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Of Prettiness and Pictures

June 18th, 2013 No Comments

Make your Pictures Prettier

If Photoshop and Lightroom are a bit too complicated for you but you’d like to have pro-level image correction, here’s Athentech Imaging’s Perfectly Clear to the rescue.  Steve Bedell’s review in Shutterbug is aptly subtitled “A Quick Fix For Your Photos.”  

Perfectly Clear can batch-process hundreds of files in one fell swoop or it can attack the imperfections in a photo one image at a time.

Even if you take it photo by photo, where portraits are concerned “the stand-alone version of Perfectly Clear is doing in one step what previously took two or more in other programs, plus some Photoshop work,” says Bodell.

This ability is the result of advanced smarts and builtin presets that makes Perfectly Clear “very easy to use.”  The article has lots of impressive before and after images.  The clarity, texture, and ‘pop’ that this app introduces is self-evident.

As Pretty as a Picture

The Olympus E-P5 is in reviewers’ hands and Roger Slavens at Imaging Resource appears to be pleased with it, as was Mike Tomkins when he gave it a first look.

This classy, good looking camera is a 16 MP four-thirds mirrorless that follows on the heels of the E-P3, to which it is the successor.  It also incorporates some features from the OM-D E-M5 to which is added “a generous sprinkling of features unique to the new camera.”  Thus, perhaps the PEN standard (and perhaps the mirrorless standard) is reset to a new level?

This camera is loaded with external controls, has a top shutter speed of 1/8000 and a top ISO of 25600.  Add to that five-axis stabilization and WiFi and one has a high tech camera at an inexpensive price.  At the same time the E-P5 maintains the Olympus heritage as it is reminiscent of 1960s PEN cameras in appearance.

Its build quality is solid yet it is as pretty as a picture.  The first look includes much more than you may expect; it covers creative modes, flash, and LCD display.


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