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The Photographer’s Ephemeris Launches Version 3.0 for iOS: More Usable and Functional

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The Photographer’s Ephemeris is one of the popular sun and moon calculators out there for planning outdoor shoots with natural light. The service has just announced Version 3.0 of its popular iOS app, which is being featured by Apple in the App Store’s Photo & Video category.
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Darkroom: A New iOS Photo Editor with DIY Filters, Curves, and Infinite History

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Darkroom is a new photo editor for iPhones that just launched today. The app offers a number of powerful features for editing photos on iOS, including do-it-yourself photo filters, a curves tool, and an infinite history with all your edits.
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Google Acquires Odysee, A Photo Backup and Sharing App for Smartphones

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Google has acquired Odysee, an app by a small startup called Nimbuz Inc. that had been working on a smartphone software for backing up and sharing photos and videos. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
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Affinity Photo is a New Pro Photoshop Alternative for Mac Users: Get It for Free

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Affinity Photo is a new program that was launched today by the England-based software company Serif. It’s designed to be a powerful alternative to Adobe Photoshop for professional photographers and retouchers who work on a Mac.

Serif touts the product as “the fastest, smoothest, most precise, professional image editing software for Mac.”
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10 Tips for Optimizing Your Photos with Lightroom: A Primer on Basic Techniques

If you’re just starting out in Adobe Lightroom and would like some guidance on how you can use the software to improve your photographs, here’s a free lesson that may be of interest to you. Photography instructor Tim Grey shares his top 10 tips for optimizing photographs in Lightroom.

The talk runs for nearly 2 hours, so you’ll need to carve a chunk out of your day to watch it, but it could be helpful for anyone in need of a primer on some basic tools.
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Fujifilm Bringing Film Simulation to Its Official RAW Conversion Software

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Fujifilm is bringing its popular mirrorless camera film simulation modes to its desktop RAW conversation software. Rather than shoot photos in certain modes and have those looks baked into the JPEG files, photographers will be able to choose their film look during post-processing.
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Here’s a Look Into the ‘Photos for Mac’ App That Will Replace iPhoto and Aperture

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Apple announced last year that it was pulling the plug on its two main photo editing and management programs: iPhoto, which is aimed at consumers, and Aperture, which is geared toward pros. Both products would be replaced with a single app called “Photos for Mac.”

Here’s a look at what we can expect when the app arrives later this year.
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Microsoft Unveils Image Composite Editor v2.0: Auto Completion and Video to Panorama

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Microsoft Research has announced version 2.0 of its Image Composite Editor (ICE) software, a free program that offers advanced panoramic photo stitching technology. If you’re on a Windows machine and need a way to combine multiple photos into single shots, ICE is a download you may want to look into.
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Studio Binder Lets Photographers Send and Track Call Times with Ease

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Studio Binder is a new service that’s designed to help photographers and filmmakers send and track call times with their cast and crew. The service is designed to take the pain out of making sure everyone shows up at the right time and in the right place for a shoot.
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Microsoft OneDrive Gets Photo-Centric Updates That Improve the Image Experience

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There’s a royal rumble going on in the world of cloud storage, and photo storage is one of the battlegrounds upon which the war is being waged. Dropbox launched a photo storage and sharing service in late 2014, and Amazon recently added unlimited photo storage to its Prime membership.

Now Microsoft is getting more serious with photography as well: this past week the company announced updates to its OneDrive service that greatly improve the photo experience.
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