Tuesday, November 18, 2008
High-tech tools to help you get the best images
Software. This past year has seen the introduction of a number of software programs that are useful for photographers. I’ve always liked Nik Software’s approach to software, which makes it photographer-friendly and effective (www.niksoftware.com). Dfine noise-reduction software is absolutely great for dealing with noise. In addition, I’m impressed with Silver Efex Pro for black-and-white photography—it offers the possibility of the most flexibility and control in working with black-and-white images that I’ve seen. Viveza, a nifty plug-in for Photoshop and similar programs, allows you to easily limit adjustments to only what needs adjusting without using layer masks.
A cool way of dealing with sharpness is to use a tilt-shift lens to limit the sharpness in a scene in a unique and high-impact way, but not all of us have such lenses. onOne Software developed an effective way of controlling sharp and out-of-focus areas in a photo with FocalPoint (www.ononesoftware.com). This is a fun program to play with—you can shift the sharp and soft parts of a photo all over for some great, high-impact results (but you must have a sharp photo to begin with).
Rob Sheppard’s latest book is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for Digital Photographers Only. Visit his blog at www.photodigitary.com.
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