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  • Amy Shojal

    Amy Shojai is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a certified animal behavior consultant, a spokesperson for the pet products industry, and the author of 30 nonfiction pet books. She also writes THRILLERS WITH BITE! which includes the dog-viewpoint thrillers LOST AND FOUND, HIDE AND SEEK, SHOW AND TELL and FIGHT OR FLIGHT. In her other life, she’s a published and produced playwright of musical theater productions (some including pet characters!).

    Amy addresses a wide range of fun-to-serious issues in her work, covering dog and cat training, behavior, natural and allopathic health care, nutrition, first aid, aging pets, “the bond” and cutting-edge medical topics. In her nonfiction books, she empowers pet lovers by providing the information they need to make informed decisions for their cats and dogs. She specializes in translating “medicalese” into easily understood jargon-free language, making it accessible to all pet lovers. Oh, and she loves bling-icity!

    Her work has been honored with over three dozen writing awards and she is a two-time recipient of the “Friskies Writer of the Year” award. Her articles currently appear in the Herald Democrat newspaper, on and among others. She’s published several thousand articles and columns during her career. Amy presents a twice-monthly “Pet Talk” segment at KXII-CBS, hosted the weekly “Pet Peeves” at and is an expert on Animal Planet DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Sometimes she has time to sleep.

    Amy has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and in The Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend, The New York Times, Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Woman’s World, and many other leading newspapers and magazines. She has also been a featured pet care expert on Animal Planet Dogs 101, Cats 101, Petsburgh USA/Disney Channel program, Good Day New York, Fox News: Pet News, NBC Today Show, WGN-Chicago “Pet Central” and “Animal Planet Radio” and many others.

    She is an active member of the International Thriller Writers, Sisters In Crime, and Alliance of Independent Authors. Amy is a certified member of International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, founder and Past President of the Cat Writers’ Association, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and Past President and Honorary Lifetime Member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. She frequently speaks to groups on a variety of pet-related and writing issues, lectures at veterinary and writer conferences, and conducts training and behavior demonstrations around the country.

    She and her husband live with Karma-Kat the feline delinquent and Bravo-Boy, the Bullmastiff. They, along with the enduring inspiration of Siamese wannabe Seren-Kitty and Magical-Dawg the German Shepherd, continue to inspire her work.

    Amy Shojai These are the books that I have read and reviewed
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  • The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward – Review

    “Ward writes with great empathy. . . . Earnest and well-told. Heartstrings will be pulled.”—Kirkus Reviews

    “The Same Sky is the timeliest book you will read this year—a wrenching, honest, painstakingly researched novel that puts a human face to the story of undocumented youth desperately seeking their dreams in America. This one’s going to haunt me for a long time—and it’s going to define the brilliant Amanda Eyre Ward as a leading author of socially conscious fiction.”—Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time

    This was the first book that I have read of Amanda’s, and I certainly can say that I would be happy to read more of her books.

    When I started to read this book, I really thought it would politically based, but it really wasn’t, it basically told 2 different stories of Alice and Caria.

    Your emotions go out to both of these fabulous ladies with all of the tragedies that take place in their lives. Caria’s is much more tragic and eye opening than Alice’s, but Alice’s is a tear jerker also.

    I think I would’ve like to seen more of the ending of when they finally did meet up, but maybe, just maybe we will see that in a Book 2. I also enjoyed this book because most of Alice’s story took place in the great Southwestern states of Texas and Colorado.

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  • Dog Facts


    More than 78 million pet cats today are kept in fifty-four million U.S. households. Now, from one of the most trusted cat care authors of the last twenty-five years comes the definitive reference for adopting, keeping, and maintaining a healthy, happy dog. DOG FACTS: The Pet Parent’s A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia is designed to answer all your questions. How do I choose the right dog? What holistic help and preventive care should I give? Why do dogs act the way they do, and what dog behavior indicates illness? What constitutes an emergency, and how/when can I safely treat my dog with home care and first aid? Inside you’ll find:

    An alphabetical A-to-Z listing, with more than 200 entries and 200+ cute dog photos and illustrations, covering everything from abscesses and hair loss to whipworms and zoonosis

    Charts that list symptoms for a particular condition, the corresponding home care or first aid, the comparative veterinarian and holistic treatments, and preventive advice

    A symptoms/conditions table that helps you identify what ailments might be bothering your dog

    Breed-At-A-Glance chart to compare personality, looks, care challenges and other issues when choosing your purebred dog

    A comprehensive, easy-to-use index that makes quick reference a snap

    Contact information for dozens of dog organizations and veterinary resources

    Accessible, yet comprehensive, DOG FACTS can be used with ease and trust. And doesn’t your dog deserve the very best?

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18 August 2019

  • ANGIA Graphic Design & Branding Case Study by Bratus
    18 August 2019
    An inspiring case study of the graphic design work and brand visuals created by studio Bratus for ANGIA.

    Here comes another exceptional graphic design and branding case study by the talented people of studio Bratus. Jimmi Tuan and his team were commissioned by ANGIA Investment to develop a new brand identity in order to redefine the strengths and visual experience of the company. ANGIA was founded in 2008. Within just a few years, the company became one of Vietnam’s most developed real estate investment corporations. To gain even more trust and to achieve even better positioning in the market, studio Bratus came up with a sophisticated revision of the existing brand identity. Please read more below the following image.

    ANGIA graphic design and branding case study by Bratus.

    After extensive briefings and additional conversations with the client, studio Bratus wanted to create a visual language that transports the aspiration and courage to take risks while adopting innovative and new ideas to investment projects. The new brand identity can communicate well, inspire, and create positive values.

    Before starting with the graphic design work, studio Bratus fully analyzed the brand to extract the most valuable insights. Using restrained graphic design elements and typography, they formed a simple yet flexible visual experience. Just have a look at the following images. For more, please visit Bratus’s website.

    ANGIA graphic design and brand guidelines by Bratus.First scribbles drawn by hand.The inspiration and creation process.ANGIA logo design by BratusTwo-sided business cardsANGIA graphic design and branding case study by Bratus.The stationery systemANGIA graphic design and branding case study by Bratus.Real estate brand posters.Brand posters key visuals.Poster and flyer design.ANGIA graphic design and branding case study by Bratus.Web designWeb design for desktop and mobil.

    All images © by graphic design and branding studio Bratus. Check out other inspiring projects in our Branding, Graphic Design, and Web Design categories.

    The post ANGIA Graphic Design & Branding Case Study by Bratus appeared first on WE AND THE COLOR.

  • Photoessay: Over water, from above
    18 August 2019

    A set like this takes a long, long time to come together – you are at the mercy of both situational opportunity and the weather. On top of that, sometimes you don’t realise you’re seeing things in a particular way until you’ve done it for a very long time and then start to recognise patterns in the images you prefer, and the images you keep taking the next time you’re in the same situation. Whilst most of these were shot from passenger aircraft (also putting you at the mercy of window cleaners and seat allocations at check in), some used drones, helicopters or charters. All of these have one thing in common: none of them were deliberate captures, as in I didn’t make a dedicated trip just to shoot for this project or make this kind of image. They’re the b-roll and the extras we get on the way because something touches us at a subconscious level and we feel compelled to capture it. What I do notice common to the images of this set is a sort of distant dreamy calm; I have to admit this is a very foreign feeling to me, but not unpleasant… MT

    Shot with a wide variety of hardware. Mostly processed with Photoshop Workflow III


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  • WATCH THIS Before BUYING the $2,300 Panasonic 50mm f1.4 L-Mount Lens | REVIEW
    18 August 2019

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    When Panasonic announced the S1 and S1H, they also announced 3 L-Mount Alliance Lenses. One of those is the 50mm f1.4 and undoubtedly the best L-Mount Lens they make. The main issue, it’s $2,300 for a 50mm f 1.4 and not even a f1.2. So is it worth it? Check out this Lens Review to help you make that decision.

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  • The First Prime Lenses You Should Buy for Your Camera (Sony Edition)
    18 August 2019
    If you have never used prime lenses before, and you're wondering what the fuss is about, you owe it to yourself to take a closer look at what they can do. Prime lenses offer superior image quality than their zoom lens cousins. Prime lenses generally offer wider apertures, and their more straightforward construction means that there is less that can hinder their performance. Prime lenses have been revered by photographers for years. Their overall sharpness and their ability to isolate subjects with ease make them firm favorites. If you own a Sony Mirrorless camera and are still using the kit zoom lenses that came with it, you need to check out these prime lenses. They will rock your world.
  • Reader Photos Roundup: August 18, 2019
    18 August 2019

    We’re back again with another installment of our reader photos roundup from the Photography Bay Flickr Group.

    Clicking on the photos will take you to its Flickr page where you can read more about the shot, leave a compliment or connect with the photographer.

    As always, thanks for being a part of Photography Bay and sharing your work with the rest of us.

    If you missed out on this round of reader photos, feel free to join in on the fun and add your photos to the Photography Bay Flickr Group and maybe we’ll get you next time.

    *Note: You must allow image embedding from your Flickr account if you want your images to be selected for the weekly photo roundup. We only embed from Flickr so you have full control of if/when your images are displayed. You are welcome to contribute images to the group without them appearing on Photography Bay; however, embedding must be turned on to share them here.

  • Best Free Photo Editing Software for Mac: 2019 Review
    18 August 2019

    Need to get your photos all polished up with an online photo editor[a][b]? Want to do it without breaking the bank? We’ve got the best free photo editing software for Mac users.

    You want your photos to look their best. And ideally, you want to make that happen without spending a lot of time learning a new program or dropping a lot of money on software. We get it.

    To help you out, we've put together this list of the best free photo editing software for Mac. Take a look and get those JPEGs and RAW files queued up.

    (Don't worry, PC devotees ' we won't leave you high and dry when it comes to the best free image editors. Many of these will work for Windows, too. We'll let you know which platforms each app or program is compatible with in the 'Where you can use it' section.) 

    The Best Free Photo Editing Software for Mac

    Some of the winners on our list are available as desktop apps, while others are strictly available as online photo editors. Some are free trials of paid programs, and others are genuine, no-strings-attached free photo editors.

    Choose any of the options on this list and you'll have yourself one of the best photo editors for your next project. 

    Free photo editing software: 12 of our favorites 1. Apple Photos

    Where you can use it: Mac 

    Why we love it: We thought we'd start with the OG of Mac photo editors. Photos made its first appearance in 2015, on OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. Since then, it's cemented its reputation as the best free photo editing software for Mac. The tools are intuitive and simple to navigate, and the integration with iCloud Photo Library is seamless. Plus, as a built-in Mac app, it's genuinely, totally free ' which is why we're more than happy to name it the best free image editor. Learn more about what this Mac photo editor can do for you.

    What could be improved: If we have a complaint about Apple Photos, it's that the photo enhancement features are relatively limited. The app works well as a basic photo editor, but for more complex creative work, you'll want to look into some other options.

    2. Luminar

    Where you can use it: Mac and Windows

    Why we love it: Luminar boasts 60-plus filters for maximum results with minimum time and tinkering. The app comes with all the photo editing tools standard in professional-grade software, including layer functionality, transforming and cloning, and a collection of versatile brushes. It's available as a standalone app or as a plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop. Luminar has been ranked among the best photo editing software for Mac by CleverFiles and Photolemur, among others.

    What could be improved: Mobile users might consider a mobile-specific app for an on-the-go photo editor, since Luminar is desktop only. Also, it doesn't quite qualify as a free photo editor, but you have 7 days to try it out risk-free. Curious about what Luminar can do for your photos? Start your free trial now.

    3. Adobe Photoshop Elements

    Where you can use it: Mac and Windows

    Why we love it: While not truly a free photo editor, Photoshop Elements does have a free trial, and it's far and away among the best photo editing software for Mac and Windows. The suite of automated editing tools ' including for exposure, color balance, and reducing the effects of camera shake ' make short work of the most common photo issues. This program allows you to move well beyond basic image editing into more creative work, so it comes as no surprise that Photoshop Elements is close to the top of our list of the best free photo editors.

    What could be improved: Elements is not as powerful as the full version of Adobe Photoshop (which, of course, is exactly the point). At about $100 for the 2019 version, it's also among the priciest options on our list of Mac photo editors.

    4. Darktable

    Where you can use it: Mac, Windows, and Linux 

    Why we love it: While many online photo editors are streamlined and fairly basic, Darktable is free photo editing software that can hold its own against professional tools. Its cataloguing and photo organization features are comparable to Lightroom (which is a major compliment). It works with JPEGs as well as RAW files, and the perspective distortion and lens correction features are impressive. Darktable also offers non-destructive editing, which is a huge plus.

    What could be improved: The interface isn't quite as polished as it could be, so it's not as easy to pick up as some of our other contenders for the title of best free image editor. But considering it's free photo editing software, that's about all we can complain about. 

    5. Pixelmator

    Where you can use it: Mac 

    Why we love it: Pixelmator shows up in just about every conversation about the best free photo editing software for Mac. This software is powerful and versatile, with layer-based functionality that empowers users to create graphics as well as edit photos. With the latest version, Pixelmator Pro 1.4 Hummingbird, you'll get access to a rich array of features and tools. Our favorites include machine-learning-enabled color matching, a sleek new Free Transform tool, and new templates sized for iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch. As a true Mac photo editor (i.e. one built from the ground up for macOS), Pixelmator is right up there with the best of them.

    What could be improved: It's only the trial that's free ' you'll need to purchase the full version of Pixelmator to use it beyond the first 30 days. The effects and filters are impressive, but not as intuitive as some other options, so there's a bit of a learning curve for those who are new to Mac photo editors.

    6. GIMP

    Where you can use it: Browsers for Mac, Windows, Linux

    Why we love it: GIMP ' short for GNU Image Manipulation Program ' has long been a contender for the best free image editor. In fact, it's been consistently ranked the best free photo editor for Mac, or close to it, since not long after its debut in 1996(!). Originally developed for Linux, this open-source online image editor provides a rich array of tools, with capabilities for everything from image retouching to image format conversion to drawing and graphics creation. The interface echoes Photoshop in many ways, so if you're used to Adobe software, you'll find it easy to switch to GIMP.

    What could be improved: Because of the open-source, volunteer-run nature of the program, there are occasional bugs that you wouldn't see in professionally developed software. But that's not nearly enough to knock it off our list of the best free photo editing software for Mac.

    7. Fotor

    Where you can use it: Mac, Windows, Linux 

    Why we love it: Fotor is designed to be a straightforward, easy-to-use photo editing platform with one-touch results. At that, it succeeds brilliantly. The filters are designed to punch up your photos with a single click, and they yield impressive results. What really secures Fotor's place on our list of the best photo editing software for Mac is the batch processing. Use it to apply the same filter to a big group of photos ' maybe those beach shots that all came out so darn overexposed ' and do all the color correcting you need in one fell swoop. (Techradar has all the nitty-gritty details on Fotor in their review.)

    What could be improved: There's a downside to Fotor being as sleek and intuitive as it is, and that's a lack of high-end features. If you need to do highly detailed retouching with a clone brush, for example, you'll need to look to another Mac photo editor. We're also not crazy about the ads in this free photo editor, but you can pay for the Pro version for a cleaner experience.

    8. Picktorial

    Where you can use it: Mac

    Why we love it: Now on version 4.0, Picktorial is free photo editing software with a suite of impressive features. The built-in photo organization tool is a nice touch, and the filters and effects hold their own against more expensive photo editing programs. Picktorial can even be used as an extension to Apple Photos, so you can use it to complement one of our other picks.

    What could be improved: To really get the most out of this Mac photo editor, you'll need to shell out for the Premium version (currently $9.99/month, or a one-time fee of $69.99). And although this is a ranking of the best free photo editing software for Mac, we do hate to leave our Windows brethren behind. We have to dock some points for the lack of cross-platform compatibility.

    9. Affinity Photo

    Where you can use it: Mac, Windows, iPad

    Why we love it: Affinity is jam-packed with professional-grade features: focus merge, photo stitching, PSD import and export, masks, filters, non-destructive editing ' the whole kit and kaboodle. (And, although not every photographer will have a use for it, we have to mention that the Affinity brush engine is stunning.) Admittedly, the 'free' part of this 'free photo editor' is only a trial. But try it out and you might find it hard to let go.

    What could be improved: We'll be honest: The learning curve is pretty steep here. As a Mac photo editor, Affinity Photo is not for the easily intimidated. If you're willing to put in the time to get comfortable with the less-than-intuitive interface, though, the rewards can be great.

    11. Google Photos

    Where you can use it: Browsers on Mac and Windows, and as an app for Android and iOS

    Why we love it: Google Photos is a straightforward but efficient online photo editor. The cloud-based photo organization system is a huge plus, as is the 15GB of free storage. We're also impressed by the limited, but still useful, filters and basic editing tools.

    What could be improved: For an online image editor, it's a shame that the size limit on images is relatively small (only 16 MP). And it would be nice to have a desktop version instead of being restricted to the browser. Nonetheless, Google Photos still ranks among the best free photo editors out there.

    12. Pixlr X

    Where you can use it: Browsers on Mac and Windows, and as an app for Android and iOS

    Why we love it: This easy breezy little online photo editor is surprisingly powerful, considering that it's about as beginner-friendly as they come. The slider-based adjustments and filters make it easy to tinker with your photos and get the right look without a lot of technical know-how. Pixlr X is somewhat unique among online image editors in that it doesn't use Flash, which is both a good thing (in terms of security) and a not-so-good thing (in terms of the more limited functionality).

    What could be improved: Expect a pretty significant amount of downsizing when you save your file with this online photo editor. You shouldn't have any problems if you just plan to share your images on social media, but you won't want to rely on this free photo editor for full-size prints.

    What's the best photo editor for Mac?

    To find the right mage editor for you, you'll need to consider a few things:

    • What do you need to do with your photo editing software for Mac ' simple image retouching or an intensive creative overhaul?
    • How much are you willing to spend? Does it need to be truly free photo editing software, or are you willing to put some money down if you're happy with the free trial?
    • What's your skill level? Do you need something simple and streamlined, or are you an image tech whiz?

    Once you've got a handle on these three key questions, you'll be well-equipped to find the Mac photo editor of your dreams. 

    We hope our list has helped you select the best free image editor for your next project. If you want to learn more about Skylum software, we invite you to find out whether Luminar is the picture editor for you. Or if you're ready to jump right in, start your trial of Luminar 3 now.


    No matter which online image editor or photo editing software for Mac you choose, we wish you the best in your photography ventures. May you never need to fix it in post.

  • Top Five Photography Spots in the Dolomites by Max Rive
    18 August 2019

    Check out the best photography locations in the Dolomites, appropriate gear and shooting times for each of them.

    There's no denying that Italy's Dolomites are stunning. This monumental mountain range in northeastern Italy is an idyllic playground for both outdoor adventurers and those seeking a taste of the region's cultural heritage.

    But given the size of the Dolomite range ' the 18 peaks cover 350,000 acres (141,640 hectares) ' it can be tough to figure out exactly where to go and what to shoot. Here are five favorite spots in the Dolomites explored by me over the years.


    This famous mountain massif of the Dolomites is located in the heart of the Puez-Odle Nature Park. The main peak is Sass Rigais, which is 3,025 meters high, like the neighboring Furchetta. The Sass Rigais can be scaled both from the Val Gardena and the Val di Funes, via a fixed-rope route starting in Santa Maddalena (in the Val di Funes) or Santa Cristina (in the Val Gardena).

    How to Get There: Seceda can be reached from both the north and the south side. The north side is very steep and only accessible on foot over a hiking trail, while the south side can be reached on foot as well as by cable car. If you plan to take the cable car, you should drive to the village of Ortisei. The lifts only operate in the high seasons of summer and winter, which means your only option is to hike when planning to shoot outside these seasons.

    When to Shoot: This location has the best light during sunrise, when the sun comes from behind the mountain and creates a lot of separation with all the peaks. It can be shot during every season. In summer you will have wildflowers, though in autumn the position of the sun is a little better. 

    Editing Tips and Tricks: Try to use a high amount of shadow details because of all the stone on the left side of the mountain. This part can become dark in the raw file. When shooting at sunrise (recommended), also make sure to maintain all details in the highlights by shooting at the right exposure and reducing the highlight amount in Luminar. When the sun is already above the mountain (more likely in summer), you can enhance the sun by using the Sunrays filter in Luminar. My recommendation is to apply this filter lightly in order to keep your image realistic. 

    Lago Limides

    This is my favorite mountain lake in the Dolomites. It is surrounded with trees and mountains, and because of the changing water levels throughout the year, the lake never looks the same.

    How to Get There: From the village of Cortina d'Ampezzo, it is a 25-minute drive to Passo Falzarego. From there, Lago Limides is a 20-minute hike to the east along a well-maintained trail. 

    When to Shoot: In summer the water levels are higher, which makes for better reflections, and in autumn you have the autumn colors surrounding the lake. Lago Limides can be shot at sunrise or sunset and during the night when the Milky Way is lined up above it. During the daytime, it is more difficult to get good light because the surrounding stones are too contrasty when they catch the sun. 

    Editing Tips and Tricks: A little Orton Effect can create that dreamy look on the water and the trees around it. If you use this in combination with the Soft Glow filter, the light on the surrounding mountains will get some extra glow. A small amount of Detail Enhancer on the small details will give more details to the trees and create more separation with the background.

    St. Johann Church

    This little church next to the village of Santa Magdalena has become world-famous due to the surrounding Odle mountains. It looks like a scene straight out of a fairy tale.

    How to Get There: Drive to Santa Magdalena. Park your car in the bend of the corner or drive around 100 meters further to the Gasthof Waldschenke Hotel. 

    When to Shoot: St Johann Church can be shot at sunrise, sunset, and any time of day or night. The moment when the sun comes above the mountains and illuminates the autumn trees is my favorite. This really shows all the details, layers, and depth of the scene. At sunset, the mountains are illuminated; sunrise will only work if there are clouds above the mountain which catch the first light. For me, the only season to shoot is autumn.

    Editing Tips and Tricks: Try to enhance the autumn colors with the HSL filter in Luminar. This can be done by increasing the brightness of the warmer tones and decreasing both the brightness and saturation of the blues. 

    Drei Zinnen/Tre Cime di Lavaredo

    The Tre Cime di Lavaredo, also called the Drei Zinnen, are three distinctive battlement-like peaks in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy. They are probably one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps.

    How to Get There: Drive towards the village of Misurina, from where you can take the toll road towards the Rifugio Auronzo parking. From there, you have direct access to the loop around the Drei Zinnen. The other option (and my preferred option) is to park your car at the free parking at Di Parcheggio next to the Lago di Landro. From there, the hiking trail will go through the forest 1500 meters up toward the Drei Zinnen plateau. 

    When to Shoot: From spring to early autumn the sun will hit the north face of the Drei Zinnen at sunrise and sunset, which creates the best light. In winter, with snow, the mountains can look good throughout the day. 

    Editing Tips and Tricks: The Drei Zinnen look best when you enhance the bright orange colors of the stone with the dark blues behind it. 

    Alpe di Siusi

    This is the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe. Located in Italy's South Tyrol province in the Dolomites mountain range, it is a major tourist attraction, notably for skiing and hiking.

    How to Get There: Drive from Ortisei to the village of Compatsch. Park your car at the parking spot and hike on the road into the area of Alpe di Siusi. If you drive on this road, you risk getting a high fine. 

    When to Shoot: The best time is sunrise in both autumn and summer. In autumn you have better colors on the land, but in early summer you have a greater chance of getting low fog, which creates some incredible shooting conditions. 

    Editing Tips and Tricks: At sunset in autumn, I prefer to add some light from the side. At sunrise, I wait for the sun to come above the mountains and add a little of the Sunrays filter in Luminar to make that light a little bit more dramatic. 

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  • The awards keep coming for Luminar, named Best Photo Editing Software
    18 August 2019

    At Skylum, we dedicate ourselves to making software that allows millions of photographers to make incredible images faster than ever before.

    With Luminar 3 and its built-in machine-learning tools like Accent AI 2.0 and AI Sky Enhancer, we've made it easier than ever for users to create award-winning images.

    And speaking of awards, this morning, the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) awarded Luminar an award for Best Photo Editing Software. EISA cited Luminar's ability to automate time-consuming tasks through artificial intelligence.

    Judged by 17 international photography magazines, the EISA award follows Luminar being awarded Best Imaging Software by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) earlier this year.

    'Skylum's Luminar 3, soon to witness an update to v4, is an image-editing program for Mac OS and Windows that allows photographers of all skill levels to optimise their pictures with just a few mouse clicks ' and with stunning results,' reads the award citation. 'This is made possible thanks to artificial intelligence technology. Editing, selecting and masking are all automated, and suddenly these tedious tasks that previously could only be done manually are now achieved within a second.'

    We are also preparing to release Luminar 4 this fall, which will include several new features, such as the world's first automated AI Sky Replacement tool.

    'We're so excited that EISA has chosen Luminar as ‘Best Photo Editing Software,' said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum. 'As we've developed Luminar over the past few years, we've built it into a piece of software that helps photographers enhance their images like never before, through innovative technologies that can't be found anywhere else. With Luminar 4 on the horizon, we can't wait to see the exciting new technologies we've developed be put to use.'

    The machine-learning tools that Luminar 3 includes were developed in Skylum's AI Lab. We've invested in the nascent field over the last several years, helping to bring photographers these one-of-a-kind tools that ease common image editing headaches. Developed in Skylum's AI Lab, these tools allow a single smart slider to complete the work of several tools, saving time and enabling casual photographers to achieve pro-like results quickly and easily.

    And don't just take our word for it ' our products are used by several well-known professional photographers, including Skylum Ambassadors like Marco Grassi, Ilya Nodia, Kah-Wai Lin, Trey Ratcliff, Niels Dam, Elena Liseykina, David Sarwono, Michele Grenier, Trace Hudson and many others.

    With new features on the horizon for Luminar 4, and the continued advancements of machine-learning in the Luminar platform, now's the perfect time to try it out. Click here to download your free trial today!


  • How Good Is Fujifilm's Budget X-A5 Camera?
    17 August 2019

    The Fujifilm X-A5 is remarkably cheap, coming in at just $499 including a widely respected kit lens, making for inexpensive entry into the popular X Series. But can it hold its own against its more powerful siblings and will it stand up to the demands of a professional photographer? This great review will answer just that question for you.

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  • How Good Is Fujifilm's Budget X-A5 Camera?
    17 August 2019

    The Fujifilm X-A5 is remarkably cheap, coming in at just $499 including a widely respected kit lens, making for inexpensive entry into the popular X Series. But can it hold its own against its more powerful siblings and will it stand up to the demands of a professional photographer? This great review will answer just that question for you.

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