This subscription-free alternative to Lightroom offers RAW processing plus many film simulation looks to spur creativity
By Dan Havlik / Photography By Wes Pitts
The imaging software landscape is still dominated by Adobe’s Lightroom and as much as we appreciate that ubiquitous editor and organizer, there are a few things we don’t like: namely, Adobe’s hefty subscription pricing. The good news is there are several cheaper but still solid alternatives to Lightroom that you can own outright for a one-time...
This quirky filter app gives photos the look of paintings or graphic novel illustrations
It’s easy to go overboard with photo filters, but the right filter can kick an image up a notch or take it in a new creative direction. There’s a ton of photo filter apps available and one we’ve been playing with recently, Visionn for iPhone and iPad, allows you to give your photos a painterly or graphic novel style. It’s a great choice for...
Looking for a faster method of retouching portraits? This software package from Anthropics Technology can help.
By Theano Nikitas
When shooting portraits, even a flawless face needs a little post-process retouching—especially if you can’t afford to hire a professional make-up artist. Retouching portraits can be tedious, time-consuming work, taking up precious hours that you’d rather spend behind the camera.
Pretty much any image-editing software can handle the tasks of making...
Look, anyone surprised by Adobe supposedly killing the pro version of Lightroom (now named Classic) and launching a cloud version hasn’t been paying attention. There’s so much going on in tech, photography and the world, in general, I won’t blame you if you haven’t noticed.
I did because it’s my job and I’ve been using a prerelease version...
Interested in Capture One Pro? This video shows the key features as well as the tools added with Capture One Pro 10
Capture One Pro, the photo managing and editing tool from Phase One, offers a powerful and precise set of controls over all the phases of a photographer’s workflow. From import (including tethered capture) to output, Capture One Pro 10 is designed to manage the entire photographic process.
While Lightroom is the most popular all-in-one photo management...
Best practices to organize and protect your photo library
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
Every time I enter my office, I have to walk around a row of file cabinets. Meticulously captioned, labeled and organized are nearly 150,000 slides. Blood, sweat and tears went into creating that database of chromes.
How times have changed! Next to my row of file cabinets is an 8 TB RAID drive with nearly 200,000 images—four years of images packed...
Focused tools to simplify and automate the fine art of portrait retouching
By Wes Pitts
For some photographers, retouching portraits in Photoshop is part of the fun. For others, especially pros working through large image sets from multiple portrait sittings, retouching can become a grinding chore. If manual retouching sounds like all work and no play, consider investing in software that specializes in streamlining common portrait corrections....
Seven popular applications for converting your color images to monochrome
By Ashley Myers-Turner
Though any good photo editor will include tools for black-and-white conversion, plug-ins and specialty apps go a step further for more control and additional special effects that can add an extra creative dimension to your images if you do a lot of black-and-white work. Here are some of the most popular apps with specialized capabilities for black-and-white...
Everyone wants to look their best (and maybe a little better) in photographs.
By The Editors
Everyone wants to look their best (and maybe a little better) in photographs. Whether you’re working on a self-portrait or an image of a friend or client, retouching photos of people is a fine art, and done manually, takes a lot of skill and practice to get right.
Specialized retouching software like PortraitPro 12 makes it easy, and you don’t...
Keep all your flight, hotel, car transportation and meeting information in one place with WorldMate.
By Ashley Myers-Turner
Keep all your flight, hotel, car transportation and meeting information in one place with WorldMate. By simply forwarding your confirmation information to the app, WorldMate organizes a complete itinerary for you to share publicly on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, or privately with friends, family and coworkers. In addition to the minute-by-minute...
Historically, photo software could be divided into three basic types: organizers, editors and special-effects filters.
By The Editors
Historically, photo software could be divided into three basic types: organizers, editors and special-effects filters. Over the years, the lines have blurred, with each type adding functions from the other two. onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 8 is an example of all three types coming together in one package. Eight apps, organized into Modules,...
One of the reasons why it’s possible for Pixelmator to deliver so much for so little is that it harnesses technologies already built into OS X, like Core Image.
By Wes Pitts
If you use a Mac for photo editing, Pixelmator is definitely an app to check out. For an astoundingly affordable price—$29 via the Mac App Store—it offers a very robust toolset that competes with applications several times its price. One of the reasons why it’s possible for Pixelmator to deliver so much for so little is that it harnesses technologies...