Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 – Coming Soon!

Posted on April 22, 2014

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Portland, OR – April 22, 2014

onOne Software, Inc®., the leading developer of innovative digital photography solutions, today announced Perfect Photo Suite 8.5, a new version of its full-featured photo editor, which works as a plug-in with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Apple Aperture, as well as a standalone app. Version 8.5 includes speed and productivity enhancements to the Perfect Photo Suite’s Browse module, improved performance with the Perfect Eraser tool, and enhanced masking support in Perfect Effects and Perfect Layers.

“By speeding up photo browsing and making improvements to our Perfect Eraser and Masking Bug tools, Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 showcases our continued commitment to providing the best digital editing experience for photographers, no matter which app is at the center of their workflow,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software.

Adding Weather Effects

Posted on April 21, 2014

As photographers, we’ve all been caught up in a bad weather situation at one time. Whether it was that crazy, spontaneous hail storm or the clouds dissipating before you’re done with your perfect shot, it stinks when you can’t control such a large aspect of what makes our photos juuuuust right.

Normally, these circumstances are created when too much weather happens; getting caught in the rain or snow can be the worst, especially when you’re not prepared. Every once in a while, however, a little atmospheric adjustment can be needed to truly capture the mood of an image. Of course, that’s always just when the sky clears and you’re left wishing it would do something, anything, to help a photographer out! Nature can be a cruel mistress, so sometimes we just need to fake it.

In Perfect Effects, you actually have the ability to add a few essential elements to a photo. When Mother Nature turns us down, we can always find a loophole to make sure our images get the right treatment!

First, you’ll need to open your unweathered photo in Perfect Effects. I chose an image that was shot at Multnomah Falls in Oregon; the rain was coming in waves and we kept missing our window!

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Creating a Fine Art Black & White Flower Photo with Dan Harlacher

Posted on April 18, 2014

DSCF2278It rains a lot here in the Pacific Northwest. There are several months in the winter that can dampen the spirit of a photographer. My solution to this is to photograph flowers. It keeps your eye in tune and allows you to experiment with light in new and fun ways. One of my favorite challenges is to avoid using any fancy studio lights and use unexpected light sources like flashlights and table lamps instead. You can get away with “lighting murder” if you will in modern digital photography. You can use long exposures for low-light and remove any unwanted color cast in a click. The only special equipment you need is a tripod, which is essential. Since flowers are small you don’t need big backgrounds or light modifiers. I just use the walls in my house or sheets of paper from the craft store.

In this video I’ll demonstrate how to process this image from an out-of-the-camera to a finished fine-art black and white. The only light source in this image is a 60-watt light bulb in a desk lamp.

April Photo Contest – Spring Time

Posted on April 16, 2014

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Theme: Whether it be flowers, bees, picnics, baseball, animals, or April showers. Capture your best spring time photo.

End Date: April 30, 2014

Prizes:

  • First Place: Perfect Photo Suite 8 Premium Edition
  • Second Place: Perfect Photo Suite 8 for Adobe® Lightroom® and Apple® Aperture®
  • Third Place: Perfect Photo Suite 8 Standard Edition

Quick Tip: Retouching Skin

Posted on April 15, 2014

Sometimes retouching skin goes beyond only applying adjustments to your subjects face. What about shoulders, arms, and even legs? Good news! Perfect Portrait, part of Perfect Photo Suite 8, also allows you to easily adjust these areas of skin and not just the face. Quickly apply smoothing, color correction, shine removal, and other common adjustments wherever needed. So whether you are looking for model skin or simply removing blemishes, Perfect Portrait is the one stop shop for retouching skin.

To watch the video in high resolution, open the video, click on the gear and select 720p.