Review: Alien Skin Exposure 7

Agfa APX 25

Agfa APX 25. Perhaps one of my favorite black and white films.

Film emulsion rendering software is not a new concept, but each offering has their own strengths and weaknesses. Alien Skin has been in this industry for years, and recently updated their flagship software, Exposure, to the 7th edition. Exposure 7 can be used as a standalone software or in conjunction with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Alien Skin, like VSCO, focuses more on an artistic way of doing things and also focuses on just delivering the best images that it can in a simplified way–which is on the other side of the spectrum of DxO. DxO uses loads and loads of science and lab tests.

For the enthusiast, Exposure 7 may be a great option to get the best from your images quickly.

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The Basics of Photography: N for Noise

Cats' ears are very sensitive to noise(s) of all kinds.

Cats’ ears are very sensitive to noise(s) of all kinds.

In this episode of our series on the Basics of Photography, we’re going to talk about a topic that isn’t very popular, but that almost every photographer has to deal with from time to time: noise. Or, more specifically, image noise of the kind that appears in digital photographs under certain circumstances. In this article, we’re going to look at the different kinds of digital image noise, the specific circumstances under which it appears, and how to get rid of it without compromising the overall quality of the final image.

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DxO FilmPack 4 Now Mixes Perfectly With Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

julius motal the phoblographer dxo filmpack 4

With the release of DxO FilmPack v4.0.2, Adobe Lightroom 5 users can now fully incorporate the visual effects software into their workflow. FilmPack 4 helps photographers give their images new looks with myriad film and visual renderings. The new program can be installed as an update for DxO Optics Pro v8.2, Apple Aperture 3, Photoshop Elements 10 & 11, Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5 & CS6, Lightroom 4, and now Lightroom 5 fully. If you purchased FilmPack 3 on or after March 1, 2013, you can get a free upgrade to FilmPack 4. If you purchased it before March 1, you’ll get a discount. Happy rendering!

Via The Digital Picture