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How To Snap Spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks This Summer

After a year indoors, this year’s Fourth of July fireworks are sure to be one of the highlights of summer. As most photographers know, the bright flash from fireworks against the dark night sky can make it tricky for both novice and experienced photographers to get a crystal-clear image of the spectacle.

Nik Collection 4 Review: There Are Diamonds in the Rough

DxO's new Nik Collection 4 comes with several new features and upgrades but still retains the familiar workflow and film simulations fans are looking for. The subtle changes make for an easy transition for long-time users and are bound to attract new interested photographers, too.

The Best Free Photo Editing Apps in 2022

We are all likely familiar with Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop as far as editing applications go and a lot of people love these apps for their versatility and powerful suite of features. But they do come with a price, and paying a fee isn't always what every photographer is looking for.

How the Calibration Tool in Adobe Lightroom Actually Works

One of the most misunderstood tools in Adobe Lightroom is the Calibration tool. This is kind of a shame, because it's also one of the most powerful tools available to us as photographers, both from a correction perspective and a creative perspective.

Why Topaz Labs DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI Blew My Mind

For the past few years, I've been content with keeping my entire photo editing worldview pegged to the Adobe ecosystem. Anything that Lightroom couldn't handle, or that required more refined content-aware heavy-lifting, was offloaded to Photoshop. And that's the way things went for a very long time.

How to Correctly Use Creative Profiles in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

A few weeks ago, I was speaking with a good friend -- who is also a heck of a photographer -- about the pros and cons of using creative profiles and presets as part of your photo editing workflow. His stance was unambiguous and straightforward: as far as he’s concerned, profiles and presets are murderers of creativity.

Wacom One Review: An Entry-Level Pen Display Perfect for Photo Editing

With the release of the Wacom One in 2020, Wacom lowered the barrier to entry into the world of pen displays and inadvertently created an ideal product for photographers. Where other pen displays in the Wacom lineup are either too big or too expensive, the Wacom One makes a great case for trading in your Intuos Pro for a more intimate photo editing experience.

Adobe Updates Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic

Adobe has announced an update to both Lightroom Classic (to version 10.2) and Lightroom (to version 4.2 on desktop) with a few new changes and performance enhancements. Both updates are available to download from Creative Cloud immediately.

Is This Editing Technique Better Than the DeHaze Slider?

If you've ever dealt with atmospheric haze in your images, you know that it can ruin an otherwise great image. Years ago, Adobe developed the Dehaze slider to deal with it, but photographer Andrea Livieri argues it's not the best solution in this 11-minute video.

How to Optimize Lightroom Classic for the Best Performance

One of the consequences of reviewing computers for PetaPixel and running benchmark after benchmark is that you learn a thing or two about working in Lightroom. From weird quirks to the optimal performance settings for import, export, and editing, there are a few key changes you can make to coax a little more speed out of Adobe's Raw editor.

Benchmarking Performance: Lightroom on M1 vs Rosetta 2 vs Intel

Today Adobe publicly announced native support for Apple Silicon, which means you won't have to emulate with Rosetta 2 to edit photos if you have a new M1-equipped Mac. But is there a noticeable improvement over emulation, or even over Intel-based machines? After testing, we have some answers.