News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.

Today Aperture has released Aperture 2.1 for Mac, very soon considered that version 2 was released just a month and a half ago.

The update includes some bug fixes and feature tweaks but, more importantly, it introduces a new expansion possibility with a plugin framework (on the same way of Photoshop for example).

Last Friday (March 14th) Adobe released the new versions of Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw (for Photoshop CS3): Lightroom 1.4 and ACR 4.4. Essentially a minor upgrade: support for new cameras, color noise working also on black&white images and a fix/improvement when dealing with extreme color correction (camera calibration function), infact you will find a new ACR 4.4 Profile available in the "Camera Calibration" tab.

Today Olympus has announced the new low-end E-420 DSLR, the smallest DSLR in the market, yet packed with advanced features.

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Apple has released Aperture 2, the new version of its popular image processing software for Mac.

Major areas of changes are: redesigned user interface, faster operations (expecially image browsing) and more image processing features (officialy they are "over 200").

See the official page for Aperture at this link http://www.apple.com/aperture/

Adobe announced that it will discontinue the Adobe Stock Photos service as of April 1, the official reason is "to focus effort in other areas".

The famous site DPreview for Digital Photography with high rated reviews has launched a lens review section.