Adobe Photoshop version 13.0.4 (Macintosh) Update for CS6 available for download, adds support for Retina HiDpi displays.

"For convenience and reliability, we highly recommend that you apply this update directly from within Photoshop. To do so, choose Help > Updates in Photoshop CS6 and apply all of the updates listed under Adobe Photoshop CS6 in the Adobe Application Manager. The Adobe Photoshop 13.0.4 update enables support for new HiDPI displays on the Macintosh platform for a dramatic improvement in image fidelity and resolution. This update applies to all languages of Adobe Photoshop CS6. To install the Photoshop 13.0.4 update: . . . read more

Phase One Capture One version 7.02 now available for download, adds support for Fuji X-Trans sensor cameras, and more.

Capture One 7.02 release notes:

Improves Stability, Adds Support for New Cameras

COPENHAGEN, January 14, 2013 — Phase One has released Capture One Pro 7.0.2 for immediate download. This service release has focused on solving bugs reported by customers, strengthening overall stability, and adding support for new models of Canon, Olympus, Fujifilm and Sony cameras, and includes new tethered support for Canon EOS 6D and Canon EOS M cameras. . . . read more

Fujistas, Rejoice! Capture one 7.02 final version to be released today.

Happy news for fujifilm X-E1 X100 and X-pro1 owners!

Set Yourselves free from Silkypix Crappy interface, and Lightroom's crappy rendering of Fujifilm RAF files, Patrick from Fuji Rumors (and others) reports: "Here is the email I received yesterday from Lionel of the Capture 1 team: Let’s see what the final version of C1 can get out of the X-Trans RAF files.

“Dear Beta Customer.
The beta of Capture One 7.0.2 has now ended. The terms of the beta will terminate on Monday Jan 14, 2013, at 14.00 CET, where Capture One 7.0.2 will be officially released. Thank you all very much for the participation in making Capture
. . . read more

New X-Rite i1Profiler Software Update. version 1.4 comes with a heap of improvements and fixes.

X-Rite announcement:

X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, announces the latest enhancements to i1Profiler, the next generation professional color management software. i1Profiler offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and features a number of unique color management capabilities. And now with the version 1.4 update, i1Profiler includes scanner profiling, the latest OS support, and several other improvements. Current i1Profiler users will receive this software update for free. . . . read more

DXO Optics Pro gains 130 new body\lens combination modules, Fujifilm X-Trans sensor camera users please look elsewhere.

130 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Nikkor, Olympus, Sigma and Tokina lenses, for Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony cameras.

To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link bellow then select the second tab.

Supported or planned combinations

New DxO Optics Modules : . . . read more

DXO ViewPoint review by Vincent Oliver at Photo-I: Quick and easy to use, choice of Keystoning corrections, but ultimately not enough unique corrections to make this worth having.

DXO viewpoint Advanced options in Keystoning are clunky

"DXO Viewpoint produced the required corrections, even on difficult subjects. Aligning the lines is simple, although the Anchor circle can be difficult to see, especially if you have a complex image with lots of detail.   Similar corrections were made on the same images in PaintShop Pro (a similar priced product) and although the DXO Viewpoint application produced a quick result, the results obtained in PSP were, on some images, noticeably better. The advantage Viewpoint has is it gives you the option to perform corrections in the Vertical or Horizontal plane rather than presenting a . . . read more

Software review: Camera Bits Photo Mechanic 5 by Dan Havlik at PDN Online: PM 5 sticks to what it’s good at: quickly importing and displaying high-resolution images so photographers can spend more time shooting photos than diddling with them in software.

Software Review: Camera Bits Photo Mechanic 5

"Unlike Lightroom and Aperture, which seem to continually add editing functions, Photo Mechanic isn’t a photo editor at all. With version 5, some new photo-cropping functionality has been added to the program but it’s for compatibility reasons. For instance, now you can rotate photos to any angle or add non-integral crop ratios to your shots, and they’ll be replicated in Adobe Camera RAW.

If you’re familiar with Photo Mechanic, you’ve heard of the Ingest feature, which is how you import images into the . . . read more

Pop Photo workshop: How To Edit Video in Adobe Lightroom 4, by Debbie Grossman.

Fix exposure, tonality and color using Lightroom 4, By Debbie Grossman.

You can't do that, can you? Well, to some degree yes, Debbie Grossman has some workarounds for many of the limitations, and includes lots of how-to videos in the tutorial:

"Select your captured frame, then click Develop to work on it. Here’s where the magic happens: You can change white balance, add contrast or vibrance, go black-and-white, or even adjust curves. Work your still the way you’d work any other RAW file. (Not all of the tools work. Because video is a time-based medium, you can’t make adjustments such as . . . read more

Latest Capture one beta vs Lightroom on Fuji X-Trans raw conversion: Two steps forward and one step back.

A user at the Serious Compacts forum has posted raw conversion samples from the latest Capture one beta that is supposed to relieve Fujifilm owners of X-Trans cameras from SilkyPix hell. The results are encouraging, but not in all cases:

"This evening I installed Phase One Capture One 7.0.2 beta and ran some test with Fuji X-Trans RAW files in comparison with Adobe's Lightroom 4.2. The test was simple, I grabbed an existing RAF file, imported and exported it in LR4.2 and . . . read more

Sony releases Time-lapse and Cinemagraph PlayMemory camera apps for the NEX-6 and NEX-5R.

Both apps provide a 'first ever' for a Sony camera, and especially the 'Cinema-Photo' Cinemagraph app should be a first in any camera ever. The time-lapse app costs $9.99 and it has 8 time-lapse themes available: Cloudy Sky, Night Sky, Night Scene, Sunset, Sunrise, Miniature, Standard, Custom. You can choose to save the still images as a series of photos instead of a movie. The app sets everything for you, you only have to choose a theme that closely matches what you're trying to shoot.

Cinema-Photo costs a lot less, $4.99 only, and according to Sony: . . . read more

Jag.gr 645 Pro for IOS app review at Connect DP: It promises to turn your iphone into a pro camera, but is it for real?

"645 Pro is great once you get the hang of it. It gives DSLR users a familiar interface and its “on-camera” controls make changing settings relatively easy. I like being able to lock the focal plane, exposure and white balance. It gives a more DSLR feeling to my photos than Apple’s native camera app or even Camera +. Without auto-processing, the blacks were deeper and the edges of silhouettes were cleaner. The few filter options available are subtle and the “backs” provide somewhat unique dimensions for iPhone photos. . . . read more

Olympus releases new firmware for the pen E-PL5 and E-PM2 cameras, adds just a tiny little fix.

Olympus meager firmware update makes Homer sad.

This is it: "Unstable exposure, while using lenses that cannot communicate with cameras (such as OM or body cap lenses), has been improved." Let's hope E-M5 owners eagerly awaiting the next 'stuffed with goodies' firmware update promised to be delivered soon, will get a bit more than this. . . . read more

SnapSeed for Android extensive review at Connect DPR: Through its intuitive and shiny interface it does a lot of things right, but lacks essential functionality like zoom on images, and undo.

"Snapseed is a polished and powerful photo editor. It’s a standout in the iOS environment, and in the Android ecosystem it’s easily among the best general-purpose editors available.

Its greatest strength lies in the versatility of its control point system, which makes targeted adjustments fast and easy, even on the small screen of a phone. Its smart contrast enhancement is also extremely useful for brightening murky . . . read more

DxO Optics Pro v8.1.1 supports four new cameras: The Sony SLT-A99, Canon EOS M, Pentax K-5 II/s, and sorry, no Fujifilm

DXO Labs Press Release.

DxO Optics Pro v8.1.1 supports four new cameras, including the Sony SLT-A99
300 new DxO Optics Modules available
Special 33% discount through December 25, 2012
December 17, 2012 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability DxO Optics Pro v8.1.1 for Mac and Windows, the . . . read more

DXO Mark in depth analysis and explanation at the Luminous-Landscape: It works, and it is accurate, but you have to know what you're looking at and how to read it.

"At present, Canon cameras underperform on the Dynamic Range test or, more precisely, on dynamic range measured at low ISO settings. At high ISO, the Canon 1Dx actually has a better dynamic range than the D800(E), and the Canon 5D3 matches the D800(E) at high ISO. This confirms that newer Canon models like the 5D3 and the 1Dx are state-of-the-art as high ISO cameras.

But the problem with Canon (and all tested sensors except those with the latest and greatest Sony sensors) is that the . . . read more

A comprehensive tutorial on Split Toning in Adobe LightRoom By Alex Wise: If you're too lazy to ready it, Alex has also made some nice split tone presets for you.

how to to use split toning in adobe lightroom 4.xx

"Split toning has become quite popular thanks to Adobe Lightroom making it easy for photographers to experiment and add duo-tone  sepia and film effects to their photographs. But split toning isn’t anything new and actually dates back to the late 1800′s. The technique was used by photographers including Ansel Adams to add a colour to either the highlights or shadows to a black and white photograph (as they were at the time). Ansel would occasionally add a very subtle purple to the shadows of his stunning photographs. . . . read more

Adobe releases Lightroom 4.3 and DNG converter/Camera Raw 7.3 final versions, lots of fixes, lots of new cameras added, lots of disappointments for Fujifilm X-Trans sensor users.

Adobe Lightroom 4.3 final and Adobe DNG converter 7.3 final released

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 4.3:

The following bugs that were part the Lightroom 4 releases have been corrected. The team appreciates the very detailed feedback the community has provided on Lightroom 4 and we’re excited to correct a number of issues experienced by our customers. These issues have been FIXED:
Autolayout produces a Book with the correct amount of pages but without any images added. Please note that this only occurs when the filter is set to “Unused”. . . . read more

Microsoft updates its RAW Codec like its 1999: 34 new cameras added, ranging from almost a decade old Minolta Maxxum 5D and Dynax 5D to this years Olympus E-M5, 34 newly supported cameras in total.

Microsoft remembers to support almost decade old cameras like the Minolta Dynax

Here are the newly supported cameras, the download link at the bottom of this page contains the full (pretty impressive for Microsoft) list of supported cameras. Notable omissions: Everything Fujifilm, almost every camera released in 2012 and Adobe's DNG raw.

Canon: EOS M, EOS-1D X, PowerShot G1 X, PowerShot G12, PowerShot G15, PowerShot S100, PowerShot S110
Konica Minolta: ALPHA SWEET DIGITAL, ALPHA-5 DIGITAL, DYNAX 5D, Maxxum 5D
Nikon: 1 J2, CoolPix P7000, CoolPix P7100 . . . read more

Canon DPP 3.12.52, EOS Utility 2.12.3, RAW Codec 1.11.1 and Picture Style Editor 1.12.2 Released: Support added for all the latest Canon cameras, and new features.

 Now supports the EOS 6D, EOS M, EOS 7D (Firmware v2.0.0 or later), G15, S110

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.12.52 Updater:

- Supports images taken with EOS 6D.
- Supports new lens (EF24-70mm F4L IS USM).
- Supports read-in of Picture Style files (.pf3) created in Picture Style Editor 1.12.2 and later.
- Corrects shooting date error in other manufacturer`s image files when sent to Easy-PhotoPrintEX from Digital Photo Professional via plug-in print.

Changes in Canon RAW Codec 1.11.0: . . . read more

Flickr shows its still present and relevant amidst the instagram-twitter debacle, updates its user interface, introduces vastly improved IOS app that among other things includes-of course, filters. (But what about Android?)

Get More From Flickr: Navigate and Explore

We’ve been hard at work making Flickr the best possible experience for photography lovers everywhere. Today we’re excited to share that we have a new, simplified navigation bar and a new Explore page.

Our new nav bar was designed to make browsing Flickr faster and easier so you can quickly get to the photos you . . . read more

Instagram camera 3.2 (3.3 on Android) brings redesigned app, new filter, improved tilt and shift, and more.

"Instagram 3.2 - Improved Camera with a New Filter

Today we’re excited to announce the release of the largest upgrade to our Instagram iOS camera since it was revamped just over one year ago. The camera has been the core part of the Instagram experience since the day we launched and as a result, we’ve made significant improvements to its look and speed. . . . read more

Adobe's creative cloud is on a roll: Mith the membership pool having surpassed the 1 million mark, Adobe gifts its users with new Photoshop features, the most outstanding of these is of course the much rumored Apple retina display compatibility.

Press release by Adobe:

SAN JOSE, Calif. — December 11, 2012

Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe  today is revealing a major update to its Adobe® Creative Cloud™ offering.

During Create Now, an online event this morning, the company is announcing that Creative . . . read more

DataColor Spyder Capture Pro Review at Ephotozine: It is a tried, tested and complete solution, and it comes with a nice metal case.

"If you have a need for all four product then this saves you money, however we would probably just purchase the Spyder4Elite for monitor calibration, the SpyderCube for white balance and exposure, and the LensCal for lens calibration, making it cheaper solution from some of the products. If you don't shoot with a Digital SLR, then you may not need the LensCal, and could just use the Cube and Spyder4Elite to noticeably improve your images both at a capture point and processing them on the computer."

Akvis Cororiage 9.0 released, adds improvements to the Eyedropper tool, compatibility with Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.8, and more.

Akvis Coloriage 9.0

"December 6, 2012 — AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS Coloriage v.9.0. This cutting edge software  lets  colorizing black and white photos and replacing colors in color photos. It is the ideal solution for color correction. Version 9.0 improves the Eyedropper tool, adds new features, fixes bugs, adds compatibility with Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.8. . . . read more

Google releases Nik Software's Snapseed for Android, offers the IOS version for free, and some really tight Google+ integration.

Nik Software Snapseed for android and ios released

Full story at the Verge:

"This is not a head-to-head battle with Instagram. Google's strategy here is to go after the photo geeks, the prosumers, the folks who resent how 90 percent of images now have the same retro filter. "It’s not like Instagram with one click filters," says Josh Haftel, a 12-year-veteran of Nik Software now working out of Google's Mountain View HQ as a product manager on Snapseed. "You’re not in and out in 5 seconds. You do more customization, from color saturation to light leaks." . . . read more

Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.13.0 released, adds support for the D5200, Windows 8, and more.

Nikon camera control pro 2.1.3 update

Modifications enabled with version 2.13.0:
Support for the D5200 has been added.
When the focus area displayed in the Camera Control Pro 2 live view window is double-clicked with autofocusing in live view mode, the camera will now focus automatically.
However, the camera will not focus automatically with the following cameras when Hand-held is selected for Live view mode. . . . read more

onOne Software Announces Availability of Free and Premium Editions of Perfect Effects 4 Suite for Windows and MAcOS

Onone perfect effects 4 blending mode demonstration

OnOne Software Press Release

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative, time-saving solutions for professional, advanced amateur, and hobbyist photographers, announced the availability of Perfect Effects 4 Premium Edition and Perfect Effects 4 Free Edition. Both software programs offer a library of photographic effects and powerful tools for image enhancement and creative stylization. Each may be used as a standalone application, as an external editor for Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, or as a Photoshop plug-in. . . . read more

PetaPixel presents the "Simplified guide to getting started in Photoshop". Easy and thorough enough for grandma to understand.

Adobe Photoshop getting started tutorial

Seriously, this has got to be one of the most comprehensive Photoshop for starters tutorial there is:

"When photographer Devon Mikale was in high school, he created this lengthy manual for his newspaper class to help others learn how to get started in Photoshop. The high school’s faculty loved it so much that they ended up purchasing it for re-distribution in future classes. Mikale has graciously allowed us to publish the guide here for free. . . . read more

Spyder4Elite Color Calibration Tool review at the Phoblographer: It is too much for most people, for who the Spyder4Pro is a better bet.

Spyder calibration tool for ipad

"Elite calibrates projectors. And it has a near infinite number of white point target choices, including numerical choices by little x, little y value. It as a near infinite number of gamma settings, and the ability to use non-gamma tone response curves as well. This includes L-star, as well as any curve you care to build yourself (say for a film writer, they are the most non-linear device I still deal with). And there are lots of other controls in Elite, like black point, matching of displays in a . . . read more

Serif launches Photoplus X6, adds 64 bit engine, Tilt Shift effects, Mask Layers, and more.

Serif Photoplus X6

Some highlights of the 6X release:

New: 64-bit Engine – Quickly load and edit very large image files without the risk of running out of computer memory.

New: Smart Selection Brush – Create fast and accurate selections with greater control and smoothness.

New: Smart Edge Refinement – Using new edge refinement technology, this tool makes it easy to select and adjust intricate parts of photos. . . . read more

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