Best Free Software List for Photographers

The Photographer’s Ephemeris

Runs on: Windows, Mac, Linux (requires Adobe AIR)

This is a great program for landscape photographers. Have you been ever out on a landscape photo shoot and wanted to know where exactly the sun and moon would rise and set. This program written by Stephen Trainor does just that. You get an embedded Google Maps layout on the left where you can find the location of your choice, select the date you’re after and it will let you know what time and angles the sun (and moon) will rise and fall at.

And if you have ever found that great location and the sun is in the wrong spot, you can look forward into the future and know exactly what time of the year is the best time to photograph that location.

If you have thought about “I wonder what time of year the sun would be in that direction”, now you can find out!

Go to TPE’s web site

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Photoshop Smart Objects for Photographers – Part 1, Soft Proofing and LAB Color Mode

One of the great things that has happened since Photoshop CS2’s release, is the introduction of Smart Objects. Today we’ll talk about how photographers who shoot RAW can use smart objects in Photoshop to their advantage.

One the features that we have been all waiting for is soft proofing in Lightroom. Lightroom has so many quick and efficient workflow tools, but does not support one of the most fundamental tools of modern digital editing, soft proofing! (are you listening Adobe?)

We’ll see how we can virtually soft proof a RAW file undergoing adjustments for conversion.

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