It seems that everyone is on the HDR panoramic bandwagon these days, and they’re all looking for quicker and easier ways to accomplish the effect without having to carry around a ton of gear or go through painstaking steps to get the desired results. That’s where programs like Hydra HDRi Pro come into play.
At the razor’s edge of the still and motion convergence movement is Cinemagraph Pro for Mac, an exciting new application from Flixel. Via sophisticated, first-of-its-kind masking technology, Cinemagraph Pro mixes together still and motion into a new hybrid of combined living photos intended for online and embedded rich media uses.
Bokeh creates beautiful soft backgrounds, thus calling attention to a very shallow area of sharp focus in the foreground. However, what are photographers to do when they’re unable to capture this effect in camera, when the light isn’t right, when the wish for bokeh becomes an afterthought, or a missed opportunity? Enter Macphun Software’s Focus 2 Pro.
You know that feeling when you’re almost certain you’ve lost photos on your memory card? It’s frustrating and, in some professional situations, can be panic inducing. There are many tricks to trying to recover photos from your JPEG, TIFF, RAW, or movie files, but for simplicity’s sake, Picture Rescue 2 from Prosoft Engineering can recover all of these file types, and more.
Photo Mechanic originally served to help photo editors quickly sift through the hundreds of photos they get on their desk each day. With Photo Mechanic 5, you can tag, color-code, and star-rate photographs, but its most powerful feature, Variables, allows you to automate metadata writing and routing of your photos to specific locations.
Piccure is a plug-in for reducing camera shake blur, the same issue that’s addressed by the new Shake Reduction filter in Photoshop CC. As with Shake Reduction in Photoshop CC, the usual caveats apply: this won’t help images that were not focused correctly, and the more obvious the camera shake, the less effective it will be. In short, don’t expect miracles.
Flame Painter 2 is a unique program that’s not for everyone; however, creatives will find loads of excuses to play with this application. Flame brushes are just one small segment of the process, and the control and precision you have using these esoteric elements will make you feel bad for folks trying to do similar things any other way.