Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter Suite
Replicate the effects of traditional filters and beyond with Tiffen’s Dfx Digital Filter suite
Known for its glass optical filters, Tiffen has taken some of its most popular filters and translated them into digital equivalents. Tiffen's Dfx Digital Filter Suite offers an enormous array of options for postprocessing creativity. And this suite of tools goes far beyond approximating common glass filters—you can simulate up to 1,000 different filter effects, reproducing the look of specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain and more.
Trade Tricks: In The Dark
Rescue your low-light photos from image noise with this powerful software
Digital noise is perhaps the Achilles heel of digital photography, but it doesn't have to be. Noise happens when not enough light reaches the image sensor. The less light that falls on the sensor, the more noise will be found in your photos; higher ISO settings may exacerbate the problem.
Short Report: The Perfect Cut
Fluid Mask 3 makes precise selections easy and quick
The technique of masking usually involves neck-straining precision and a tedious amount of time refining your edges to get the perfect outline. This requires a variety of brushes or selection tools and loads of time to get right. That's where software like Vertus Fluid Mask 3 can drastically cut down on the time you spend masking.
First Look: Nik Viveza
Speed through color and tonal adjustments with the ease and control of U-Point technology
Fans of Nik Software's intuitive U-Point technology (which is everybody who has used it in applications like Color Efex Pro or Capture NX) are in for a big, happy surprise with Nik Software's newest application, Viveza. If you're not familiar with U-Point powered Control Points, they allow you to apply adjustments selectively to particular areas of an image without the need for complicated masking.
Short Report: ACDSee Pro 2
Simplify image management, raw processing and common adjustments with this all-in-one solution
ACDSee Pro 2 is the latest upgrade to ACD Systems' popular workflow-management software. Besides making it easy to download, organize, archive and locate images, ACDSee Pro 2 provides powerful editing and RAW-processing capabilities. One-click Visual Tagging and extensive batch-processing capabilities greatly speed up and simplify workflow.
First Look: Aperture 2
The first major revision of apple’s image workflow app makes excellent refinements and extends support for third-party plug-ins
If you're a Mac user, there's a lot to like about Aperture, and its version 2 includes new features that greatly improve the efficiency and capabilities of this powerful imaging application—all at a new, lower price of $199. There are more than 100 new features, but we've focused on some of the more important changes that make this new version worth the upgrade.
Trade Tricks: Color Harmony
For the best prints, get your printer and monitor on the same page
The path to getting a better print starts with a color-managed workflow. Calibrating your monitor is an important first step, but for the ultimate in control, you'll also want to create ICC profiles for your printer.
Try this library of edges, brushes and effects to give your photos an artist’s touch
Fine-art effects can add a lot of visual excitement to your photography, but mastering the illustration tools to achieve those effects can take a lot of time and practice. That's where creative software filters and effects can be a terrific help.
Trick Shots: Low Light
Discover how high ISOs can improve the quality of your photographs
While recently critiquing the work of one of my students, I noticed that several of his images lacked sharpness, which I immediately attributed to camera shake. We looked at the images' EXIF data to find out at what shutter speed he was shooting while using a 200mm lens. He had been shooting at 1⁄30 sec.—far too slow a shutter speed to use with a telephoto, particularly without the camera being mounted on a tripod. When I asked him why he didn't increase the camera's ISO for a more reasonable shutter speed, his response was an all too common one.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Web Services
Boost your digital darkroom with specialty printing and image storage online
One of the most exciting advantages of digital photography is the ability to transmit images electronically without any degradation of picture quality. This feature spawned new business opportunities and shook up the long-established operating procedures of the photo-processing industry.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Software Plug-Ins
Extend your image-processing possibilities with these top plug-ins
While you can do just about anything to an image with Photoshop, some tasks can be fairly labor-intensive or tricky to accomplish unless you know exactly what to do. Plug-ins are applications that extend the capabilities of Photoshop, most often by providing a more automated, simplified approach to an otherwise complex Photoshop task. They typically launch from within Photoshop and use a customized window with specialized tools for the job at hand.