2019 Buying Guides: https://www.dpreview.com/buying-guides
Sony RX100 VII Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRYVA_GcF78
Sony A7R IV Review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCxvO8wzVKc
The death of Photoshop: a warning to photographers (Spoiler: usual “AI will destroy us all” Skynet nonsense!)
It is usually a good idea to update your camera firmware and photo processing software on a regular basis. If you don’t know how, ask someone in the club who has experience doing it for help. We try to refresh this list of the most popular software programs on a regular basis. Updates can usually be obtained from within your current version by clicking on “check for updates”, or you may obtain them from the support section of the vendor. If you do it this way and you are downloading Canon software, you may need to input your camera’s serial number for some apps.
If you use the (excellent!) free FastStone Image Viewer, the current version is 7.4. You can download it from their website. This is much more than a “viewer”. Among other things, it is great for resizing images and adding borders for DPI competitions. Ask Edgar Reihl for a walk-through at one of the club meetings if interested.
The latest version of Adobe DNG Converter is 12.1. This is a free download from Adobe.
If you use Canon Digital Photo Professional, the latest version is 18.104.22.168
The latest version of Canon Picture Style Editor is 22.214.171.124
If you use Nikon Capture NX-D, the current version is 1.6.0. If you use View NX-i, the current version is 1.4.0.
Photomatix HDR software was recently updated for the first time in more than a year. The current version is 6.1.3. This is a great app for helping your photos look more realistic. It is especially useful for prepping photos for printing.
The current version of Aurora HDR software is 126.96.36.1999
The current version of Luminar is 188.8.131.5291
The current version of On1 Photo Raw 2020 is 184.108.40.20605
The current version of DXO Photo Lab 2 is v2.3.2 Build 265
Topaz Studio 2 is currently at version 2.2.0.
For most of these, you can get the updates from within the app by clicking on “Check for Updates” (or similar). This way, you don’t have to search for them on the developer’s website.
Nikon Z6 and Z7 (mirrorless) cameras all had firmware updates in December, 2019. Other Nikon models were updated earlier. Launch Nikon Message Center to check for the latest versions and download them.
Various Canon models have had firmware updates during the past year. The Canon EOS R is the latest; v1.6 on 12/05/19). Canon does not have an app like the Nikon Message Center that tells you which ones have been updated at a glance. The easiest way to find them is to go to Canon USA Support at this page and type in your model number. This will bring you to the support page for your model where you can check for software and firmware updates and download them.