Affinity Apps Updated With RAW Engine, Contour Tool, More

Serif has updated its line of Affinity apps to version 1.9. on Thursday. New features include a contour tool, a RAW engine, GPU acceleration, and plenty of other goodies.

A key feature which sets Affinity Photo apart from the competition is its non-destructive workflow, and that has been taken to another level again with the ability to add liquify adjustments as live, maskable layers. On top of that there are substantial improvements to its RAW engine, new linked layer functionality, path text, as well as a whole new mode to control the stacking of astrography images for stunning results.

Additionally, all Affinity apps are currently available with 50% discount as an initiative to support the creative community during COVID-19, from

Pixelmator Shares Free Photo Presets From Professional Photographers

Pixelmator wrote on Thursday that it will share three collections of color adjustment presets. These have been each designed by a photographer and shared for free. Paolo Baretta’s style is “characterized by cold delicate colors and a nostalgic, intimate mood, uniting my empathy with the loneliness of the human being.” Oladimeji Odunsi’s style is “more of people and portraits because I get to represent the part of the community I’m from and my style tries to include more vibrant colours/tones, contrasts and shadows.” Finally, Lan Nguyen’s style is “I don’t have a particular style since I’m very versatile, but the photos that I post on social media can fit in categories like: magical / dreamy / fantasy.”

VSCO Shares its 2020 Year in Review With Top Trends

VSCO has shared its 2020 Year in Review, exploring the top trends it saw throughout the year like popular hashtags and photo presets. For example, the top third preset of 2020 was B1, aka B&W Classic. That’s my favorite VSCO preset for black and white photography and I have a feeling I was partially responsible for pushing it to the top.

Without the pressure of public likes and comments on VSCO, we saw our community share their most raw and true moments, and how creativity helped them to get through this year’s ups and downs.

Pixelmator Photo 1.5 Update Supports Apple ProRAW

Pixelmator Photo 1.5 brings a ton of new features, including support for Apple’s ProRAW photo format we’ll see in iOS 14.3. Here are other features: Adjust the tonal curve directly in your photos – tap the On-Image Curves button, then drag up in your photo to lighten those areas, or down to darken them; The Shadows and Highlights sliders will be able to recover much more detail than before; Support for the new, native iOS color picker means you’ll be able to pick colors more quickly and easily; You can now tap the histogram to switch between the RGB and Luminance histograms; plus more improvements and a bug fix.

Adobe Lightroom Adds Support for M1 Macs, ProRAW

Adobe Lightroom is now a native app for M1 Macs and supports Apple’s ProRAW photo format it will release in iOS 14.3 for iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max.

As we’re getting started on desktop Arm / Apple M1, we’ll continue to optimize for Arm and M1 in subsequent releases. And if you’re on an Intel based computer, don’t worry…we’ll continue to invest in and improve Lightroom for you too.

A Review of iPhone 12 Pro Max Photography

The developers behind camera app Halide examined the iPhone 12 Pro Max photography, as well as that of the iPhone 12 mini.

We had an advanced look at the Pro Max specs, but to recap, it has: A 47% larger sensor A faster ƒ/1.6 lens; A brand-new ‘sensor shift’ stabilization system for low-light; ISO sensitivity is 87% higher; A new telephoto lens, reaching a new length of 65mm (full-frame equivalent)

I’ve been under the impression that the iPhone 12 Pro also had the bigger sensor, but it sounds like it’s limited to the Pro Max. Now I’m sad.

iPhone 12 Pro Camera Scores 128 in DxOMark Review

The iPhone 12 Pro camera received a score of 128 in a review by DxOMark. This places the camera in fourth place.

With a DXOMARK Camera overall score of 128, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro makes it into the top five in our ranking, improving on last year’s 11 Pro Max by four points and replacing it as the best Apple device in our database. The overall score is founded on a high Photo score of 135 and a very good Video score of 112. With a score of 66, Zoom is the area where the iPhone 12 Pro loses some points against the best in class, mainly due to its tele-lens offering only a 2x optical magnification.

Photo Editor ‘Darkroom’ is Ready for M1

The latest in the wave of M1-ready Mac apps is Darkroom, a photo management and editing app.

Everything is updated to reflect the new macOS Big Sur aesthetic with native components like the new translucent sidebar and native window toolbars. We also optimized all interactions for mouse, trackpad, & keyboard input, sparing no detail in making Darkroom feel at home on the Mac.

Mimeo Photos Introduces Tabletop Decor, Limited Edition Photo Ornaments

Mimeo Photos has introduced two new photo products: Tabletop decor and limited edition photo ornaments perfect for the holidays. Photo Ornaments: For a limited time, choose from eight personalized photo ornaments available in materials like acrylic, metal and rustic wood in a variety of festive shapes and sizes. Tabletop Decor: The new collection features four different options of Tabletop Decor available in a variety of materials, including acrylic, metal and more, that arrive ready to display. Simply pick your favorite moments and make some room on your work-from-home desk, end table, or shelf.

Create Stunning Photos with this App's 100+ Effects, Fine Tuning Controls, Smooth Interface: $19.99

We have a deal on Photo Effect Studio Pro, photo editing software for the Mac and Windows. It features more than 100 effects presets developed by professional photographers and graphic designers, 30 frames to give your photo an extra degree of sophistication, and fine-tuning controls for Exposure, Brightness, Saturation, Rotate, Curve Adjustment, Color Balance, and more. This app is $19.99 through our deal. I’m linking to the Mac version of the deal, but the deal listing has an option for the Windows version, too.

Photographer Austin Mann Reviews iPhone 12 Pro Max

After reviewing the camera on the iPhone 12 Pro, Austin Mann has returned to publish his iPhone 12 Pro Max review to see if the larger camera sensor makes a difference. At the end he shares a few tips for iPhone photographers and the tools he uses.

One of the most famous hikes in America is The Narrows in Zion National Park. This beautiful trek requires hikers to wade miles upstream in a river through the narrowest sections of the Zion Canyon (just 10 feet wide at the narrowest).

The lighting and shooting conditions are extreme and diverse, so below I’ll share a few photos demonstrating why I think iPhone 12 Pro Max is the ideal tool to capture this adventure (whether you’re a pro or not).

Video Stabilizer App ‘Emulsio’ Gets iOS 14 Update

Emulsio is a video stabilizer app from Creaceed and recently got an update. Version 3.5 offers a fully exposed video encoder that provides several important features: user-adjustable output file format, custom bitrate/quality setting, video and audio codec choices, and output resolution adjustment. The new Transcode extension now allows re-encoding existing videos at a desired quality/size level. Further enhancements include a better video import handling using the new & more capable iOS 14 photo/video picker to easily browse and search through the video library.