Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Monday, August 29, 2022
Saturday, August 27, 2022
By my count, there should still be three more extensions to be released in 2022. As Skylum announces them, I'll post the news here to keep everyone up to date. I still believe, though, it was a marketing mistake for Skylum not to have announced all six extensions before asking users to blindly pay in advance for the entire set.
Friday, August 26, 2022
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
While browsing The New York Post website yesterday (whatever its right wing politics the paper is still an excellent source of local news) I came across an interesting article describing an AI powered app, one of several actually, that can create visual images from verbal descriptions. I've found the possibilities of such a use of AI intriguing and have longed to begin creating my own such visual works. The free web based app described in The Post article is Craiyon, formerly known as DALL-E mini, and I was able to create the above image, one of several choices, in only a moment using the description "bright red roses blooming on a cracked desert floor." It's not terribly sophisticated, of course, but it does give a hint of what can be accomplished with only a minimal amount of effort.
Monday, August 22, 2022
Earlier this month Corel released Pinnacle Studio 26, the latest version of the video editing app. To be honest, I've never quite understood why Corel has found it necessary to have two video editing apps competing against one another on its product list, the other being Video Studio, the latest version of which I already own. It seems the two share many overlapping features, and since I've never used Pinnacle and have only light experience with Studio it's difficult for me to pinpoint exactly where the major differences lie. When choosing between the two, the price of each being roughly similar, I took Studio because it seemed the more user friendly and because it was the PC Mag Editor's Choice. In coming months, as I shoot more video in preparation of launching a vlog, I'll be working to master Studio at least well enough to upload videos that are professional in appearance and attractive to viewers. Once I've accomplished this - and it may take some time since Studio is a fairly sophisticated piece of software - I'll take a closer look at Pinnacle and decide then whether or not it possesses sufficient features to enhance my workflow.
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Friday, August 19, 2022
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
"But also we want to expand the functionality of Luminar Neo even further by adding more Extensions. As you may know, Extensions are pro tools that are designed to boost your skills and provide an outlet for your creativity. With the help of Extensions Luminar Neo will become even more suitable to solve any editing issues and add creativity and experimentation to your photography.
"By the end of 2022 we are going to release 7 extensions in total, including HDR Merge that came out in July, Noiseless AI in August and deliver the other 4 in November and 1 in December. Wow!" (emphasis is Iryna's)
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Monday, August 15, 2022
Saturday, August 13, 2022
I received an email yesterday announcing that Create NYC, the planned successor to the pre-pandemic Photo Expos that had been held annually at the Javits Center in Manhattan, has been "postponed" until next year. I can't say this comes as any surprise. I had already made up my mind not to attend myself after the outrageous ticket prices - $150 for a one-day pass! - had been announced last month and had had difficulty imagining where the sponsors hoped to find anyone willing to travel to Brooklyn for an event that could most kindly be described as "low key." The fact that no camera manufacturers or imaging companies, or at least none who had been announced, would be on hand to show off their newest products as they had at the Photo Expos only made a bad situation worse.
If the event sponsors hope to return in 2023 as they have promised, I believe their best bet is to return to the tried and true format that served them so well in the past and plan to once again hold an old school Photo Expo at the Javits Center.
Friday, August 12, 2022
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Monday, August 8, 2022
After just having posted on Nikon's retreat from the F-mount DSLR business, I was shocked to learn that the company has issued an update for one of its oldest models, the D7100, an almost forgotten consumer-level camera. The update is a simple fix for a truly minor problem, i.e., a glitch in live view that would cause it to cease working after ten minutes' use. Why Nikon would choose to issue such a non-essential update on a camera that by now should be next in line for discontinuance is a mystery. Nikon, however, has recently gone to great lengths to reassure its DSLR customers that it has no intention of ceasing production or servicing of these cameras, so perhaps the update is intended to emphasize this claim to its customer base and those who may be contemplating a DSLR purchase.
Friday, August 5, 2022
Thursday, August 4, 2022
- Focus stacking;
- Enhanced frame tool for use in creating masks based on symmetrical and Preset shapes;
- AfterShot Lab for editing RAW files;
- Real time blend mode preview;
- Snap to objects;
- Improved usability and performance