A bit late with this post. It is summer, after all, here in Canada.
A couple of new announcements in July caught my attention because I use both products but also because they are clear examples of the changing face of photo editing.
Skylum announced the upcoming release of Luminar 4, scheduled for sometime in the fall. Originally released in 2017, the company and the product have gone through some interesting evolutions.
Topaz Labs released the next version of its Studio software, completely redesigning the interface, and redefining its associated pricing model.
Both products are standalone photo editors. Both products also provide plugin options for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. But that’s not what makes them interesting. Continue reading “The Changing Face of Photo Editing”
April and May are the traditional kickoff months for photography festivals in this area. Many photographers, themes and collections are on display. So many, in fact, that viewing all of their work is impossible, and isolating favourities can be challenging.
In a recent excursion, I participated in a discussion of photography as art. The premise was that in order to be noticed, you can’t just be a photographer – you need to be an artist. You need to give your photographs a distinctive look, a distinctive emotional connection to the viewer. This means going beyond just documenting a subject – it means creating a work of art. And this isn’t new – all successful photographers have realized and operated on this basis since the days of pinhole cameras.
This leaves me wondering. If photography must be art to be successful, is there a point where a photograph is no longer a photograph? And where is that line? The answer isn’t obvious. Here’s why…
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For as long as I can remember, Adobe Photoshop has been the king of image editing software. It is used by professionals in the photographic and graphic industries to work wonders with any form of image, even allowing you to create an image without using any camera at all.
But the consumer revolution left Adobe a bit behind, with savvy semi-pro and enthusiast photographers looking for image editing options that were reasonably priced and didn’t require a college degree. To Adobe’s credit, they saw that demand and Adobe Lightroom was born. But recent moves to subscription services and releases of updates users didn’t want have set them back a bit. Room for others to step in? Now we have a new player in this arena – MacPhun’s Luminar.
Continue reading “Tools That Make My Photography Easier – Luminar”