Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Monday, December 5, 2022
The same email referenced an Adobe Blog Post entitled "Bringing the next wave of Artificial Intelligence to Creative Cloud" which announced that Adobe intends to "develop an approach that centers on the needs of creatives by integrating Generative AI in Adobe creative tools." As an example the post asked readers to "imagine, for instance, AI within Photoshop that generates rich, editable PSDs." Nor is Photoshop the only Adobe app to be mentioned in the post. It goes on to say that "Generative AI incorporated into Adobe Express will help less experienced creators achieve their unique goals."
The same blog post also referenced the Content Authenticity Initiative that aims to establish "an open industry standard for content authenticity and provenance" by providing off-the-shelf open-source tools to integrate content credentials into your site, app, or service." This last, of course, is of utmost importance for any creators wishing to retain credit for their AI creations.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Monday, November 28, 2022
Monday, November 21, 2022
I received not one but several emails from On 1 over the past few days notifying me of a free update to Photo RAW 2023 that improves the app's AI masking capabilities. To be more specific, the update includes the following features:
- Enhanced masking results and consistency for Super Select AI, Mask AI, Quick Mask AI, and AI adaptive presets;
- Improved performance for the Mask Refine Brush;
- Improved opening speed for RAW files;
- Improved layout of the metadata pane;
- Additional RAW support for several camera models; and
- Additional lens profiles for several manufacturers
I downloaded and installed the update yesterday without problem. I'm growing more and more impressed with Photo RAW 2023 to the extent that it may soon supplant Luminar Neo as my preferred photo editor. This is all the more likely as On 1 supplied its customers with a comprehensive user guide immediately upon the app's release while Skylum has instead given out only a scattering of video tutorials over the past few months that users must pore through in hopes of finding answers to their questions.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
All Affinity apps are currently available at a 40% discount. It has not yet been announced, at least not that I've heard, how long this reduced pricing will last.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Monday, November 14, 2022
I purchased from B&H last week the Nikon DX 50-250mm lens (equiv. 75-375) and thought it a great add-on for my Zfc at a bargain price of only $376.95. Though the price is low, Nikon didn't stint on features. As mentioned on the B&H website, the lens features not only vibration reduction, but also an extra-low dispersion element and superior coating. When using the lens, I found its autofocus to be superfast with no noticeable lag. For an APS-C format lens it also provides excellent bokeh effects.
The lens came with a free Chiaro Pro 62mm 98-UVATS UV filter. Normally, I'm leery of using low cost filters as they almost always degrade image quality and are apt to freeze on the lens, but I thought this one better than most.
One crazy problem I had with the lens that's worth mentioning is that when I took it out of the box I found the rear lens cap was frozen in place and impossible to remove. Not wanting to use force and possibly damage the lens, I took it back to B&H and showed it to the Nikon rep who works the company's display kiosk. He was really great and went out of his way to solve the problem. Even so, once I returned home I replaced the lens cap with the one that came with my 16-50 kit lens and now only keep the the cap loosely placed when the lens is not actually attached to the camera. Hopefully, that will keep the problem from recurring.