Under the Bridge

Bridge. Junction, Toronto

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Junction Triangle

Junction Triangle Pedestrian Bridge

 

The Wallace Avenue pedestrian bridge was built around 1907 and it connects the neighbourhood to Dundas Street West. You can check out this photo taken in 1916 from the City of Toronto Archives.

NIK Software Acquired by Google

Came across this surprise announcement this morning amid the flurry of Photokina product news and reports.

From NIK Software:

We are pleased to announce that Google has acquired Nik Software. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, “photography first”, as we worked to build world class digital image editing tools. We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures.

We’re incredibly grateful for all of your support and hope you’ll join us on the next phase of our journey as part of Google.

All our best!

The Nik Software Team

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Not sure what this means for NIK users worldwide. Their tools have become a big part of my workflow over the years and they are quite indispensable. Let’s hope that Google has a good road map for the future of NIK.

NIK Snapseed

iPhone 4 capture processed with Snapseed

 

NIK Snapseed is one of the best photography apps for your iDevices. The famous U-Point technology is easy to use and highly efficient in creating desirable custom looks. It was voted the ‘Best Mobile App 2012’. I’ve been using Snapseed since it came on the market back in June 2011 and it has become my default mobile photo app.

Until June 7th, this app is FREE on iTunes Store. Highly recommended.

HDR Photography

abandoned building interior. Toronto

I will be teaching the ‘HDR Photography’ workshop on June 25th, 2011 at Pikto in Toronto’s Distillery District. It is a full-day workshop from 10 AM to 5 PM.

If you like more info, please visit Pikto’s site here.

Here’s the workshop description:

High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI) is a process where photographers create images with a wide range of brightness between highlights and shadows to obtain more tonal detail. This can be achieved through software techniques by using just one raw file or multiple files with different exposures.

In this workshop, you will learn to edit a single image with raw convertor and Photoshop layering to maximize details in highlights and shadows. You will be shown techniques of exposure blending from multiple originals in Photoshop and other current HDR applications like NIK HDR Efex Pro. Tone mapping will also be discussed for creating special effects.

This workshop is recommended for photographers who are looking at producing stylized and dynamic images in a more creative way.

NIK Snapseed for iPad

If you are an iPad owner looking for a good photo app for your mobile device, you might want to take a look at NIK’s newest product Snapseed.

NIK is well known for their U-Point technology and pro photography plugins like Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro. Their plugins are well designed and offer professional controls and results. With Snapseed, NIK has moved the patented U-Point technology to the mobile device.

Snapseed iTunes screen grab

Snapseed offers tap control points for selective image adjustments (U-Point technology). Creative effects can be applied via photo filters like Grunge, Vintage etc. You can create centre focus by blurring areas outside of the desired areas. Black & White is also part of the Snapseed offering. You can create darkroom style looks using the supplied filter options and top it all up with random organic borders.

Snapseed is also built with sharing capabilities. You can share the photos via email or through social networking sites like Facebook and Flickr. You can also print via Airplay (WiFi enabled printing).

This product is available on iTunes App Store for $4.99.