Earlier today Apple announced the release of Aperture 2, which is the follow-up to Apples original streamlined RAW image editor. At $100, Aperture 2 is a force to be reckoned with and could attract a few photographers that are in a coin-tossing mode between Aperture and Adobe Lightroom. The new, improved Aperture 2 has over 100 new features. Update: Also available for $189 from Amazon. Some of the highlighted features are as follows:
- Image adjustment controls such as Highlight Recovery, Definition, Vibrancy, and Vignette
- Retouch tool with soft-edged brush to remove unwanted elements from photos.
- Next-generation RAW image processing for highest-quality images
- Quick Preview mode for rapid-fire photo browsing
- Simplified user interface that maximizes screen space and provides direct access to your iPhoto library from within Aperture
- Integration with .Mac Web Gallery to instantly publish your photos, allowing visitors to view and download images [Read more…]
A while back, I posted 7 Alternatives to Flickr. I asked for your thoughts on my suggested alternatives and other recommendations that you had. I got more than I bargained for in your comments. I quickly realized that I had left many great sites out of my abbreviated list. Due to all of your great suggestions, I felt that you deserved a more complete list of photo sharing sites. I’ve included my original 7, all of your suggestions and a few others that I’ve scoured the web to find. Read on for 45 ways to share your photos. [Read more…]
[This post has been updated. See below.]
No, this isn’t some cheap take on a educational software gray market scam. This is the real deal from Adobe.
If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on Photoshop CS3, but don’t really want to shell out $650, then Adobe has got a deal for you. You can upgrade your copy of Photoshop Elements (versions 1.0-6) to the full blown Photoshop CS3 for only $299. This offer is for US and Canada residents only (excluding Quebec for some reason).
What? You don’t have Elements? Get a copy for under $40 at Amazon and then upgrade it. You still come in $300 less that the full retail price.
As far as I can tell, you can only take advantage of this upgrade offer directly through Adobe. So, here’s the link. The offer expires 2/29/08.
Update: As Stephen pointed out in the comments below, Wacom tablets come with Photoshop Elements and the $299 upgrade coupon. So, you can still go cheap and grab a Wacom Bamboo tablet for $83 and still come out under $400 with CS3.
Update #2: Alan pointed out in the comments below that when you click “Order Now” you get a pop-up that says “error: the promotion code you entered has already been used”. I didn’t get that error this morning when I posted this. I called the Adobe sales number on the page linked to above. The rep that I spoke to said I could upgrade for $299 – in fact, he was ready to take my order; however, I told him who I was and that I wanted a link for the product page where we could all order it and he said that he couldn’t help me with that but forwarded me to customer service in India. After 20 minutes and creating a new account at Adobe, I hung up with no progress. Another 20 minute online chat with another sales rep sent me back to customer service in India. My suggestion? Give them a call, along with your serial number and try to upgrade that way. Sorry if this turns out to be phooey. Thanks for pointing out the error message Alan.
Update #3: Fried Toast in the comments below thinks the whole thing is bogus. I’m still for giving Adobe a call if you want to upgrade and trying it over the phone.
[tags]adobe, photoshop, cs3, elements, upgrade[/tags]
Pre-PMA Press Release
Las Vegas, NV – January 18, 2008 (PMA 08, Booth #L161) – Nik Software Inc.’s award-winning noise reduction software tool Dfine 2.0 now features Nik Software’s patented U Point technology for selective editing control and a completely new user interface that is easier to use and improves workflow for busy photographers.
“Many photographers have simply ignored or accepted image noise as a part of digital photography due to the complexity of the image editing tools available,” said Michael J. Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software, Inc. “The complete re-design of Dfine takes simplicity and control of noise reduction to an entirely new level, a point recognized when it earned the coveted American Photo Editor’s Choice 2007 award.” [Read more…]
Pre-PMA Press Release
Las Vegas, NV – January 18, 2008 (PMA 08, Booth #L161) – Nik Software, Inc. showcases today the latest upgrade to its award-winning Color Efex Pro collection of photographic filters for Adobe® Photoshop® and Photoshop Elements. The new Color Efex Pro 3.0 filter collection now integrates Nik Software’s patented U Point® technology for precise selective editing control, includes new and updated filters offering the widest range of professional photographic enhancements and effects, and features a completely redesigned user interface. [Read more…]
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 10, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the highly anticipated Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 6 software for Macintosh® is now available for pre-order at www.adobe.com/go/buyphotoshop_elements_mac or Amazon.com.
Photoshop Elements 6 software for Mac® combines power and simplicity so consumers at all experience levels can easily achieve outstanding results with their digital photos. In advance of its early Q2 2008 ship date, the Macintosh community will get its first peek at the new product features during the Macworld Conference & Expo, Jan. 14-17, 2008 in San Francisco (Booth #S1302). [Read more…]
If you’re an Adobe Lightroom user (or a wannabe), you’ll want to take a look at these books and links:
Free 30 Day Trial – try out LR on Adobe
Adobe Design Center – tons of info from Adobe on how to use LR effectively
Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts – a simple, but handy chart
Lightroom Journal – blog by Adobe LR crew
Lightroom News – gobs of essential info, updated regularly
Lightroom Killer Tips – one sweet LR blog from “the Photoshop guys”
Photo Presets with One-Click WOW! – Over 80 free presets for LR designed by Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Jack Davis w/ tutorial video
Inside Lightroom – best known for its awesome collection of LR develop presets
Official Lightroom User Guide (.pdf) – the manual
Lightroom Getting Started Guide (.pdf) – again, from Adobe
RawWorkflow.com – instructional videos from Michael Tapes
Layers Magazine – several workflow tutorials, including some nice vids
Getting Photos to Your iPhone – a handy post for iPhoners from O’Reilly
Keyword Tagging – tutorial on Peachpit on keyword tagging in LR
Project Photoshop Lightroom – several great tutorials on using LR
Tethered Shooting – another Peachpit article on tethered shooting in LR
Peachpit Lightroom Resource Center – the best of the rest from Peachpit
If I’ve missed anything else, please leave it in the comments and it’ll go here.
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips by Matt Kloskowski
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Digital Photographers Only by Rob Sheppard
Digital Photographer’s Guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom by John Beardsworth
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 for the Professional Photographer by David Huss and David Plotkin
Managing Your Photographic Workflow with Photoshop Lightroom by Uwe Steinmueller and Jergin Guelbins
Adobe Lightroom Photographers’ Guide by John G. Blair
[tags]lightroom, resources, books[/tags]
Flickr’s got a new feature that enables users to edit photos that are already in their Flickr accounts – with no downloads in between. Flickr does this through a new partnership with Picnik, which I’ve raved about before and love as an online editing tool. Read more about this cool new feature on the Flickr blog.
[tags]flickr, picnik, online, photo, editing[/tags]