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GWG Photography White Paper on Printing

The int'l Ghent PDF Workgroup has announced the availability of the GWG Photography White Paper. This paper is designed to provide a comprehensive set of guidelines for digital photography print productions for publishers and photographers.

Considering the wide variety in image and file formats, correct implementation of color management and standards is essential to ensure that quality is maintained from the original capture to the final print. The GWG recommends using the guidelines for digital photography projects for print..

It's a good read ... download it and other papers here.

Alien Skin Announces Exposure 2

Exposure 2 has been updated to include even more capabilities to give digital photographs the look and feel of film. With Exposure 2 you have one-click access to the broadest range of film stocks and special effects settings available in any software package.

The variety of films you can simulate with Exposure 2 is truly impressive. With this excellent tool you can match the look of popular film stocks like Portra®, Velvia®, Kodachrome®, Polaroid®, TRI-X®, Agfa® Scala®, GAF® 500, and Kodak® EES.

The capability to emulate the distinctive look of film grain is awesome and has been improved over the capabilities in Exposure 1, Version 2 gives you the most realistic grain on the market, providing you with control over sharpness, colour variation, and intensity throughout the images entire tonal range. Exposure 2’s grain size automatically adjusts to your image size, providing you with consistent and accurate results across all of your cameras.

There are over 300 effects presets in Exposure 2, including push and cross processing, a vastly improved infrared simulator, and sophisticated colour to black and white conversion.

Exposure 2 simplifies your workflow by providing control over colour, dynamic range, softness, and grain control into one easy-to-use plug-in. Use it to correct a colorcast, soften a digital portrait, or tweak contrast with the powerful slider and curve controls. You can also create your own presets that help you define your own signature look allowing you to recall and apply it at will.

For more information and to download a demo, visit Exposure 2

ACDSee 10 Photo Manager Announced

ACD Systems International Inc. announced the release of ACDSee 10 Photo Manager. This latest update to their popular photo organization and sharing software includes features which include real-time viewing, management and editing of multiple image files, even in large albums and photo collections. These features combine to make ACDSee 10 the most powerful and affordably priced tool available for seamless integration with photo sharing sites such as Flickr and SmugMug, as well as cameras and other devices.
ACDSee 10 Photo Manager is available for a free 30-day trial and for purchase for $49.99 (USD) at http://www.acdsee.com/. Users can bundle this program with ACDSee Photo Editor for the combined price of $79.99 (USD). Photo Editor is the companion software that helps users of any skill level, enhance photos and create their own digital layouts to print and share.

DxO Optics Pro v5 Software

DxO Labs have announced the upcoming availability of DxO Optics Pro v5, their automatic image quality enhancement software for Digital SLR camera users. DxO Optics Pro v5 sets a new standard for image quality with its new RAW conversion engine. This new version features a breakthrough in demosaicing technology via a completely new demosaicing algorithm which promises to produce images with much more detail and fewer artifacts. “DxO Labs’ approach to demosaicing promises to turn a number of classical solutions on their head: instead of only considering pixels with respect to their direct neighbors, DxO’s new RAW Engine uses a ‘non local’ approach looking much further than is usual from each pixel in the image in order to reconstruct detail. This approach, according to DxO, significantly reduces demosaicing artifacts and performs noise removal directly on the RAW data for best lowlight performance.

Noise reduction is performed upfront, before noise has a chance to be amplified by the RAW conversion process. Combined with other proprietary techniques, the new RAW Engine promises to produce both the most detailed and most natural looking images yet. According to DxO Labs, the new RAW conversion engine has been fine-tuned and optimized with the rest of the software’s automated image enhancement features (optical corrections, colour rendering, exposure optimization, highlight recovery, etc.) to produce best-in class results.

DxO Optics Pro v5 now incorporates a new tool to remove dust and blemishes from any digital image. Once dust and blemishes have been marked by the user, DxO Optics Pro v5 can automatically process any number of images with this particular dust/blemish template.

DxO Optics Pro v5 features a revamped User Interface which promises to improve workflow and ease of use. The tools are organized into four main sections that match the photographer’s approach: Light, Colour, Geometry, Details.

Users of DxO Optics Pro v5 can also customize their workspace to their particular way of working or choose to keep the tool organization of the previous version. DxO Optics Pro’s powerful project and preset functions have also been overhauled for increased ease of use and functionality.

Increased speed and camera support, benefiting from an entire rewrite using Microsoft’s .NET and Apple’s ObjC-Cocoa technologies, DxO Optics Pro v5 will be up to four times faster than version 4.0. DxO Optics Pro v5 for Windows should be available at the end of October 2007, with the Macintosh version available approximately one month later.

DxO Optics Pro v5 will be available in Standard and Elite versions at pricing unchanged from version 4.5: DxO Optics Pro v5 Standard: $169 DxO Optics Pro v5 Elite: $299

Visit DxO Labs online at http://www.dxo.com/

ACDSee Release New Pro Photo Software Solution

ACD Systems International Inc., have announced their ACD See Pro2 for professional photographers. ACDSee Pro 2, features their next-generation workflow management and RAW processing functionality as tested by thousands of professional photographers. This new version of their “one-stop” software for viewing, processing, editing, cataloguing, publishing and archiving digital images is a feature rich offering which enhances their already excellent powerful Pro solution. This update was developed with input from the more than 2,500 photographers, who participated in their beta-testing program.

ACDSee Pro 2’s features enhanced processing power and performance which allows speedy viewing and handling of large RAW files. File manipulation is facilitated through features which nclude: the cutting and pasting of RAW photo settings, one-step rotating and cropping, and recovery of up to two stops of lost highlight detail with their Highlights Recovery slider. RAW files can be simultaneously exported to up to 14 different formats and multiple resolutions also included is the capability to rename, resize and embed colour profiles.

Cataloguing images using ACDSee Pro 2’s is even easier with improved metadata handling which includes automated metadata-based file sorting, advanced browsing capabilities such as “Group By,” “Filter By” and “Events View,” and read/write capabilities for both XMP sidecar files and digital negatives (DNG). Enhanced editing is supported via tools such as opacity and blending, channel mixer, and their patent-pending shadow and highlight controls.

For more information visit the ACDSee Pro2 product page...

Bibble Pro 4.9.8 Released

Bibble have released version 4.9.8 of their Professional Workflow and RAW Conversion software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Bibble is designed to quickly and easily let you maximize the results from most major cameras and RAW formats. Version 4.9.8 now includes support for the EOS 1D MkIII, sRAW and the Fuji S5 Pro, As well as a now healing and clone tool. Visit Bibble Labs for more info.

Nikon Cancels The Release Of Their Recently Announced View Pro Software

Nikon decided to cancel the release of their high-speed image management and browsing software, Nikon View Pro.
Despite our preparations to release the software on schedule, the environment
surrounding image handling is undergoing major changes. We decided to suspend
the release based on our judgment that the new software’s performance would not
be optimal for the new environment. We are currently developing a new generation
of image management and browsing software for download from our website, and
plan to begin offering this before the end of 2007.

I look forward to seeing what Nikon Come up with...

Raw Workflow from Capture to Archives

Review by Mario Georgiou, February 2007
Authors: Philip Andrews, Yvonne Butler and Joe Farace
Publisher: Focal Press/Elsevier
304 pages
ISBN: 0-240-80752-9
US$39.95 - £24.99 GBP

Raw Workflow - Front Cover
Raw Workflow deals with one of the most important issues affecting Digital Photographers today. Most digital cameras today are capable of recording images in Jpg, however being a lossy format it is far from desirable for use by imageers and professional photographers. Some cameras even support recording to TIF, however the format of choice is actually the cameras native format - RAW. RAW data of course varies from camera to camera and as a result there are many flavours to choose from. Nikons NEF, Canons CRW and so on... there has even been an attempt to standardize the data by Adobe, DNG.

As a result of this, the photographer is spoilt for choice, especially when it comes to selecting a preferred format. RAW is ideal because it is somewhat equivalent to the film negative. There is however one distinction, and that is, that you can effectively reprocess the original data over and over again.

This book from Focal press attempts to clarify the issues photographers have to deal with on a day to day basis. As with many of the books from this imprint, it is well laid out, and easy to follow and has a nice combination of technical content, easy to follow illustrations and excellent writing.

It starts with the basics and builds from there. The first three chapters deal with describing what RAW is, as well as covering the technical issues of shooting in RAW and handling the resulting files.

Subsequent chapters take an extremely brief look at the different flavours of RAW converters and tools. The book then focuses on native converters and then moves on to Photoshop Elements, Adobe Camera Raw and its use with Photoshop and Bridge. Adobes Lightroom and Apples Exposure are then featured with an in-depth look at their relative merits.

RAW Workflow is completed by then covering the concepts of asset management, file storage and archiving. The Glossary at the end of this book is excellent and ads to an already excellent volume. Overall, I enjoyed the read. It is one of the best books on this subject and has something for readers of all experience levels.

Cons: No coverage of Linux based solutions. Some of the third party applications are touched upon too briefly.
Pros: Nicely laid out. Easy to read. Excellent coverage of the issues.

Raw Workflow is an excellent publication which is well laid out, richly illustrated and easy to read. It has something for users of all levels and is a solid book for the user who wants an introduction to the issues surrounding RAW based image handling and processing. Highly Recommended.