A Look Back at 2007 in Photoshop, Photography, Adobe, and More

December 31, 2007

A Scott Kelby Retrospective

Scott Kelby, the Photoshop master, has written a new year’s retrospective on all things Photoshop for the year 2007.

For my last post of the year, I thought I’d take a quick look back at what has just been an amazing year of change, innovation, and growth for our industry. I’m going to focus on what’s happened in the Photoshop arena, in photography, what’s happened here in my Photoshop Insider blog, and… Read the rest of this entry>>


How To Read and Understand a Histogram

December 30, 2007

Ellis Vener over at the Professional Photographer has written an excellent article on reading and understanding the histogram on the back of your camera.  This week’s Must Read.

A histogram is nothing more than a bar graph. It shows how the luminance values in a digital or digitized photograph are distributed. The linear scale in a histogram runs from black at one end to white at the opposite end. With the exception of a scanned negative, the scale runs from left (black) to right (white). About 99 percent of the histograms we use in photography today have 256 increments, corresponding to 8-bit data depth. The histogram maps the distribution of the luminance values either as a composite of the red, green, and blue channels or in each channel, as you may have seen in the histogram display on some cameras and as option in Photoshop. Read the rest of this entry »

HD Photo Plug-in available for Adobe Photoshop

December 7, 2007

Microsoft has posted a complete version of the HD Photo plug-in for Photoshop CS3 and CS2.  Here are the separate downloads for Windows and OSX.  The same features are supported on both Windows and OSX.  The files created with either version are fully compatible with Windows Vista, Windows Live Photo Gallery, the HD Photo Device Porting Kit, and several other applications that support HD Photo.

Thanks to Bill Crow at Microsoft for the update.  You can listen to the This Week in Media Episode 51 in which he discussed the genesis of HD Photo and image compression.  Just absolutely fabulous stuff.

Wacom Introduces Two New Cintiq Tablets

December 7, 2007

OK, these are cool. If you’ve ever seen a Wacom Cintiq 21UX 21.3″ Graphics Tablet, you’ve wished you could use one when dodging and burning your photos. Now, Cintiq has introduced two additional models, the 20WSX and 12WX.  I really like the Cintiq 12WX, it has a 12″ screen, under a $1000, yet compact enough to pack up and travel with you (16″ x 10.5″).  Press Release below:

Wacom introduces two additions to the Cintiq family to give you options for working directly on screen. The Cintiq 12WX and the Cintiq 20WSX join the Cintiq 21UX as versatile interactive pen displays that combine the advantages of an LCD monitor with the natural feel and superior performance of Wacom’s patented, professional pen technology. Read the rest of this entry »

Adobe Camera Raw 4.3.1 update now available

December 7, 2007

Lightroom 1.3.1 update coming within the week.

Adobe’s Camera Raw plug-in has been updated to version 4.3.1 (download for Mac, Win). This upgrade fixes:

• Compressed raw files from the Nikon D100 were read incorrectly in Camera Raw 4.3
• A possible artifact in Camera Raw 4.3 raw file support for the Olympus E-3 has been corrected Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday Gift Guide: Mastering Digital Black and White

December 2, 2007

The following is part of a much larger dSLR Dad Holiday Gift Guide:

I’ve been searching for books to add to the dSLR Dad Media Shelf that everyone would enjoy. So, I decided to start with my own bookshelf here at home. Mastering Digital Black and White: A Photographer’s Guide to High Quality Black-and-White Imaging and Printing (Digital Process and Print) by Amadou Diallo is a fantastic book. He does a great job of leading you through the digital darkroom process of black and white photography. Read the rest of this entry »

dSLR Dad Holiday Gift Guide Spectacular

November 23, 2007

Attention all dSLR Dad’s. I have just posted the initial Holiday Gift Guide. The list is a work in progress, so please check out the dSLR Gear page daily. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the season.