Skylum Luminar 2018 Review (a pretty robust piece of software)

Skylum Luminar

Dustin Abbott reviewed Skylum Luminar 2018, a photo editor that many are starting to see as a viable alternative to Lightroom.

A future, free update to Luminar 2018 will bring a library feature to the software, and I think then Luminar will be a full fledged alternative to Lightroom. At least it will be for me since I don’t like to pay a monthly fee to Adobe for using Lightroom. Skylum Luminar is very reasonably priced, and by using the code WATCH at checkout you get a $10 instant discount and pay $59 instead of $69.

D. Abbott about Luminar:

The amount of controls is impressive, and it includes standard features like Lens Corrections, Transform tools, and advanced Crop options while also mixing in some Photoshop-like tools like Clone and Stamp, Free Transform, and the ability to create layers and blend them in a variety of ways.  It’s not nearly as robust as Photoshop, obviously, but it probably does enough for 90% of users.

[Luminar] is a pretty robust piece of software that combines a very easy-to-use interface with the ability to make a massive amount of changes to the look of an image.  I think a lot of photographers will appreciate the ability to easily pick up the software and create what they like, and it is priced very reasonably for the amount of functionality built into it.

Here is Dustin’s video review:

Get Skylum Luminar at $59 by using code WATCH at checkout.

ShutterCount and Kuuvik Capture Apps Now Support The Canon EOS R

Shuttercount

Both ShutterCount 3.4 and Kuuvik Capture 4.1 now support the new Canon EOS R.

Kuuvik Capture is a powerful tethering software and can be purchased in the Mac App Store.

ShutterCount allows you to get accurate statistics about how often the shutter has been released on your camera. Useful in many occasions, especially when you’re buying a second hand camera and want to know how often the shutter has been released. ShutterCount is available in Mac App Store. For cameras with WiFi there is an iOS version too.

You Can Now Use Canon Digital Photo Professional Express On Your iPad

Canon Digital Photo Professional

Edit: links were broken, have been corrected.

Canon’s professional and powerful raw processing and photo editing software that comes with every Canon camera, Canon Digital Photo Professional, can now be used on iPads.

It’s Digital Photo Professional Express (available on iTunes Store, more information about the app here).

RAW PROCESSING ON THE GO

For portable and wireless digital photography workflows, Canon’s Digital Photo Professional Express (DPP Express) brings the powerful features of Canon’s DPP software to your compatible iPad. Working with Canon’s Camera Connect app, DPP Express streamlines the processing of JPEGs and .CR3 RAW files with an intuitive and powerful interface. View images and adjust settings right on your mobile device, and save files to the cloud, a computer or your camera. With DPP Express, it’s incredibly easy to maintain a wireless RAW workflow on the go.

Learn more about Canon Digital Photo Professional Express here. The app is compatible with iOS 11 on iPad Pro all models, iPad(6th), iPad mini 4, iPad Air2 (iPad with installed RAM capacity 2 GB or more).

Latest version for desktop PCs and MACs is here.

Canon Digital Photo Professional Express BASIC FEATURES

Support format New RAW format (CR3)
JPEG
Import** From Camera Connect (CR3/JPEG)
From Camera Roll (JPEG)
Select Select in thumbnail view
Switch preview image by button / flick gesture
Focus/Composition Fit to screen, pixel by pixel
Zoom in up to 400%
AF Frame display
Histogram RGB, R, G, B, Luminance
Export JPEG only
Remove Photo From thumbnail view
Edit History Remembers 4 histories for each image
Copy History Applicable for CR3 images
Compare Adjustment Switch between before/after adjustment
Switch between Edit History tabs

Canon Digital Photo Professional Express  RAW ADJUSTMENT FUNCTIONS

Cropping Aspect ratio, Angle
Picture Style Standard, Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, [Custom PS]
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White fluorescent light, Flash, Color temperatures, Gray point, Fine-tune
Brightness Brightness
Auto Lighting Optimizer
Gamma Level Auto
Black point, Mid point, White point
Contrast, Highlight, Shadow
Saturation Color tone, Color saturation
Filter effect, Toning effect (monochrome)
Tone Curve RGB, R, G, B, Luminance,
Adjustable for each channel
Color Hue, Saturation
Specified color 8 colors palette
Lens Correction Shooting distance, Diffraction correction, Chromatic aberration, Color blur, Peripheral illumination, Distortion
Detail Noise reduction, Sharpness, Unsharp mask

 

Canon Digital Photo Professional ver. 4.9.20 Available For Download

Canon Digital Photo Professional

Canon released version 4.9.20 of Digital Photo Professional.

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.9.20:

  • Supports EOS R, PowerShot SX70 HS
  • Added support for HDR PQ of EOS R RAW/CRAW/DPRAW files, and EOS 5D Mark IV RAW/DPRAW files
  • The following new lenses are now supported: RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, RF 28-70mm f/2 L USM, RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM, RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM, EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM

Click here to download Digital Photo Professional ver. 4.9.20

Skylum Luminar 2018 update adds support for latest Canon cameras (and it’s free)

Skylum Luminar

Skylum Luminar 2018 update ver. 1.3.0 includes numerous features enhancements and bug fixes for the Windows and Mac versions, and adds support for the Canon EOS 3000D/Rebel T100/EOS 4000D.

The update is triggered from the application menu.

New customers can purchase Skylum Luminar 2018 with an exclusive $10 discount by using code WATCH at checkout (that’s $59 instead of $69)

All new and improved features coming with update ver. 1.3.0 of Skylum Luminar are listed after the break.

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Zoner Photo Studio X now features cloud storage for your photos (Zoner Photo Cloud)

Zoner Photo Cloud

Zoner Photo Cloud is a personal photo storage point in the cloud. It’s only available from inside of Zoner Photo Studio.

You’ll find Zoner Photo Cloud right inside of Zoner Photo Studio X—it’s in the Navigator. You can work with this online storage point just as quickly and easily as you would with any other data source.

Every ZPS X user gets the basic plan (5 GB of space) for free!

[…] All data transfers are encrypted and secured using SSL certificates against eavesdropping. Our authentication uses time-limited tokens to meet the highest standards for safety.

Your data is available only in Zoner Photo Studio X, and only to you—unless you share it with other users. That prevents data leaks through third-party applications and the abuse of your data by ransomware.

Naturally your cloud includes a Recycle Bin to protect your data from unwanted deletion; it can hold deleted files for up to 30 days.

Other storage plans are obviously also available. 50GB storage plan costs $4.99/month, 200GB $9.99/month, 500GB S14.99/month, and 1TB goes for $19.99/month.

Learn more about Zoner Photo Cloud.