Product review: DxO Photo Lab 2

June 2019 issue Tech

If you care enough about the quality of your image captures to shoot raw format files, you want to process those files in software that extracts the highest quality image output. DxO OpticsPro software has earned a well-deserved place among the applications that can do the job, but it’s lacked some of the features that would make it a total image processing workflow package. After a name change to DxO PhotoLab and the addition of Nik U Point technology last year, the program only required a...Continue Reading >

Software review: Phase One Capture One 12

May 2019 issue Tech

Each full-version release of Capture One software from Phase One offers at least one major new feature as well as a few minor ones, and Capture One 12 is no exception. Where version 11 added somewhat improved masking tools, version 12 takes a giant step forward by introducing straightforward luminosity masking along with a new radial gradient masking tool and an improved linear gradient masking tool.Luminosity masks are simply masks that affect certain tonal values in an image. They are...Continue Reading >

Amy Feick makes a mad scientist

March 2019 issue Tech

Date: March 18, 2015Location: Amy Feick’s studio in Port Huron, Michigan, and her ex-husband’s machine shopSubject: Amy’s son, AveryEquipment: Nikon D750, Nikon SB910 Speedlight for the backlight, and a Photogenic Powerlight 1250 with a beauty dish for the front lightFeick’s notes: “Avery had been a mad scientist for Halloween the year before. He played the part so well that we wanted to create a special portrait for him. The goal was to portray Avery’s lab after it had just...Continue Reading >

Review: PortraitPro 18 Studio Max

February 2019 issue Tech

While many of us would rather outsource image retouching, it’s an exchange of creative control for greater time efficiency. PortraitPro 18 is an alternative, which is what initially drew me to Anthropic’s PortraitPro Studio Max several years ago when I reviewed version 15. Complete control: check. Improved efficiency: check. The original images shown in this review are straight from the camera, and retouches have been made solely with PortraitPro.The PortraitPro 18 Studio Max installer...Continue Reading >

Product review: Loupedeck Plus photo editing console

October 2018 issue Tech

Ever had this happen to you? During a Lightroom editing spree, you completely blank on that keyboard shortcut meant to keep your hand from cramping up. Perhaps you’ve wondered why editing has to be so counterintuitive. Isn’t there an easier way? There is: Loupedeck Plus.News: Loupedeck announces video editingLoupedeck Plus is a USB editing device that looks more like a DJ mix board. It has 22 dials and 40 buttons laid out on a deck the size of a standard keyboard. I was a little...Continue Reading >

Review: DxO PhotoLab adds Control Points

5.29.2018 Tech

DxO acquired the Nik collection of software from Google in 2017, and photographers have been anxiously awaiting updates. So far what’s been delivered is a rebranding of DxO OpticsPro to DxO PhotoLab and the incorporation of easy-to-apply local adjustments, including Nik-developed Control Points.Forgoing the meticulous selecting and masking often required for local adjustments, in DxO PhotoLab 1.1 you simply click to set a Control Point in the area you want to adjust. U Point Technology...Continue Reading >

Luminar challenges the big dog

5.22.2018 Tech

Luminar burst onto the image editing scene from what was then Macphun Software to challenge the Adobe juggernaut, offering a low-cost alternative and promises of constant upgrades to make that happen. The cost has remained low at $69 and the updates have placed Luminar in strong competitive position. Macphun has changed its name to Skylum Software, partly to acknowledge the release of Luminar for Windows as well as Mac computers. With the release of Luminar 2018 1.2.0 (Jupiter), the program on...Continue Reading >

Product review: Alien Skin Exposure X3 software

March 2018 issue Tech

Alien Skin Exposure software has grown from its start as a plug-in with great analog presets into a raw processor with an ever-expanding feature set. While version 2.5 took a big step with the addition of layers, the current Exposure X3 adds new features that increase the software’s capabilities and appeal.The majority of Exposure X3’s updates help you better manage photos. Keywords are a critical component of organizing a searchable image library, and Exposure X3 offers several options...Continue Reading >

Layer centric: Capture One 11 review

1.30.2018 Tech

Many portrait, wedding, and commercial professionals who require the highest quality and most precise range of adjustments in their raw conversions look to Phase One’s Capture One software. With the latest updates, even advanced amateurs are looking closely at Capture One to increase the quality of their image processing. With an abundance of new features, Capture One 11 is the most significant update in recent years.Notable new featuresEnhanced layers functionality Improved masking...Continue Reading >