Thursday, March 22, 2012

Adobe releases Photoshop CS6 Public Beta

From the press release:
Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging, is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. Packed with groundbreaking new innovations, features and incredible performance enhancements, Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft® Windows® platforms. The final release is expected in the first half of 2012.

“Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”

Click here to download the Photoshop CS6 public beta from Adobe Labs

Finally, a major overhaul of the industry standard in image editing software!  Adobe has made some huge changes in the upcoming release, some of which are outlined below:
  • GUI – Completely redesigned, this version now looks more like Lightroom, with dark gray menus and background, and new icons.
  • Auto and background saves – Finally, no worrying about crashing in the middle of major image work.
  • Content-aware Patch and Move tools – Hugely successful Content-aware tools are now even more powerful.
  • Blur Gallery – No more plugins needed for Bokeh and Tilt-Shift blurring in post!
  • Color Range: skin tone and face detection – Automatically detects skin tones with a large database of ethnic variations.
  • ACR 7 – In line with Lightroom 4 and Process Version 2012
  • Crop tool – Redone to also more closely mimic LR4′s crop tool, with the ability to hide and not delete pixels.
  • Properties panel – Expanded image properties and adjustment panels.
  • Video support – Video editing within Photoshop…. not sure yet what the benefits here are, but could be useful if you don’t have Premiere.
  • Oil Paint filter – A new standard filter for creating paintings from photos.
  • Auto correction settings – New “Auto” in Levels and Curves focuses on Brightness and Contrast without messing with colors.
  • Adaptive Wide Angle filter – Automatically fixes distortion caused by wide angle lenses or panoramic stitches.
  • Type Styles – Enhanced text modifications.
  • Printing UI – Completely redone printing UI for added flexibility.
For full details and screenshots, head over to

Sunday, March 18, 2012

More Site Updates

It's spring time... the perfect time to launch some major site changes!  This week I Blogified my news, installing Wordpress on the back end, and migrating all of my news over to this format for better reading, managing, and archiving.  I also plan on using it for more of a blogging platform, so I can post articles, tutorials, and other useful information that's not site specific.

I also completely overhauled my printing back-end.  I'm still using Fotomoto to handle my shopping cart, printing, and shipping for photos on this site, but am now using their handy API's for managing images.  This is transparent to all of you, but allows for much more control for me.  I also have greeting card and postcard options available right from the image page, rather than having to dig through options. Try it out here:

Blue Angels in Tight Formation

Lastly, I've uploaded a handful of new images to my FineArtAmerica managed site, some examples below:

Lotus Flower and Lily Pad

Campfire and Moonlight

NEMO Science Center

Palm leaf macro abstract

Monday, March 12, 2012

March Madness - Week 3 - Got Art?

Holy cow! Week 3 of my own version of March Madness is here! The month is flying by, luckily there are (almost) 5 weeks in March, so I'll have 5 straight weeks of promotions.  This week's featured limited time promotion expires at 5pm on Saturday, March 17th.  Each of these beautiful museum quality 11x14 canvases is available for only $65.

Copyright © Adam Romanowicz. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark III review

Jeff Ascough, one of Canon's Explorers of Light, seems to have had his hands on a pre-production model of the new EOS 5D Mark III long enough to post a fairly extensive review. The following quote from Jeff sums it up quite nicely:
"So are there any negatives to owning this camera? Maybe just one. You will lose the ability to blame the camera for any shortcomings in your own photographic ability. The camera is what every Canon user has been waiting for and then some."
Read Jeff's full review.

Preorder from Adorama!
In the mean time, Adorama has some great deals going for the 5D Mark II, which officially dropped in price.
Exciting stuff!

March Madness 2012 - Week 2

Week one has come and gone, today I'm posting three more featured canvas prints to adorn your bare walls!  This featured promotion expires at 5pm on Friday, March 9th, and there are only 15 prints available, so hurry! Each of these museum quality 11x14 canvases is available for only $65.

Copyright © Adam Romanowicz. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bald Eagle Fractal

It seems photos made into fractals is somewhat popular lately.. it's a pretty contemporary look, modern, edgy, could be hot or cold.  It'll probably get overdone, as everything eventually is (HDR anyone?).  But I figured I'd play around with a few of my photos to see what I come up with.  This first one is of a bald eagle that I photographed while in the Florida Keys.  As a photograph, it actually wasn't particularly striking, but running it through a fractal generator made it something else altogether.  For more, please see my portfolio at

Copyright © 2012 Adam Romanowicz
All Rights Reserved.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark III - Finally announced!

It's here! Well, almost. The 5DMkIII has been announced, with many of the expected specs: 
  • 22MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25600 standard, 50-102,800 expanded
  • 6 fps continuous shooting
  • Shutter rated to 150,000 frames
  • 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic
  • 61 point AF system
  • 63 zone iFCL metering system
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 1040k dot 3:2 LCD
  • Dual card slots for CF and SD
While it appears that the specs are not that far off from the current 5D Mark II, many of the internals have been completely reworked.  The 61-point AF system is pretty much the same as the one in the EOS 1D X, and the now 100% viewfinder is larger than before, with a translucent LCD for in-viewfinder information. 

While some critics believe this camera does not beat the recently announced Nikon D800, we'll have to wait for the side-by-side comparisons to really know. Either way, I'm excited about it!

Several camera outlets already have it available for pre-order, get yours from Adorama today!

Also, find the hand's on preview at

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March Madness 2012 (Promotion expired)

March is almost here everyone!
I'm going crazy for March Madness. Not because I care at all about basketball, but because I value my customers and want to offer some great promotions. So, every week during March, I'm going to pick a theme and post some new limited time promotions, 11x14 canvas prints. To start off, this week's theme is Flowers, going on until March 3rd. Grab them quick!

Copyright © Adam Romanowicz. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Canon 5D Mark III images leak, Launch on March 2nd!

I'm really excited about the launch of Canon's next huge DSLR, the 5D Mark III, set to launch this Friday, March 2.  Some images were leaked and posted on, and they definitely don't look fake.  Here's a few shots:

Official specs have not yet been revealed, but this ultra powerful camera is rumored to offer a 22-megapixel sensor, 61-point auto-focus system, 6.9fps capture rate. It will also feature 100% viewfinder coverage, 3.2-inch LCD screen, and dual card slots: CF and SD.

The sensor resolution spec is lower than the 36-megapixel Nikon D800, but Canon has explained before that this successor to the 5D Mark II isn’t attempting to compete on megapixels and is designed based on the needs of professional photographers. The body itself will cost around $3,500 and the camera will likely ship in late March or early April. Official details to come on March 2.