Wednesday, January 20, 2016
HDRlog has just released HDRinstant 2.0. The software allows photographers to extract stills from video clips and turn them into high-quality photos, even if the moving scene was in bad lighting conditions. In addition to working with video clips, HDRinstant also works with series of camera images shot in high-speed burst mode. New features include improved design and ergonomics, faster processing and an expanded range of tone mapping algorithms. HDRinstant is available in three editions; a free version with limited functionality, a Light version ($25) with a slightly expanded feature set, and a Professional edition ($89), which gives access to HDR image creation.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Over the next 6 days we’ll be revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.
Kicking things off is the Software of the Year 2015 award, which goes to Adobe Photoshop Elements 14.
“...for anyone new to image editing or the keen photographer who just wants to achieve a quick result, then Photoshop Elements 14 will not disappoint.”
Congratulations to Adobe and Photoshop Elements 14!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
DxO announced today the immediate availability of two new extensions for OS X El Capitan. DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos adds seamless access to tens of thousands of DxO Optics Modules that enable DxO’s automatic optical corrections for distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration and lens softness for virtually all popular cameras and lenses. DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos is a paid download from the Mac App Store ($9.99/£7.99), which when installed automatically appears as an extension that can be accessed via the editing tools in Apple Photos. DxO ONE owners can download and install the DxO OpticsPro for OS X Photos - DxO ONE Camera Only version free of charge.
SoftColor has released PhotoEQ 10, a robust automatic photo editor for batch photo enhancing, editing and colour management. New features in this release include version 10 of the SoftColor SpectralHDI automatic colour correction algorithm, new colour correction layers, a suite of photo editing tool presets, a new tool for colour temperature adjustments, a To-do List based photo workflow, a new Rich dynamics enhancer colour correction tool that can generate an HDR-like look for regular JPEG images, and much more. PhotoEQ 10 is available immediately for $79.
Corel has announced the latest update to PaintShop Pro. Version 8.1 introduces the Welcome Guide, an all-new in-app learning tool that makes it easier to access helpful tips and tricks. Users will also find new ways to discover content, plus significant performance enhancements app-wide, including major improvements to brush speeds. The X8.1 update is available now and is free to all registered users of PaintShop Pro X8.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Akvis has released Version 5.0 of Akvis HDRFactory, an application that creates HDR images from a series of photographs taken at different exposures. This update adds a new Local Correction mode for additional processing of specific areas, uses a new algorithm of creating HDR images and introduces a refined Ghost Removal tool.
Sony have expanded their PlayMemories Camera app lineup with Sky HDR, enabling users to independently control the exposure of land and sky and adjust different brightness levels in one picture. The application, which is compatible with a host of Sony cameras, also allows the user to set the white balance separately for the shadows and the highlights. After adjusting the exposure and white balance for land and sky the final image with its added effects can be created by pressing the shutter button. The Sky HDR app is now available to download for €9.99.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
X-Rite and Pantone have announced that Color Finale from Color Grading Central is the first colour grading solution for video to fully support X-Rite’s new ColorChecker Passport Video target. When the target is included in shot setup, the Color Finale plug-in for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X can automatically perform colour corrections to adjust for color temperature issues, variances among cameras and other colour biases that can occur during video shoots. “We are very excited to be the first color grading solution for video to support the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video targets,” said Denver Riddle, President of Color Grading Central. “By simply inserting the ColorChecker Passport Video into the frame prior to the ‘take,’ Color Finale removes all of the guesswork from colour correction in post so that filmmakers can feel confident that they are achieving a good, colour-accurate starting point from which they can then apply a creative look.”
Adobe has released version 2.1 of Lightroom for iOS. This new version adds an array of new features including iPad Pro support and support for iOS 9's multitasking capabilities, new shoot-through presets in the Adobe built-in camera, a novel Point Curve mode for the Tone Curve and the Split Tone adjustments tool, support for 3D touch, and a new widget to launch the Adobe built-in camera from the iOS Notification Centre. You can download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for iOS from the iTunes App Store.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Pixelmator have announced a major update to their Pixelmator app for iPhone and iPad. Version 2.2 fully supports the iPad Pro and the new Apple Pencil and allows you to open and edit 16K images. The update also adds 3D Touch support on iPhone 6s, a collection of artist-designed Basic brushes, a new Auto-straighten feature, and more. Pixelmator for iOS 2.2 is available today as a free update from the iTunes App Store.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Nevercenter has released Version 2.8 of CameraBag, a Mac/Windows program which allows you to edit your raw images, add a variety of user-configurable filters to your photos and simulate the look of classic film stocks. New features in this update include five types of histogram, the ability to zoom and see your image at full resolution and an all-new Photos extension for OSX El Capitan users.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Ricoh have released the highly anticipated Pentax Tethered Capture Plug-In for use with Adobe Lightroom. Enhancing the tethered capture capabilities of thePentax 645Z medium-format dSLR camera (pictured), the new plug-in enables files to easily be uploaded into Adobe Lightroom during a studio session, where they can readily be viewed, shared and edited. “Since Lightroom is already the de-facto standard for many photographers to edit and develop their images, this new plug-in is especially welcome,” said Chris Knight, a New York-based portrait photographer. “Using Lightroom, I am able to quickly share photos with my clients, who are even able to view and comment from remote locations.”
Alien Skin Software has introduced Exposure X for OS X and Windows. Designed to streamline routine editing tasks, Exposure X is a digital imaging app that helps photographers quickly organise, edit, and enhance their photos. It can be used as a plug-in to Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a complete standalone photo editor. The program offers non-destructive editing, so a photographer’s original photo is never touched and changes can always be undone. Additionally, using proprietary algorithms Exposure X handles raw image files from a wide range of cameras. Exposure X is available now from Alien Skin Software for $149. Owners of any version of Exposure may upgrade for $99.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Adobe has released Lightroom 1.4 for Android, which is now available for free. The ability to use Lightroom for mobile without a paid subscription means that anyone can take advantage of all of the organisational, editing, and sharing abilities that the mobile app offers. Lightroom for Android supports raw DNG workflows making it possible to enhance images and take full advantage of all of the quality and details found in images captured on Android Lollipop powered devices. Signing up for a free trial of Adobe Lightroom CC adds the ability to synchronise files and edits with Lightroom on a desktop or laptop as well as with Lightroom Web.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Macphun have announced a major update to Aurora HDR Pro, their latest Macintosh software co-developed with Trey Ratcliff. The features of Version 1.1 include more extensive plug-in compatibility with host applications Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture, more versatile ghost reduction handling, performance improvements and a new preset category for photographers interested in more natural results. Aurora HDR Pro is available for $99.99.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.0.7 for Mac OS X. This update adds support for raw image files generated by the Leica M (Typ 262, pictured), resolves an issue with El Capitan, and fixes an issue where the Clarity adjustment was not being correctly saved to preset or settings files when the value was negative. This upgrade is free for customers who have purchased a new or upgraded Iridient Developer license after 14 April 2013.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
The major updates to Adobe's Creative Cloud (CC) apps that were unveiled at Adobe MAX 2015 are now available to CC members worldwide. Describing their vision for Creative Cloud as a “connected creative canvas” where people create and share their work from anywhere, Adobe have added new Touch capabilities to their desktop applications including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC. The recently launched Adobe Stock marketplace now supports the download and purchase of video content and enables users to search for and browse assets directly from Creative Cloud Libraries. Premiere Pro CC adds comprehensive native format support for editing 4K-to-8K footage, while Photoshop CC now allows you to customise your toolbar.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Phase One have today released Capture One Pro 9. This edition introduces many new image quality precision tools, including a completely updated contrast engine, a new brush pack, Luma curves, a battery status toolbar for tethered cameras, new asset management tools and more. Capture One Pro 9 is available now for Mac and Windows. New with this release, each license permits three activations to support on-location activation management as requested by photographers. New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 9 for $299 or €279. Owners of previous versions of Capture One Pro may upgrade for $99 or €99.
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.