About steve-baczewski

When Steve was young, he was struck by the work of Richard Avedon, Cartier Bresson, and Eugene Smith, and eventually got a degree in Photography. He writes and teaches about both traditional and digital fine arts photography.

PSKiss BlackMagic

Adobe has a color-to-black-and-white conversion feature in Photoshop and Lightroom but recently, there’s been a growing number of third-party conversion plug-ins. Now, enter BlackMagic from PSKiss with a different approach: It’s a set of more than 50 distinctly different, black-and-white Lightroom presets and brushes to convert color files to black and white.

Finestra Art Papers

Finestra’s Premium Luster has a relatively smooth, reflective surface with fine stippled texture, producing a nice sheen. By comparison, the Pearl surface has a pronounced, evenly textured tooth, which has an appealing glimmer when reflecting light.

Perfect Photo Suite 7

Perfect Photo Suite 7 is sold in three different versions: Standard Edition, Lightroom & Aperture Edition, and Premium Edition. All editions work as standalone applications, but the Lightroom & Aperture and Premium Editions also work as plug-ins.

HDR Express 2

HDR Express 2 takes a complicated process and simplifies it, especially for people new to creating HDR images. HDR Express 2 expands your dynamic range in a photorealistic way instead of the more prevalent stylistic or surreal effects.

ColorMunki Smile

X-Rite’s ColorMunki Smile is an affordable, introductory monitor-calibration and -profiling kit, with an emphasis on ease of use. The results are very good and it’s the perfect solution for color-management holdouts.

HP ZR2740w

The HP ZR2740w is a 27″ LED backlit, nonglare display with an impressive screen real estate and native resolution of 2560×1440—a 16:9 aspect ratio.

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