More AI-powered Features Coming To Skylum Luminar 4

Skylum Luminar 4

After AI Sky Replacement and AI Structure there is more artificial intelligence to be featured in the upcoming Skylum Luminar 4 (learn more): AI-powered portrait and skin enhancements.

What is Portrait Enhancer?

Portrait Enhancer is a collection of tools that help improve the photo of any person in a natural, yet pleasing way. These tools are brand new to Luminar 4 making it now possible to highlight and improve primary features of a person’s face.

What is AI Skin Enhancer?

Thanks to the AI technology, faces and skin are automatically detected throughout a photo. AI Skin Enhancer allows photographers to automatically remove various skin imperfections like acne, freckles and moles, in addition to smoothing the skin. At the same time, skin pores and other small details like hair and eyelashes are preserved.

Click on the images below for some samples, or learn more on the Skylum Luminar 4 page.

You can pre-order Skylum Luminar 4 at a special early bird price.

The actual version, Luminar 3, can be purchased with an exclusive $10 discount by using code WATCH at checkout.

More about the AI portrait and skin enhancements after the break.

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Canon Announces New SDK and API Programming Interfaces for Selected Cameras

Powershot SX70

Hackers enjoy. Canon is releasing a new version of its Software Development Kit (SDK) and Application Programming Interface (API) for selected cameras. The first camera to be supported will be the PowerShot SX70 HS. The EOS Digital SDK is already available for download.

Press release:

London, UK, Wednesday 2nd January 2019 — Canon Europe, a world leader in digital imaging solutions, announces the release of its new camera API package, offering a range of resources to developers. The combined EOS Digital software development kit (SDK) and all-new Camera Control API (CCAPI) create unique opportunities for developers and software engineers to take advantage of select Canon cameras and lenses, launching with the PowerShot SX70 HS.

Many developers have already benefited from Canon SDKs, enabling them to integrate Canon cameras and lenses in their solutions and control them remotely, wired via USB. Such applications include photo booths, robotic / automated units, event photography and recording, mass portrait / passport and photogrammetry systems.

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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.

Do You Need to Bulk Process Photos? Then PhotoBulk may be for you

Photobulk

PhotoBulk (Mac only) is a photo editor which focuses on easy batch editing.

Forbes reviewed Photobulk, and they say:

PhotoBulk is a clever little piece of Mac image-editing software that can alter batches of images and is very simple to use. To bulk process a batch of photos you just need to drag a folder of images into the PhotoBulk window and set the parameters you want to change.

Perhaps PhotoBulk’s most important feature is its ability to stamp images with a watermark so photos don’t get used without attribution or permission. You can type in custom watermark text and choose the font size, style and color you want, as well as the level of opacity to use. Alternatively, you can repeat text over the whole image in much the same way as Alamy does with its stock photos. If you prefer, you can watermark photos with an image file and you can even add a date stamp too. It is possible to watermark images using other more expensive software, such as Adobe Lightroom, but PhotoBulk makes it easy and inexpensive.

Learn more about PhotoBulk.

Phase One’s Capture One 11 is 10% off for our readers

Capture One

If you are looking for an alternative to Adobe Lightroom (because like me you do not like their subscription plans), there aren’t that much professional alternatives out there. But don’t despair, we have good news for you.

One of these professional alternatives is Phase One‘s Capture One 11. And here come the good news: we can offer you a 10% discount on Capture One 11. All you have to do is to use the coupon code “AMBCW” when checking out from Phase One’s web store.

Capture One 11 at a glance:

  • Image Processing and Raw File Conversion
  • Instant Tethered Capture and Live View
  • Layered Workflow and Annotations
  • Feather Mask and Refine Edge Tools
  • Catalogs and Sessions, EIP Export
  • Duplicate Checker, Grey Scale Mask Mode
  • Three-Phase Sharpening Tools
  • Updated Color Handling Tools
  • Over 400 Cameras & Raw Files Supported
  • For Mac OS X 10.11.6+ and Windows 10/8/7

Expertise from creating customized color profiles for more than 400 cameras, combined with Phase One’s dedication to creative freedom has brought recognition to Capture One’s workflow for the exceptional color handling, and for the precision editing tools. The video below gives you a quick overview about the software, the video after tells what’s new in Capture One 11

A rich set of webinars for Capture One are available on YouTube (for free). Some of the webinars are available in German too.

A single license for Capture One normally sets you back $299. With our code (AMBCW) for you it’s less than $270. Click here to head over to Phase One’s web- store.

Deal: CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra (DVD) – $39.95 (reg. 74.95)

CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra at a glance:

  • Advanced & Intuitive Prosumer NLE
  • Sophisticated & Express Editing Tools
  • New Action Camera Center
  • New 360° Video Toolkit
  • Motion Tracking, Color Correction & More
  • New Vertical Mobile Video Workflow
  • Video Blending Modes
  • Includes 5 Different Effects Packages
  • 25GB CyberLink Cloud Service for 1 Year
  • Windows Compatible

B&H Photo DealZone dal of today is the CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra (DVD edition), on sale at 39.95, Compare at $74.95. Free shipping, today only.

There is more…

To celebrate National Photography Day, the Canon Direct Store has all refurbished lenses 10% off. The offer lasts for the whole week but you can be sure that the best deals will be over soon, so hurry up and look out for the lens you are thinking about. For the time being most lenses are still in stock.

More refurbished gear listings at Canon Store:

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