Google+ Goes RAW; Better Conversion Now Supports Over 70 Cameras . . . Look Out Adobe!

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Google+ added improved RAW file to JPEG conversion for over 70 cameras (including new cameras like the Nikon D800 and Nikon 1 J3). Additionally, you can always access your RAW files from the cloud if you need the original on a local drive.

I think this is a big, dang deal. While everyone is stirring for an Adobe competitor to come out of the woodwork with a perpetual license alternative to Photoshop, Google is quietly sneaking up with its acquisition of Nik and just continues to nudge out releases of photo editing, archive and sharing support via Google+. [Read more...]

Grungy Athlete Photoshop Tutorial

Glyn Dewis put together a solid tutorial on his post production of a sports scene, for which he created a grungy feel. Dewis uses a combination of Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz Detail and Topaz Clarity to achieve this look. Additionally, he shows alternative methods to get effects from third-party plug-ins with only Photoshop.

[via FStoppers]

DxO Optics Pro 7.5 Now Available

DxO Optics Pro 7.5

DxO Optics Pro 7.5 is now available and includes a number of improvements and supported cameras.  Version 7.5 is now fully 64-bit compatible and touts faster processing and start-up times.  Additionally, more than 200 new optics modules are included and the Nikon D800 is supported in the Elite edition.

DxO Optics Pro 7.5 is available at a 30% discount through the end of June.

More details on DxO Labs’ site.

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual – New Book

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual is a new book O’Reilly Media and author Lesa Snider, who explains what the book is made of.

“This edition features all new screen shots, new and updated practical techniques, as well as a new chapter on video editing… It’s simply the most comprehensive yet conversational, Photoshop book on the market and I’m incredibly proud to have it available upon ship date of the software.”

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual retails for $49.99, however, you can currently find it for $27.26 on Amazon.

 

HDR Expose 2

HDR Expose 2

HDR Expose 2 is a new HDR program that leverages Unified Color’s Beyond RGB color technology.  There are a gaggle of HDR programs out there and most of them seem to do very similar things.  However, I had the chance to sit down for a walk-through of the pre-release version of HDR Expose 2 at PhotoPlus in October and was stoked at what I saw this program do.

Check out this intro video to the brightness histogram for a little taste of how HDR Expose 2 works. [Read more...]

Topaz Lens Effects Deal Alert

Topaz Lens Effects

Topaz Labs has a special deal on its Lens Effects Photoshop plug-in.  It usually runs $79.99, but is available for $29.99 with the coupon code “simplefocus” from now until Dec. 24.

For those unfamiliar with the plug-in, Lens Effects allows you to apply depth of field effects and other effects to your images during post processing.  Lens Effects uses a depth map for fine tuning out of focus areas, which helps make the depth of field look more natural and optical-based.

Check it out here on Topaz’s website.

Lightroom 3.6 and Camera Raw 6.6 Release Candidates Available

Adobe Lightroom 3.6

Adobe has made release candidates of Lightroom 3.6 and Camera Raw 6.6 available for download in Adobe Labs.  These versions add RAW file support for the following cameras:

A number of new lens profiles have also been added, along with several bug fixes.  Additional release notes are indicated on the respective download pages for each product. [Read more...]