If you’ve been using Shutterstock Editor to create visual art and projects – say goodbye to the tool and your files. Shutterstock discontinued its Editor this Halloween (how’s that for scary?), but it has announced a brand new editing app with the same purpose. Still, if you had any saved projects you’ve been modifying for different purposes, you’ll have to create them all over again in Shutterstock’s new app.
While it’s faced some challenge from companies like Serif with Affinity Photo, Adobe’s Photoshop is still the undisputed leader in its class when it comes to photo editing. But now imaging veterans ACD Systems have released their new Photoshop competitor, Gemstone as a free public beta that you can all have a play with.
It’s a new standalone application, just like Photoshop and Affinity Photo, with a lot of similar features. It brings over a lot of features from ACDSee’s own Photo Studio and Photo Editor products, too, and also offers full raw development for over 500 camera models with some neat looking non-destructive editing techniques.
With a background in literature and journalism, today Eugene Reznik is the Digital Features Photo Editor at Bloomberg. Before grabbing that gig, he was the Director of Photography of the digital publication Hopes&Fears, an editor at American Photo Magazine, and a writer for Time Magazine’s LightBox photography section.
In his current role at Bloomberg, we wanted to find out more about his needs for photography – including what he’s looking for and how he finds new talent.
What we learned is that for Eugene, diversity of photographer voices couldn’t be more important. “A large part of [my work] means tapping into a diversity of voices to tell our stories visually, voices that have been historically underrepresented in journalism, and frankly, continue to be today.”
VSCO (Visual Supply Co) opened an office in New York in December 2015, along with the free studio. Only one year after opening, they decided to shut it down. They say the reason is an attempt to centralize the staff at the company’s office in Oakland, where they have the main headquarters.
This decision didn’t go without consequences, at least for the employees – VSCO laid off the complete staff from the New York office.
I am currently in the market for a Lightroom replacement. It’s a story involving a dead laptop and Adobe’s business practices, which are simultaneously too mundane and too incendiary to address, so I shall not indulge you with the details. But a Lightroom replacement is a tall order. First, and most obviously because Lightroom’s reputation precedes it. Second, because I have an extensive history with Lightroom. Still, the plunge must be taken.
One of the students at the Photocritic Photography School mentioned Affinity Photo a little while back, and now seemed as good a moment as any to take it for a spin using its 14 day free trial. Affinity Photo has had a few mentions here on DIYP, but no in depth review since it came out of beta for Mac in July last year, so it also seemed reasonable to share my findings with you, lovely readers. (Please be aware, I’m coming at this from the perspective of a Lightroom user. I don’t tend to use Photoshop all that much.)
I’ve been wanting a tattoo for a long time. But not just any tattoo. I’ve been wanting the perfect tattoo. A killer design from an amazing artist that showcases my love for my family and my passion for photography. As is the case when trying to come up with the perfect anything, however, it takes time. Or maybe I’m just stalling? In either case, it was while scouring Google Images recently for ideas and inspiration that I stumbled across the blog of Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor and consultant Stella Kramer.