March 19, 2018 Donald Scarinci

When DxO acquired Nik Collection from Google, its fate was unclear. In good news for the dedicated users of the photo editing software, Google reversed course and confirmed that a new version will be released in 2018. The Nik Collection includes seven desktop image editing plug-ins that are popular with both professional and amateur photographers. The software suite includes color-correcting, image sharpening, and retouching tools. Silver Efex Pro is a great app for creating stunning black and white images, while Analog Efex Pro allows users to add a vintage look to photographs without the need for old-school equipment. Google acquired…

January 22, 2018 Donald Scarinci

There are thousands of photo editing applications available online, and some are clearly better than others. Mac just named Aurora HDR its App of the Year for 2017. If you haven’t checked it out yet, now’s the time. In celebration of the award, Macphun is temporarily offering a great deal. Photographers can buy the full program as a new user at a $20 discount ($79 vs $99), and existing users can upgrade for $39 (normally $49). “The ‘Best of the Year’ recognition by Apple has hit us by surprise, but has showed that we are moving in the right direction,” said Macphun…

August 28, 2017 Donald Scarinci

MacPhun is currently allowing photographers to download the beta Windows version of Luminar for free. The photo editing software was previously only on available for macOS. According to MacPhun, it has been looking forward to supporting the Windows platform for several years. “By test-driving Luminar for Windows, you can help shape our software and make the final release a perfect fit for everyone,” the company stated in its website. As Mac users can attest, Luminar is an excellent photo editing tool that can be used as standalone software, an iPhoto extension, or as a plugin for Aperture, Lightroom or Photoshop….

July 31, 2017 Donald Scarinci

Google’s Nik Collection photo editing software has sadly gone the way of Picasa. Google recently announced that it will no longer update the software.  Thus ends one of the best photo editing programs ever made. The Nik Collection includes seven desktop image editing plug-ins that are popular with both professional and amateur photographers. The software suite includes color-correcting, image sharpening, and retouching tools. Silver Efex Pro is a great app for creating stunning black and white images, while Analog Efex Pro allows users to add a vintage look to photographs without the need for old-school equipment. Google acquired Nik Software…

May 8, 2017 Donald Scarinci

Manually editing images can be a tedious time-consuming task. One of the best new tools to speed up the process is Perfectly Clear 3.0. According to Athentech Imaging, Inc., the company devoted more than a decade of research and development to creating its patented image correction technology, which uses more than a dozen unique algorithms to create flawless images. As its website touts, Perfectly Clear “cracked the code on correcting every pixel independently.” Perfectly Clear 3.0 offers plug-ins for Photo Shop, Lightroom, Elements, and Corel PaintShop Pro. It features presets for common applications, such as Landscapes, Portrait, Noise Removal, Fix…

December 28, 2015 Donald Scarinci

In November, Trey Ratcliff and Macphun introduced Aurora HDR Pro software. After a few short weeks, photographers are already calling the app the “ultimate” HDR software for Mac users. So what’s all the hype about? The app is designed to help photographers combine multiple exposures into “high dynamic range” (HDR) images. Macphun, which is known for its award-winning Mac photo software, teamed up with renowned HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff, to come up with what they call “the most advanced HDR software in the world.” So far, the reviewers largely agree. According to PetaPixel: “The tool is designed to be both…

October 19, 2015 Donald Scarinci

Creating masks and selections within photos can be tedious and time-consuming, even for professional photographers that edit images every day. Topaz is taking the pain out of mask making with ReMask, its new plug-in for Photoshop. While there are many editing tools that allow photographers to switch backgrounds, make composites, and selectively adjust images, ReMask is arguably the best. It not only creates a flawless final product, but also is extremely easy to use. In many cases, creating a perfect cut out requires only a few digital brush strokes. To mask an image, the user first outlines the subject that he…

October 5, 2015 Donald Scarinci

Whether you use a Mac or Windows, your computer likely came with a very clear warning: “The color on the printed document may not match the color that you see on your monitor.” For photographers, the difference between what you see on the monitor and the images you print or post online can be significant. It can also be extremely frustrating to spend hours editing an image only to have the printed photo look nothing like you intended. The problem comes from the fact that standard settings for most monitors are extremely bright and often oversaturated. In addition, ambient light…

July 27, 2015 Donald Scarinci

No Nikon D800 in your bag? No Leica D-Lux portable in your pocket? Every cell phone has a camera and a number of great photography apps to go along with it. So use it! Once you have trained yourself to see the world around you as a stream of infinite artistic images just waiting for your camera to capture, don’t worry that you left your camera behind. It is always better to capture the image rather than lose an opportunity, and the iPhone is not a bad last resort. Apple has done a fairly remarkable job with the camera in…

May 18, 2015 Donald Scarinci 1Comment

Taking good pictures of the night sky is not only about camera technique. It is about knowing what to shoot and how to edit the pictures you take. Here is a brief overview of good software programs to identify the shot and edit it in post. Selecting Your Subject Matter While purists may want to learn how to read the night sky, most prefer to rely on computers. There are a number of applications and other software programs that can direct you to interesting subject matter that is viewable in your area. Below are a few to check out: Star…