ON1 Photo Raw 2019.5

ON1 Photo Raw 2019.5

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 – The Lightroom Alternative is Bigger & Better Than Ever

 ON1, announces that ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5, a free update to ON1 Photo RAW 2019, is coming in mid-May. ON1 continues rolling out valuable features in ON1 Photo RAW at breakneck speed making it one of the bestalternative to the Adobe® Photography Plan subscription. ON1 Photo RAW is currently the only solution to utilize AI-powered algorithms to transfer and display Lightroom edited photos in Photo RAW. The transferred photos and settings remain non-destructive and re-editable inside ON1 Photo RAW, so photographers do not lose years of work from Lightroom. For photographers not interested in making a switch, ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 is also a world-class plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop making it a compelling tool for any photography workflow. The latest version, ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5, will include powerful new features to increase productivity, additional organizing benefits, a ton of feature and performance enhancements, and new camera support.  

New Features in Version 2019.5

  • Dual Mode  Easily undock the Browse Module from the Edit Module, use a second display, or make sales or client presentations on a projector or TV. The dual mode will allow photographers to customize how they want to work when browsing and editing photos.  
  • Edit History — A full edit history will be added when working on photos. Each editing step will be viewable, along with the ability to roll-back and compare adjustments. Photographers can also revert to the beginning of the editing session.
  • Settings Applied Info — Photographers will be able to quickly view which modules, tools, and filters are applied to a photo. This non-linear approach will also allow photographers to double-click on a setting and jump straight to it for further adjustments.
  • Selective Sync — Enhanced granularity in which settings to apply when syncing your settings (or pasting and saving a preset) will be added. For example, photographers will be able to drill down and only apply a white balance adjustment. The ability to sync cropping, retouching and brush strokes between photos will also be included.
  • Hierarchical Keywords — The master keyword list will now support nesting keywords inside of other keywords. Nested keywords will allow photographers to organize keywords as they see fit. Importing a list of nested keywords from other apps like Adobe Lightroom® will also be supported.
  • Apple® Photos® Extension Enhancements — Integration with Apple Photos now supports the full raw data, improving adjustments to tone and color. It also supports re-editable non-destructive editing and more native ON1 Photo RAW features like layers, crop, and text.
  • First Launch Experience — If it is your first time using ON1 Photo RAW, there will be new walkthroughs to help you learn the basics. This will give photographers a running start and directs them where to learn more.
  • Tool Tips — Tool tip animations will be added to improve the usability and shorten the learning curve for each tool.

ON1 has been working diligently on improving performance in many specific areas that include zooming, panning, brushing, and exporting to make the entire editing process more fluid and fun. VP Product, Dan Harlacher states “The latest update gives us a significant boost in quality, performance, and an abundance of new features and enhancements. The ON1 community drove a lot of this via their contributions to the Photo RAW Project.”

Additional Enhancements in Version 2019.5

  • Layers Enhancements — Create a new canvas of any size or change the size of the existing canvas.
  • Text Tool Enhancements — Add a background color to a text box and control its opacity. Easily control the character and line spacing. New options also will allow photographers to duplicate and change the order of text boxes and automatically insert text from a photo’s metadata.
  • Performance Improvements — Zooming, panning, and brushing are now much faster. A new preview quality option can help increase performance on lower-end and integrated video cards as well. Export is now up to 10x faster when resizing or exporting a photo or photos already edited.
  • Local Adjustments — The Local Adjustments tools will be faster to brush and adjust.
  • Windows High-DPI — Support for high-dpi displays on Windows will be dramatically improved. The scaling of the fonts and controls will work much better, especially on 4k displays and laptops.
  • Keywording — Keywords will be easier to search, add, delete, and modify. Also, keywords are now case sensitive.
  • Soft Proofing in Resize — The soft-proofing feature will also be available in ON1 Resize (Genuine Fractals®).
  • Drag and Drop from Film Strip — Drag and drop photos from the film strip to add them as new layers.
  • Increased Thumbnail Size Range — The range of thumbnail size will be increased, so photographers can go all the way up to two giant thumbnails or down to tiny thumbnails to survey an entire folder.
  • Default Photo Location — Now control the default photo location in Browse. This is where ON1 Photo RAW will look to find photos instead of the Pictures folder.
  • Preview the Resize Algorithm — When using the Genuine Fractals algorithm, photographers will be able to preview the resulting quality at 100% zoom to more accurately adjust the options and sharpening.
  • Persistent Crop Preset State — The crop tool settings will be persistent and remembered across photos.
  • Search by Adjustments Added — Search for photos based on specific adjustments applied such as cropped, retouched, etc.
  • Update to Lightroom Migration  The Lightroom Migration tool will now migrate the pick and reject flags.
  • Added for Support New Cameras and Lenses
  • Many other under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements.

Price and Availability

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 will be available in mid-May and is a free update for owners of ON1 Photo RAW 2019. Previous owners will also receive discounted upgrade pricing from ON1 versions prior to 2019. For more information and pricing, visit www.on1.com. A 30-day free trial of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is also available for download from the ON1 website.

A single purchase of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 includes both macOS and Windows installers, the standalone version, the plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop, and can be used on up to five computers. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, world-class customer support based in Portland, Oregon USA, hundreds of free video tutorials, and free ON1 Loyalty Rewards every month.

What’s Ahead for ON1

ON1 continues to work on expanding their existing application into a complete photography workflow ecosystem. Several internal projects will be introduced to the market within the year. These include solutions for photographers using mobile devices in their workflow, localization of the application and website into multiple languages, incorporating more AI-powered features to streamline browsing and editing as well as improved printing and publishing. Additional features and functionality for customers who are shooting video as part of their photography process are also coming.  

“The next year will be the biggest in our company history. A lot of these internal projects we’ve been working on will finally get introduced to the market. There is a lot to be excited about for our customers and our industry, and it all starts with Photo RAW 2019.5,” says Craig Keudell, ON1 President & CEO.

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Sony lance le RXO II

Sony lance le RXO II

Sony lance le RX0 II, l’appareil photo ultra-compact premium le plus petit et le plus léger au monde

“La puissance du RX 100 dans un boîtier ultra compact et robuste ! Parfait pour les prises de vues dans des conditions extrêmes »

 Guillaume Ruchon (@guiruch), Créateur de contenus vidéo et photo & Ambassadeur Sony

 Les spécifications.

  • Capteur d’image de type 1.0 empilé de 15,3 mégapixels offrant une superbe qualité d’image dans un[i] boîtier ultra-compact résistant et étanche[ii]
  • Objectif grand angle fixe ZEISS® Tessar T* 24 mm[iii] F4 intégré
  • Réalisation de vidéos avec enregistrement interne en 4K[iv] et nouvelles solutions de stabilisation d’image
  • Fonctionnalités avancées pour la photographie, dont obturateur anti-distorsion allant jusqu’à 1/32 000 s et rafale jusqu’à 16 images/s[v]
  • Scènes de prise de vue diversifiées grâce à l’écran à cristaux liquides étanche inclinable à 180 degrés et au zoom numérique Clear Image
  • Idéal pour les selfies : reproduction des couleurs améliorée, nouveau mode « Effet peau lisse”et mise au point automatique sur l’œil avancée
  • Entrée microphone et grip de prise de vue (VCT-SGR1) offrant une solution fonctionnelle idéale pour les vlogs
  • Solution multi-appareils pour des créations vidéo originales depuis différents points de vue

Sony présente aujourd’hui un nouveau modèle exceptionnel qui vient s’ajouter à sa célèbre gamme d’appareils photo compacts[vi]: le RX0 II (modèle DSC-RX0M2), l’appareil photo compact premium le plus petit et le plus léger au monde. S’appuyant sur la résistance à l’eau/la poussièreii, aux chocs[vii] et à l’écrasement,[viii] ainsi qu’au format ultra-compact du RX0 original, ce nouveau modèle intègre des fonctionnalités supplémentaires telles que l’enregistrement 4K interne, un écran LCD inclinable à 180 degrés vers le haut et à 90 degrés vers le bas qui fonctionne même sous l’eau[ix], ii et de nouvelles solutions de stabilisation d’image pour l’enregistrement vidéo. 

Le RX0 II intègre en son cœur un capteur d’image empilé CMOS Exmor RS™ de type 1.0 de 15,3 mégapixelsi et un moteur de traitement de l’image BIONZ X™ avancé qui permet une reproduction des couleurs améliorée[x] avec notamment de superbes tonalités de peau. Ce concentré de puissance a été optimisé pour offrir des performances ultra-rapides et une qualité d’image saisissante pour la photographie comme pour la réalisation de films, avec une plage étendue de sensibilité allant de 80[xi] à 12 800 ISO. L’objectif grand angle fixe F4.0 ZEISS® Tessar T* 24 mmiii possède une distance de mise au point minimale réduite à 20 cm, ce qui en fait l’objectif idéal pour les selfies ou les photos de petits objets. 

 

Un appareil photo pour toutes les circonstances

Le RX0 II permet une utilisation en toute tranquillité et peut être emmené partout. Avec ses petites dimensions de 59 mm x 40,5 mm x 35 mm[xii] et son poids plume de 132 g,[xiii] le RX0 II se glisse facilement dans une poche et est prêt à affronter tous les éléments. L’appareil est étancheii jusqu’à 10 mètres de profondeur, et résiste à la poussièreii, aux chocsvii jusqu’à 2 mètres et à l’écrasementviii jusqu’à 200 kgf.

 

« Lors de la conception du RX0 d’origine, l’objectif était de réaliser un appareil photo dont le format et les capacités techniques favorisent de nouvelles formes d’expression créative », indique Yann Salmon Legagneur, Directeur marketing de la division Imagerie Numérique chez Sony Europe. « Nous nous sommes appuyés sur ce modèle pour créer le nouveau RX0 II, auquel nous avons ajouté des fonctionnalités qui, selon nous, en font le partenaire idéal pour voyager dans toute sorte d’environnement, offrant d’excellentes performances photo et vidéo en toutes circonstances pour les vlogs ou les photos. »

 

Bien plus que des vidéos

Le RX0 II permet des enregistrements vidéo internes 4K 30piv avec lecture totale et sans perte de pixels, capturant environ 1,7 fois plus de données que ne l’exige la vidéo 4K. Ce suréchantillonnage permet de réduire le moiré et les tremblements, pour des vidéos 4K fluides haute qualité avec une profondeur et un niveau de détail remarquables. À l’aide des applications mobiles récemment introduites Sony « Imaging Edge™ », il est possible de transférer cette vidéo vers un smartphone[xiv], puis de la modifier et de la partager en toute simplicité sur les réseaux sociaux.

 Le RX0 II est équipé d’une stabilisation électronique intégrée[xv] qui garantit des vidéos stables, même sans trépied. Pour aller encore plus loin, il est possible d’exporter la vidéo vers un smartphone ou une tablette à l’aide du module « Movie Edit »,[xvi] qui traite les informations supplémentaires enregistrées pendant le tournage pour produire une vidéo aussi fluide qu’avec un support pivotant.[xvii] « Intelligent Framing », nouvelle fonctionnalité accessible via le module « Mobile Edit » de Sony, permet de conserver le sujet au centre de l’image et de corriger la distorsion de l’image lors du montage final. Le format d’image peut alors être défini en fonction du support sur lequel la vidéo sera partagée.

D’autres fonctionnalités vidéo sont présentes dans le RX0 II, comme le super ralenti, avec un enregistrement jusqu’à 1 000 images/s[xviii], une sortie HDMI 4K non compressée et un enregistrement vidéo proxy simultané. Les utilisateurs peuvent exploiter les fonctions Profils d’image, S-Log2 et Time Code / Bits utilisateur pour garantir un résultat final qui retranscrit fidèlement leur vision créative.

Photographie de précision

Outre ses capacités vidéo, le RX0 II fait preuve d’une grande polyvalence, puisqu’il intègre aussi de nombreuses fonctionnalités photo. Il intègre notamment un obturateur anti-distorsion allant jusqu’à 1/32 000 s et offre une rafale jusqu’à 16 images/sv pour saisir ces moments d’émotion fugaces que l’on peut lire furtivement sur le visage du sujet. Mise à jour depuis le RX0 d’origine, la reproduction des couleurs a été améliorée afin de reproduire les tons vifs et naturels de la peau, tandis que le mode « Effet peau lisse » peut, si besoin, être appliqué pour masquer les petites rides et imperfections. L’appareil photo est par ailleurs doté de fonctions de notation et de protection et permet d’afficher en groupe photos en rafale.

 La mise au point automatique sur l’œil Eye AF de Sony, très appréciée des portraitistes du monde entier, a également été mise à jour sur le RX0 II. La vitesse, la précision et le fonctionnement de la mise au point automatique sur l’oeil ont été améliorés afin de réaliser de superbes portraits encore plus facilement : il suffit d’enfoncer le déclencheur à mi-course pour verrouiller la mise au point sur l’œil du sujet. L’utilisateur peut sélectionner l’œil ciblé (gauche / droit / auto) dans le menu ou l’attribuer à un bouton personnalisé afin de se concentrer sur la composition.

L’appareil photo permet en outre de réaliser des prises de vue par intervalle, qui peuvent ensuite être modifiées à l’aide du « Viewer » de l’application de bureau « Imaging Edge » de Sony pour les transformer en de magnifiques vidéos Time-lapse[xix].

Options multi-appareils

L’application « Imaging Edge Mobile » de Sony permet de contrôler jusqu’à cinq appareils photo RX0 II sans fil,[xx][xxi] et les utilisateurs pourront contrôler entre 6 et 50 appareils via un routeur (prévu pour l’été 2019). Le RX0 II est également compatible avec le boîtier de commande pour appareil photo CCB-WD1,[xxii] qui permet de connecter et contrôler jusqu’à 100 appareils dans une configuration multi-appareils filaire. Ces solutions multi-appareils offrent de toutes nouvelles possibilités de photographie et expressions vidéo créatives depuis n’importe quel point de vue.

Prix et disponibilité

Le kit RX0 II avec la fixation et la poignée de prise de vue VCT-SGR1 sera disponible en Europe en mai 2019, au prix de 800 € environ.

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AirMagic the new AI based Drone Photography software

AirMagic the new AI based Drone Photography software

Skylum announced AirMagic, the world’s first fully automated AI-powered enhancer for Mac & PC, created for drone and aerial photography.

 

While drones let us shoot incredible images from previously unreachable places, the photos themselves often lack quality, making for a lot of manual post-processing work to fix issues like haze, low or extreme contrast, lack of sharpness, undersaturation and chromatic aberration. This tedious editing process requires time, special knowledge and expensive software. With AirMagic, these problems are a thing of the past. AirMagic was created to automatically resolve issues inherent to aerial photography. It lets photographers process their images without major involvement — all you need to do is drop all your aerial photos into the app, and AirMagic takes care of the rest to make each photo look its best. 

AirMagic works by first detecting the drone camera used to produce an image, and analyzing its lens and color profile. From there, it makes automatic lens corrections and other camera-specific optimizations. AirMagic uses smart algorithms and Artificial Intelligence to evaluate each photograph, applying modifications such as color reveal, haze removal, sky enhancement and other finely-tuned adjustments to make each photo look just as it was intended. 

AirMagic supports batch processing, enabling photographers to improve multiple photos at a time. Depending on the size of photos and the power of your computer, it can process up to 4 GB of photos simultaneously. Based upon the same clear interface and simplicity of use that earned another Skylum product, Photolemur, the 2018 Red Dot Award, photographers now have access to a quick, one-click interface available in AirMagic. It allows photographers to put a unique spin on images with five different creative Styles to choose from. The software supports all popular image formats, including RAW files, and can also be used as a plugin for both Photoshop and Lightroom. 

Besides consumer use by enthusiasts, another important mission for aerial photography is in the field of public safety and even agriculture, enabling emergency personnel using drones to “see” further into disaster areas or companies to better visualize their crops or equipment. By improving the quality of any aerial image, AirMagic can provide additional fidelity and resolution for critical images. 

“We see our mission in creating easy-to-use yet powerful solutions for those who take photos. As experts in photo editing and AI technologies, we’ve created a unique, automated photo editing tool for aerial and drone photography. While drones are used by hobbyist and professional photographers alike, they’re also in growing usage in various fields ranging from safety and real estate to industrial and agricultural. I believe AirMagic will completely change the landscape for how aerial images are processed,” said  Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum.

 

 Pricing 

Mixed-computer households can share the same product key for Mac and PC which can be activated on 2 devices.

  • Standard pricing: $39/€39 for all new users
  • Limited offer: March 7-20 $39/€39 & bonuses ($145.99 value)

Bonuses:

  • Drone photography eBook by Skylum;
  • ‘Shoot Professional Photos With Any Drone’ video course;
  • AirMagic Premium Style;
  • Lume Cube lightning Kit for Drone ($40 discount);
  • Following its release, AirMagic will also be available for purchase at retailers such as B&H Photo and Amazon.com.

To learn more, visit www.skylum.com/airmagic.

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Siena Photography Awards 2018

Siena Photography Awards 2018

Siena International Photo Awards 2018 Winners Announced 
An image by Bangladeshi photographer K M Asad wins the title of “Photo of the Year

Selected from more than 48,000 of entries, an image of a young refugee -­‐ a traumatized Rohingya girl -­‐ is the overall winner of the 2018 Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) contest. The photo, titled “Battle Victim”, was shot by documentary photographer K M Asad 

K M Asad / Siena International Photo Awards “Photographer of the Year 2018” The Bangladeshi photographer beat entrants from 156 countries to scoop the title of SIPAContest Photographer of the Year 2018. K M Asad captured this moment of a Rohingya refugee girl in the Thankhali refugee camp in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar. She looks on at newly arrived refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar. The photo was shot on September 6, 2017: “Asmat Ara looks clearly traumatized after the recent violence which took place in Myanmar. The previous night she had entered with her family at Tenkhali Rohingya refugee camp from Kumar Khali, Myanmar Rohingya state,” K M Azad said in a recent interview.  According to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, more than 520.000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmarsince August 25th, 2017, most of them trying to cross the border to reach Bangladesh. Tariq Zaidi, a freelance photographer based out of London, UK, represented by Zuma Press (USA) and Getty Images (UK), won the prestigious title of “Best Author 2018,” thanks to his powerful stories from Congo, North Corea, Brazil and Sudan.

in Travel & Adventures, Zac Lowry’s striking image shows a man running through a checkpoint carrying his injured son in West Mosul, Iraq. British documentary photographer David Chancellor came in first in Storyboard with an impressive series, documenting how, in Africa, trophy hunting is a big draw for rich tourists who are able to pay big money to kill animals for sport. His work examines mankind’s commodification of wildlife. Francisco Negroni, Chile, placed first in the Nature category for flashes of lightning that lacerate the sky while the glow from molten lava lights up the billowing smoke. The Wildlife category was won by Amos Nachoum, Israel, for a shocking image which shows a leopard seal getting into a lagoon just before he catches a penguin by its feet, dragging it into the open water. Klaus Lenzen, Germany, placed first in the General Color category with a picture taken in summer 2017 during a triathlon competition in the Duesseldorf Media Harbour; Sina Falker, Germany, placed first in “Splash of Colors,” the Special category for 2018, with a photo taken early in the morning before sunrise, where boats meet at the colorful Lok Baintan Floating Market in Indonesia; and Marcel van Balken, the Netherlands, placed first in the Monochrome category for a photo which highlights the modern architecture of Arnhem Central Station in the Netherlands. The People & Portrait category was won by David Nam Lip Lee, Malaysia, with a stunning image of a child of the Suri tribe in Ethiopia standing among traditional metal handcraftsFyodor Savintsev, Russia, won Architecture with a picture of some Russian dachas near the city of Arkhangelsk, just after an intense snowfall. The Spanish photographer Ajuriaguerra Saiz Pedro Luis came in first in the Sport category for an amazing image catching a pole vaulter’s reflection as he made his final jump.

The Under 20 prize went to Chinese photographer, Yinzhi Pan, for his beautifully detailed shot of a young fisherman captured at Inle Lake, Shan Plateau, Myanmar.

 

The winning photographers in categories are:

  • General Color winner: Klaus Lenzen, Germany
  • Monochrome winner: Marcel van Balken, The Netherlands
  • Travel winner: Zach Lowry, USA
  • People & Portrait winner: David Nam Lip Lee, Malaysia  
  • Nature winner: Francisco Negroni, Chile
  • Wildlife winner: Amos Nachoum, Israel
  • Architecture winner: Fyodor Savintsev, Russia
  • Sport winner: Ajuriaguerra Saiz Pedro Luis, Spain
  • “Splash of Colors” winner (special theme 2018) : Sina Falker, Germany 2nd -­‐ Anurag 
  • Storytelling winner: David Chancellor, United Kingdom
  • Under 20 winner: Yinzhi Pan, China
  • Olympus Pangea Prize: Emily Garthwaite, United Kingdom The Olympus Pangea Prize aims to recognize the photographer who entered the Siena International Photo Awards with the best image taken using a mirrorless camera.

 

Kid With Hand Crafts. David Nam Lip Lee

Colors of Joy. Noor Ahmed Gelal

Migration.  Khalid Alsabt

The Ramnami Lady. Debdatta Chakraborty

Mt. Bromo.  Riksa Dewantara

Horizontal bar on the tricycle. Weiguo Hu

Holy Rain with Golden Blessing. David Nam Lip Lee

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DxO PhotoLab 2: comprehensive and uncompromising

After incorporating and enhancing U Point local adjustment technology, DxO PhotoLab 2, which follows on from DxO OpticsPro, has improved its exclusive DxO ClearView tool, added a new image management system (DxO PhotoLibrary), and now supports DCP color profiles.

 

DxO, one of the world’s most innovative consumer imaging companies, has announced the release of DxO PhotoLab 2, a major update of its RAW processing software for Mac and PC, recently awarded the 2018 TIPA Award for Best Imaging Software. DxO PhotoLab 2 introduces ClearView Plus, the latest version of the software’s incredibly effective haze removal and local contrast improvement tool, as well as DxO PhotoLibrary, a brand-new image and data management feature that lets users search, select, sort, and display images. DxO PhotoLab 2 also supports DCP color profiles, which maintains consistent color renderings across the industry’s main programs. 

U Point technology: The most powerful local adjustment tools on the market

DxO PhotoLab offers a complete RAW and JPEG processing solution based on optical corrections from mathematically established laboratory models, as well as such exclusive features as PRIME noise reduction technology and DxO Smart Lighting intelligent exposure optimization.To provide photographers with all the tools they need to make local corrections, DxO purchased and integrated Nik Software’s U Point technology into DxO PhotoLab. This exclusive technology, which millions of photographers enjoy, allows users to make complex selections in just a few clicks and apply local adjustments with Control Points, a unique system of equalizers and multiple correction tools. DxO PhotoLab is the only software to fully integrate U Point technology within a non-destructive RAW workflow. With this latest version, DxO PhotoLab 2 has become an even more comprehensive image editing solution. 

DxO ClearView Plus: Create show-stopping images

DxO PhotoLab’s exclusive DxO ClearView feature is a revolutionary tool that removes haze and enhances local contrast. The improved DxO ClearView Plus feature in DxO PhotoLab 2 lets users make even more dramatic adjustments without creating a halo around transitions between light and dark. The results are spectacular. In just one click, users can remove haze without creating an unnatural effect around objects, edges, details, or transitions. When combined with PRIME, an exclusive denoising tool, users can optimize the image’s dynamic range while still controlling noise. For an even greater degree of flexibility, DxO ClearView Plus can be applied to the entire image or just to specific areas using local adjustment tools. 

DxO PhotoLibrary: A comprehensive image production workflow

DxO PhotoLibrary offers new image search, selection, sorting, and display features. A dynamic text field tool makes searching simple. As the search term is being entered, DxO PhotoLab 2 suggests all relevant interpretations and any results that match the user’s personal database. Users can search for images using a number of criteria, including shooting parameters (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), file name and extension, the date the photo was taken, and the number of stars assigned to the photo. The search results are displayed in a brand-new movable and adjustable vignette grid. “With its automatic features and correction tools, DxO PhotoLab strives to help photographers express their artistic vision without compromising on image quality,” says Jean-Marc Alexia, VP Marketing and Product Strategy at DxO Labs. “With the addition of DxO PhotoLibrary, DxO PhotoLab 2 has now advanced to the next level, giving users complete control over the image product processfrom organizing photos to exporting them. By the end of the year, this new tool will incorporate additional search features, including keywords and many other criteria.” 

Support for DCP color profiles: New options for managing color in RAW images

DxO PhotoLab 2 now supports DCP color profiles; this means it can deliver color renderings that are compatible with and close to those of third-party photo editing programs like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW as well as camera color calibration solutions like X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo and DNG Profile Editor. 

Users do not need a subscription to use DxO PhotoLab 2. They can install the program on two computers with the DxO PhotoLab 2 ESSENTIAL Edition or on three computers with the DxO PhotoLab 2 ELITE Edition. Photographers who purchased a license for DxO OpticsPro or DxO PhotoLab 1 can get a discounted upgrade license for DxO PhotoLab by signing into their customer accounts at www.dxo.com. A fully-functional, one-month trial version of DxO PhotoLab 2 is available on the DxO website: http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/download.

Price & availability

The ESSENTIAL and ELITE editions of DxO PhotoLab 2 for PC and Mac can be downloaded now from the DxO website (shop.dxo.com) for an introductory price through November 18, 2018:

DxO PhotoLab 2 ESSENTIAL Edition :     99,99 €instead of 129 € DxO PhotoLab 2 ELITE Edition :           149,99 € instead of199 € 

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Skylum Software today released a free update to its award-winning Luminar photo editor and presented the AI Sky Enhancer filter. Developed in the company’s AI Lab, AI Sky Enhancer adds depth, definition, and detail to any sky almost instantly, with only a swipe of a slider. 

AI Sky Enhancer is a revolutionary new tool for automatically enhancing skies and making them beautiful without the need for masks and layers. This will save photographers an enormous amount of time in post-processing while allowing photographers of any skill level to achieve dramatic skies.  

Hundreds of thousands of photos incorporating varying degrees of tonal skies were used to train a deep neural network that powers the AI Sky Enhancer filter and allow Luminar to analyze each image and detect (and adjust) only the sky. The result is complete automated control of the sky. AI Sky Enhancer works with sunsets, blue skies, partly sunny skies, storm clouds, and virtually any other sky scene imaginable. 

“And while this update is great by itself, it’s just the beginning. Luminar now includes an innovative core neural processing engine that enables all Luminar users to harness the power of AI. This will give the Skylum team the possibility to introduce more smart and automated tools more frequently,” explains Dima Sytnik, CTO and co-founder of Skylum. “Expect more innovative AI-powered features in Luminar in the near future.”

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