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Get simplicity and complete control with special black-and-white conversion software
Among professional photographers, black-and-white is enjoying a tremendous renaissance. While some pros are comfortable with complex color-to-black-and-white conversions, many are now finding the power to create and fine-tune the look they want with simpler stand-alone and plug-in software packages. These packages offer automated presets as well as custom settings. For the first time since the film darkroom, black-and-white is straightforward, both in simplicity and at a professional level. Read More...
Adobe alpha tester and all-around digital master Jeff Schewe takes us on a tour of the improvements to the new version of the Adobe Creative Suite, CS4
Yes, it’s that time again, another update to Photoshop, called by its full name, Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 (and, yes, there are regular and Extended versions again, with the Extended version designed for specialized image types and 3-D and multimedia). This represents the 13th time Photoshop has been updated (there were two .5 versions, so this is considered version 11). Read More...
The power of a RAW file isn’t confined to the opening steps of your workflow
File formats are part of the bedrock of digital photography, with JPEG and TIFF, among others, having special attributes. Let’s take a look at what makes up the features, advantages and benefits of these two formats.
With more sophisticated image-processing tools and a host of robust organizational features, the new version of Lightroom packs a punch for professionals
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 was launched officially in July. You should be able to get final versions as you read this. After working with it through Adobe’s development process, I think the new version may change the way photographers deal with color images. Lightroom 1.0 was widely regarded as a solid tool for organization and some elementary manipulation or enhancement of images. Read More...
Using the tools in ACR, you can work more efficiently and take advantage of RAW controls to make your black-and-white conversions
Adobe Camera Raw offers a number of powerful controls for converting a color image to a black-and-white or split-tone image. Working from Bruce Fraser's original, Real World Adobe Camera Raw With Photoshop CS2, Jeff Schewe has updated the book, and a new version will be available this summer. In this article, we walk you through some examples of how you can take advantage of Adobe Camera Raw's black-and-white conversion tools. We look at the HSL/Grayscale Panel and Split-Tone Panel, as well as show the steps we went through to take an image from color to black-and-white.
The DNG format was supposed to be the future, an open standard for RAW files that every manufacturer could use. Here's a look at how the revolution has panned out.
On September 27, 2004, Adobe announced the Digital Negative Specification (DNG), a file format that was supposed to unify the cluttered atmosphere of proprietary RAW file formats by offering a non-proprietary template that would act as a universal raw file. The DNG format was released, free from any legal restrictions or royalties as an open-source file for hardware and software designers to generate, process, manage and archive RAW images for any program, from any camera, and easily accessible as an archive at any time in the future. Almost four years later, DNG hasn't found the ubiquitous acceptance the industry had called for, but there's growing hope for the future. Read More...
Giving new life to still photos with Apple Final Cut Pro 6
Today's technology makes it relatively easy to turn a series of photos into multimedia presentations with audio for even more impact. You can add audio to your still images to tell a story even better, and equally important, provide additional marketing opportunities—there are more places to sell multimedia presentations than there are to sell still images alone, including broadcast media. Multimedia presentations also are a great way to present what you do photographically to potential clients. They provide a new creative challenge, too.
Helicon Focus gives you the ability to cheat depth-of-field limitations
Since you're reading this magazine, you already know that photography in the digital age is breaking all the old rules and pushing the limits of film. Across these pages, digital capture, versatile software and artistry combine to fulfill creative vision that might have been imaginable 10 years ago, but not achievable. Now another barrier—the physical limits of depth of field—is overcome by software called Helicon Focus.