Exposure 5 - review

This is not the first time I am reviewing the Exporure from AlienSkin. You can still see the All-in-One Slideshow-review of the Exposure 3 here: http://www.akamonitor.cz/product-reviews/exposure3 .
In my new review, you will find short list of newest enhancements ( for reader who know the old review ) and a short list of main features of  the Exposure ( for reader who need an overview.)   This will be just a taste of the hundreds of Exposure features.

What is new in the last (5) version:
- The redesigned user interface in Exposure 5 reduces distraction and provides new ways to quickly find your  style.
- much wider range of textures and new controls to subtly combine them.
- the preset browser now uses thumbnails for a more visual experience.
- You can quickly filter by categories like Black & White or Color.
- You will find specific looks with fast searching by name or description.
- In Exposure 5 you can tag your favorites so you can get back to them later.
- Your most recently applied effects are automatically remembered.
- The darker theme helps you focus on  your image and matches other tools in a professional workflow.
- The new Lightroom-style collapsible panels allow  you to see only the controls you care about. Tools that get out of the way provide more space for your photo.
- Exposure 5 has even more texture overlays that add creative details for vintage or Lo-Fi looks.
- You can now separately control light leaks, borders, and dust & scratches.
- Focus on What’s Important Exposure’s updated user interface lets you work with fewer distractions.
- Exposure 5 fits into any workflow. It integrates seamlessly with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, and now Aperture.
- Exposure now works as a standalone application too. This helps you quickly batch process multiple images and supports workflows that don’t use plug-ins.
- Exposure covers a huge range of looks from throughout the history of analog photography.
- Exposure covers both black & white and color in one unified product, so there is no need to switch tools as you explore ideas.

Short overview of Exposure
Exposure explored the entire history of analog photography to bring back diverse tools, from discontinued films to dark room tricks, covering both color and black & white. Advanced techniques give you new ways to think about your art, express yourself, and stand out from people using typical digital tools. Exposure’s presets give you hundreds of starting points for developing complex styles.
In a single Exposure preset, many small effects work together to achieve a coherent look. For instance, realistic grain clumps together and is stronger in the midtones. The results feel real, even when the effect is not intense. The developer and researcher included test shoots with films that were still available.  For discontinued films they relied on photo archives and the professionals who created them. The anthropology of learning from film photographers was as important as the chemistry and math. Exposure lets you reproduce the subtle nuances that make analog photography beautiful. If you discover a preset that sparks an idea, it’s easy to mold it to fit your needs. Slide films that enhance saturation and contrast are great for landscapes and nature photography. Exposure provides immense control over black & white conversions. This high key look lowers contrast, gives a slight glow to bright areas, and provides warm color toning. Exposure has a variety of subtle looks for portraits. Portra 160 NC lowers saturation and contrast to make skin tones look healthy. Exposure reproduces many long-discontinued films. Vintage looks like Calotype, an early photographic process, can be found in Exposure's vintage preset categories. Exposure simulates a variety of color and black & white infrared films.
It is very difficult to cover all Exposures features in one short text. I solved this problem by the two-parts review. I addend a All-in-One Slideshow, which will show the user interface, the environment, main functions and workflow. You can try the Exposure by using the trial vision which can be downloaded from http://www.alienskin.com/exposure/index.aspx. I am sure, you will like the newest vision of Exposure – Exposure 5.   The link to my All-in-One Slideshow-review will be available in this weblog soon.
doc. Arnošt Katolický