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Dramatic Black & White gives you the look of classic black-and-whilte. And it's deeper than nostalgia, simpler times, and less color - it's the artistic soul of photography. Referencing one of our favorite (Ansel Adams) quotes, great black-and-white photos aren't taken - they're made. Made where light and contrast, grit and form tell the story; where stone and sky, water and light transcend the material world.

JixiPix's Dramatic Black & White takes you there -- and beyond. Easy-to-use, fully customizable presets serve up the classic black-and-white looks of the past and the cutting-edge styles of the present. more...

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Version 2.05:
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks support


OS X 10.6 or later

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Personally, I think that Adams so overused his bag of tricks (the filters, the dodged-in fake suns, and so forth) that what, if one only occasionally, could have been art became sentimentalized schtick. He was to photography what Thomas Kinkaid was to painting.

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I'm sure this is going to get a lot of negative reaction, but personally I'm not a big fan of Ansel Adams. It seems to me that he relied on a lot of gimmickry, such as using non-panchromatic film and oddball filters, burning "moons" into his skies, etc. etc. to create overdramatic and almost dreamlike "more real than reality" images, and that he did this so routinely that it ceased being artistry and degenerated into something more like schtick. And when the developer's blurb proclaims that A. A. is one of their heroes, that tells me all I need to know about what this software is intended to do.

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Version 1.0

I don't know your photographic knowledge, but the work of Ansel Adams represents anti-gimmickry at its highest level. Your words speak of ignorance. Amazing!


You are right, this will generate a lot of negative reaction for your ignorance. I would love for you to explain, for instance, how a #25 red filter is an oddball filter? His "gimmickry" as you put it, was really an unparalleled craft for envisioning a final image. His use of colored filters, the Zone System, advance darkroom techniques made Ansel Adams a master of his craft. I've shot with a Linhof Technika 4x5 for more than three decades, and the more I read your post, the more I realize how little you know of photography as art and expression.


He quoted Adams, that's all. "Great black-and-white photos aren't taken - they're made" is true, so I have no problem with that quote being used. It's so rare that a photo is used as it.

A photo is not reality, it is the photographer's version of reality.

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License Demo
Date 29 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $5.99
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