News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.
Yesterday Adobe has released Lightroom 8.2.
Main new feature is "Enhance details" that Adobe says it allows improving sharpness up to 30% and reducing artifacts only on RAW images since the functionality is a new demosaicing method of the RAW file. This is not a default process since it is computationally heavy (for example around 15 seconds on a 24 megapixels image with a Windows 64 bit CPU i7-8750H with graphic card NVIDIA GTX 1050) and it's based on Adobe Artificial Intelligence, called Sensei. We tested this new feature and the increased detail is barely noticeable unless zooming more than 100% and the resulted enhanced image is a 3-4 size bigger DNG file - so not as good as it may seem.
Nikon tethering has also been improved and of course new lenses and cameras support has been expanded.
Yesterday, Sony in a conference in San Diego has announced a new APS-C mirrorless model: the A6400. This is a step-up from A6300 with some new features just announced also for full-frame models, while it lacks the sensor stabilization offered in the A6500.
The A6400 retains many features of the A6300: 24 megapixels, 425 focus points, video up to 120 fps in Full HD or 30p in 4K, burst shoot up to 11 fps (8 fps with live view). Let's see the major improvements about this model with respect to A6300:
Last Monday, Christmas Eve, like a Christmas present, the opensource software for RAW editing Darktable has been updated to version 2.6. It's like a gift since this software is free and the last update contains really a ton of new features and improvements, making it an extremely powerful tool for those that prefer a no cost solution for their image editing and cataloguing, another competitor to Lightroom though usability of Lightroom is superior - for a full overview of Lightroom alternatives you can read our article here.
Darktable is available for Windows, MacOS and also Linux (not common for other software especially paid ones). Link to official announcement is here.
Let's see in details improvements and new features of Darktable 2.6:
As anticipated, yesterday Luminar 3 from Skylum Software has been made available to the public (beta versions were been released to a restricted group of users): it is a RAW editing program that tries to compete with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
The update is free for existing Luminar users while for new users the price is $69 / 69 € (with some 10 $/€ discount codes offered by quite a number of sites).
One of the main addition of this version is the Libraries Module, basically an advanced browser to navigate and filter photos in their folder, a very important functionality that was missing so far,, it is not yet a fully featured media organizer (often called a DAM - Digital Asset Management tool) but other improvements have been addedto version 3, let's see them:
Today the open source RawTherapee 5.5 has been released. RawTherapee is a free, extremely advanced and features-packed software to develop RAW files and manipulate images.
All details available on the RawTherapee site at this link, hereafter we will list the most interesting:
Yesterday Phase One has released an update to its popular RAW editing and catalog software Capture One 12.
Here are the main additions and improvements:
- new user interface and menus with a modern design and even more user friendly;
- new luminosity mask for selecting areas that have similar level of luminosity (also called "luma"), especially useful in landscapes;
- two new gradient masks: linear gradient and radial gradient, both can be resized, moved... rotatable and even made asymmetric, a degree of flexibility that current competitor Adobe Lightroom CC 2018 does not provide.
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