Topaz Labs has updated its Topaz Detail 2 Photoshop plug-in with a speed boost, redesigned user interface and several other enhancements.
Alien Skin’s Blow Up 2 is a Photoshop plugin designed to help you create images that are larger than the native resolutions coming out of your camera. Alien Skin provided me with a review sample of Blow Up 2 and mentioned words like “presets”, “single-click” and “take the complexity out.” I took them up on their claims and gave it a spin.
While I don’t enlarge many prints beyond 8×10, I have, on occasion, used Photoshop’s bicubic image sample method to enlarge prints up to 20″ x 30″. I have always thought that this capability in Photoshop works pretty well. That was, however, until I saw the results from resizing using the Blow Up 2 plugin. [Read more…]
Adobe has updated Lightroom 2 to version 2.6.1 and is specifically directed to Leica M9 users.
The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2.6.1 update includes one important correction that is only relevant for Leica M9 users. This release of Lightroom fixes a bug that caused Lightroom 2.6 to crash when processing certain M9 images. The bug was introduced in the final version of Lightroom 2.6 in the course of making image quality improvements to Leica M9 processing based on customer feedback. There is no need to update to 2.6.1 if you aren’t a Leica M9 user. – Adobe.com
You can download Lightroom 2.6.1 via the following links:
There are plenty of great Photoshop tips and tutorials online; however, sometimes I like to have a book in front of me to help find my way. And, there are plenty of great authors out there producing thorough and well-organized resources. [Read more…]
If you’re an event, wedding or concert photographer you know the pains of shooting in low light all too well. Some of the main problems are focusing, white balance issues, high ISO noise, and ensuring that you capture the correct motion. All of this can be pretty tricky, especially if you’re trying to get a variety of angles to ensure that your shots don’t all look the same. Here are some tips for shooting and how to save your work in post process.
Adobe has made release candidates of Lightroom 2.6 and Camera Raw 5.6 available for download in Adobe Labs. These versions add raw file support for the following cameras:
Canon EOS 7D
Canon PowerShot G11
Canon PowerShot S90
Leaf Aptus II 5
Mamiya DM22, DM28, DM33, DM56, M18, M22, M31
Remember, these are release candidates, which means they’ve been pretty well tested and Adobe thinks they are ready for full release; however, it’s recommended that you keep production work to prior versions until the official releases drop. Expect those to come soon though. Release candidates mean that the final versions are just around the corner.
Lightroom 2.6 release candidate can be downloaded here.
Camera Raw 5.6 release candidate can be downloaded here.
Lightroom 3 Beta has not been updated yet.
If you use Windows Vista on your computer, you may be more than ready for the upgrade. Microsoft has been hyping Windows 7 as a better solution for a long time. What follows are some of the latest developments for photographers, along with a brief look at what casual photographers can expect out of Windows 7 for helping organize and edit images. [Read more…]
All you Lightroom users out there, get ready. Adobe just dropped the beta version of Lightroom 3 out onto the Interweb, and it’s packed with all sorts of new bells and whistles.
Improved efficiency, Flickr integration, overhauled developing engine and more are served up in this revised processing powerhouse.
So, what are you waiting for? Go download the Lightroom 3 Beta now. The beta is schedule to expire in April 2010, so you should continue to use your current version of Lightroom for serious work until this is for real.
There’s more details in the press release below for you over-analytical types. [Read more…]
Alien Skin, makers of Bokeh, Blow Up 2, Exposure 2, Image Doctor 2 and Snap Art 2, has a couple of discount offers that run through October 21.
Here’s the word from Alien Skin, part of which will require you to put your thinking cap on:
Everything in the Alien Skin store is 20% off, but just until October 21st. And no we aren’t going to extend it. If you don’t already know how our products will make your work go faster and look better, then check out our web site. It is chock full of beautiful example images, informative videos, rave reviews, and demo versions.
Also, Jeff Butterworth, CEO, snuck an Easter egg into Snap Art 2 when no one was looking. If you enter 111 into the Random Seed for the Stylize filter then it will render something out of the ordinary. He’ll give you a concrete reward for finding the Easter egg. Do you know the mathematician who discovered that beautiful shape? You can use his first name (without accents) as a coupon code in our online store to get 25% off. Consider this the math nerd version of our sale, both of which end on October 21st.