Posts Tagged ‘Software’

Diving Into the Tech Behind the Lytro Illum and Its Impressive 30-250mm f/2.0 Lens

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Lytro came into the photography world not only to create a novelty product, but to fundamentally change how we approach image capture. Because despite light field photography being around for over a century, it’s only with the latest technology that the company is able to exploit what it is a camera is truly capable of doing.

We recently spoke with Lytro about its upcoming Illum camera a bit, diving into the technology behind the specs and revealing how Lytro’s approach is allowing the company to not only step, but leap into the future. Read more…

Google Unveils New and Improved Analog Efex Pro II, a Step Forward Into the Past

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Today, Google has officially announced Analog Efex Pro II, the latest update to its Nik Collection line-up. Striving to “pay homage to the classical, vintage, and alternative processing techniques that photographers used so many years ago,” this update includes a plethora of new features and fixes, further refining the program and taking it to the next level. Read more…

Today Only: Get Zoner Photo Studio, a $90 Lightroom Alternative, for Free!

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It’s tough for photo editing and management suites to woo users away from the comfort and familiarity of Lightroom, but as it turns out, that can be a great thing for you! Case in point: check out today’s deal/giveaway of Lightroom Alternative Zoner Photo Studio 15 PRO. Read more…

Deal Alert: onOne Software is Giving Away Perfect Effects 8 for Free

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It’s not often a company hands out an entire piece of $100 software for free, but today is one of those exceptions, thanks to onOne Software. As of writing this article onOne is offering a completely free download of Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition and there’s no sign of when this offer will end.

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GoPro Announces a New Software Update Alongside a Barrage of Accessories

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Announced yesterday, just in time to cause a whole lot of confusion over the announcement’s validity today, GoPro has debuted a plethora of new accessories for the Hero3 and 3+ cameras, as well as new software to help the action cams perform better. Read more…

Microsoft’s 20-Gigapixel Seattle Panorama is Packed Full of Fun Artistic Surprises

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There’s no rule against having a little fun while proving a technological point, even if you’re Microsoft.

So when the software giant’s research arm wanted to flex some image-editing muscle by creating a 20-gigapixel panorama of Seattle, they decided to bring local artists into the picture (literally) and encourage them to do creative stuff while the camera was clicking away. Read more…

Researchers Develop Method for Getting High-Quality Photos from Crappy Lenses

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There are many reason high-quality lenses cost as much as they do (and in some cases that is quite a lot), and one of them is that high-end lenses use many specially-designed elements that are perfectly-positioned to counteract aberrations and distortions.

But what if you could correct for all of that in post? Automatically? With just the click of a button? You could theoretically use a crappy lens and generate high-end results. Well, that’s what researchers at the University of British Columbia are working on, and so far their results are very promising. Read more…

DxO FilmPack 3 Film Emulation Software is Free Until October 31st

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Want to quickly make your digital photos look like analog ones without shelling out big bucks for paid software by VSCO and DxO? You’re in luck: for a limited time, DxO is giving away free licenses for the previous version of its creative image processing program FilmPack 3. By comparison, VSCO charges $119 for its film emulation packs, and DxO charges $79 for FilmPack 4.

All you need to do is visit the promo page and enter an email address the activation code should be sent to. The software download weighs in at about 280MB. This promo ends on October 31st, 2013, so act soon if you’d like this free program.

DxO FilmPack 3 Free License [DxO via Reddit]

This Crazy Software Extracts 3D Objects from Photos with a Few Clicks

If you were wanting to have your mind blown today, the video above might do it. It’s a demonstration of a piece of 3D object extraction and manipulation software that made its debut at SIGGRAPH 2013, and it may just offer a glimpse into the future of photo manipulation. Read more…

Software Lets You Tweak The Lighting of Your Scene After the Fact Until It’s Perfect

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Researchers at Cornell University recently developed a new piece of software in conjunction with Adobe that could some day help amateurs and professionals alike exert more control over how exactly certain static scenes are lit. Read more…