Mar 112014
 

Please click link below to read the fill article at PetaPixel.com

Apple Adds Auto HDR to iOS 7.1… If You Have an iPhone 5S

Mar 082014
 

Other NR software tend to strike a good balance between processing speed and quality. By contrast, DeNoise focuses entirely on the quality of the results you get. (The trade-off is that it takes longer to process an image in order to get better results.) For example, notice below that the books stay sharp and that there’s no soft edges or smudged details:

books

This technology makes DeNoise useful for “tough” cases of image noise. It can save photos that photographers might otherwise throw away.

By the way, sometimes I find an area in an image where the noise bugs me while the rest of the image looks fine. I’ll give you an example:
If I am preparing an image for a big enlargement sometimes the sky will be too textured for my taste. When was the last time you looked up into a blue sky and saw noise or grain?

Anyway, I will select the sky in a case like this, put it on a separate layer and run DeNoise. What makes this so effective is that DeNoise will knock out the texture and then I can use the grain slider to add just a bit of much finer grain back into that area. It is usually a dramatic improvement. Adding that tiny bit of grain will help avoid banding and keep the image looking “Organic”.

Denoise is great, but don’t take my word for it. Download the free trial and see for yourself!

Download the FREE Trial Version of DeNoise NOW!
The 50% coupon code is: mardenoise 

 

Mar 052014
 

Read full details at the link below:

Shooting Challenge: HDR Photography

HDR. It used to be a photographic technique reserved for those fluent in Photoshop. Now, it’s a go-to filter in every point-and-shoot and app. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, we’ll celebrate this democratization of the art form and all shoot in High Dynamic Range.

 

Feb 272014
 

Nikon’s New Flagship DSLR Is a Supercharged Low-Light Champ | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Read the full article at the link above. 

“If only the highest-end DSLR will do for you, you’ll be happy to know there’s a new flagship full-frame Nikon camera at the top of DSLR mountain. The newly announced Nikon D4S is a successor to the venerable D4, and comes with a host of improvements, including better autofocus capabilities, enhanced low-light shooting, and speedier data handling.

While the two cameras have the same megapixel count and sensor size — a 16.2-megapixel full-frame (FX format) imager — the sensor tucked inside the D4S is a newly developed chip, and the camera offers a newer image processor in the form of Nikon’s Expeed 4.”

Tim Moynihan|wired.com

Nikon D4s
Feb 212014
 

Topaz Labs Simplify

For more info please click the link below:

Upcoming Topaz Webinars – February 2014

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Feb 212014
 

Submit Your Best HDR Images And Win A $500 B&H Gift Card!

No matter your skill level, it’s time to submit your favorite HDR images to the2014 Unified Color HDR PhotoContest. It’s simple. Pick out your best HDR images, re-size them to 72 ppi in .jpg or .bef format (no wider than 1,200 pixels) and email them to us. It’s that easy!

 

 

2013 Honorable Mention Winning Entry by Robert Barnes
 

We will accept images for just 38 days and the winners will be announced on April 22, 2014 so you don’t have wait months to see how you did. There will be one grand-prize winner who receives a $500 Gift Card to B&H Photo. There will also be two Honorable Mention winners who will receive $100 B&H gift cards

To see the complete contest rules click here.

To check out the winners or our 2013 contest go here

THE DETAILS

Who can enter?
- Anyone with a legal residence in the United States or Canada can enter.*

How do I enter?
- Just choose your favorite HDR images and resize them to 72 ppi at a width no wider than 1,200 pixels in .jpg or .bef format.

Email your entries to us at contest1-2014@unifiedcolor.com.

The body of your entry email must include your name and current email address and it must state “I have read and accept the contest rules”..

The entry must have been edited in HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 or 32 Float v3 at some point in it’s creation.

What are the prizes?
- There will be one over-all winner who will receive a $500 gift card to B&H Photo. There will also be two Honorable Mentions who will each win $100 gift cards to B&H Photo.

When can I submit my entries?
- Today. Right now! We will accept entries until midnight on Monday, March 31, 2014.

When will you announce the winners?
- We will announce the winners on or around Friday, April 11, 2014 on the Unified Color website and blog.

* Employees or vendors of Unified Color Technologies or their family members may not enter the contest

Feb 142014
 

Using size-based technology, Topaz Simplify eliminates unwanted image features. By selectively removing unnecessary image details, Simplify not only helps you clean up your images, but also gives you the tools to create an original piece of art in just a few clicks. With Simplify, you can achieve a variety of creative art effects including watercolors, textured oil paintings, charcoal drawings, line art, and photorealistic paintings. Join Nichole Paschal, photographer and Topaz Marketing Specialist, as she introduces Topaz Simplify and demonstrates how to give your images a creative edge.

Topaz Labs Simplify

Yosemite Spring

 This is my first attempt using Topaz Labs Simplify. Not too bad, if I do say so myself!sig10000r