Serif, a UK-based software firm has just released Affinity Photo, a new photo-editing app intended to compete with Adobe Photoshop but at a fraction of the price.
From the Affinity website:
"The wait is finally over! We’re delighted to announce the public beta of Affinity Photo!
Like Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo is built for creative professionals. It’s a brand new tool for photographers and raster artists with a refreshingly awesome level of performance. Unlike other affordable apps it’s unashamedly pro even as a beta version, supporting end-to-end CMYK, LAB colour, 16-bits per channel editing, ICC colour profiling, and fantastic Adobe® Photoshop® PSD and 64-bit plug-in support right from the start. With your input it’ll get even better!
Performance is silky-smooth and the tools are high-end, including Frequency Separation editing, live blend modes, and inpainting, all wrapped up in task-focused, uncluttered workspaces. Check out the video below — we think creative professionals could fall in love with photo editing and raster art all over again!"
Affinity created this short promo video that offers a tour of some of the features of the new software.
You can sign up to receive the free beta version (Mac only) of the software at Affinity Photo. When the final software is released, it will be available for purchase for $49.99 from the Mac App Store. This purchase price includes free updates for two years.
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We've seen how managing the ISO setting allows you to control the amount of grain that shows in your photos. But it does more than that. Understanding and working with the ISO setting gives us added flexibility in terms of setting the other two exposure settings–aperture and shutter speed.
The bottom line is that ISO is an important and useful tool, and one that you will want to be comfortable with if you are looking to take creative control of your exposure.