Software Review: PortraitPro v12

Want to give your wedding or portrait images a classic yet customized look?


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7 Must-Tap Apps for Photographers

These mobile imaging apps will help you take your editing on the road.


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Software Review: Elements XXL 2

A powerful new plug-in expands Adobe Photoshop Elements to a pro-size level.
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Software Review: Fundy Designer with Album Builder v6

Unleash your creativity with this template-free photo album software.


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Software Review: Perfect Photo Suite 8

The newest version of onOne Software’s photo editing suite just may give Photoshop a run for its money.


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Take Control of Your Business: 10 Studio Management Software Programs

These studio management software programs can help you run your business smoothly, efficiently and profitably.


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Software Review: DxO Optics Pro 9.1

 The latest version of DxO’s image editing software offers an impressive new tool for removing noise from your photos.



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First Exposure: Kubota Borders and Textures

Movie theaters are full of comic book action heroes these days. But Kubota Image Tools can make an action hero out of anyone—or at least a Photoshop action hero. Most professional photographers are familiar with the Kubota Artistic Tools, Production Tools and Dashboard tool for organizing and accessing installed Kubota Actions or any other action in their Photoshop library. These actions can save many hours of computer time by automating common imaging tasks.
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Anthropics Technology Portrait Professional Studio v10

First a disclaimer: I have used Portrait Professional for years and I love it. Yes, I’ve taught myself in Photoshop how to do all the things that Portrait Professional does, but for the vast majority of my work when a photo contains people, I run the image through Portrait Professional to take advantage of its quick automation.
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Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

Every image-enhancement program includes a means of converting color images to monochrome. These range from lowering the saturation to 0%, to channel mixers and color filters. But since the introduction of Nik Silver Efex Pro, photographers who are really interested in extracting the maximum amount of image information and having the most creative control during the conversion have gravitated to Silver Efex Pro.
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Alien Skin Software Bokeh 2

It didn’t take many years after the introduction of “bokeh” into the vocabulary of photographers for software companies to create programs producing out-of-focus effects in a Photoshop-compatible plug-in. Bokeh 2 builds on the success of the original Alien Skin Bokeh 1 software with many added capabilities, and a significant increase in preview and processing speed.
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Tiffen Dfx Version 2 Software

For over 70 years The Tiffen Company has supplied still, movie and broadcast camera operators with innovative and Academy Award winning optical filters. In recent years it has added tripods, camera bags and cases, lighting equipment, flash brackets and other products to its lines.
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Photo Courtesy of Datacolor

Datacolor SpyderCheckr Pro

Computer monitor color management is commonplace today among professional photographers who need a consistent, repeatable color workflow. Color management of output devices, such as printers and color labs is becoming more commonplace for the same reasons. It is also easier and less expensive to accomplish, too.
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Photo Courtesy Of Nik Software

Nik Software HDR Efex Pro

High dynamic range (HDR) imaging became mired in controversy when it appeared a few years ago, much as color photography did when it first appeared, or photography itself did when the technology became possible. But HDR, like the others, is simply a tool that is available if you choose to use it.
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