News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.
Adobe has posted a prerelease version of its Lens Profile Creator utility to be used with Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 to correct lens chromatic aberration, vignetting and geometric distorsion. The custom built profiles can be used in Photoshop Lens Correction filter, in RAW editing in Adobe Camera Raw (but only from ACR v 6.1 on) or in Lightroom 3. Results for chromatic aberration correction working in RAW are extremely better than working with JPG, since the correction works before demosaicing (conversion of raw data from camera sensor) and image conversion takes place.
Datacolor has released Spyder3 Elite 4.0, its monitor color management solution.
From the press, the main new features in the upgrade are the following:
New Workflow Features make it easier to find and use advanced controls.
Software Brightness Control allows owners of iMac and other displays with limited controls to work with displays in a more desirable, dimmer environment, and match them to other displays.
Automated Brightness Adjustment on Apple Cinema Displays, iMacs, MacBooks and PowerBooks screens are now automatically adjusted by the Spyder software.
Iterative Gray Balance Option for improved accurate gray balance algorithm.
Display Graphing allows users to compare the range of multiple displays to one another, as well as to standard color spaces like sRGB and AdobeRGB.
Monitor Quality Analyzer provides the tools to determine the quality of a display. Using easy-to-read maps of a screen’s uniformity, it compares monitor displays to allow users to determine which areas of the screen are most accurate.
For existing Spyder3 Pro users, the upgrade cost is $99.00 USD, while for users who purchased Sypder3 Elite in 2010, the upgrade is free.
Neat Image version 6 has been released for Mac. The popular noise reduction application and Photoshop plugin supports 64 bits Photoshop CS5, improve noise reduction algorithm and user interface.
All details available here.
Adobe has released Lightroom 2.7, Camera Raw 5.7 and DNG Converter 5.7.
The Lightroom update adds support for nine cameras (Canon EOS 550D, Olympus E-PL1 and others), increases the cache size limit to 200GB (more previews stored) and fixes a slideshow bug (sometimes a crash occurred).
The Camera Raw plugin for Photoshop v5.7 incorportates a demosaicing algorithm compatible with settings applied in the Lightroom 3 beta.
Canon USA has expanded its Professional Services (CPS program) to Videographers, Cinematographers And Filmmakers, since DSLR cameras are becoming more and more also video tools.
The CPS program will keep the same three levels of membership (Silver, Gold and Platinum) to qualifying professional video customers (you need to have specific equipments in a range to be able to qualify). New members are able to sign-up and join the expanded CPS program since April 9th, 2010.
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