A look at Noiseless Pro by Macphun a standalone application that helps you reduce color and luminance noise in your images, and process raw images! … [Read more...] about Noiseless Pro Review
This morning Adobe announced a major update to Lightroom! The new version is called Lightroom CC, and is a part of the Creative Cloud. (For those of you not interested in using the Creative Cloud subscription service, it can still be downloaded as a standalone application, Lightroom 6.) The new update comes with some very much anticipated improvements, so let's take a look at some of the most impressive new feature's inside of Lightroom CC:HDR Merge Yes! Finally! We can merge HDR images inside of Lightroom! Photoshop is no longer a … [Read more...] about Say Hello to the NEW Adobe Lightroom CC!
The Challenge of Dynamic Range My next house I did end up photographing was a small townhouse. I think those are extra challenging to photograph as you are working to be creative in tiny places to get the entire room without too much distortion. A tripod is a must even when working in such a tiny space. I went to work and bracketed each room. The realtor sent me a text saying his clients were impressed and LOVED the pictures. I breathed a sigh of relief. After that praise I looked back through some photos and decided to play some more with … [Read more...] about What can Photomatix do for you?
Adobe Lightroom mobile is a companion app to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. The app is FREE if you have one of the following plans: Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program Creative Cloud complete plan Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition Creative Cloud for teams complete plan Or, you can download and sign up for a free 30-day trial of Lightroom mobile. Once the free 30-day trial expires, Lightroom mobile will require a Creative Cloud membership. Extend Your Workflow Beyond the Desktop By … [Read more...] about Android Users: Meet Lightroom Mobile
There are so many options for cloud backup storage today, but Amazon just announced a great plan for their Amazon Prime subscribers. Unlimited Photo Storage with Amazon Prime. Ive been an Amazon Prime subscriber for a few years now and the perks just keep coming to make it worth the price of the membership. Not only do you get FREE two-day shipping, but you also get access to access to the Kindle Owners Lending Library, Prime Instant Video (a Netflix competitor), and Prime Music, among other things listed here. There are 3 ways to upload your … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime Just Got Even Better with Free Cloud Photo Storage
A lot of self-employed creatives work from home. Photographers, web designers, graphic designers, video guys . . . me included. Its convenient, cost-effective, and is a great option if youre just starting out. But working from home is one of the hardest things to do. There are so many distractions . . . the internet, the television, the animals, the children . . . you get where Im headed. Its important to hold yourself accountable every day and make sure you get your tasks done. Enter iDoneThis. iDoneThis isn't new, but it's simple. Its a … [Read more...] about iDoneThis • A Key to Accountability Success
Mylio, which is an acronym for My Life is Organized, made it's debut at the PhotoPlus Expo 2014 an event I was unable to attend. This put me at a disadvantage when trying to figure out all the details of the new program. Normally I would spend a lot of time with a representative at the show and pick their brain on every detail. Instead, I had to search the net for what fellow photographers and what Mylio's own website is saying about the product. I then read between the lines to see if Mylio will make it's way into my workflow. What exactly is … [Read more...] about Will Mylio make it in your Workflow?
At the Adobe Max keynote recently, Adobe announced several new mobile apps that connect you directly with your Adobe profile and makes it easy to access what you do between your devices. One of those is Photoshop Mix. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1bfmtt6txM My Test Run I decided to go ahead and try a quick feature and play with the new Adobe Photoshop Mix. Heres what I did. 1. Get an image. I opened the app and imported a typical cell phone portrait of my daughter. The app can see your camera roll, camera, Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile … [Read more...] about A quick look at Adobe Photoshop Mix
One of the things I struggle with is organizing my cell phone images. On my iPhone, I can set up galleries or streams but I don't always use them. QuickPics is offering a solution to tag and organize your mobile photos, and so far I love where theyre heading. With hundreds, if not thousands, of photos on my mobile phone, I don't have time to go back and tag everything. Some are family, some friends, and some are just for reference for projects Im currently working on. QuickPics offers a great way to select your photos to tag. Simply press … [Read more...] about Organize your Mobile Photos with QuickPics
Our next Lightroom Hangout is next Wednesday, October 29th. RSVP for an hour of Lightroom learning FREE right here. We'll launch the discussion at 2:00 Eastern Time, 11:00am Pacific. 2:30 in Newfoundland. Brought to you by SongFreedom.com, where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button. Also from Adobe, who makes it even easier to switch to Lightroom and Photoshop with the new Creative Cloud Photography plan. We'll have some prizes to give away (including a full year's … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Finishing Big Files Panoramas and HDR’s
Not long ago, Adobe released an app for the iPad. But with their most recent update to the Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile just got a whole lot better. Since the update, I have been playing with the apps on my iPad and iPhone, and wanted to share some of my findings. I downloaded Lightroom to my iPad as soon as it was announced a few months back. It was great! But I could only see myself using it as a portfolio to show off my images to others when not at home. Plus, I don't typically carry my iPad with me everywhere. But now, with some new … [Read more...] about Lightroom Mobile for iPad and iPhone
One of the newest upgrades in Photoshop CC was the upgrade to make an image larger without loosing detail. In the past when you would re size an image you would lose detail in your image. Now with the new CC they have found a way to keep your image preserved without loosing much detail. Over the weekend I was shooting some family pictures and my assistant(aka my daughter) messed with my settings half way through the shoot and changed my RAW settings to JPEG. Luckily it was JPEG large but still my image size in RAW was approximately 25 mb and … [Read more...] about Upsizing a Photo for Print
I typically feel pretty set in my ways once I find my groove, but every now and then, a I get the urge to branch out and try something different. Those urges are highly motivated by the really nice word, "FREE." Right now, the onOne Software Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition is a free download. Thats right, Free-ninty-nine! Thats like $0.00 and it's not like an ad-based program or a kind of gimmicky program, it really is a full licensed version and it is quite freakin powerful! I'm a huge Lightroom and Photoshop fan, and even with the … [Read more...] about Hands-On Review: onOne Software Perfect Effects (Plus it’s Free!)
Batteries. Seems a creative professionals life runs on batteries. The ability to work on the go, anywhere, any time. My phone, tablet, laptop, cameras all run on batteries. The Problem with Rechargeable Batteries Over time, rechargeable batteries wear out and need to be replaced. Im not talking about losing a charge, rather the total number of charges that a battery can hold before its used up. Batteries over time suffer from a few problems. Cycles. A battery can only be recharged so many times before it essentially stops being able to hold … [Read more...] about The Nightmare of Replacing a Battery on a Mac Laptop (Why Your Machine Might Be Lying to You)
I'm always on the lookout for new ways to process images on my tablet. I love the flexibility to pull an image from my Photo Stream and push it a bit further. Sometimes its to correct the image, other times to stylize it. I recently downloaded the app Alayer (available for iPad and iPhone). At 99, it's a pretty easy decision to make if I'll give an app a try. In this case, I'm glad I did. The application is easy to use and works with a simple concept. Effects and adjustments can be layered. To start, you simply make a new project. You … [Read more...] about Alayer for iOS: A Mini Review
Editor's Note: PhotoPills is 50% off today only November 28, 2014 All I can say is that PhotoPills is the single most useful photography app on the planet, and I highly recommend it. Here's a link to their website, and the Apple app store. Want to hear more? Ok. I'll start with the only two downsides, and they are minor. First, it's only for iOS; they are making the Android version, but no release date, yet. Sorry, gang. Second, it's designed by Europeans, so as an American using it I feel it's not always as intuitive as it could be. … [Read more...] about PhotoPills: Two Thumbs Up!
I had a chance to see the new release Intensify from Macphun live in New York recently. I must say that the application does exactly what it promises to help you discover the beauty in the details. The app is designed as a way to quickly improve tone, color and contrast. There are two versions of the application (available only for Mac users). I am reviewing the standard edition from the Mac App store. Intensify Available only in the Mac App store for $29.99. It runs as a standalone app. This is an introductory price and it will switch to … [Read more...] about Macphun Intensify | First Look Review
Our friends over at Mosaic have just released a huge new version of their Lightroom companion app. This app makes it easy to take your latest Lightroom images with you on the go. They have a wide range of plans (even a free one) that you should check out. What's new and improved: The new native app is a heck of a lot FASTER. Native code means it runs more reliably. The user interface is much easier to work with. You can see your photo's metadata easily. The app remembers your filter criteria from login to login, and now even hides rejected … [Read more...] about Lightroom Users — Get the New Mosaic App
Im always on the lookout for new software tools. When I opened up the Mac App store this week, I saw that the FX Photo Studio Pro app was highly ranked. This app is billed as a creative powerhouse and is a great way to add effects to images for stylized looks and borders. It is a Mac only app (to be expected when the companys name is MacPhun). Opening an Image The App works with one image at a time. You can open images from a wide range of file formats. FX Photo Studio PRO support opening of the following image formats: TIFF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, … [Read more...] about FX Photo Studio Pro For Mac – Mini Review
Guest Post by Ara Roselani - If you focus on an eye and are getting a sharp nose instead, chances are you could use the services of the LensAlign PRO Focus Calibration System. I have indignantly examined a red focus box around something that isn't as in-focus as another part of my subject. In an effort to correct this issue, I invited two other photographers with similar complaints to join me for an equipment test. The Lens Align Pro is a three-sided box with focus targets and a ruler/guide with stop marks. Using it is easiest with two … [Read more...] about Lens Align Pro