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Friday, July 28, 2006

It's All Good

I'd like to say a special thank you this morning to— makers of the ingenious and innovative LightZone image-processing software—for its generous support of this site. We appreciate all of our sponsors, of course, past, present, and future. All summer, however, Lightcrafts has done more than any other single entity to keep this site alive and hopping, and, as we head into the Fall, it has made it viable for us to consider making this website a permanent feature on the web for the entertainment of photographers and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Every day I receive kind words about The Online Photographer and every day I receive generous offers and gestures of support both moral (thanks) and material (double thanks). But, really, there's no need for us to set up a contribution channel or anything like that: if you like T.O.P. and want to support it, just remember to click on our advertisers' ad links from time to time and go take a look at what they have to offer. (It's all good.)

And if you like what you see, of course, buy it. LightZone is available as a plug-in for $99 and as a stand-alone application for $149. It's available for both Windows and Macintosh and there's a free 30-day trial offer. Check it out!



Blogger fricc said...

Hi Mike,

I just wanted to say that I'm personally a big fan of TOP and i really like your style. For me it is a privilege to be able to help you setting the standard in photography journalism.

You seem to be able to integrate photography in a larger context of life and your writing subjects, and your "suggested reading lists", span far and wide. They inspired my photography and the ideas behind LightZone. Thanks!

Cheers, :)

- Fabio

6:24 PM  
Blogger fricc said...

Nitpick: LightZone (RT and Classic) is not a PS plugin but rather a complete standalone application.

- Fabio

6:26 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

I've been trying out Lightzone and really like it. It gives very good control over contrast by letting you select the tonal range where you want to change the contrast -- this is a more precise approach than Photoshop curves, as you can keep it from changing other tones. Also, the select function through vector "regions" (bezier, etc) makes it easy to make and adjust selections; and you can also change feathering by dragging the inner line of a selection (which has double -- outer and inner -- lines. When I started looking at raw processors, at first I liked Raw Developer, but that is based on a curve and sliders, and process only RAW files; with Lightzone you can work on RAW, JPG and TIFF files.


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