Alien Skin Exposure 4 is now available.

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Alien Skin Software Announces Exposure X4, Advanced RAW Photo Editor 

Exposure X4 includes improved highlight/shadow recovery – fully adjustable light effects – perspective and keystone correction – monitored folders for tethered shooting – smart collections – speed boosts 

Alien Skin Software announced the release of Exposure X4, the latest version of their award-winning RAW photo editor and organizer. Exposure is a non-destructive photo editor that enables photographers to create beautiful images and complete their full workflow. It is a subscription-free solution that is the choice of today’s most accomplished creative photographers.  Exposure continues to grow, with Exposure X4 giving photographers more creative control over their edits, and enabling them to achieve the very best quality possible from their RAW files,” said Alien Skin CEO Finley Lee. “It’s the fastest, most intuitive way for photographers to create beautiful images.”

This release of Exposure X4 introduces significant new enhancements. Improved shadow and highlight recovery enable photographers to extract the maximum amount of detail from their RAW images, and faster photo processing times speed up their editing. Photographers now have complete control of the placement and rotation of Exposure’s high-quality light effects. This makes it possible to precisely place natural-looking effects like sun rays and light leaks in an image, enabling gorgeous new creative looks. The new transform tools enable photographers to easily correct tilted or skewed perspective, such as key stoning of buildings in architectural photography. The addition of monitored folders for tethered shooting is great news for studio photographers, who can now edit, cull, and share images from Exposure during a shoot. Smart collections make use of Exposure’s robust metadata handling to automatically populate collections based on camera metadata and criteria that photographers specify. Keywords, ratings, folder location, and shutter speed are among the metadata that Exposure can query to build a smart collection. This helps to automate the process of image organization, enabling photographers to focus on creative choices. Exposure’s already considerable speed gets a boost with several ways: file exports are now up to 60% faster, image rendering is up to 30% faster, and launch times have been reduced by a third.  

Exposure began in 2005 as a film simulation plug-in for Photoshop and was immediately embraced by digital photographers of all genres seeking to recapture the organic look of film. Over the years, Exposure became a legend among plug-ins and evolved into a standalone full-featured editing and organizing solution. Today, Exposure provides photographers with a complete selection of creative editing and retouching tools, including hundreds of customizable presets that encompass analog film and other styles. Outstanding RAW processing quality helps photographers achieve exceptional image quality in their edits. Exposure also includes advanced special effects that deliver striking looks like bokeh, vignette, and film grain. 

Exposure’s full-featured organizing tools – collections, keywords, virtual copies, and more – make it the ideal photo management solution. Its catalog-free approach provides photographers with a faster, more intuitive approach to their organizing work. Exposure also streamlines the photography workflow. Photographers browse directly to their photos, skipping the unnecessary step of importing into a catalog. This enables them to start culling, organizing, and editing their shoots without delay. An intuitive, highly customizable interface puts everything on screen, without the need to switch between browsing and editing modules. Refinements like multi-monitor support and a complete set of keyboard shortcuts enable efficient workflows. Photographers can also use Exposure as a creative editing plug-in with other editors such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. No subscription is required. Today’s best photographers use Exposure to create beautiful images. Among them is the master photographer and educator Sue Bryce. “Exposure is every look I’ve ever wanted, all in one software product. It truly replicates every type of film you could possibly imagine, and helps me bring a painterly, Old Masters-feel to my images,” she said.

Additional enhancements include the following:

  • New print presets for standard paper sizes, making it easy to print photos directly from Exposure
  • A Lightroom migration tool that brings Lightroom organizational metadata such as keywords and ratings into Exposure, helping those who want to use existing photo libraries with Exposure
  • Ability to inspect RGB values at any position in a photo, for accurate color correction and color grading
  • Expanded workflow options for image copying and exporting
  • Support for additional cameras and lenses, including popular models from Fujifilm, Canon, Sigma, Sony, Nikon, and Olympus

 Pricing and Availability

Exposure X4 is available now from www.alienskin.com for $149. Upgrade pricing is available to owners of previous versions of Exposure for $99.  

Exposure X4 is also available in the Exposure X4 Bundle. This integrated collection bundles Exposure with Alien Skin’s award-winning Blow-Up and Snap Art tools to add high-quality upsizing and natural media special effects. It is available for $199. Owners of one or more of the current apps in the Exposure X3 Bundle can purchase for $119. A 30-day fully-featured free trial of Exposure is available. Visit www.alienskin.com/exposure to learn more and download the trial. 

Exposure X4 may be used as a standalone program or as a set of plug-ins. When used as a set of plug-ins, it requires one of the following host applications:         

  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 or newer
  • Adobe Lightroom 6 or Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 or newer

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Developer Serif is running the flash offer until midday BST on Tuesday (18 Sept) to celebrate the launch of a big update to Apple’s reigning iPad App of the Year. It means Affinity Photo for iPad is currently available for a one-off £13.99 / $13.99 / 14,99€ from the App Store (subject to regional currency variations).

Serif Managing Director, Ashley Hewson, says: “Reviewers and customers told us Affinity Photo for iPad was a truly revolutionary product when we launched on-stage during Apple’s WWDC keynote last year.

“For the first time, it gave photographers, artists, editors, and retouchers a full professional mobile workflow with all the features you’d expect, on the go.”

Version 1.6.9 of the app introduces:

  • massively-expanded support for touch gesture control
  • refined UI and much-improved brush management
  • a new Export persona, allowing instant export of multiple slices and layers
  • many performance and other improvements.
  • Undo/Redo gesture with two/three finger tap.
  • Export persona – a new workspace for exporting regions of your image as slices.
  • Added drag modifiers to studio icons for color, text, navigator, and history.
  • Added support for brush nozzle base texture mode.
  • Added canvas rotation control via Navigator Studio.
  • Added swipe gesture to swap primary and secondary colors on the Colour Studio
  • Context menu now uses a long-press release gesture to invoke.
  • Added two-finger hold gesture to resize a layer from its center.
  • During shape creation, a two-finger hold gesture will transform the layer.
  • On the Layers Studio, with a layer selected, a two-finger tap on another layer will select all layers in between.
  • On the Layers Studio, pinch inwards (either vertically or horizontally) to group selected layers. To ungroup, do the opposite and pinch out.
  • With the Move Tool active, a two-finger hold gesture on a layer plus a one finger drag duplicates the selected layer.
  • Easy access to merge and rasterize commands via Layer Studio icons.
  • Improved brush stroke lag and small stroke response.
  • Brushes remember previously used stroke settings.
  • Move any custom brush to any category.
  • Added support for on-screen keyboard trackpad mode.
  • Added Tab key to on-screen keyboard context bar.
  • Updated Persona icons.
  • Numerous other improvements and fixes.

“As we’ve talked to our users, witness the inspirational work they create and understood more about their workflows, it’s inspired us to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on a mobile device.”Affinity Photo for iPad is available now without subscription from the App Store. Existing users can download the updated version free of charge at any time.

Hewson adds: “We broke new ground in being the first to bring a desktop-class professional photo editing tool to iPad and just this week we’ve reached a quarter of a million users.For more information go to https://affinity.serif.com/photo/ipad

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    Designed as an intelligent automated photo assistant that enhances images in the same way a professional photographer would, but much quicker than any standard editing software, Photolemur only requires its users to drag and drop an image. It takes care of the rest by automatically making pro-level enhancements and adjustments to the image within minutes. Photolemur uses 14 different technologies to think for itself, analyzing what aspects of a photo need to be tweaked to bring the image to its best. It saves its users from going through the long editing process or relying on unintelligent filters that aren’t exactly tailor-made for that particular image. The software is proving to be a gamechanger in the photography space, allowing everyone from basic social media users and amateur bloggers to the more seasoned pros to create the perfect photo. Photolemur is transforming the photography industry, benefitting both casual photographers and professionals, reducing an hour of complex photo editing to mere minutes. 

    At the heart of Photolemur is a smart engine with powerful technology that has analyzed millions of photos to find editing patterns. It enhances each photo accordingly based on those patterns. It utilizes similar technology used in manual editing software, from color recovery and noise reduction to auto color temperature and exposure compensation. Both pro photographers and casual shooters can trust its AI technology to recognize the differences in objects and make smart decisions when choosing the correct adjustments. The software also allows users to batch enhance up to 200 photos at a time, making it a real time saver for users who don’t have a lot of hours to invest in photo editing. With this new update, Photolemur now fixes skin imperfections, whitens teeth, smoothes skin and hair, and sharpens and widens eyes, making it an ideal tool for casual photographers and social media enthusiasts. By simplifying the editing process, seamlessly creating pro-level adjustments to any photo without any effort from its users, Photolemur is sweeping not only the photography community but also the mass market. Photolemur is ahead of the trends in the photography industry, using its intuitive AI technology to make photo editing more accessible and to bring photography back to where it matters most, the millions of camera shooters who use it to capture memories and record important moments in their lives. 

    Until September 13, 2018, Photolemur 3 is available at a special pre-order price for $49 for a family licence (5 activations) with a collection of bonuses. The product will be released on September 14, 2018. 

    Photolemur 3.0 Regular Pricing (starting on September 14):

    • Current users may upgrade at a price of $19
    • New users can purchase Photolemur 3.0 Family at a price of $59
    • New users can purchase Photolemur 3.0 Single at a price of $39

    Photolemur 3 includes several updates across the software, from technology to user interface.

    • Automatic face enhancement with skin retouch and teeth whitening. This feature detects and clears skin imperfections as well as whitens teeth for a more glowing portrait.
    • Smart eyes enlarge. This feature analyzes your subjects’ eyes and makes eye enlargements accordingly.
    • Adding styles to photos. Six new, crazily creative styles are now available to really get the look you want.
    • New menu for opacity settings
    • Quick access menu for face enhancement, lens correction, and eyes enlarge
    • Apply settings from one image to all images in a batch, maximum 200 images
    • SmugMug export for Mac
    • Photolemur is the world’s first fully automated AI-driven photo enhancement software, available on Windows & Mac.
    • Winner of the 2018 Red Dot Award for High Design Quality
    • It is a leader in AI technology in the photography industry. This smart and intuitive software creates the perfect, pro-level photo in seconds without any help from users.
    • Founded in 2014, and officially launched in 2017, Photolemur now has over 130,000 users across the world.
    • Photolemur can be used as stand-alone photography software for the more inexperienced users, or as an add-on within Photos and Lightroom on Mac for professional photographers. It is the biggest time-saving tool in photography history, allowing users to enhance up to 200 photos per batch.
    • Created by the entrepreneurs behind Skylum (formerly Macphun), one of the fastest growing photo software companies in the world, to cater to everyone from the casual photography market and social media users to seasoned pros.
    • Social media sharing at the click of a button, with Facebook, Twitter & Flickr already aboard. Instagram and SmugMug to follow.

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    HASSELBLAD ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF MASTERS AWARDS 2018

     

    Hasselblad Masters is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most prestigious professional photography competitions. The winners are chosen through a combination of a public vote and a professional Masters Jury comprised of internationally renowned photographers and imaging experts. Every Hasselblad Masters award winner will obtain the title of ‘Hasselblad Master’. In addition, they will receive a brand new Hasselblad medium format camera and be invited to shoot for a collaborative project with Hasselblad. This project will be printed and released in the bi­annual Hasselblad Masters book. 

    Winners will receive their awards, medium format cameras, and trophies at a special Photokina 2018 ceremony in Cologne, Germany this September. Bronius Rudnickas,  Hasselblad  Marketing Manager says“Over  30 000 images were submitted to this year’s competition and that was a record. We are glad to see the competition is growing every year.” 

    Masters Jury member and professional photographer   Tom   Oldham said, “It really struck me how progressive many of the entries were this year and how far the entrants were willing to push the brief. These were the photographers who caught my eye ­ the ballsy, out­there risk­ takers who make compelling pictures that refuse to be ignored. I’m proud to have helped to get this great kit into their hands – their  images deserve it.”

     

    The Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018 winners are:

    Aerial ­ Jorge de la Torriente – Miami, USA
    Architecture ­ Kamilla Hanapova ­ St. Petersburg, Russia
    Art ­ Maria Svarbova ­ Bratislava, Slovakia
    Beauty & Fashion ­ Michal Baran ­ Trim, Ireland
    Landscape ­ Benjamin Everett ­ Lopez Island, USA
    Portrait ­ Tina Signesdottir Hult ­ Torvastad, Norway
    Product ­ Marcin Gizycki ­ Warszawa, Poland
    Project ­ Nabil Rosman ­ Kota Bharu, Malaysia
    Street / Urban – Ben Thomas ­ Kyneton, Australia
    Wedding – Victor Hamke ­ Leipzig, Germany
    Wildlife ­ Karim Iliya ­ Haiku, USA

    The Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018 jury are: Tom Oldham – Photographer,  Ali Rajabi – Past  Master Martin Hausler – Photographer Katerina Belkina – Past Master Swee Oh – Past Master, Lars van de Goor – Past Master Tim Flach – Photographer Kevin Then – Photographer Bara Prasilova – Past Master Damien Demolder – Journalist Blair Bunting – Photographer, Hans van Ommeren – Past Master Mads Nissen – Photographer,  Kevin Raber – Journalist

    Learn More at www.hasselblad.com

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    World-famous landscape photographers Iurie Belegurschi, Daniel Kordan, Max Rive, and Dr. Kah-Wai Lin join Skylum’s ambassador team

    Skylum has teamed up with four all-star landscape photographers from around the globe to help hone its software vision and make Luminar and Aurora HDR the best post-production solutions for landscape photography. 

    Iurie Belegurschi, Daniel Kordan, Max Rive, and Dr. Kah-Wai Lin join Jerry Ghionis, Matthew Jordan Smith, Joel Grimes, and Dixie Dixon to bring Skylum’s ambassador team to a total of eight photographers. The four new Skylum ambassadors live and travel around the globe, capturing the most beautiful and unique photographs of nature our world has to offer. 

    Ambassadors Belegurschi, Kordan, Rive, and Lin are working alongside Skylum to make products better fit the needs of landscape and travel photographers around the globe and judge an awesome collection of photography contests, including those currently taking place, for which the grand prize is a free trip with Iceland Photo Tours. There will also be various speaking engagements put on by the ambassadors, as well as future photowalks and meet ups with the photography community to help spread the word about how Luminar and Aurora HDR are changing the world of post-production in landscape photography.

    Iurie Belegurschi

    Although born in Moldova, Iurie Belegurschi has spent the last twelve years calling the Nordic countryside of Iceland his home. Inspired by the incredible light and landscapes, Belegurschi has spent over a decade capturing the beautiful scenes and seascapes, resulting in photos that have won international accolades, and adorned the pages of leading publications and exhibitions. In 2012, Iurie founded Iceland Photo Tours, which serves as a way for Iurie to share his expertise of Iceland and its terrain with passionate photographers from around the world.  

    “I’m beyond excited to join Skylum’s talented team of ambassadors to help shape the programs that ensure I spend less time in front of a computer and more time behind a camera on a photo adventure.” — Iurie Belegurschi

    Daniel Kordan

    Even if the name Daniel Kordan fails to ring a bell, don’t be surprised if you recognize a photograph or two of his. Known for incredible landscapes, Kordan’s work has been published in National Geographic, Discovery, and Photography Week — not to mention Skylum’s own product page a time or two. His growing list of clients including Apple and Red Bull, and as of late Kordan also teaches courses to photographers from all over the world on how to find their unique style and inspiration in nature. 

    “It’s great to be a part of Skylum alongside an incredible lineup of photographers from around the world. I’m excited to bring my vision and expertise to the table to help Skylum develop its software to better suit the needs of landscape photographers.” — Daniel Kordan

    Max Rive

    It wasn’t until 2008, when Max Rive first picked up a camera to document a mountain trip, that he became ingrained in the world of photography. In the decade since, Rive has won International Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2017 and travelled the world capturing beautiful landscape shots in Chile, Argentina, Greenland, Sweden, Scotland, Norway, New Zealand, and beyond. 

    “Luminar is great in that it enables me to process my photos exactly how I envision them in my head through the cleverly curated toolset and growing collection of filters. It’s great to be a part of the Skylum team and I’m excited to help push the programs further and connect with the Skylum community.” — Max Rive

    Kah-Wai Lin

    As if an M.D. degree from Lviv National Medical University in Ukraine and a Ph.D. degree in medical science from Karolinska Institute in Sweden wasn’t enough, Kah-Wai Lin can also add an award-winning portfolio of incredible landscapes photographs to the resume. Dr. Lin has explored and photographed some of the most diverse and remote places on Earth, visiting over 30 countries and winning more than 200 awards, along the way. His accolades include 1st place at the International Photography Award 2015 and being named one of the top 10 exhibitors in the world by Photographic Society of America in both 2015 and 2016.

    “I’m very much looking forward to join the Skylum team of ambassadors. It’ll serves as a great opportunity to connect with Skylum users spanning the globe. Luminar has quickly become my go-to photo editing software by taking the stress out of post-processing, making it faster and easier than any other program I’ve used.” — Kah-Wai Lin

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