HDR Efex Pro 2

Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2 is one of the top applications for creating high-dynamic-range images, and the new version upgrades the original in many ways.
By Wes Pitts
Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2 is one of the top applications for creating high-dynamic-range images, and the new version upgrades the original in many ways. The most important change is an improved tone-mapping engine—which means the software does a better job rendering color and tonality, making more natural-looking HDR…

Top 10 iPhone Apps

And one tool that really helps me be a better photographer is my iPhone.
By Tom Bol
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…

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.
By Wes Pitts
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…

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.
By The Editors
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,…

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.
By Wes Pitts
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…

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.
By Wes Pitts
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…
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