Fun Review: Pixlr-O-Matic for Android Phones

Sometimes we don’t want to bring a point and shoot, mirrorless camera, film camera, or DSLR with us. And at those times, we’ve often been good enough with the results from our phones. Indeed, when we tested the Apple iPhone 4’s camera, it performed very well. While the iPhone users have their fun with Instagram and Hipstamatic, the closest thing that us Android users (whether using HTC Smartphones or others) have had for a while was Retro Camera (which has undergone many changes since our review.) Enter Pixlr-O-Matic for Android: hands down the single app that is killing my battery due to my absolute addiction.

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Three Free Preset Packages To Emulate Film in Lightroom 3

Do you love the look of film but don’t want to have to shoot and scan? Luckily, Adobe Lightroom 3 has presets that allow you to emulate that look very closely. After searching around the web for a while and shooting with the likes of Portra, Fuji Professional, and looking at Kodachrome prints, I’ve found a couple of free presets that can get the job for you on the cheap. Here are a couple of my favorites and what they look like.

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Apple Aperture 3: Importing & Managing Images

As you import your images from your camera, it is important to organize them. This makes it easier in the future when you want to edit, store, and eventually archive photos. This is especially important when you have clients. You never want to be in a situation where you’ve lost or can’t find a client’s images. This article and tutorial video will show you how to import files, and help you decide where your files will “live” on your computer or storage media.

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PiRAWnha: RAW image editor for iPad

RAW files are all the rage among photographers: the Holy Grail of better image quality is seducing us into thinking all images should be shot RAW, just in case. After all, that Pulitzer-prize winning image is just a trip down ACR away. The reality is somewhat different. RAW files suck space and processor power like there’s no tomorrow, and are probably best left to professional photographers (who might actually need the data which is in a RAW file but not in a JPEG) and people with plenty of time for post-processing and have the computer power to match. Which brings us to PiRAWnha, an iPad App for processing RAW files. From the outset let me say this is a useful, possibly job-saving application – but is also a complete waste of time for most photographers.

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App Review: Perfectly Clear HD for the iPad

Open an image in Perfectly Clear HD and it's displayed like this: on the left the original file, on the right the processed image.

Apple’s iPadis a great way to display photographs, whether to family and friends or to show to clients, and it’s easy to get images onto the device, either with the Camera Connection Kit (from Apple) or via a connection to your computer and even wirelessly using software such as Shuttersnitch. However, unless you’ve spent time correcting your images on your computer and then transferred them, you’re basically stuck with the images as they were in camera, which isn’t good enough: nearly every digital photograph will benefit from some correction and enhancement. Athentech Imaging has produced Perfectly Clear HD, its image enhancement software, to do just that on the iPad (as well as being a plug-in for PhotoShop, but we’ll deal with that in a later article).

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Review: Nero Multimedia Suite 10


Nero’s latest offering, Multimedia Suite 10, is an excellent toolkit for the video inclined. You can burn, rip, convert, back up, organize and edit digital media. The suite is divided into three programs: Nero Vision Xtra, Nero Burning ROM, and Nero BackItUp & Burn. In this post, I’ll provide a brief tutorial for creating a basic video with Nero Vision Xtra.

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