Top 10 iPhone Apps

And one tool that really helps me be a better photographer is my iPhone.

As a photographer, I want every advantage I can get to create great images. I buy the best equipment I can afford, practice my lighting skills until the wee hours of the night and log 18,000 road miles a year searching for great images. I try to practice what I preach in my workshops; you have to get out and shoot to become a better photographer. And... Read more

Photoshop Lightroom 4

Photoshop CS is the undisputed leader in digital imaging, but for many photographers, it contains a lot of tools that are rarely used, if at all.

Photoshop CS is the undisputed leader in digital imaging, but for many photographers, it contains a lot of tools that are rarely used, if at all. That’s why Photoshop Lightroom was incredibly popular when it was introduced, with a step-by-step workflow designed to speed through the steps, from importing to processing and sharing, with tools that... Read more

Corel PaintShop Pro X4

With a revised interface and several helpful new tools, Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is a significant upgrade from the previous version. The image management and editing software takes care of your organizing, editing and sharing needs.

With a revised interface and several helpful new tools, Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is a significant upgrade from the previous version. The image management and editing software takes care of your organizing, editing and sharing needs. Overall, the program offers 75 new or enhanced performance features that include high-dynamic-range processing, tilt-shift... Read more

Pixelmator 2.0

Now in its second version, Pixelmator debuted in 2007, but gained more notoriety with the launch of the Mac App Store in 2011.

Now in its second version, Pixelmator debuted in 2007, but gained more notoriety with the launch of the Mac App Store in 2011. Version 2 builds on an already very solid tool set with new features like a Healing Tool with Content-Aware Fill, a new type tool, and burn and dodge capabilities. Though it doesn’t have all of the tools and capabilities... Read more

Color Efex Pro 4

Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro is an easy-to-use plug-in with 55 unique filters that you can apply to your photos, from practical enhancements like Classical Soft Focus or Graduated ND to wilder effects like the new Dark Contrasts, which creates a hard-edged look similar to extreme HDR.

Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro is an easy-to-use plug-in with 55 unique filters that you can apply to your photos, from practical enhancements like Classical Soft Focus or Graduated ND to wilder effects like the new Dark Contrasts, which creates a hard-edged look similar to extreme HDR. Eight new effects are available in version 4. Also new in... Read more

onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite

Whether you’re touching up a portrait, working with layers, resizing or adding special effects, onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 6 has you covered.

Whether you’re touching up a portrait, working with layers, resizing or adding special effects, onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 6 has you covered. The bundle includes seven applications: Perfect Effects 3 for adding more than 300 effects; Perfect Portrait 1 for retouching portraits; Perfect Layers 2 for creating layered files outside... Read more

Software & Plug-Ins

ACD SYSTEMS ACDSee Pro is a powerful photo management and organizational app that’s increasingly talented throughout the digital workflow, from processing to output. New in just-released version 5 are an advanced sharpening tool with easy-to-use edge detection, and dodge and burn tools for intuitive localized exposure fixes. List Price: $239. ACDSee Pro for Mac doesn’t Read more…

ACD SYSTEMS ACDSee Pro is a powerful photo management and organizational app that’s increasingly talented throughout the digital workflow, from processing to output. New in just-released version 5 are an advanced sharpening tool with easy-to-use edge detection, and dodge and burn tools for intuitive localized exposure fixes. List Price:... Read more

Do You Need Photoshop?

Now in its 12th major release, Photoshop is essentially synonymous with image editing for photographers and creatives.

Now in its 12th major release, Photoshop is essentially synonymous with image editing for photographers and creatives. From beginning to end, it’s as comprehensive a program as youcan get for working with images, and each new release sets the bar for other image-editing software to keep up with. With a price point that hovers just below $700,... Read more

Silver Efex Pro 2

For professional-strength black-and-white conversion made easy, it’s hard to beat Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro.

For professional-strength black-and-white conversion made easy, it’s hard to beat Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro. Version 2 includes several improvements that allow more control over fine details, plus new tools to add image borders or bring back color in a specific area. In addition to global enhancements, Silver Efex Pro 2 makes use... Read more

Portrait Professional 10

For portrait shots that sometimes look less than perfect, you can make a dramatic improvement in just a few minutes with the latest version of Portrait Professional.

For portrait shots that sometimes look less than perfect, you can make a dramatic improvement in just a few minutes with the latest version of Portrait Professional. Version 10 is available as a standalone application or plug-in, and it works its magic with the data acquired from analyzing thousands of images to determine what makes facial features... Read more

ACDSee Pro 3

With faster RAW image processing, more customization options and expanded online functionality, ACDSee Pro 3 is a versatile app for organizing, editing and sharing your image library.

With faster RAW image processing, more customization options and expanded online functionality, ACDSee Pro 3 is a versatile app for organizing, editing and sharing your image library. The interface is well designed and visually appealing. The program is built around four main modes: Manage, View, Process and Online. To switch between them, you simply... Read more

HDR Express

HDR Express, the newest offering from Unified Color, is one of the easiest-to-use solutions we’ve seen yet.

The popularity of HDR has inspired a lot of software development, making it one of the more competitive categories for special-effects apps. HDR Express, the newest offering from Unified Color, is one of the easiest-to-use solutions we’ve seen yet. The simple, clean interface reduces the steps involved to really streamline the process. HDR Express... Read more
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