have released the latest version of their slideshow creating application, Photostory 2016 Deluxe. This edition has a number of new features including beat-based editing, dynamic new editing templates, virtual tours in 360° recordings, improved travel route animation, new title templates, post-capture image stabilisation and compatibility with a range of new video formats. Magix Photostory 2016 Deluxe is available now for £69.99.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Eyefi has acquired OKDOTHIS, the mobile app that pioneered idea-sharing for photographers with its unique way of inspiring photographers to stretch their creativity. The app is designed to get photography out of the rut of taking the same picture over and over again by providing a “DO” - a specific idea of what subjects to shoot and what mood, topic, theme or attribute to highlight. OKDOTHIS encourages photographers to ‘stretch’ beyond their standard shooting styles. Photographers can simply browse, select a DO, and use their phone to take and post the photo on the spot. With the Eyefi Cloud integrated with the OKDOTHIS mobile app, photographers can now use photos from their digital camera (with a Mobi WiFi SD card) or their WiFi camera to submit a photo for one of the challenges. The terms of the Eyefi-OKDOTHIS transaction were not disclosed.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Macphun and Trey Ratcliff have announced the launch of their codeveloped photo editing software, Aurora HDR. "Aurora HDR is like no software I've ever used and I think it's gonna blow people's minds,” commented Trey. "Over the past 10 years I've been trying to find the ultimate HDR software, and it wasn't until Macphun came along in this amazing partnership that I was able to finally build my own." Available for Mac OS only, Aurora HDR will launch worldwide via the Mac App Store at an introductory price of $39.99. Aurora HDR Pro will be available at a discounted price of $89.99. Both versions of the program will be available from 19th November.
Friday, November 6, 2015
Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.0.6 for Mac OS X. This update adds support for the Canon EOS M10, PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X, the Sony DSC-RX1R II and the Leica SL (Typ 601) cameras. Additionally, this release fixes several bugs including a crash on load with some DNG images converted automatically on import by recent versions of Adobe Lightroom, an issue with clipped highlight handling for some DNG images that use gain map opcodes and sporadic issues with serial number validation. This update is free for all previously registered users who purchased a new or upgraded license after 14 April 2013.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Today, the Corel Photo team has released the latest update to its photo-processing and organisation software,AfterShot Pro 2.3. This update adds an improved Send to External Editor feature that offers easy integration with Photoshop. For Photoshop CS6 users no longer eligible for raw file compatibility updates from Adobe, AfterShot Pro 2.3 provides an affordable and subscription-free option to decode the latest raw image file formats. "With AfterShot Pro 2.3, we're inviting Photoshop users to add AfterShot to their photographic workflow and take advantage of the speed and power AfterShot has to offer," says Greg Wood, Senior Product Director of the Corel Photo team. To celebrate the release of this update, Corel is making the switch to AfterShot Pro even easier with a special 3-day offer. Visit the website below and enter coupon code ASP23 at the checkout to get 50% off the original purchase or upgrade price of Aftershot Pro & AfterShot until Friday, 6th November.
Monday, October 19, 2015
DxO will be attending events across the United Kingdom this autumn demonstrating the brand new DxO ONE camera. Exhibiting at the Bigger Picture Roadshows, PhotoVision Roadshows and events with key resellers, the company is providing an opportunity for users to get hands-on with the Dxo ONE, while learning how the DxO software suite - DxO Optics Pro 10, DxO FilmPack 5 and DxO ViewPoint 2 - can improve their photographic workflow. Click through / scroll down for a list of events where you can see DxO live in action.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Ashampoo has released Photo Commander 14, the latest version of its photo storage and editing software. New features and enhancements include perspective correction, improved Scan and Save dialogs, enahnced photo imports, an intuitive metadata editor, and much more. Various filter and group settings help you keep track even of huge photo collections and allow you to perform multiple image optimisations and conversions in parallel either manually or automatically. Experts will appreciate the gradation curves, the extensive raw image file support and the powerful photo tagging system. Ashampoo Photo Commander 14 is available for $ 59.99. Owners of a previous version can upgrade for 17.99.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.0.5. This update adds support for the DxO One (pictured), the Leica S (Typ 007), the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II, the Panasonic Lumix GH4R and the Sony A7S II cameras. Additionally, this release now includes an editing extension for Apple Photos on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) that provides "external edit" like functionality for opening images from the Photos library into Iridient Developer. Support for some uncommon DNG v1.4 options has been added including all DNG opcodes, ZIP compression for some DNG file types and support for per channel white levels with DNG linear format images. Black level handling for RAF images from the Fujifilm X100 and some other non X-Trans models has also been improved. This update is free for all previously registered users who purchased a new or upgraded license after 14 April 2013.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Akvis has released a major update to Akvis Draw, an application which converts photos into pencil sketches and line art pictures. Version 3.0 boasts a completely reworked photo-to-drawing algorithm, advanced colour options, better contours, plus a number of new tools and features. All registered users of Akvis Draw can upgrade to the new version for free.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Originally developed to work with Eyefi's Mobi SD Cards, the Eyefi Mobi smartphone app (iOS, Android) now supports over 50 cameras with built-in WiFi. Original-resolution photos -- and now, videos -- shot with any of the 50+ WiFi cameras supported by Eyefi are instantly transferred from the camera to a smartphone, tablet or desktop, and then to Eyefi Cloud. "For the first time, photographers now have a single app and cloud service that elegantly manages what they shoot on every camera they use," said Matt DiMaria, Eyefi CEO. "With Eyefi Cloud as their media hub, photographers can spend more time taking and enjoying photos, and zero time messing with cables and a patchwork quilt of desktop and mobile apps." Do note that in order to use the native WiFi camera capabilities of the apps, you must be an Eyefi Cloud subscriber. Existing subscribers will get the new feature for free.
Monday, October 5, 2015
In addition to releasing Capture CC and Photoshop Fix, Adobe have announced various updates to their existing Creative Cloud applications and services, as well as Adobe Stock. Describing their vision for Creative Cloud as a “connected creative canvas” where people create and share their work from anywhere, Adobe today added new Touch capabilities to their desktop applications including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC. The recently launched Adobe Stock marketplace will soon support the download and purchase of video content, and add the ability to search for and browse assets directly from Creative Cloud Libraries. The company also announced Adobe Portfolio, a new way to create beautiful, simple, creative portfolio websites; unveiled feature updates to its popular Creative Cloud Photography plan; and introduced powerful new editing capabilities for Lightroom for web.
Adobe today released two new mobile apps, Photoshop Fix and Capture CC. Available today, Photoshop Fix offers a retouching and restoration-focused image editing experience on a mobile device courtesy of a simple, intuitive touch interface that makes Photoshop desktop features like the Healing Brush and Liquify available for real retouching work on iPad and iPhone. Adobe Capture CC combines the capabilities of Adobe Brush, Adobe Shape, Adobe Color and Adobe Hue into a single app and the captured design asset can be used as a brush, shape or colour theme for professional work.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Zoner has just released the latest edition of Zoner Photo Studio. Version 18 provides a simplified photo workflow — from image download off the camera, to RAW development and JPG editing, to sharing photos. The program’s three main sections now have a unified interface, with navigation tools always available in the left-hand Navigator. The Catalogue that powers ZPS 18 now provides increased speed for browsing your photo collection. The new Develop section offers non-destructive edits for images in nearly every format. Other novelties include the ability to create Full HD slideshows from your photos, a new Share button, full support for high-resolution displays and compatibility with Windows 10. Zoner Photo Studio 18 is available now for $99. Upgrades from older versions are priced at $49.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Corel today released Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate (£99.95/$129.95), Pinnacle Studio 19 Plus (£79.95/$99.95) and Pinnacle Studio 19 (£49.95/$59.95). New features include a Multi-Camera Editor that enables you to edit footage from 2 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19, 4 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19 Plus, and 6 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate; and align clips automatically with Audio Syncing. Other highlights inlcude support for 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, enhanced HD processing and improved 64-bit playback performance. The 'Plus' and 'Ultimate' versions additionally feature Audio Ducking to lower background sound and keep dialogue and narration clear.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Adobe has released Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14. The former now features a camera shake compensation function, a Haze Removal tool, enhanced Guided Edits, a friendlier Quick Edit mode and more precise selections. The latter adds 4K video editing, new and professional-looking motion titles, a selective-colour mode and slow-motion effects with enhanced guidance. Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and Adobe Premiere Elements 14 are immediately available for purchase for $99.99 each. Upgrade pricing is also available for $79.99.