Adobe To Kill Off Flash in 2020: Is Your Photo Website Ready?

Flash is soon to be on the chopping block. The once ubiquitous and now much-maligned software from Adobe will officially be end-of-lifed at the end of 2020. Flash was once a favorite tool to display photographer’s image galleries due to its flexibility and elegance when compared to plain old HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. But any photographers still clinging to their old Flash galleries should take heed: flash is heading toward its demise. If you haven’t transitioned to more modern web technologies despite most browsers ditching Flash by default, now is the time. Open standards such as HTML5, WebGL and
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GoPro’s New QuikStories Feature Will Quietly Auto-Edit Your Footage

GoPro today launched a new QuikStories feature to its Quik app, which uses your phone to edit your GoPro footage in the background before spitting out a ready-to-share video.
The Quik app is not new — it was bought and rebranded in early 2016 by GoPro. But the previous incarnation required users to open the GoPro app, manually select all of the footage, import it, open the Quik app, then splice them together into a video. The new addition of QuikStories aims to simplify the process by automating the importing and editing of footage on a smartphone. “While we had
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Adobe Project Nimbus Leaked: This is ‘Lightroom in the Cloud’

At its MAX conference in 2016, Adobe teased Project Nimbus, a new cloud-based Lightroom-style photo editor that distils complex photo editing features into simpler tools. An internal version of Project Nimbus leaked this week, giving us a peek at what Adobe is working on. The French website MacGeneration reports that an “Internal Only” version of Project Nimbus was apparently accidentally made available to a number of Creative Cloud subscribers. The error was quickly fixed, and Adobe acknowledged the glitch, saying: “That morning, we shared Project Nimbus by mistake with a small group of Creative Cloud customers.” The idea of
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RIP: Microsoft Paint Killed Off After 32 Years

Microsoft Paint, the first image editing software experienced by countless photographers and PC users around the world, is being laid to rest. Microsoft has announced that it’s abandoning the famous program after 32 years. The Guardian spotted a newly published page on the Microsoft website with a list of Windows features that will be removed or deprecated in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Among the many entries is a simple line that reads, “Microsoft Paint,” with an indication that it will be deprecated. Paint, which first appeared on Windows 1.0 in 1985, has been replaced by Microsoft’s
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How to Create Light Painting Trails in Video with Adobe Premiere

Light painting photography is increasingly popular these days. Applying the concepts to video, however, isn’t as straightforward. This 2-minute tutorial by light painter Eric Paré shows one way to do it in Adobe Premiere. With your camera at the ready, have your model stand in a fixed pose. With someone hidden behind them, you can paint shapes with a light tube. Taking that video clip into Adobe Premiere, you can use the “Echo” effect to continuously overlay frames against each other, bringing the light trail into existence in a moving picture.
It only takes a moment, and by applying key frames
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Explorest Lets You Browse the Favorite Photo Spots of Other Photographers

In need of new photo locations? The new iOS app Explorest might be the answer for you. By curating locations from photographers local to an area, the app aims to provide a real insight into unknown photographic opportunities. If you’re stuck for inspiration, and have frequented all your favorite photo haunts a little too often, then open up Explorest and take a look at the hidden gems other photographers have shared. Once you’ve chosen a place, Explorest will give you the exact GPS coordinates of the location. No need to endlessly wander looking for a vague location; with this you
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Explorest Lets You Browse the Favorite Photo Spots of Other Photographers

In need of new photo locations? The new iOS app Explorest might be the answer for you. By curating locations from photographers local to an area, the app aims to provide a real insight into unknown photographic opportunities. If you’re stuck for inspiration, and have frequented all your favorite photo haunts a little too often, then open up Explorest and take a look at the hidden gems other photographers have shared. Once you’ve chosen a place, Explorest will give you the exact GPS coordinates of the location. No need to endlessly wander looking for a vague location; with this you
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Enlight Photo Editor for iOS V2 Brings a Freemium Model

Lightricks, the creator of the selfie-editing app Facetune, has released Enlight Photofox as the second version of their popular, more advanced photo editing suite. This new app is free to download but requires a $4 per month subscription to unlock all features. Along with the name change, Lightricks have dropped the $4 up-front cost for Enlight for the new version. The free base version is still a capable editor, with an updated interface and a few new features. The most notable new feature is layers, which will be familiar to anyone who has used Photoshop before. The
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Lightroom Gets Selective Brush on iOS, Native Design on Android, and More

Adobe today released new updates for its mobile Lightroom apps, bringing powerful new features and new interface designs for both iOS and Android.

Lightroom for iOS

On the iOS side, for iPhone and iPad, Lightroom now has a Selective Brush that lets photographers selectively paint enhancements into photos. This was “one of the most requested features,” Adobe says. Furthermore, if your iPhone has 3D Touch capabilities, you can control the intensity of the effect by pressing your screen harder or softer as you’re using the brush. This pressure-based editing also works with the iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil. Linear
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Is the Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription Model Worth It?

Is the Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription Model Worth It? By now we all should know that Adobe has ditched the traditional one-time purchase for programs in favor of the new Creative Cloud subscription model. During the transition, there were growing pains and outrage amongst the creative community. People were upset that they would no longer be getting updates for the programs that they owned and the only way to stay current would be to subscribe to Adobe’s service. Now that the dust has settled from the transition, Justin Odisho weighs in with his thoughts on the subscription and if he thinks it’s worth it as a professional in the Continue reading "Is the Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription Model Worth It?"

Google’s New ‘Backup and Sync’ App Beams Your Photos to the Cloud

Google this week launched a new desktop app that consolidates file backups for both Google Photos and Google Drive. It’s called Backup and Sync, and is an easy way to protect your precious photos from being lost. Backup and Sync replaces Drive for files and the Google Photos desktop uploader for photos. After downloading and installing the app for either Windows or Mac, you simply sign into your Google account and then select the directories on your computer that you’d like to keep continuously backed up to the cloud. “It’s a simpler, speedier and more reliable way to protect the
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Google Uses AI to Create Professional Photos from Street View Shots

Can machines be trained to create photos that most people would think were shot by a professional human photographer? That’s what Google is trying to figure out with a machine learning research project. Whether or not a photo is “beautiful” is a highly subjection question, and Google wanted to see how machines can be taught subjective concepts, so it created “an experimental deep-learning system for artistic content creation.” The artificial intelligence Google built aims to mimic the workflow of a real professional photographer. It roams landscape panoramas found in Google Street View and hunts for the best compositions. Once
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Gudak Lets You Use Your iPhone Like a Kodak Disposable Camera

Gudak is a new charming little app developed by Korean startup Screw Bar that brings the feeling of using a Kodak disposable camera to your smartphone. Open up the app and you have a “film roll” of 24 shots. There’s a tiny viewfinder, simulating the experience with an actual disposable, and after you’ve finished taking images you can send your photos away to your phone’s own private photo lab. The photos are then held for 3 days until they’re “processed” and released to you. You also have to wait 12 hours until you can start a new roll, so you
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Macphun Luminar is Now on Windows: Get the Free Beta

Macphun announced earlier this year that it will be releasing its popular photography software for Windows after focusing on Mac up until now. Today the company made its first big move by launching a free public beta version of Luminar for Windows. Luminar is a powerful photo editing program that’s a competitor to Adobe Lightroom — well, the Develop module, at least (photo library and catalog features are “coming soon”). This is Macphun’s first-ever software for Windows, bringing the company into a new age of serving both Windows and Mac photographers. From its beginnings in 2016, Luminar has
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7 Hidden Lightroom Tricks You Might Want to Know

Educator Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE has 7 great tips for Lightroom users that might just surprise you and make your post production life a little easier. He previously shared 7 Photoshop tricks hidden in plain sight, and these Lightroom tricks are just as helpful.

1. Try Out Solo Mode

Scrolling through all the panels in Develop mode can be a real pain. Once you’ve started opening a few of them, the sidebar because really full. If you right-click one of the panels, such as “Basic”, you can enable “Solo Mode”. Now this means that every time you open one section
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VSCOxOakley Photo Filters Let You See Life Through Sunglasses

VSCO has joined forces with Oakley, maker of sport sunglasses, to create filter presets for their popular editing app that let you view the world through a pair of the sought-after eyewear. The presets will replicate life through Oakley’s Prizm lenses. They released the presets in celebration of the partnership, which are available for free for a limited time. The “Oak 1” filter works as a universal filter, making natural colors more… colorful. “Oak 2” will bring out details in roads, and signs and pavements, essentially bringing out clear edges. Finally, “Oak 3” will keep detail in snowy scenes, maximizing clarity and
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Fstoppers Reviews VueScan 9 Scanning Software

Fstoppers Reviews VueScan 9 Scanning Software Ah, scanning. If you're not printing in the darkroom, it's a necessary evil when dealing with film. You could argue that outside of the moment of exposure, scanning carries the most weight in determining the quality of the final image. For those that choose to develop their film at home, scanning is the next step in our workflow. Most of us want to get in, get the best scan we can, and get out to the greener pastures of Photoshop to make our final edits. Your choice of software has a lot to do with how efficient and how tolerable Continue reading "Fstoppers Reviews VueScan 9 Scanning Software"