Apr 212015
 

Pre-order Lightroom 6 NOW

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 6 TAGLINE
Perfect your photography from shoot to finish.
10-WORD PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
All your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application.
35-WORD PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Lightroom 6 gives you all your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application. Organize all your photos. Perfect your best shots with powerful one-click adjustments and advanced controls. Easily share your work almost anywhere.
50-WORD PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Lightroom 6 gives you all your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application. Efficiently find and organize all your photos. Perfect your shots with powerful one-click adjustments and a full range of advanced controls. Easily share your work on social networks, in video slideshows, HTML5 web galleries, and more.
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Drive your digital photography
Organize, perfect, and share — Lightroom combines all your digital photography essentials in one fast, intuitive application.

Get the best from every image
Experiment fearlessly with nondestructive tools — your original images are never altered. Lightroom lets you get the best from every pixel in your photos, whether you shot them with a pro DSLR camera or a camera phone.

Share easily
Express your vision, show your talent, share moments and memories. From social media and the web to slideshows and prints, Lightroom provides the tools you need to share your best images.
TOP REASONS TO BUY ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 6

Nondestructive environment
Set your creativity free in a nondestructive editing environment that lets you experiment without limits. Your original images are never altered, and it’s easy to reverse your steps or save multiple versions of any photo.

Advanced black-and-white conversion
Gain powerful control over the tonal qualities that make or break black-and-white images. Precisely mix information from eight color channels when you convert to grayscale.

Develop Presets
Save time by instantly applying favorite looks to your images. Just save Develop settings as a preset and apply it to your other photos at any time with one click. Lightroom includes dozens of built-in presets and thousands more are available from third parties.

NEW Facial Recognition
Quickly find images of family and friends, even without metadata tags. You select a face in one photo, and Lightroom searches for that person in all your other images. Categorize and group your photos based on faces.

Advanced Healing Brush
Make your images spotless with a single brush stroke. Adjust the size of the brush and move it in precise paths. Unwanted objects and flaws — even those with irregular shapes like threads — just disappear.

Upright
Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal and vertical lines, even straightening shots where the horizon is hidden.

NEW HDR Merge
Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes. Using HDR Merge, you can easily combine multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single high dynamic range image.

NEW Panorama Merge
Capture superwide fields of view and amazing detail. Photomerge technology lets you stitch together multiple images, including raw files, to create stunning panorama shots.

NEW Performance improvements
Import and perfect your photos faster than ever. Lightroom takes advantage of compatible graphics processors to boost its overall speed, especially when you’re enhancing images in the Develop module.

NEW Advanced Video Slideshows
Create beautiful, polished slideshows using still images, video, and music along with professional effects like pan and zoom.

NEW Improved Web Galleries
Showcase your work in more elegant, engaging, and interactive web galleries. New HTML5-compatible gallery templates work with the widest range of desktop and mobile browsers.

Online sharing integration
Easily post images to social media and photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr. With selected sites, online comments about your images are visible in the Lightroom library alongside your images.

Create photo books
Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.
FOR EXISTING CUSTOMERS
35-WORD UPGRADE DESCRIPTION
Merge photos into stunning panoramas and high dynamic range images using powerful new tools in Lightroom 6. Faster performance and new organizing, processing, and sharing features make Lightroom better than ever.
50-WORD UPGRADE DESCRIPTION
Merge photos into stunning panoramas and high dynamic range images using powerful new tools in Lightroom 6. Create even more amazing images and take advantage of faster performance. Organize photos more efficiently and share your work more easily. Lightroom is better than ever.

TOP NEW BENEFITS OF ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM 6

NEW HDR Merge
Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes. Using HDR Merge, you can easily combine multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single high dynamic range image.

NEW Panorama Merge
Capture superwide fields of view and amazing detail. Photomerge technology lets you stitch together multiple images, including raw files, to create stunning panorama shots.

NEW Performance improvements
Import and perfect your photos faster than ever. Lightroom takes advantage of compatible graphics processors to boost its overall speed, especially when you’re enhancing images in the Develop module.

NEW Facial Recognition
Quickly find images of family and friends, even without metadata tags. You select a face in one photo, and Lightroom searches for that person in all your other images. Categorize and group your photos based on faces.

NEW Advanced Video Slideshows
Create beautiful, polished slideshows using still images, video, and music along with professional effects like pan and zoom.

NEW Improved Web Galleries
Showcase your work in more elegant, engaging, and interactive web galleries. New HTML5-compatible gallery templates work with the widest range of desktop and mobile browsers.

NEW Filter Brush
Precisely control which parts of your image are affected by the Graduated or Radial filters. Now you can use a brush to edit the filter’s mask, adding or subtracting filter effects wherever you want.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

What’s the difference between Lightroom 6 and Adobe Photoshop?
Lightroom is designed specifically to give digital photographers all the tools they need in one intuitive solution. Lightroom helps them work fast and efficiently, while maintaining the highest quality. Adobe Photoshop software includes advanced tools for detailed, pixel-level editing, compositing, and working with multilayered files.

Why should I use Lightroom if I already have Photoshop?
Lightroom boosts your efficiency by handling all the tasks a digital photographer faces in one intuitive app. It includes powerfully simple adjustments, as well as the widest range of advanced tools for efficiently processing sets of images, organizing photo libraries, and sharing images.

What’s the difference between Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop Elements?
Lightroom is designed for both amateur and professional photographers, providing powerfully simple one-click features as well as leading-edge tools for advanced image processing. Photoshop Elements provides casual snapshooters with easy-to-use editing controls and automated options to enhance and share photos, as well as use them to create custom keepsakes.

VERSION COMPARISON CHART

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows
Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support*
Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
2GB of available hard-disk space
DVD-ROM drive required if purchasing Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® retail boxed version
OpenGL 3.3 and DirectX 10-capable graphics card for GPU related functionality
Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.**
* Dual-core processor recommended for HD or AVCHD video functionality.
** NOTE: Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

Mac OS
Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support*
Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
2GB of available hard-disk space
DVD-ROM drive required if purchasing Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® retail boxed version
OpenGL 3.3–capable graphics card for GPU related functionality
Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.**
* Dual-core processor recommended for HD or AVCHD video functionality.
** NOTE: Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

© 2014 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.

Apr 042015
 

 Learn more about Unified Color HDR software:

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Feb 272015
 

Earlier this month, a leaked product page revealed a number of features that will be found in the upcoming Lightroom 6. One of them was an HDR merging tool that combines multiple exposures into a single HDR image. Here’s a first glimpse at how the feature will work.

First, select multiple versions of the same shot that were captured with exposure bracketing:

Read more:

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Nov 142014
 

In this 2-part webinar, professional photographer and educator Reed Hoffmann provides tips and techniques for capturing spontaneous HDR exposure brackets and merging, aligning de-ghosting and tone mapping them using the HDR Express 3 stand alone application and Adobe Lightroom plug-in. This Webinar was originally recorded on Nov 11, 2014.

Download the Free trial or Buy it Now

Nov 022014
 

“HDR fans: Want a little more control than your camera can provide you with for your high dynamic range photos? If so, it’s time to switch to your computer and really take charge of your photography — and an update to Unified Color Technologies’ consumer-friendly HDR Express app is here to help.

Based around the same algorithms that underlie in the company’s flagship HDR Expose 3, the latest version of HDR Express keeps things simple while providing useful tools like automatic alignment and deghosting of your source imagery, as well as support for raw files from more than 600 different camera models. And if you use Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom or Apple’s Aperture (the latter on the Mac only), then HDR Express will integrate as a plugin, ready to help you straight from your image library.”

–Mike Thomkins

Click the image below to read the full article:

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Here is a video tutorial “Introducing HDR Express 3”, with John Omvik:

To download the HDR Express 3 free trial or to purchase with your HDR360pro discount

please click the image below:

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Oct 312014
 
Please click the image below to download the free trial version:

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To purchase HDR Express 3 with your HDR360pro discount,
please click the image below:

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HDR Photography Beyond Your Imagination

Capturing a high contrast scene has always vexed photographers. We’ve all tried neutral density filters for landscapes and lighting equipment for interior shots in order to balance the wide range of light levels in our scenes. The results could be good but the work to get to the final image was intense. No longer!

Capturing high contrast scenes is now as simple as shooting three or more images of varying exposures and then merging those images into one high dynamic range file that reveals all your shadows and highlights. The magic is done with HDR software. But, not all HDR software is created equal.

Previously, HDR applications performed their contrast manipulation or “tone mapping” by creating an 8-bit or 16-bit image. Using an 8-bit or 16-bit file to create a large, high dynamic range file significantly reduces the file’s dynamic range, clips its color range and degrades the precision of image data.

That’s why we created our stand-alone HDR applications HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and the Photoshop plug-in 32 Float v3. These are the only HDR applications that merge multiple exposures into a full 32-bit file using our patented Beyond RGB™ color model. And, most importantly, these are the only HDR photo editing applications where all tools and operations work in 32-bit, floating-point precision.

Creating an HDR Image – One Click or Total Control

HDR Expose 3 and HDR Express 2 use powerful image alignment algorithms to create an HDR image from multiple exposures. The resulting 32-bit image is then ready to have its wide contrast range adjusted to fit into the contrast range of your output device. Unlike other HDR applications which “tone map” their 8-bit or 16-bit image into a useable range, our applications take all the valuable data in your HDR image and “dynamic range map” it into a file that retains naturally clear highlights, vibrant mid-tones and beautifully open shadows.

HDR Expose 3 and HDR Express 2 can do this for you with a single click using the Dynamic Range Mapping tool. And, with HDR Express you have additional one-step tone mapping and style preset buttons. You can also choose to have full control over the mapping process by individually adjusting the image’s dynamic range, brightness, highlights, shadows and saturation. With these powerful tools you can dial in a beautifully natural HDR image or a highly stylized image depending on your artistic vision.

Advantages of Working in 32-bit Mode in the Beyond RGB Color Space

In digital photography the colors and brightness of each pixel are recorded as binary numbers. Depending on the power of your image editing application the numbers used to describe those pixels are restricted to 8-bits (256) or 16-bits (65,535). Naturally, the more numbers you have available to you the more variation you can describe in each pixel. The more variation that you can describe, the richer and more detailed your digital image will be.

Because color information is restricted to at most 16 bits in the RGB space used in most image editing applications and output devices, RGB is inherently a restricted color model — it is a restricted color space that cannot describe all the colors that can be seen by the human eye.

Imagine the tonal variations available to you by working in 32-bit, floating point mode in the Beyond RGB color space, the basis of HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and 32 Float v3. The Beyond RGB color space brings all the colors your eye can see to the task of creating your HDR photography image.

Because the 32-bit floating point Beyond RGB color model is not based on the RGB model, the brightness and contrast changes made to your image in HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 or 32 Float v3 will not alter your original colors as you would in an 8-bit or 16-bit program.

In fact, every tool and operation in HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and 32 Float v3 always works in the high-precision 32-bit floating point mode. This is why many pro photographers are using HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and 32 Float v3 to perform non-color-destructive brightness, contrast and color adjustments to their non-HDR images. These pros create their images from RAW camera files and save out their files in 32-bit format as a base reference file before moving on to Photoshop or other programs for further editing. Why lose data before you have to? Why lose data at all?

It’s time for you to try HDR imaging and discover the beauty in a high dynamic range image and then working with that image in full, non-destructive 32-bit floating point mode. Download a free, 30-day trial version of HDR Expose 3 or HDR Express 2 today and experience the beauty of true HDR photography.

Oct 162014
 

Promote® Control users! There is still time to submit your HDR Focus Stacked images and get a chance to win a $100 B&H gift card. Enter today.

For complete details and rules please click the image below:

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We will be taking submissions through Thursday, October 23rd.

How to enter. Send 1 to 5 HDR Focus Stacked images taken with the Promote® Control (.jpg file no larger than 10 MB, email each image separately) tocontest@promotesystems.com. Include:

A description of the Promote® Control and camera settings used to create the image(s) (Step size, Number of images per bracket, Date, Location, Exposure etc.)
Your full name/credit line
Phone number
Email address
And a statement saying “I have read and accept the contest rules”*
Who can enter? Legal residents of the United States or Canada, 18+ years of age.

All entrants must read and accept the complete contest rules.

Sep 242014
 

 

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Aug 042014
 

“One of the features in HDR Expose 3 our customers tell us outperforms our competition is the Merge Key Frame feature that makes de-ghosting amazingly accurate. In this image, taken after sunset, of a young couple drinking in Half Dome at Yosemite’s Glacier Point gives a great illustration. In the middle of frame of the three-frame bracket sequence the young woman on the right turned her head to look at her boyfriend. I selected a frame where she was looking at Half Dome as the key frame and Expose 3 eliminated the movement. Really neat!”

– John Santoro

“The following image,  of Half Dome at sunset, shows HDR Expose 3 delivering truly natural HDR processing results.”

To read full article please click the link below:

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Image by John Santoro

To download the trial version or to order, click here or on the image below.
Be sure to enter discount code: “HDR360pro” to save 10% on HDR Expose 3.1

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Jul 232014
 
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There are many of us who sigh at hearing the dreaded acronym, HDR. Oftentimes we associate it with oversaturated, cartoon-like compositions put together from half a dozen worth of frames. But that’s not the only way to approach HDR. As with everything, it’s a variable, not definitive.

In the above video, Washington DC-based photographer Tim Cooper shows off how to effectively capture an HDR image. And he does so in such a manner that it replicates what the human eye sees, without over-processing as we all too often see.

To read the full article please click the link below.

PetaPixel

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May 252014
 
Click the image below to view the Immersive HDR panorama:

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May 252014
 

In this webinar photographer Richard Sisk demonstrates how to create stunning HDR Panoramas using the new Pano Prep Batch Processing feature in HDR Expose 3.1 and 3rd party stitching applications.

May 122014
 

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Belmont, CA (PRWEB) May 12, 2014

Unified Color Technologies, the experts in high dynamic range imaging (HDR), today announced HDR Expose 3.1, a significant update to its standalone HDR image processing software. HDR Expose 3.1’s newest features, including faster merge and alignment tools, improved de-ghosting algorithms, a new panorama batch processing assist mode and a redesigned merge dialog, are designed to optimize any photographers’ HDR workflow and efficiently produce, high-quality, true color HDR images.

“I have been photographing panoramas commercially for over 20 years,” said Richard Sisk, founder of Richard Sisk Productions. “Whether shooting film or digital, creating accurate reproductions of high contrast scenes has always been a challenge. The new Pano Prep Batch Processing feature of HDR Expose 3.1 not only provides a big productivity boost, but also helps me achieve the best quality results using my RAW image files and Unified Color’s 32-bit Beyond RGB HDR workflow. With HDR Expose, I am able to create universal tone mapped 16-bit TIFF files for each panel of the scene, that I can then stitch together for seamless results, using my favorite panorama software.”

“We have consistently worked to change photographers’ views of HDR image processing and introduce new tools for unlocking creativity,” said John Omvik, vice president of marketing for Unified Color Technologies. “The strike against HDR photography has been that the process of creating the most high quality images was time-consuming and stressed the resources of even the most powerful computer systems. We developed HDR Expose 3.1 to make HDR processing faster, smoother and simpler, and to stretch the boundaries of what’s been thought possible in the past.”

HDR Expose 3.1’s full features include:

New Panorama Batch Processing assist mode – HDR merge individual panels of a panoramic scene and tone map them as a group to provide even, consistent output that can be stitched into a wide panorama (or 360° panorama using 3rd party applications)
Faster Merge & Alignment – Seamlessly merge images up to 35% faster* than in previous versions
Improved de-ghosting algorithms – New manual controls offer more flexibility minimizing noise and removing ghost artifacts from moving subjects
Redesigned Merge dialog – Makes grouping images for the merge process and selecting key frames easier than ever before
DNG source filter option – Now filters DNG files separately from other RAW file formats
Bug fixes and other optimizations

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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 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 112014
 

Google+ Photos caters to pixel peepers and HDR fans | Internet & Media – CNET News

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Two new options expand what’s possible with online photo editing on Google+.

You can check focus with 100 percent zoom and give photos an HDR look.

Feb 082014
 

Google has slowly but steadily evolving Google+‘s photography-centric features, the latest of which includes two much-anticipated additions: HDR Scape, which brings single-click tone mapping to images via Google+ on the Web, and Zoom, which is exactly what it sounds like.

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Feb 022014
 

Try Photomatix Pro 5 Free!

Here’s how:

Visit the Photomatix Download site:

Download HDR photography software Photomatix

Download the Photomatix Pro trial version for Windows or Mac.

If you decide to purchase, enter the coupon code:

“HDR360pro”

to receive the special 15% discount for readers of HDR360pro.com.

The coupon code may be applied to any of the Photomatix variations.

Please check out Farbspiel Photography for more great videos and information from Klaus Herrmann:

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Nov 292013
 

 New Panorama Prep Batch feature is on the way!

Creating an HDR panorama can be difficult… The big problem is that nearly all HDR software calculates HDR tone mapping by measuring the white point and black point within a set of bracketed set of images. When creating an HDR panorama you will have several bracketed sets and since each set may vary in this regard, the resulting panorama stitch will produce inconsistent results. Now for those of us who create panos, Unified Color is planning to release an update to HDR Expose 3 that will solve this problem. The software will look at an entire folder of bracketed images, find the panoramas and calculate an overall white and black point for each pano as the basis for tone mapping.  Once rendered you stitch the images in Photoshop CC, Autopano Pro, PTGui, etc. Stay tuned for more information about this.

I have had the pleasure of trying this exciting new feature!

It’s Coming Soon as a free upgrade!

Here is a sample:

© 2013 Richard Sisk

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Coupon Code: HDR360pro
HDR Photography | Photo Editing Software & Programs by Unified Color

Nov 272013
 

I have the VR Drive, however this is a new version with greatly enhanced features and functionality. Learn more at:

Seitz VR Drive 

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