Monday, May 5, 2014
Lomography has updated its LomoScanner iPhone app. First launched alongside the Lomography Film Scanner, the LomoScanner software allows users to convert negative scans into positives, stitch together scans into seamless panoramas and animate 35mm analogue movies shot using the Lomography LomoKino camera.Version 2 has a cleaner interface and offers manual controls, revamped panorama stitching, fuss-free moive animation and instant sharing. Currently the app is available for iOS 7 only, with the company planning to update the Android version in the near future.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Alien Skin Software today announced the forthcoming launch of Exposure 6, the latest version of its flagship photography effects software. Alien Skin’s creative focus and lens simulation program, Bokeh, has now been rolled into Exposure, thus eliminating the need to jump between programs. As such, Exposure now provides simple tools for photographers to draw attention to their subject by manipulating focus, vignette and depth of field. Along with the inclusion of Bokeh, Exposure’s user interface has been refined and enhanced. A new basic control panel contains sliders for global adjustments to areas such as exposure, contrast, clarity and vibrance for faster editing. The image processing engine has also been rewritten and now offers full-sized instant previews. Additionally, Exposure 6 includes many new lighting effects such as realistic sun flare, and authentic vintage borders developed by world-renowned photographer Parker J Pfister. Exposure 6 will be available in June for $149
DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro 9.1.5 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade enables DxO Optics Pro 9 to offer support for the Nokia Lumia 1020, the first smartphone capable of shooting raw (pictured). Version 9.1.5 also offers support for four additional cameras: the Canon EOS 1200D, the Olympus E-M10 and Stylus 1, and the Nikon Coolpix P340; and benefits from the addition of 472 new camera/lens combinations to the library of DxO Optics Modules. Photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 8 license on or after 1 September 2014 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 9.
Serif has just launched PhotoPlus X7. This latest version comes without the need for monthly subscriptions and has a range of new features, such as Lab Colour Mode – a comprehensive colour engine that offers users a more intuitive editing mode allowing users to quickly and easily fix contrast or alter tones. A new Lens Correction feature also helps users to remove distortions, vignetting and fix chromatic aberrations. Photographers can also quickly straighten images and correct vertical and horizontal perspective problems with an on-screen alignment grid. For adjustments, corrections and effects, the PhotoFix Studio features a new smart brush to protect certain areas. PhotoPlus X7 is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and retails at £79.99.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Magix has released Xara Web Designer 10 Premium, a Web design tool designed for people wanting to launch a high-quality website without the need to know HTML coding - including photographers. "For the first time we have created a simple no-programming system where you can create alternative page arrangements for the same content", says Charles Moir, Xara's founder and Managing Director. "Web Designer 10 Premium does all the clever work to automatically show, and instantly switch (respond) to the changing browser size.” Xara Web Designer 10 Premium retails for £89.99.
Leica has released an iOS app that lets you wirelessly control the Leica T compact system camera. The program enables users to control captue settins; view the live view feed; trigger the camera; start and stop video recording; and view, delete, download and share images captured with the camera. The app is now available on iTunes.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
AKVIS MultiBrush has been updated to Version 8.0. This release adds the options Color Sampling and Tolerance to the Eraser tool; a new Grain parameter to the Artistic Pencil; a Blend Mode to the settings of the Color Pencil, Clone Stamp and Color Brush tools; and support for a number of additional raw image formats. Registered users of the software can upgrade to the new version for free.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Cloud Preview by Cypress Innovations is a new iOS app for photographers looking to view raw image files stored on Dropbox. Designed to work seamlessly with Dropbox, CloudPreview works with all raw files supported by Apple, and supports most files generated by Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax, Fujifilm and Leica cameras. For more information, visit the website below.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Phase One is going to host a free webinar for Capture One Pro users on Wednesday, 23rd April. In this webinar, David Grover will take participants through a typical photo editing scenario, importing directly from memory cards and through a full Capture One Pro Session workflow, finishing with multiple image output types and a web gallery. For more information and to register, visit the website below.
Cypress Innovations have released Cloud Studio, an iOS app developed for photographers looking to edit and share images stored on Dropbox. The program offers users the ability to alter saturation, gamma, brightness, contrast, hue, and vibrance. With Cloud Studio, you can view and edit curves and levels, and can crop, rotate, and sharpen images. The app gives users the option to re‐upload the altered image to Dropbox, save it in the camera roll, or share the photo via Facebook, Available in two versions, Cloud Studio and Cloud Studio HD, the software can be downloaded for $0.99.
Akvis have updated their ArtSuite application to version 10.5. This release adds a Share option that allows users to post pictures from the program to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+; improves the Halftone effect; enables the saving of last used settings; and adds support for additional raw image file formats generated by various digital cameras. Registered users of ArtSuite can upgrade to the new version for free.
Google has added new features to the standard Android camera app. Currently available for devices running Android 4.4 Kitkat, Lens blur allows users to mimic shallow DOF and even to virtually "refocus" the photo after it's taken, quasi-Lytro style. "You can choose to make any object come into focus simply by tapping on it in the image," Google's Carlos Hernández writes in a blog post. "By changing the depth-of-field slider, you can simulate different aperture sizes, to achieve bokeh effects ranging from subtle to surreal... Instead of capturing a single photo, you move the camera in an upward sweep to capture a whole series of frames. From these photos, Lens Blur uses computer vision algorithms to create a 3D model of the world, estimating the depth (distance) to every point in the scene." The Google Camera app is available as a free download from the Google Play store.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
ReaSoft has launched a new version of ReaConverter, its batch image conversion and editing program for Windows. New and improved features include 2x faster image processing, support for multi-threading, an entirely reworked user interface, built-in support for cloud storage, new editing options and graphic filters and advanced command-line processing. ReaConverter 7 is available in three edititons; Lite ($24.95), Standard ($49.95) and Pro ($99.95).
Datacolor's SpyderHD calibration suite is now available to purchase in the United States. Introduced a week ago in Europe, SpyderHD is a complete workflow solution including the Spyder4 ELITE HD integrated display calibration application, the innovative SpyderWEB (a universal mounting system that securely mounts the Spyder for calibration of most screens), the SpyderCHECK colour reference and gray card system and the portable SpyderCUBE (which provides white balance, exposure, black level and highlight references). The Datacolor SpyderHD package is available for $349.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sigma will release an update to its Sigma Optimization Pro software on 18th April. Version 1.2.0 will offer additional customisation when used with the Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM lens. Click through / read on for the details.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Akvis has released Version 7.0 of Retoucher, an image restoration program for Mac and Windows. This update adds two new options, Flip Vertical and Flip Horizontal, to the Chameleon Brush; support for more raw file formats (standalone version); new shortcuts for workflow efficiency; and a few bug fixes. Registered users of the software can upgrade to version 7.0 at no charge.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Macphun has announced its partnership with MILK Tailor Made Books. The first Macphun product to integrate MILK print services is Focus 2, which provides photographers with selective focus, creative blur, tilt-shift and motion blur effects and more. By accessing a new “Order Prints” command in the software, users can now turn their images into fine-quality postcards, folded notecards, framed gallery prints or wrapped canvas prints. The update to Focus 2 (Mac App Store version) and Focus 2 Pro that contains MILK print services is available today, free of charge to current owners of the product. To get the update, select the “Updates” button in the Mac App Store or choose “Check for Updates” in the Focus 2 Pro menu of the Pro software.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Adobe has released final versions of Adobe DNG Converter 8.4 and ACR 8.4. These updates add support for the Canon EOS 1200D, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, Casio EX-100, Fujifilm X-T1, Hasselblad H5D-50C, Hasselblad HV, Nikon 1 V3, Nikon Coolpix P340, Nikon D3300, Nikon D4S, Olympus OM-D E-M10, Panasonic TZ60 / TZ61, Samsung NX mini, Samsung NX30, Sony A5000 and Sony A6000 cameras, the Phase One IQ250 digital back (pictured) and the DJI Phantom quadcopter; similarly to Lightroom 5.4. Additionally, ACR 8.4 brings support for a host of new lens profiles, implements changes to local corrections and updates to the Preview Controls, and fixes bugs. Camera Matching color profiles for more than a dozen Fujifilm cameras have also been added.
Source: Lightroom Journal
Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom mobile for iPad, a companion app to Lightroom desktop software, only available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. The app enables iPad owners to sync mobile edits, metadata and collection changes back to the Lightroom catalogue on a Mac or Windows PC, automatically import images captured on an iPad and sync back to a Lightroom catalogue on the desktop, work on images even when your iPad is offline and sync photos between Lightroom 5 and Lightroom mobile. "With the launch of Lightroom mobile, we’ve unlocked professional-class photographic workflows from the confines of the desktop,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. "Lightroom and Photoshop redefined digital photography on the desktop and now, photographers can perfect images, wherever they are and, via Creative Cloud, seamlessly synchronise them back to their desktop catalogue.”
Datacolor has announced SpyderHD, a new flagship colour calibration suite for photographers. Designed to colour manage photo workflows, from scene, camera and editing, to final output; SpyderHD includes the Spyder4 ELITE HD integrated display calibration application and the innovative SpyderWEB, a universal mounting system that securely mounts the Spyder for calibration of most screens. In addition to display calibration offerings, SpyderHD consists of two important camera solutions: the SpyderCHECK colour reference and gray card system and the portable SpyderCUBE, which provides white balance, exposure, black level and highlight references. SpyderHD is available immediately for £229.