Alt Photo
Review

On November 5, 2012, in Apps, iPhone, Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Alt Photo for iPhone
Developer: Alien Skin Software

Available from: iTunes App Store
Price: $0.99
Alt Photo

Alien Skin Software makes a number of fine photography applications. Alt Photo is their first iOS app. It lets you alter and filter your photos in a variety of nostalgic ways.

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olloclip Quick Connecting Lens Solution for iPhone
(4S/4 and iPod touch 4th generation) 
Company: olloclip
Price: $69.99

I was lucky enough to receive the olloclip 3-IN-ONE PHOTO LENS for the iPhone 4, 4S or 4th generation iPod touch to review. This is a product that changes your device’s camera lens into a Fish Eye, Macro or Wide Angle capable device.

I opened the packaging and was a little distraught at first as I thought I was going to have to cut open one of those sealed plastic blister packs. I’m sure you have come across those hard to open plastic packs. Well, no, not in this instance, because it was clipped together and opened easily. That was a relief.

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Review

On October 17, 2012, in Photography, Review, Video, by Steve Hammond

Adobe Photoshop CS6 review
Price:
Standard Edition: $699.00 US, upgrade $199.00 US
Extended Edition: $999.00 US, upgrade $399.00 US
Company: Adobe

In the spring of 2012, Adobe released Creative Suite 6, or the CS6 version of their content creation and editing software suite. Among the updates, the flagship Photoshop got a CS6 version as well. Is it worth upgrading or buying? Read on to see what’s new about Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
A Beginner’s Review

On October 11, 2012, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
Company: Adobe
Requires: multicore Intel processor, Mac OSX v10.6-10.8, QuickTime 7, Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, 4GB hard drive space for both Mac and Windows
Price: $99.99, upgrade $79.99

Last year about this time, Adobe released Photoshop Elements 10. I wrote a two-part review, first on the Organizer, then on the Photoshop Editor. Not a company to rest on their laurels, Adobe has updated both the Editor and Organizer, giving us—you guessed it—Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.

The first thing you’ll notice when you open Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (PSE11) is a new welcome screen, where you’ll choose between opening the Organizer or Editor. This setting can be changed to go straight to one or the other, if you prefer, when opening the application.

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Snapheal Review

On October 8, 2012, in Apps, Photography, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Snapheal
$19.99 (Currently on sale at $7.99)
www.snapheal.com or Mac App Store link

One of the coolest features that has been in Photoshop since CS5 is the content-aware fill, which (when it works perfectly) lets you seamlessly remove something from a photo with very little effort. The problem with Photoshop for most people is the price. This is where Snapheal comes in. It give you a content-aware like functionality and more in a program that is much cheaper than Photoshop, and it works great!

Not only does Snapheal work great it is very easy to use. When you open the program you are presented with a window to import a photograph. You can drag and drop a file right onto that window, load a photo, or you can import from iPhoto from within the program.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 Review

On April 20, 2012, in Features, by Steve Hammond

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.0 Review
Price: $149 Full Version; $79 upgrade US
Company: Adobe

Adobe announced on March 6 the new Photoshop Lightroom 4.0. This version of Lightroom adds many new features. In this full review, we will explore the major ones.

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Five Photo Books Review

On January 23, 2012, in Book Review, Photography, by Steve Hammond

In every work or passion you want to pursue, there is a chance you need external influences to get better. In photography, books are a great resource. Most of the time they are written by professional photographers, then you learn from their experience. Here are five photography books for you to discover.

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Lowepro Pro Messenger 160AW Review

On January 12, 2012, in Bag, Camera, Cases, Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

Lowepro Pro Messenger 160AW
Price: $159.95 US
Company: Lowepro

The Lowepro Pro Messenger AW series are camera shoulder bags. They are suitable for traveling light or for small photography assignments. They store a minimum of equipment, but just enough for this kind of photo shoot. Like many photographers, I am a bag freak and I am glad I had the chance to review the 160AW model.

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Garry Fong Puffer – Pop-Up Flash Diffuser
Review

On December 31, 2011, in Review, by Steve Hammond

Garry Fong Puffer – Pop-Up Flash Diffuser
Company: Gary Fong
Price: $24.99 US

Everyone buying an entry to mid range DSLR with an integrated pop-up flash rapidly learns they are not so great. Like many flashes on compact cameras, they point directly to your subject and are not adjustable. They also tend to blast the subject directly, making it look overexposed.

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The Photographer’s Eye – Interactive edition for iPad
Company: The Ilex Press Ltd.
Author: Michael Freeman
Price: $9.99 US

When Amazon announced the Kindle with its electronic store, then Apple introduce the iBooks Store a few years later, I was feeling happy about the fact that bricks of books would become digital. But I was fast disappointed when I saw that most digital books were simply a copy of the physical books. When something goes digital, I expect a bit of interactivity.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10-A Beginner’s
Review Part 1

On November 8, 2011, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10
Company: Adobe
Requires: multicore Intel processor, Mac OSX 10.5.8 or higher, QuickTime 7
Price: $99.99, upgrade $79.99

When Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 was released a number of years ago, I decided to buy it, even though I had no graphics experience whatsoever. I even bought a book to teach me how to use it. Sadly, I used PSE6 mainly to create coupons for my husband’s business, slightly edit screen shots I take for MyMac.com articles, and superimpose faces on other people’s bodies (Don’t ask. It’s silly.) So when the opportunity arose for me to review Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, I jumped at the chance to really sit down and learn about some of the fun and powerful techniques I could use with this software.

Keep in mind that this review is coming from a novice’s perspective. Even though I have used PSE6 in the past, my experience is so limited that I’m still considered a newbie. For a more in-depth review of PSE10 from a user who has an extensive Photoshop background, check out MyMac.com writer Donny Yankellow’s article.

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Eolake
TechFan #22

On March 4, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


Download and listen to the show HERE
Subscribe in iTunes
Eolake Stobblehouse joins Tim Robertson and David Cohen for a lively chat. Topics include writing machines, iPad (1 and 2) love, Photography, and much more.

Links:
stobblehouse.com

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Adobe Photoshop Express
App Review

On February 15, 2011, in Apps, Photography, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Adobe Photoshop Express
iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later
Version 1.5
FREE
Web site
iTunes Store link

Adobe Photoshop has been the de facto photography/image editing program for many years. However, for many people, Photoshop is either too expensive, too great of a learning curve, too overwhelming, or any combination of the above. Sometimes, all a photo needs to go from good to great is a little tweaking. Adobe heard the cries, and has developed Adobe Photoshop Express, an app that lets users edit and share images quickly and easily.

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MOO specializes in a variety of cards, using an online process. The company has a small family of cards and accessories. Read Mark Rudd’s review of MOO here.

MOO originates from England. The company now delivers to over 180 countries, and it has regional printing facilities for faster turnaround time. Web and live help are available in German, English, Spanish, French, and Italian. MOO’s USA English blog has a folksy feel to it. The company’s web site is easy to navigate and use, with one exception, described below.

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Shutterfly’s best products are custom hard cover photo books created using their online software tools. Shutterfly offers a bazillion different sorts of cards, as well as photo prints and Internet image storage

Shutterfly has soft cover and hard cover books in many sizes. Soft cover books are less expensive. When you want a personal photo book with professional presentation and impact, spend the extra money and get a hard cover book. The covers are gorgeous, and the interior pages look and feel like a real book.

Printing quality is excellent, and images are just as bright and colorful on Shutterfly’s book pages as they appear on your Mac’s display. I will never again order an iPhoto book from Apple, given the choice. The Internet is full of raves and rants for a dozen or more competing online book printing companies. Until I am proven wrong, Shutterfly is my first choice.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Learn by Video
Presented by Tim Grey and Mikkel Aaland
Produced by video2brain http://www.video2brain.com
Peachpit Press
$64.99 US, $77.99

As a digital photographer I find I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom almost as often as I use Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is the current version and is a powerful software program for digital photographers. The advantages about using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 are the non-destructive editing features, cataloging and organizing images, slideshow and web gallery options, and the ability to print from the application. I recently reviewed Adobe Photoshop CS5 Learn by Video and was impressed with this well-produced series by video2brain. This handsomely packaged 10 hour instructional DVD and 120 page reference guide is all anyone needs to familiarize themselves with the application and achieve proficiency in a short amount of time.

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Captured: Lessons from Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer
by Moose Peterson
Peachpit Press
ISBN: 9780321720597
Price: $54.99 US $65.99 CN

Moose Peterson is an acclaimed photographer who has devoted the past thirty years to honing the craft of wildlife photography. His primary focus is photographing endangered wildlife and North American wilderness. Moose (yes,that’s his real name) writes this hefty 396 page book in an easy-to-digest conversational style. He is a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens photographer, so the focus is on Nikon camera and lens information. The detailed digital camera knowledge he shares about his photographs can be applicable to any high-end DSLR. Many of the close-up wildlife shots are made using 200mm to 600mm lenses and most camera manufacturers have their own equivalent.

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EyeFi Pro X2
Review

On December 6, 2010, in Camcorder, Camera, Photography, Review, by Owen Rubin

Eye-Fi X2 Cards:
Pro X2: $149.99
Explorer S2: $99.00
Geo X2: $69.00
Connect X2: $49.00
iPhone App: FREE

http://www.eye.fi/

The Eye-Fi Pro X2 8 GB WiFi enabled SD Memory Card

When I reviewed my first Eye-Fi card almost two years ago in February of 2009, I was amazed at what I saw. A tiny little SD memory card with a WiFi radio inside. Inside! How did they do that? I hardly believed they could squeeze it all in to that tiny little space, and I am still amazed when I see it now, with an even better radio and even more memory capacity.

If you have been hiding in a cave for the last few years or simply not paying attention to new things, Eye-Fi is exactly that, a standard SD sized flash memory card with a built-in WiFi 802.11 b/n/g radio inside the SD case. When this device is inside your camera (or powered up in a SD card reader), and in the range of either an open WiFi, or even your own locked (keyed) WiFi, the card will upload images stored in its memory onto the Eye-Fi service.

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A four minute interview with our newest writer, in which Suzé discusses digital photography, Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, iPhonongraphy, book reviews, and video reviews. We hope you like our new audio content. Thanks for listening.

Click on the link below:

SuzeGilbert-INTERVIEW

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New Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing
by Rob Sheppard
Lark Books
ISBN: 9781579907730,192 pages
$24.95 US, $31.95 CN



I recently purchased an Epson 3880 printer for digital black and white printing to replace my Epson 2200. The older printer consistently produced a notorious green cast no matter how often I calibrated or what ICC profile I used. Many prints showed metamerism or bronzing.

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