Software And Apps For Photographers

Desktop post-processing and mobile apps every photographer should know
Software is a critical component of the photographer’s toolbox. While most of us have our favorites, our needs and skill levels may change, so it’s important to keep up to date on the latest software capabilities. Developers are consistently adding or upgrading features, improving performance and, more recently, integrating AI (artificial intelligence... Read more

ON1 Photo RAW 2019

Is this flat-fee photo editor and organizer a worthy alternative to Adobe Lightroom?
With the HDR tone-mapping feature in ON1 Photo RAW, you can easily merge multiple bracketed photos and recover highlights and shadows in very challenging tonal environments. In April 2012, Adobe announced a new subscription model initiative called Creative Cloud that sat beside its existing licensing model with the Creative Suite. Thirteen months later,... Read more

Managing The Confusion

Changes to Lightroom’s model have some photographers looking for alternatives
My introduction to “real” photo management happened when I outgrew iPhoto and installed Aperture. I learned quickly enough how powerful managing photos was, from staying organized to changing dates to adding GPS coordinates. Back then, I used it to create web albums and even made a slideshow movie. If I forgot to set up the camera’s date, I’d... Read more
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Final Cut Pro 10.4

A small version number change, a big update for Apple’s legendary video editing tool
Final Cut Pro 10.4
Apple’s Final Cut Pro X is a program that exemplifies Apple’s recent design aesthetic: minimalist, powerful and a tad bit confusing. The dueling interests of adding sophistication to a tool while keeping that tool free of confusing interface elements is at the heart of all great design, and sometimes the complexity of a system gets so great that... Read more

Lightroom CC: The Truth Is In The Cloud

An Adobe Lightroom rant, but in praise of it
Adobe Lightroom CC
Look, anyone surprised by Adobe supposedly killing the pro version of Lightroom (now named Classic) and launching a cloud version hasn’t been paying attention. There’s so much going on in tech, photography and the world, in general, I won’t blame you if you haven’t noticed. I did because it’s my job and I’ve been using a prerelease version... Read more

Phase One Capture One Pro 10

The alternative to Lightroom has a big update
image-editing software
For most photographers, the photographic workflow begins and ends with Lightroom. Capture One Pro, developed by medium-format camera manufacturer Phase One, has lived for years in the shadows of Adobe’s 800-pound gorilla, attracting customers through word of mouth and through the passionate evangelism of its users. Capture One Pro was built around... Read more

Natasha Calzatti: Getting The Most Out Of Your Images

A photographer explains how simple adjustments can yield big results
Natasha Calzatti
Photographer and post-production guru Natasha Calzatti  teaches photographers how to get the most out of their digital captures through classes at Samy’s Camera and Santa Monica College in Southern California. In addition to efficient workflow and learning the tools available to us through state-of-the-art software, Calzatti emphasizes the importance... Read more

Automate Your Lighting Plans With A Unique App

set.a.light 3D studio lets you plan and document complex lighting solutions with the click of a button
Automate Your Lighting Plans With A Unique App
set.a.light 3D allows photographers to auditon and document any number of lighting scenarios. Preparation, or lack of planning, can make or break a photo shoot. Fortunately, there are software applications to assist in production planning and to help ensure a successful shoot. One of these applications, set.a.light 3D Studio (that’s not a typo, it’s... Read more

Hi-Tech Studio: HDR Software

Get the full tonal range, create distinctive effects and make your images stand out with High Dynamic Range technology

HDR (high dynamic range) photography, in theory, is capable of displaying more of the range from shadows to highlights than the human eye can see. HDR merges together several images at varied exposures to capture the full range of tones. The final image, when created this way, is technically a composite. You’re capturing details from the extreme... Read more

Maintain Flexibility

Using Smart Objects in conjunction with Adobe Camera Raw gives you the ultimate nondestructive means of filtering that there is within Photoshop

Camera Raw 1.0 first appeared as a $99 plug-in for Adobe Photoshop 7 in 1999. The ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) plug-in only supported a few cameras in the beginning, but shooting RAW was quickly recognized by early digital adopters as the way to go, and things took off. After the initial launch, the plug-in shipped free starting with Photoshop CS, eventually... Read more
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