Thursday, December 11, 2014
Alien Skin has announced Exposure 7, the latest version of its flagship photography effects software. As a standalone program, Exposure 7 will now allow you to work on raw image files from a wide range of cameras from all manufacturers without having to convert them to a TIFF or JPEG first. Also, Exposure 7 now provides rapid folder and file browsing right within the same UI when working in standalone mode. Other highlights include non-destructive editing, new film emulation presets, textures and easy-to-use Crop and Rotate panels. Alien Skin Exposure 7 is now available for $149. Owners of any version of Exposure may upgrade for $69.
The new ACDSee Ultimate 8 software is billed as the first all-in-one digital asset manager and layered photo editor. "Until today, photographers would have to run multiple, expensive applications to edit and achieve professional results," the company says. "Now, professionals and sophisticated amateurs can rely on one product for an unparalleled number of creative graphic and image composition needs." ACDSee Ultimate 8 combines layers, GPU-accelerated image processing and support for 32-bit and 64-bit transparency with all of the photo adjustment and management capabilities available in ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18. The program is available for $149.99.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Topaz Labs have released Topaz Glow, a new program that uses state-of-the-art image processing techniques to produce illuminating light effects. “We took an extra step to push forward the processing technology in Glow to make it much faster with GPU acceleration, speeding up your creativity and empowering your imagination,” said Dr. Yang Yang, the research scientist who led the product development of Glow. “By developing a unique proprietary algorithm that extracts hidden light in an image, Glow gives the user freedom to produce both subtle and dramatic looks.” Glow works as a standalone editor as well as a plugin for Photoshop CS4+, Photoshop Elements 6+, Photoshop Creative Cloud and as an external editor for Lightroom. It is compatible with 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.8 and up. Though the standard retail price of Glow is $69.99, it is available at a special reduced price of $49.99 until the end of this year.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
DxO Labs have just launched DxO OpticsPro v10.1. The program is now compatible with Lightroom and other third-party software’s star ranking systems, has improved the speed at which it displays its visual presets in Windows, and has enriched its DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint plugins. This update also allows DxO OpticsPro 10 to support the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7 X (pictured), the GoPro HERO4 Black Edition, the Panasonic Lumix DMC- ZS40, and the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
PSKiss hsd released its Faces & Places Colour DNG profiles for Lightroom and Photoshop. The new profiles include Dark Skin 2, Lights On, Man's World, Vintage 2, Tanned Bride and Vivid Landscape 2. The Faces & Places pack, which is part of the growing PSKiss Looks Series, is available for $14.90 per camera.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Robots for Your Photos is a new service aimed at photographers, which automates the photo-sharing process across multiple social media platforms. The service basically takes care of the most boring tasks by automatically uploading your photographs to various photo servers and online galleries (such as Flickr, Facebook, 500px etc.) and publishing each photo at the optimal time of day to ensure it’s seen by the highest possible number of viewers. "Monitoring the reaction to your published photos closely is part of our job," the company says. "We therefore know quite precisely what is the best time for you to publish in order to get the most feedback. And that is when we always publish - at the best times." Moreover, Robots for Your Photos collects all likes, favourites and comments from all services and presents them all in one place. Note that the project is still in the development phase - but you can sign up now to be among the first to try the service once it's launched.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Lumulabs have released a major update to its free Lumu Photo app, which is designed to work with the Lumu light meter. The app has a completely new reflected light meter mode, which enables it to use the iPhone's camera as an exposure meter. To celebrate the launch of this update, the Lumu light meter hardware is now available at a 30% discount through the website below.
Website: Lumulabs Shop
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Macphun have announced their Black Friday offers for the UK market. Customers have two options to choose from - they can either purchase Macphun's "Creative Kit Plus" software bundle, which includes Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro, Focus Pro and Tonality Pro, at a reduced price of £79.99 and get a free £15 Amazon.co.uk gift card; or take advantage of a 34-50% discount on a variety of Macphun apps on the Mac app store. For more information, visit the website below.
The new Magix Photostory 2015 Deluxe slideshow editor offers over 300 high-quality effects, animations and decorative elements. You can combine individual images to make panoramas or 3D photos, while travel route animations allow you to create interactive presentations of travel images. With over 50 new music pieces and 500 effects, the program now features more than 850 professional sounds & songs for audio dubbing. You can assign photos, videos and music to up to 8 multimedia tracks, and the optimised multi-track performance allows for a more efficient use of multi-core processors. The software is now available for £59.99 from Amazon.
17hats have just launched their business management web app, which tames the chaos of running a small business such as a photography studio. "When my wife started her own business as a wedding photographer, she loved the creative elements, but became overwhelmed and frustrated by the business side of things," remarks founder Donovan Janus. "After looking into different programs and apps to help her, I came up empty-handed. There was no single service that included everything she needed." Consolidating everything needed on a daily basis - contracts, invoices, bookkeeping, to-do lists, email, client contacts, online payments and more - into one easy-to-use app, 17hats simplifies business with its template system, enabling users to enter data once and re-use it with one click. The app offers 3 pricing plans: $19/month annually, $25/month for a 6-month plan, and $29/month for a monthly plan. The app supports several different currencies and connects to over 10,000 banks in the U.S.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Totally Rad! has announced its annual Black Friday sale. This Friday the company will be offering all of itsproducts, including the bestselling pair Replichrome I: Icon and Replichrome II: Slide, at a 35% discount. Beginning at 12am on 28th November, you will be able to use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2014 to take advantage of this offer in their online store.
Fastcut from Magix is a new video editor optimised for action cams. The program allows you to automatically or manually edit your videos, and offers a wide range of thematic templates with fitting songs, cuts and transitions. Additional effects such as vintage look, tracking shots and slow-motion effects can also be added individually. You can minimise wind noise, correct skewed footage, remove lens distortions, adjust the colours and apply post-capture exposure compensation to backlit shots. Fastcut is available now online for a special introductory price of $49.99.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Apple has posted a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, which adds system-level support for raw image files generated by the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Fujifilm X30, Nikon D750 (pictured) and Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 cameras. You can download the update from the website below.
ACD Systems have released the ACDSee iPhone app designed to help users capture and perfect photos all from their iPhone. ACDSee for iPhone provides a camera, photo editor and collage maker all in one app with unique features such as the advanced Selfie Mode, Flash Fusion,, HDR Fusion, and manual controls for exposure, focus and white balance. The ACDSee Pro Pack is an add-on to the app and includes additional features for professional photographers or expert users looking for more advanced capabilities. ACDSee for iPhone is $1.99 and available now in the iTunes App Store. The “Pro Pack” can be purchased for an additional $4.99.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Akvis has released version 16 of its Sketch application, which turns photos into pencil drawings. The new version adds numerous new features and lets a user make a snapshot during processing, add a watermark, erase pencil lines, and more. The standalone edition now comes with a smart non-destructive Crop tool, whereas the plugin offers improved compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 13. All owners of Sketch v.9-15 can upgrade to version 16 for free by downloading and installing the updated software.
Fuji has launched its "HS-V5 for Windows Ver. 1.0" software which enables PC tethered shooting for the Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition. In Camera Mode, users hold the camera by hand or set it up on a tripod and adjust the settings on the camera itself, and the images shot are simultaneously transferred to the computer for display on the screen or saving on the PC. Adjusting exposure and other shooting settings or activating the shutter release are all carried out on the camera. In PC Mode, users can check the viewfinder image of a remotely-setup camera, operate the camera and adjust its settings on the PC screen, with all images taken simultaneously transferred to the PC for display on the screen or saving onto PC. All adjustments to exposure and other shooting settings or activation of the shutter release are carried out remotely on the computer. The application features an "image analysis" function with histogram, highlight clipping warning and EXIF data display, plus an "image assessment" function that displays two images side-by-side for comparison, and a "categorisation / organisation" function.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tiffen has released version 4 of the multiple award-winning Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite. This update adds OFX plug-in support, making it compatible with the digital intermediate programs Davinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch, as well as the high-end Nuke visual effects program from The Foundry. The program now also includes support for Sony Vegas NLEs as well as 12 new visual effects filters, 93 new historical photographic processes, 30 new motion picture film stocks, a "dramatic" speed increase in GPU acceleration, state-of-the-art floating point precision for a non-destructive workflow, and Retina display support for Mac. The Tiffen Dfx 4 film/video plug-in is available for $499.95. The photo-ony version of the plug-in can be purchased for $149.95. The standalone version of Tiffen Dfx 4 is available today for $129.99.
Phase One today released Capture One 8.0.2. This update adds support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite; lenses including the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4, the Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4, the Nikon AF-S Nikkot 20mm f/1.8G ED and the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro; and cameras including the Nikon D750, D3300 and P340, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, the Leica T (Typ 701) and C (Typ 112), the Panasonic GM1, and the Samsung NX30.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 is now available as a final release. The update adds support for raw image files generated by the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), Canon PowerShot G7 X, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, Casio EX-100PRO, Fujifilm X30, Fujifilm X100T, Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver, Leaf Credo 50, Leica D-Lux (Typ 109), Leica M-P, Leica V-Lux (Typ 114), Leica X (Typ 113), Nikon D750, Olympus PEN E-PL7, Olympus STYLUS 1S, Panasonic DMC-CM1, Panasonic GM1S, Panasonic GM5, Panasonic LX100, Pentax K-S1, Pentax QS-1, Samsung NX1, Sony Alpha A5100 and Sony QX1 models. Additionally, it brings updates to synced collections, supports tethered shooting with the Nikon D810 and D4S, adds a host of lens profiles, and fixes bugs. You can download the update - for both Mac OS and Windows - from the website below.
Website: Adobe Lightroom Journal
Monday, November 17, 2014
Digital Film Tools today released Film Stocks v2.0, Light v4.0, and Rays v2.0. In response to customer requests, Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, Grunge, Three Strip and Two Strip Processes have been integrated into the Film Stocks v2.0 workflow. The Film Stocks user interface has also been upgraded with Retina display support for Mac as well as three new masking types: Path, Snap and Selection. Light v4.0 also benefits from a new user interface, as well as filter layering, seven masking types, GPU acceleration, Mac Retina display support and 1300 Rosco gobos. The Rays user interface has also been upgraded with Retina display support for Mac in addition to layering and seven masking types for photo plug-in hosts.