DxO Photolab 5 supporting Fujifilm big time and other improvements

Every year DxO releases a new version of Photolab and this year was no exception. Photolab 5 comes with better IPTC metadata and keyword editing capabilities as well as synchronisation with Adobe Lightroom, a new U-Point control, DeepPRIME and support for Fujifilm X-Trans cameras and lenses.… Read More DxO Photolab 5 supporting Fujifilm big time and other improvements

Exposure X7 adds very accurate masks, composition guides and more

Exposure X7 was released in the last few days of September. It was worth the wait. The app has a lot of new features, including a new masking tool to make selections by quickly drawing a rough border, customisable editing workspaces, a unified crop and transform interface with composition guides, defective pixel removal for raw photos, more faithful colour reproduction when using custom DCP colour profiles and improved colour fidelity with DNG files. Finally, fine texture noise can be added to recover detail with aggressive noise reduction.… Read More Exposure X7 adds very accurate masks, composition guides and more

Telestream’s Switch 5 Pro lets you check your video’s quality on lower-end iMacs fast

Switch 5 Pro gives you frame-accurate playback of all your media and lets you see detailed information about it, including metadata (e.g. AS11 with UK DPP metadata, AS03 and others), bitrate, video essence and codec, audio channels, speaker assignments, and loudness levels. You can also compare multiple files in a single window and play and convert Windows Media content on your Mac as Switch is a fully licensed Windows Media playback tool (all three versions).… Read More Telestream’s Switch 5 Pro lets you check your video’s quality on lower-end iMacs fast

The LIGHTBRIDGE Cine Reflect Lighting System, for photographers too

If you’ve ever had to lighten a scene and couldn’t do it properly without lugging around back breaking numbers of flags and other devices to stop the light from spreading and spilling, you should take a look at the LIGHTBRIDGE CRLS (Cine Reflect Lighting System), a lighting system based on lightweight aluminium reflectors that don’t spill. CRLS is used in cinematography but begs to be discovered by photographers.… Read More The LIGHTBRIDGE Cine Reflect Lighting System, for photographers too

How great an upgrade is Capture One Pro 21?

Capture One Pro 21 is a major upgrade with many improvements. New features in this version include Speed Edit, a Dehaze feature, improved importer, ProStandard camera profiles for (currently) a limited number of cameras and Leica tethering. In addition, Capture One Pro now supports HEIF images, makes it easier to adjust brushes and has more help in the form of enhanced tooltips and easy access to tutorials.… Read More How great an upgrade is Capture One Pro 21?

Colour temperature: mireds versus Kelvin

The mired is a unit that measures colour temperature, just like Kelvin does. Only, almost everybody knows degrees Kelvin while fewer people know what the mired stands for. That’s not surprising, given that most light and strobe colour temperatures are expressed in Kelvin. So why use mired instead then — and perhaps more importantly — when do you use the mired unit instead of Kelvin?… Read More Colour temperature: mireds versus Kelvin

Loupedeck’s new Photoshop plugin makes controlling Adobe’s app a gratifying yet efficient experience

Loupedeck, the developer of custom consoles for photo and video editing has released a new plugin for Adobe Photoshop based on Adobe’s Unified Extensibility Platform (UXP). It provides an enhanced editing experience with Loupedeck CT and Loupedeck Live. The plugin is now available in the Creative Cloud marketplace across all regions, at no extra cost to Loupedeck users.… Read More Loupedeck’s new Photoshop plugin makes controlling Adobe’s app a gratifying yet efficient experience

Nix Color Sensor Pro 2 Tristimulus Colorimeter Review

If you’re professionally working with colour, it pays off to invest in a colorimeter or spectrophotometer. The only problem is that these can be quite expensive and bulky, and if your need is to compare colours, find colour harmonies and the RGB, Lab, CMYK and other colour space value of colours, this kind of equipment is overkill. It is where the $349 Nix Color Sensor Pro 2 tristimulus sensor is a boon to have.… Read More Nix Color Sensor Pro 2 Tristimulus Colorimeter Review