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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 >

Tutorial: Off-leash (not really)


6.29.2017 Tech

As a location dog photographer my number one priority during a photo session is the safety, well-being, and comfort of the dog. In my suburban location about 18 miles south of Washington, D.C., this means more than 95 percent of my subjects are on a leash during the session. However, looking through my gallery on my website, you would never know it. Digital leash removal is an essential skill for any dog photographer.Having images in the gallery that give the appearance of a carefree,... Continue Reading >
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