Photo Editing Software


Snapseed is is a photo editing app for the iPad that takes full advantage of the iPad’s multi-touch interface and allows basic image editing as well as creative filters to be applied to images taken with any camera and imported.

Watch their introductory video tutorial for an overview. More video tutorials at the bottom of the page.

I have to say, I’ve not used my iPad to edit images but watching their intro video makes me want to. Fun stuff and very well designed.

[via Steve Splonskowski]

An Analysis of Lightroom JPEG Export Quality Settings

An Analysis of Lightroom JPEG Export Quality Settings

Jeffrey Friedle on how Lightroom’s JPEG settings differ from other applications that can convert RAW and TIFF images to JPEGs and how to think about evaluating each image being converted to JPEG so as to get the most compression with the least loss of image quality.

This is an extremely well written and useful.

[via Daring Fireball]

Reuters Retracts Icelandic Volcano Photo

Reuters Retracts Icelandic Volcano Photo

This is a fascinating story. This is the comment I made in the thread at PetaPixel:

I think most of us can agree that a DSLR is doing some processing before the image gets written to the card and how a photographer sets things up will determine how little or much is done. There is no “turn off all in-camera processing” as all DSLRs process the image that coms off the sensor in some way, even RAW files.

Maybe pointing the finger at processing or post processing is a mistake, let’s just let photo editors decide what they want and leave it at that. If they want a more conservative look or they want an amped up look, that’s their decision.

As photographers we know that even if we attempt to take and process images that, to the best of our ability channel reality, we all have different eyes and a different sense of what “real” is so it’s subjective all the way down.

As is said above, Ansel Adams put a red filter on to make Half Dome look more dramatic, and it worked. As one who’s spent a lot of time both in front of and on Half Dome, I can assure you that while I love the Adams image, it’s not the way Half Done looks to most if not all human eyes. Again, great image, but a Reuters photo editor might rightly reject it.

This remains a fascinating topic that has been “discussed” for years and will continue to be discussed for many years to come.

Wabi Sabi, Issue 1

Wabi SabiMy friends Mamen Saura, Gary Sharp and I have put together a photo magazine of our work using MagCloud, a new publishing service. The process has been fantastic and I’m sure we’ll not only continue this magazine but we’ll also be using MagCloud for other things as well.

Here’s the magazine: Wabi Sabi, Issue 1. Feel free to browse, follow and if you like it, buy it online.

Here’s more on how MagCloud works.

We used Apple’s Pages application to do the page layout and create the PDF that we sent up to MagCloud. They allow instant proofing and then use their HP Indigo printers to print magazines on demand. No more printing 1000 magazines to save money, anyone can order a single issue of this or any other MagCoud magazine at any time, everything is printed on demand.

I’ve got a pile of over 20 magazines by a variety of both amateur and professional publishers, all using the MagCloud publishing service. Some of them are great, some are less than great but all are interesting and all are easy to browse online to see what one is getting.

The printing cost is .20 a page which for our 36 page magazine is $7.20. We marked the magazine up $2.80 to make it an even $10. Shipping cost for first class USPS is $1.40 which is excellent. The magazine comes wrapped in plastic in perfect condition.

The great thing about this process is, the author/publisher can make changes to the issue at any time. If you decide one of the images is too dark or light, adjust the image in your photo editor, export a copy, drag it into Pages, make a new PDF and upload it replacing what was there. This is all transparent to buyers. We’ve made numerous proofs in the process of working on this first issue.

A few tips for those interested in trying this service:
It seems the printing is consistently on the dark side so you should definitely order a proof before making your magazine public (if you even plan to make it public). We went through two proofs lightening various images each time until we felt we had it right. MagCloud is still in beta and they say they will have a printing profile author/publishers can download and install to soft proof before uploading but until then, be aware.

MagCloud has templates you can download at no cost, here they are. These templates are a starting point and will take some adjustment in the proofing process to get right. Just be patient, they’re close to perfect as they are.

I would be very interested in hearing from you if you’ve tried this service or have questions about our first use of it. And, if you’ve got questions about our magazine please feel free to ask.

Adobe Lightroom, Camera Raw bug hits PowerPC users

Adobe Lightroom, Camera Raw bug hits PowerPC users

If any of you out there are still using G4 and G5 Macs, this post’s for you. Those of you using newer Intel hardware can skip this.

However, when combined with the general dissatisfaction with Adobe’s user interface design of Macintosh products it will no doubt add to the growing irritation with Adobe among some Mac users.

[via Edward McKeown]

A Move to Curb Digitally Altered Photos in Ads

A Move to Curb Digitally Altered Photos in Ads

Concerned that girls and women feel excessive pressure to live up to the digitally Botoxed and liposuctioned images of human perfection they see in glossy magazines, lawmakers in Britain and France are trying to push advertisers to get real.

Under their proposals, ads containing altered photos of models would be required to carry disclaimers.

Not sure how I feel about this. No doubt advertising drives people (not just young girls) to do things, buy things, think things, but how far do we go protecting people from themselves? A piece of me feels very libertarian about these things: as long as people take full responsibility for the consequences of their actions, let them do as they please.

Are we next going to protect people from excessive body piercing or tattooing by putting disclaimers on all ads showing people with x number of tattoos or pierces?


I’m experimenting with an application called PTLens which corrects pincushion/barrel distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration, and perspective.

In this case, the 24mm end of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L causes distortion in the perspective on buildings left and right of center.


Lower Manhattan and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal


Lower Manhattan and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal (corrected)

The image would need to be cropped to remove the black areas left and right of bottom center.

I heard about this application from one of my favorite photobloggers, Sam Javanrouh who no doubt uses it a lot on his wide angle urban landscape images.

Lightroom 2 up and running

I’ve got Lightroom 2 downloaded and installed and it’s working quite well. I read that a few found it slower than version 1.4 but I wasn’t sure what type of computers they were using. On my 2.5 Ghz MacBook Pro with 4 gigs of memory it seems plenty fast, much faster, in fact, than 1.4 was.

This is just to say that I bought it, downloaded it, installed it, and imported my 1.4 library without a hitch. I did back up my entire computer before doing this but I’m pretty sure I won’t be going back to version 1.4 for anything.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express is a free, flash-based online image editor, picture organizer and gallery. It has a nice feel but feels like version 1/beta software in terms of responsiveness. I can’t tell if the slowness and problems I had with it just now are it being in beta or Safari not working too well with flash or a bit of both.

It’s an interesting product and will no doubt be useful to a lot of people.