Affinity Designer for iPad

Affinity Designer for iPad today brings professional vector graphic design to the iPad for the first time.

Developed with input from a team of leading professional graphic designers and based on Apple Design Award-winning technology, Affinity Designer is the most ambitious creative app developed for iPad. The app was launched today during an event at developer Serif’s Nottingham, UK, headquarters (6pm BST). And for a limited period, Affinity Designer for iPad is on sale in the App Store for only £13.99 / $13.99 / 14,99€ with no subscription – a discount of 30% on the full price (subject to local currency variations).

Serif’s Managing Director Ashley Hewson says: “Affinity Designer for iPad takes all the power and precision of our desktop version and converts it into a truly stunning immersive experience. “We’ve packed everything you’d expect from professional design software into an app that you can just pick up and take wherever you go, totally free from the confines of your desk or even your office.Hewson says developing Affinity Designer for iPad meant totally reimagining the way graphic design works on a screen. “We’ve spent months working closely with influential artists, illustrators and designers to fine-tune the development of the app. Their input really helped us rise to the huge challenge of bringing a full graphic design experience to iPad, which means this is an app with proven professional requirements at its core.”

Affinity Designer for iPad’s velvet-smooth vector tools means curves have pinpoint precision. From initial sketches to fleshing out a design in vector, to handing off for professional print or web, it has the workflow covered, all in one place. Professional performance demands the ability to operate seamlessly with your fellow pros. So Affinity Designer’s modern, powerful export engine covers all the major file types, whether a project is destined for print, online or another app. In a real game-changer for vector drawing, pencil stabilization allows you to produce the smoothest and most accurate lines possible, drawing using freehand pencil and brush tools. The astonishing ability to zoom by well over one million percent ensures complete accuracy in your work, every time.

Affinity Designer for iPad is unique in offering the opportunity to switch seamlessly from vector to raster work. With around 100 brushes built in, to cover pretty much every requirement, it’s simple to add rich media texture to your designs. Naturally, Affinity Designer for iPad is optimized for the very latest iPad technology including intuitive multi-touch gestures. The iPad’s advanced Metal graphics processing delivers unreal speed and lag-free real-time edits, even on the biggest files. Apple Pencil dynamics like tilt, angle, pressure and more help bring smoothness and stability to your curves and colors. Using the Drag & Drop feature of the iPad’s Files app enables you to bring projects in and out of the app at a touch. Hewson adds: “Affinity apps are tailored for today’s technology … that means they’re fast, powerful and precise, with total lack of bloat. On iPad, the powerful graphics processing really helps us deliver eye-popping performance.”

Affinity Designer for iPad supports all major formats, 16-bit per channel editing, end-to-end CMYK, ICC color management and spot colors for professional printing. Boasting 22 non-destructive adjustment layers that preview instantly and can be edited any time, and with full support for masks, stacks and clipping layers, Affinity Designer for iPad offers the most advanced layer controls available in any vector-based app. Further, its unrivaled text engine puts the power to create exquisite typography at your fingertips.

Everything you need for end-to-end UI design workflow is on hand, including unlimited artboards, a powerful Symbols tool and full asset management. It works seamlessly with the desktop version (sold separately), which was given a coveted Apple Design Award in 2015. And it becomes the second Serif app for the Apple tablet – professional image editor Affinity Photo was unveiled at WWDC2017 and is Apple’s reigning iPad App of the Year.

After the discount period, Affinity Designer for iPad will be available priced £19.99 / $19.99 / 21,99€ subject to local currency variations). The same 30% discount is also being applied across Affinity’s range of apps and official Workbooks for a limited period.

Approved by professionals

The Serif developer team worked with leading artists and illustrators on the creation and testing of Affinity Designer for iPad, in a private VIP beta period designed to perfect the app for real-world uses. Quotes from some of them are below: David Sossella Illustrator and creative director “Affinity Designer for iPad is incredible, powerful and reliable. I love the way objects are managed and gestures have been implemented. It’s a great surprise to me to have such complete vector software on a mobile device, it’s something I’ve been waiting for.”

Steve Simpson Illustrator and graphic designer “Affinity Designer for iPad is a fully featured vector app with raster tools available on a tablet. It’s a different level.”

Matt Griffin Illustrator and author “I’m delighted that there is now an app like this available on iPad. Combining vector and raster tools, and with the addition of type, it has everything I need to work solely on the pad if required.”

Will Schorer Illustrator and graphic designer “I’m blown away with Affinity Designer for iPad. Having the freedom to work from a sketch to a finished vectorized artwork all without any cables, in one app is a dream come true and a huge time saver.”

Juan Manuel Orozco Illustrator and graphic designer “Discovering this app has been amazing, I’ve fallen in love. I can ink in vector and color in raster all in one portable app, with no layer limitations. It’s totally changed my workflow.”

Full review coming soon

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B&W Artisan Pro just got updated to version 1.2

B&W Artisan Pro is an intuitive and easy to use Photoshop panel for advanced editing of B&W photographs, with powerful local adjustments features. Designed and developed by multi-award winning photographer Joel Tjintjelaar, whose signature style B&W photographs have inspired many photographers worldwide, to emulate his style.

With this panel Joel unlocks his advanced B&W editing techniques to a larger audience without the need to acquire the technical knowledge and years of experience, necessary to create high impact B&W photographs.

New Features



If you also struggle with halos and fringes around edges when masking objects – buildings specifically – even when you thought you just created the perfect mask and especially when pushing the contrast more than normal then v1.2 will give you a smart solution through 3 new ‘Load and optimize mask’ presets.
This new feature will eliminate annoying fringes/halos substantially, or, depending on the quality of your mask, completely. This takes place by applying an optimization automatically when loading a mask via the ‘load and optimize mask’ preset in the panel. And no pixels on the edges will be deleted, blurred, cloned, smudged or manipulated otherwise, as the optimization takes place before using the mask in an adjustment or a background replacement for example.
Have a look at the comparison photo above and the video with the optimization feature. Getting rid of halos around the edges of a building with the push of a button is actually easy, but the panel can do the same with the fringing on the intricate and very small cables on a panorama shot of the Brooklyn Bridge (see photo) and just as easy with leaves and branches of trees. But that’s just a small part of the new features I’m introducing.

Elementary tasks, such as accurate and subtle darkening of local areas, are enabled by quick, free-form selections with a lasso tool, and then clicking a single preset that triggers a sequence of sometimes more than 100 custom-built steps. Local adjustments have never been faster and more intuitive than this.

Add to that features such as Local Micro Zone adjustments to easily isolate and adjust tonal details, also with fast carefree selections, B&W fine-art conversion presets, smart Mask Optimization to prevent fringing (v1.2) or adding subtle split tones using a unique method, and this panel becomes a must-have for the B&W artist who prefers creativity to complicated technical features.


Besides the already existing option to create 8 light, 8 dark and 3 mid-tone luminosity maks. It is now also possible to create 16 half luminosity masks for more tonal control.


The following presets are custom built presets, each one of them consisting of a sequence of various custom built and accurate adjustments I apply also in my own black and white workflow.

Fine art subtle | Fine art dramatic | Architecture subtle | Architecture dramatic | Neutral conversion | Low-key conversion | High-key conversion | High Contrast conversion | SE 1 | SE 2

A Free version of the panel is also available from the BW Vision website. It has fewer functionalities than the Pro version, but it will let you discover the power of this really good tool.

Final Thoughts

Again a really good Black & White conversion panel. For thise of you that have experience in using  film enlargers, it will remind you how to create perfect dodging and burning.  For a $35.00 | €28.45 list price, it really is a best buy.


New Aurora HDR 2018 update.

New Update to Aurora HDR 2018 Brings New Tools, Improved Performance, and Loupedeck+ Integration

Aurora HDR 2018 is now up to 2x and 4x faster on MacOS and Windows computers, respectively, and is now compatible with the brand-new Loupedeck+ photo editing console.

Skylum Software today released the latest update to its award-winning photo editing software, Aurora HDR, bringing improved performance, new features, and updated tools to both MacOS and Windows versions. Aurora HDR is now faster across the board with a massive boost in performance on both Windows and MacOS computers. Specifically, performance on MacOS computers is up 180% when working with bracketed shots and 175% when working with single images. On Windows computers, Aurora HDR is now 500% faster when working with bracketed shots and 400% for single images. Aurora HDR also makes better use of memory, with more intelligent management and improved stability.

“The team at Skylum has worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to bring massive speed and performance improvements to the Aurora HDR 2018 update for both MacOS and Windows computers. Combined with the support for recently-launched Loupedeck+, photographers who use Skylum’s products will be able to edit photos more efficiently than ever before. The faster photographers can import, process, and edit their photographs, the more time they can spend in the field or studio capturing shots,” said Dmitry Sytnik, Co-founder and CTO at Skylum.

Windows users, in particular, receive a new batch processing tool, bringing it more in line with its MacOS counterpart. Windows users get a refreshed interface, the ability to rename layers, histogram functionality in the tone curve filter, improved dodge and burn stability, and a flip/rotate tool. 

On the flipside, Mac users receive improved plugin stability, increased export speeds, and improved memory management when batch processing images.Aurora HDR 2018 has also added support for more than a dozen new cameras. The full list includes: 

  • Sony A7 III
  • Canon EOS 3000D / Rebel T100 / 4000D
  • FujiFilm X-H1
  • FujiFilm X-A20
  • FujiFilm X-A5
  • FujiFilm X-E3
  • Olympus E-PL9
  • Panasonic DC-GF10 / Panasonic DC-GF90
  • Panasonic DC-GX9 / DC-GX7MK3
  • Panasonic DC-TZ200 / DC-ZS200 / DC-TZ202 / DC-TZ220 / DC-ZS220 / DC-TX2
  • PhaseOne IQ3 100MP Trichromatic.

Skylum also announces a partnership with Loupedeck to bring support for the brand-new Loupedeck+ photo editing console. Now, users can quickly process photos in Aurora HDR using physical dials, knobs and keys. “With similar goals to make the photo editing process more creative, intuitive and efficient, Loupedeck is thrilled to partner with Skylum on our journey to launch the Loupedeck+ editing console,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “We’re confident the support of Skylum’s editing products will further enable today’s photographers to enjoy enhanced editing experiences and we look forward to continued delivery on this mission moving forward together.” The updated Loupedeck+ console features improved build quality, updated mechanical keys for a more precise feel, two customizable dials, and an all new “Custom Mode” that allows users full control of all dials. 

“Skylum and Loupedeck share the same vision,” said Skylum CEO Alex Tsepko. “We want to help photographers create great photos, differently. When I discovered that the new version of Loupedeck keyboard is coming out, I knew Skylum software should be the first to support it. This is the kind of innovation modern photographers really need.” 

Loupedeck is the only photo editing console custom-built to improve the Adobe Lightroom and Skylum Aurora HDR experience, with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative. It allows both professional and amateur photographers to improve the ergonomics of editing, comfortably increasing output. Loupedeck’s hands-on and highly intuitive console minimizes the use the mouse and keyboard, and it works seamlessly with Apple and PC operating systems.

Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Loupedeck was founded in 2016 with a highly successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that exceeded its original target by 488 percent. For more information, visit

Use the coupon code “SHADESOFGREY” for a $10/ €10 immediate discount.

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ON1 Photo Raw 2018.5 now available.

ON1, Inc announces the new ON1 Photo RAW 2018.5, now available for download or purchase. Version 2018.5 includes an overall performance upgrade, new features such as LUTs and camera profiles, new camera and lens support, and fixes for user reported issues.

“We’re very excited to deliver this update. There is a ton of key new features and updates customers will have a lot of fun with,” says ON1 President, Craig Keudell. 

Key Features and Improvements

  • Camera Profiles – Select the same looks you see on the back of your camera in ON1 Photo RAW 2018.5. Select from Natural, Portrait, Landscape, etc. depending on what your camera offers. These are not preset, they don’t adjust any of the sliders, and are non-destructive.
  • LUTs in Effects- LUTs or Look-Up Tables are a favorite way to add matte,vintage or cinematic color grading looks. These are available inside of Effects in version 2018.5. The common .3DL and .CUBE formats found online can also be imported into Photo RAW 2018.5. LUTs will work like any of the current filters in Effects.
  • Improved Brushing Performance – Brushing with the Masking Brush is more fluid and responsive, especially on Windows computers with large or high-dpi displays.
  • Transform Pane Enhancements – The Transform pane in Develop includes new tools to correct perspective and rotation issues. A new grid makes it easier to visualize
  • Faster Film Strip for Culling – Using the Filmstrip in Develop and Effects is now just as fast as it is in Browse. You can also perform your editing and culling tasks like ratings, labels, rotate and delete, while you are adjusting your raw processing.
  • RAW+JPG – If you shoot RAW and JPG at the same time, you can collapse and hide the JPG copy, so your library isn’t cluttered. Any metadata or file changes you make are mirrored to the JPG
  • Manage & Organize Presets – Ability to better organize presets into a nested category structure and to move, rename, delete, and nest presets and categories.
  • Nested Albums – Nest albums or photos inside of other albums. If you are migrating from Lightroom, your nested albums are brought over by the Lightroom migration
  • Increased Stability – Significant under the hood stability improvements are in 2018.5.
  • Background Export – Exporting is processed in the background so customers can continue to work on another job without having to wait for the export to
  • New Cameras & Lenses – Includes new cameras and lenses. The list includes support for Fujifilm® X-A5, Fujifilm X-H1, Sony® A7 III, and many others.


Price and Availability

ON1 Photo RAW 2018.5 is available to purchase or download as a 30-day free trial. ON1 is running a launch special for a limited time for new customers at a price of $79.99 (Reg: $119.99). Previous owners of any ON1 product can upgrade at a launch special price of $69.99 (Reg: $99.99). ON1 Photo RAW 2018.5 is also available as part of an ON1 Plus Pro membership for $129.99/year (Reg: $149.99/year). ON1 Plus Pro includes a perpetual license of ON1 Photo Raw along with in-depth post-processing and photography education. All of it is easy to follow along and fun. During the launch special, ON1 is including 50 additional LUTs created by Hudson Henry, Matt Kloskowski, Tamara Lackey, and ON1 professionals. 

Version 2018.5 is a free update for all owners of ON1 Photo RAW 2018. Finally, those who have tried an earlier version of Photo RAW 2018 can try this new version for free and get 30 more days to test it, since ON1 has reset the trial period for all. 

A single purchase of ON1 Photo RAW 2018.5 includes both Mac and Windows installers and activation for up to five computers. It comes with a 30-day money- back guarantee, world-class customer support, hundreds of free video tutorials, and free ON1 Loyalty Rewards every month.


What’s Ahead for ON1

ON1 will be rolling out several new web features within the week. These include public support community forums, a new weekly tips & tricks series Tip of the Week, and eight new LUT packs (80 LUTs) available to download for free. Later this summer ON1 plans to roll out an extensive new video library for customers where they can create and save video playlists, watch photography courses, track progress, and more. ON1 will also unveil a new community content exchange where customers can create, upload, and share ON1 presets, LUTs, and other creative content. As for ON1 Photo RAW, it has come a long way since its launch. ON1 has rolled out over 50 new features and updates along with tons of enhancements to the performance of the app this year alone. “Our team is laser-focused at continuing to build upon this solid foundation. Our work isn’t done as the team is hustling at building new technologies to help both the ON1 and photography communities,” says Craig Keudell.

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Memoria by James Natchwey.

“I have been a witness. A witness to these people who have been taken everything – their homes, their families, their arms and legs, and until the discernment. And yet, a thing that they had been subtracted, dignity, this irreducible component of the human being. These images are my testimony. “

James Nachtwey

Conducted in close collaboration with James Nachtwey and Roberto Koch, this exhibition is the largest ever retrospective dedicated to the work of the photographer. Through his look, it proposes a remarkable reflection on the theme of war, the scope of which is necessarily collective.

Ten-seven different sections constitute the route of exposure, forming a set of nearly two hundred photographs. They offer a broad panorama of the reports the most significant James Nachtwey: El Salvador, the Palestinian Territories, Indonesia, Japan, Romania, Somalia, the Sudan, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, the United States with among others a singular testimony of the attacks of 11 September, as well as of many other countries. The exhibition ends on a news story dealing with immigration in Europe, today more than ever a topical.

It brings together as well the photographs of the one that can be considered as the photojournalist the most prolific of these last decades, an observer exceptional of our contemporary world and probably one of its witnesses the most perceptive.

James Nachtwey, whose career is marked by numerous prizes and awards in a variety of areas, is globally recognized as the heir of Robert Capa. Its moral force and its social commitments and civilians were led to devote his entire life to the Photograph. Sudan, Darfur, 2003 © James Nachtwey Archive, the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth


It captures the most extreme conditions of human life – which do not take that too often the forms of hell on earth – thus the witness epic in the cruelty of the war. It has continuously been to photograph the pain, injustice, violence, and death. But for that it never is forgotten the suffering and loneliness human, it creates images of a dizzying beauty, spotlessly framed and informed, and to the effects quasi-film. The extraordinary beauty and infinite tenderness which emanate from are all means to fight and resist.

In a posture always compassion, it captures scenes and contexts: in Bosnia, in Mostar where a sniper aims through a window, famine in Darfur, the sick of tuberculosis or even the terrible effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Among its images the most emblematic, we think immediately to which represents a young boy of Rwanda, a survivor of a concentration camp Hutu, the face Scarface. Also Come in mind the photographs of the second intifada in the West Bank, where Nachtwey was then in the first line. It depicts the war since 40 years, showing without detour the fate of the populations that are the terrible experience. As of September 11, 2001, when the war reached “at home,” on American soil, during the attack on the twin towers, followed by the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The images of James Nachtwey reveal humanity mutilated by the violence, devastated by disease and hunger, a tolerance which, by nature, seems to go astray.

“I wanted to become a photographer to enter the war. But I was pushed by the natural feeling that an image that would expose without detour the true face of a conflict would be, by definition, a photograph anti-war”.
James Nachtwey

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mostar, 1993 © James Nachtwey Archive, the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth


JAMES NACHTWEY The duty of memory

“The memory is an essential thing that we have to imagine the future and prevent the errors of the past. Through his photographs and his words, James Nachtwey reminds us that if we are unable to the remembrance of the past, we will be condemned to perpetual its repetition.

For nearly forty years, James Nachtwey photograph the pain, injustice, violence, and death. This death if particular which knows neither the fullness of old age or the heat of the loved ones, but who has the eyes of a child, the emaciated hands of a woman or a man’s face that poverty has ravaged. What the fact Hold, costs that, within this “grieving community” that form our human condition. In this maelstrom of “eternal pain,” it is this belief infallible that the photojournalism, in what he has led, can still influence public opinion, as the first milestones in a history book that would remain to write.

Born in Syracuse in the State of New York in 1948, James Nachtwey grew up in the 1960s. Its eyes are a flood of images of the Vietnam War and marches for the civil rights. Quickly, he feels how vital it is to testify and, through its work, it, therefore, commits to combat the hypocrisy, which if we often, in fact, divert our gaze, as much as our conscience. The reportage in Romania, which follows the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the USSR, marks a point of no return. The doors are starting to open. As those of a hell on earth, an orphanage where a dramatic crime against humanity had to be committed. The painful reality the spoiled up to the marrow: “I wanted to flee, I did not want to watch later. But it had become a test. Had to do I steal or well assume full responsibility to be there, with my photographic camera?”.

These glances panicked, seized in a massive plan, occur as infernal circles. For example, the famine in Somalia, “where the deprivation of food is used as a weapon of mass destruction and, where, since the middle of the year 1992, epidemics and hunger have caused the death of more than 200 000 people”. Sudan also, devastated by war and famine, as well as the Bosnia in 1993, Rwanda in 1994, Zaire or even the Chechnya. The objective of James Nachtwey also aims poverty in India and Indonesia, the scourge of AIDS, the drug or tuberculosis, but also the acts of love of the relatives who remain at the bedside of patients.

Then comes September 11, 2001. The war, which had not affected the more prosperous part of the globe since sixty years, returns to the West. This history to mark a new turning point. Nachtwey documents the wars that ensue in Afghanistan, Iraq, and that recall the errors of the past bitterly. His compassion inspired him an unfailing sense of empathy toward those who suffer, populations traumatized by the earthquakes, like in Nepal, in Haiti or Japan, and by the tsunami that struck Indonesia. Then it coexists with the terrible contemporary tragedy of migrants in Europe, among us, where hundreds of thousands of people are forced to flee to try to survive in an elsewhere that they imagine a land of hope and the home.

Nachtwey writes: “My photographic work is linked to the human instinct, the one who wins when the rules of the Civilization and the socialization fly in brilliance. At this time, the law of the jungle takes over. Violence and land claims are then needed, spoofing with them their batch of cruelty, terror, and suffering, but also a spirit of ancestral survival. It is a dark mechanism and frightening, and I am trying through my work to make a share of spirituality. Essentially the compassion.”

A COMPASSIONATE GAZE is a look of knowledge, conscience, and memory: the only possible antidote against this obscure scope, this heart of darkness that takes its horrific load by the yardstick of what the whole man is capable. We look at the images of Nachtwey, and we know now: we cannot forget ever again. ” Roberto Koch Co-Commissioner of the exhibition New York, 2001

© James Nachtwey Archive, the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth



James Nachtwey is born in 1948 in Syracuse in the State of New York (USA). He studied the history of art and political science at Dartmouth College from 1966 to 1970. In 1976, he worked as a photojournalist for a newspaper in New Mexico and then, in 1980, he moved to New York as a freelance photographer for various magazines. It is from 1981 that James Nachtwey will devote themselves entirely to photograph the war and social unrest Major. It covers the conflicts in the world, convinced that the awareness of the public remains essential to cause the change, and the photographs of war disseminated by the media can trigger a real consciousness to act in favor of peace.

In Europe, it documents the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the war in Chechnya and the civil unrest in Northern Ireland. In Africa, it photography the genocide in Rwanda, the famine which becomes a “weapon of mass destruction” in Somalia and Sudan and the struggle for the Emancipation in South Africa. It documents the civil wars which gobble up Central America in the years 1980, El Salvador in Nicaragua in passing by Guatemala, as well as the invasion of Panama by the United States. In the Middle East, it covers the conflict Israeli-Palestinian since more than twenty years as well as the civil wars in Lebanon and, more recently, the war in Iraq, where a grenade explosion wounded him. It begins to work in Afghanistan during the years 1980, photographing the resistance in the face of the Soviet occupation, then the Afghan civil war and the offensive against the Taliban in 2001. In 2010, he shot military fighting Americans in the Helmand, Province in the south of Afghanistan. Elsewhere in Asia, it documents the guerrillas in combat in Sri Lanka and the Philippines as well as the bloody repression military against demonstrators in Bangkok in 2010. It has recently testified to the refugee crisis in Europe, the earthquake in Nepal and the “war against drugs” to the extrajudicial Philippines.



James Nachtwey covers the social subjects throughout the world with dedication always equal. The homeless, drug addiction, poverty or even the crime and industrial pollution are among the main subjects that it has widely photographed. Since the beginning of the years 2000, he has a great interest in health issues across the world, in particular in the developing countries, attesting to the ravages of diseases which the devastating effects affect a more significant number of people than the war. In 2007, he received the price ted for its global campaign to raise awareness of tuberculosis, based on its belief that the collective consciousness can encourage research, facilitate the financing, mobilize donors and motivate the political will. Many distinctions have been the crowning glory of his career as a photojournalist, but also to reward its contributions to the art and humanitarian causes. In 2001, he received the Common Wealth Award. In 2003, he got the price Dan David and, in 2007, the Heinz Family Foundation Award. In 2012, he is a laureate of the cost of peace of the city of Dresden for the whole of its reportage carried out for more than 30 years on all the conflicts of the world. In 2016, James Nachtwey obtains the price Princess of the Asturias.

He won five times the Robert Capa Gold Medal, for his courage and his exceptional work. It receives the title of the photographer of the year on eight occasions; the first price of the World Press Photo Foundation on two events; the Infinity Award in photojournalism three times; the price Bayeux-Calvados of war correspondents on two occasions and the price Leica on two occasions. Rewarded by the Overseas Press Club, by the time Inc., and by the American Society of Magazine Editors, it also receives the Henry Luce Award, the price of the foundation of Leipzig for the freedom and the future of the media and the cost of world citizenship Dr. Jean Mayer. In 2001, war photographer, a feature-length film documenting the life and work of James Nachtwey, is nominated for the Oscar for the best documentary. His books include deeds of war and hell.


The photographs of James Nachtwey are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library of France or even of the Center Pompidou. Its images have been the subject of numerous personal exhibitions in the world. It has been invited to present his work at several international events, including the TED Talks, the Conference Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges, the Pacific Health Summit, the World Conference on Tuberculosis in Rio de Janeiro, the annual meeting of the Young President’s Organization in Sydney and, on the occasion of the World Day of Peace in 2011, before the International Olympic Committee. The title of Doctor Honoris Causa is awarded by four American universities, including the Dartmouth College, which has recently acquired the whole of the archives of his work.

Skylum focuses on AI with Photolemur

Skylum Software announced the formation of a new research and development division dedicated to the advancement of artificial intelligence technologies in image processing. The Skylum AI Lab leverages the company’s prior work developing smart filters in its award-winning Luminar software, as well as technology from its “sister company” Photolemur, which was founded in 2016 by Dima Sytnik and Alex Tsepko, co-founder and CEO of Skylum respectively.

“Clearly, AI can simplify our lives. By using AI-based technologies in our products, our customers save time vs. manual editing, and can often get better results,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO at Skylum. “Our neural networks are being trained on millions of images taken by cameras from Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus, Nikon, Canon and many others, which means outstanding results for all photographers, regardless of what style they shoot and what gear they are using.”

To spearhead the new Skylum AI Lab, the company has hired Alex Savsunenko, former CEO of Let’s Enhance, a leader in machine learning for visual content. Savsunenko will manage all research and development for technologies based on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural networks. Promising results will ultimately be implemented in Skylum products and solutions for image and video enhancement, with the aim to help users make their workflow faster, smarter and more efficient.

Currently, the Skylum AI Lab is testing over a dozen of new solutions, including:

  • Image upscaling: uses deep convolutional neural networks to improve low-resolution images and scale them up for superior viewing and printing.
  • Tagging: generates tags that describe the image and its objects based on image recognition.
  • Segmentation: smart recognition of image areas that can be automatically enhanced using different filters and corrections based on the type of object.
  • Automatic enhancement: applies smart image corrections to photos based on a variety of issue

To further reinforce its AI prowess, Skylum has also joined forces with Photolemur, creator of the world’s first fully automatic photo enhancement solution. Photolemur app has been sold for several years, with hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide. It enhances images utilizing artificial intelligence without the need to use any manual controls. Development will continue on Photolemur, with the next evolution of the app likely to be a cloud solution that helps high-volume users enhance images as batch process.


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