Show the World Your True Colors and Create Images With Impact Using Spyder4ELITE and Perfect Effects 4!
Jun 2013 18

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with onOne Software. Datacolor is teaming up with onOne Software to offer an ELITE product bundle to help bring your images to the next level. Enjoy a FREE download of onOne Software’s Perfect Effects 4 Premium Edition with the purchase of Spyder4ELITE, a $99.95 VALUE!

“We are pleased to offer Spyder4ELITE, the leading Display Calibration Solution for Imaging Professionals in combination with Perfect Effects 4 Premium from the leading manufacturer of photo enhancement tools. With this promotion, photographers will receive a premier bundle package that will give them both the highest color consistency and an easy, fast and powerful way to creatively edit their images with impact.” – Thomas Kunz, Market Manager – Imaging, Datacolor.

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Seán Duggan: Working Smart with Smart Previews in LR5, Part 1
Jun 2013 27

One of the new features in Lightroom 5 that is sure to be welcomed by many people, especially those who work with laptops, is the addition of Smart Previews. This new way of managing preview images will go a long way towards ending the frustration of the dreaded question mark icons that used to appear on image thumbnails if Lightroom couldn’t locate the actual source files.

A Smart Preview is a lossy Digital Negative File (DNG) that is saved at a smaller pixel dimension than the original. For images where Smart Previews are present, most of Lightroom’s features and functionality are available to you, even if the hard drive containing the actual image files is not connected to your computer. For the photographer who travels a lot, this is a huge improvement.

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Seán Duggan: Working Smart with Smart Previews in LR5, Part 2
Jul 2013 02

Part 1 of this article covered some of the ways that using Smart Previews in Lightroom 5 can help improve your workflow, particularly if you’re traveling and using a laptop. In this follow-up piece, I’ll delve a little deeper to explain just how Smart Previews affect the file size of your Lightroom catalog, as well make suggestions concerning how and when you should take advantage of them.

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Seán Duggan: Black is the New Black
Nov 2013 05

Auguste Renoir, the French painter who was part of the Impressionist movement in the late 1800s, once made an interesting observation about color:

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.”

As photographers, we can learn a lot from that simple statement. No matter how you choose to portray color in your images, whether bright and vibrant, or more muted and subdued, it’s important to understand the central role that black plays in any photograph.

Black is critical in images simply because the structure of the dark shadow details creates a foundation, or a framework that carries the rest of the scene. Without a solid foundation in the form of strong blacks, the entire image can be affected, resulting in an image that looks muddy and indistinct.

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Seán Duggan: Layer Blend Modes, Part 1
Mar 2014 11

Blending Modes in Adobe Photoshop are some of the most powerful ways to quickly transform an image, either for creative explorations, or for more practical purposes that address fixing a specific issue. Most people are probably familiar with blending modes from the Mode menu at the top of the Layers panel, but they also make appearances in other areas of Photoshop, such as options for any of the painting tools, and as key elements in the Apply Image and Calculations dialogs.

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Seán Duggan: Layer Blend Modes, Part 2
Mar 2014 18

In Part 1 of this article I covered the fundamentals of blend modes, and how each mode affects the image. These are accessed using the mode menu at the top of the Layers panel in Photoshop. In this follow-up, we’ll take a look at a few useful ways that you can use blend modes in Photoshop.

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Seán Duggan: Gradient Adjustments (Part 2)
May 2014 21

In the first part of this article, we explored how gradient adjustments can be made in-camera, by using a graduated neutral density filter. In Part 2, we’ll take a look at applying gradient adjustments in the post-processing part of the workflow using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

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