Monday, April 04, 2005

iLife 05

Today I installed the new iLife 05 suite. So far I have only seriously checked out iPhoto, which is a great improvement; I can now do most of the kinds of things that I like to do to tweak photos, without having to install Photoshop or one of its derivatives. Naturally, Photoshop does a whole lot more: artistic filters, layers, better selection capabilities and so on—but iPhoto will certainly suffice for now.

Here's the feature I most wanted and it works a treat. When you slide the temperature control the separate colors of the histogram move about. When they're more or less merged then the white balance is corrected; sort of like setting the midtone gray point in Photoshop, only you don't need something gray to get a sample off. As a matter of fact, everything that you adjust changes the shape of the histograms in real time — very educational...

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