Hydra 4, the HDR app, brings Metal support, zonal tone mapping

Hydra, the HDR app by Creaceed, has been upgraded to version 4. It has been optimised for Metal, has a new easy-to-use translucent user interface, and comes with an excellent automatic image alignment system. It offers less brilliant manual image alignment, and removal of ghosting artefacts, both with a region delineation tool. In addition, Hydra 4 works with a highly accurate 128-bit internal format.… Read More Hydra 4, the HDR app, brings Metal support, zonal tone mapping

Rogue Super Soft Silver and White Grid insert make for softer light effects

ExpoImaging’s Rogue brand has just been updated with four new products. The 32in Rogue 2-in-1 collapsible reflector and FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver are aimed at delivering softer light effects. They’re great for portraits. The white grid insert adds a nice halo effect to the light circle your 3-in-1 honeycomb grid creates. Finally, a new battery pouch helps you organise your freshly charged and drained batteries while on the go.… Read More Rogue Super Soft Silver and White Grid insert make for softer light effects

Colour profiling your camera the easy and accurate way: basICColor input

Creating a colour profile for your camera isn’t easy. It requires a careful light setup and a new profile for every different lighting situation. A scanner profile is easier to create because the scanner lamp always lights the medium evenly. If it doesn’t, you’re dealing with a broken scanner or a very low-quality device. The basis for the calculation of a camera/scanner profile is the comparison of measured data from the profiling target and the RGB values of the patches from the image or scan. X-Rite’s i1Profiler has a scanner module, but not a camera profiling setup. A new app from a respected colour management expert is basICColor input.… Read More Colour profiling your camera the easy and accurate way: basICColor input

Exposure X photo manager and editor review

The newest version of Alien Skin’s Exposure is a stand-alone app as well as a Photoshop plug-in. Exposure X has a photo manager and comes with metadata functionality. Its editing capabilities are as strong as they’ve always been. Sadly the plug-in isn’t available for Affinity Photo, nor for Apple’s Photos app. Exposure X has some nifty management and editing features, but it won’t yet replace your Lightroom or Capture One Pro software.… Read More Exposure X photo manager and editor review