Darktable has just released its 3.4.0 version. As always, it’s completely free and available for Windows, iOS, and Linux. The open-source alternative to Lightroom has been more and more popular among photographers, and the new version brings a bunch of improvements. Some of them are improved tethering and live histogram, as well as color calibration. So let’s dive in and see what you get when you install Darktable 3.4.0.
AI is the #1 buzzword in the digital photography world.
Skylum, which has ridden the AI photo editing craze better than any company, is about to release Luminar AI. ON1 now offers ON1 Portrait AI. DxO announced DxO DeepPRIME, which it describes as “an artificial intelligence technology dedicated to editing photos in RAW format.”
Adobe just made AI a major centerpiece in the latest version of Photoshop, declaring that Photoshop is “the world’s most advanced AI application for creatives.”
Reactions within the online photography community seem split. It feels like there’s a loud minority proclaiming AI to be pure evil. But there’s another side thinking about the convenience factor of one-click fixes.
So let’s talk about it.
ACD Systems, makers of the popular (and long-running) ACDSee imaging software have announced that they’re making the move to video with their new Luxea video editing software. Their goal, they say, is to simplify the video editing process to save time and allow users to focus on the content, and not the editing.
Luxea supports resolutions up to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) and frame rates up to 60 frames per second. you can also mix videos with still images and add audio tracks, text, transitions, effects, animations, filters and even do some chroma-keying if you ever fancied playing around with green screen.
Last week, landscape photographer Nigel Danson published an interesting challenge. He invited photographers to edit three of his images, which he shared as raw files. The response was overwhelming with over 1,000 people submitting their edits! As you may assume, they range from subtle to extreme, and it’s a fantastic example how each of us has a different vision even when working on exactly the same task.
The coronavirus has put around 1/3 of the world’s population in isolation, and many individuals and companies are trying to make it easier for everyone. So, after Adobe CC apps and whole Affinity suite, there’s now something for Mac users as well. Apple has extended the trial period of Final Cut Pro X, so you can now get three months of its video editing software for free.
With Luminar 4, Skylum’s image editing software has become more focused on AI-based features. The latest free update, Luminar 4.2 is now out. It could be a real treat for everyone dealing with composites and digital art – or those of you who would like to try it out. Of course, there are a few other improvements and features for the rest of you, so let’s dive in and see what’s new.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Lightroom, Capture One could be the solution. No matter if you’re fully switching or just experimenting with new software, it takes some time to figure it out and get used to it. But here’s something to help you speed up the learning process. Michael Comeau shares a great in-depth video for all of you who want to edit photos in Capture One 20. He shows you five portraits and his editing process for each, but I’m sure you’ll find the video useful no matter what genre you usually shoot.
Darktable is an open-source alternative to Lightroom, and it seems to be growing in popularity, especially since it became available for Windows. The new version is now available for Windows, iOS, and Linux, and just like the previous ones, it’s completely free.
Since Loupedeck hit the scene a couple of years ago, they’ve become very popular tools for photographers and more recently for video editors, too. The original Loupedeck was only compatible with Lightroom. The Loupedeck+ expanded that compatibility to Capture One, Aurora HDR, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition.
Now, Loupedeck has announced the new Loupedeck Creative Tool (CT), a much smaller unit with a wide array of software compatibility and a powerful adaptable user interface and touchscreen display that’s customisable and switches to your needs.
DxO has announced DxO PhotoLab 3, the latest version of its photo editing software. There are a few significant improvements, but it seems that the latest DxO PhotoLab is all about colour. The HSL colour adjustment feature has been completely redesigned and the software offers colourimetry control better than ever before. But of course, there are a few other novelties, so let’s check them out.