Auto FX Mystical Tint Tone And Color 2.0

Ever wonder how the pros create the cool photo effects you see on billboards and advertisements?

Ever wonder how the pros create the cool photo effects you see on billboards and advertisements? With software plug-ins like Mystical Tint Tone and Color from Auto FX, you can replicate professional photo effects without needing any special technical skill in Photoshop. Big Variety Of Effects Version 2.0 offers 60 different effects, 22 of which are... Read more

Manage Your Photo Library

Make image management the first step in your workflow, and you’ll free yourself to spend more time doing the more interesting digital darkroom tasks.

Make image management the first step in your workflow, and you’ll free yourself to spend more time doing the more interesting digital darkroom tasks. Whether you prefer the total control of creating your own file structure or letting your software manage your files automatically, there are many excellent applications for keeping images tagged,... Read more

Classic Black & White

In an over saturated world, the elegant, timeless appeal of black-and-white is in its simplicity. To get frame-worthy results, with a beautiful range of tones, you don’t have to be a student of the Zone System—but you do need to start with a proper exposure and then use software tools to perfect the final image.

APPLE APERTURE In an oversaturated world, the elegant, timeless appeal of black-and-white is in its simplicity. To get frame-worthy results, with a beautiful range of tones, you don’t have to be a student of the Zone System—but you do need to start with a proper exposure and then use software tools to perfect the final image. CAPTURE IN COLOR? ... Read more

Video-Editing Software

Now that professional still cameras are evolving to provide high-quality, high-definition video capture, the line between photography and video is blurring even further.

Now that professional still cameras are evolving to provide high-quality, high-definition video capture, the line between photography and video is blurring even further. Movies are called motion pictures, after all, and thanks to the ease and popularity of posting video online with sites like YouTube, photographers now have an extra outlet for showcasing... Read more

Touching Up

Retouching a portrait usually takes several steps in Photoshop to make a well-exposed image effectively stand out.

Retouching a portrait usually takes several steps in Photoshop to make a well-exposed image effectively stand out. Pros use techniques like cloning, burning and dodging; various filters; and localized color enhancements with layer masks to get a stunning portrait. It’s a fine art that takes a lot of practice. Luckily for those who want great results... Read more

Image Browsers

Aimed at keeping the work flow for photographers fast and fun, image browsers are designed to offer organization functionality at affordable prices.

Aimed at keeping the work flow for photographers fast and fun, image browsers are designed to offer organization functionality at affordable prices. Most browsers are centered around simple interfaces to help you sort through images quickly, make the best selections and output them as prints, use them on the web or send them to family and friends. The... Read more

Framed!

One way to add interest and importance to a photo is to frame it.

Black-and-white images are particularly well suited to colorful frame treatments. For a color photo, try using a woodgrain or metallic pattern, or use Photoshop’s Desaturate command to change a color pattern into a monotone one (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate). One way to add interest and importance to a photo is to frame it. This is as... Read more

Silver Efex Pro

For fans of Nik Software’s intuitive U Point-powered Control Point technology, creating black-and-white images is made easier with Silver Efex Pro.

For fans of Nik Software’s intuitive U Point-powered Control Point technology, creating black-and-white images is made easier with Silver Efex Pro. If you’re new to Nik Software, Control Points let you apply adjustments selectively to particular areas of an image without needing to create complicated, sometimes time-consuming layer masks. With... Read more

Buyer's Guide 2009: Software Plug-Ins

Plug-ins are one of the best tools photographers have in the digital darkroom.

Plug-ins are one of the best tools photographers have in the digital darkroom. They extend the power of our primary photo application—some by adding new functionality and others by making complicated adjustments much faster and more intuitive. There’s a plug-in for just about every essential task, from color correction and noise reduction to... Read more

Buyer's Guide 2009: Online Sharing & Services

What’s the best way to share, print and store your digital images? For millions of photographers—from casual shooters to pros—the answer can be summed up in one word: online.

What’s the best way to share, print and store your digital images? For millions of photographers—from casual shooters to pros—the answer can be summed up in one word: online. Over the past 10 years, web-based photo services have honed their skills and become an essential part of many photographers’ workflow. Even pros who routinely perform... Read more

Tiffen 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.

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... Read more

Trade Tricks: In The Dark

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.

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. There are ways to mitigate and correct for digital noise.... Read more
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