Photography

Drones, bots, and floating speakers! Oh, my!

With 2015 on the horizon, you still have some time to prepare for an entire new year of new tech and hobbies. Luckily Stacksocial is featuring some last-minute holiday steals.

Gadgets

Check out the world's first levitating Bluetooth Speaker, The Om/One. -- $180 Got the urge to fly? Check out the 180 QX Drone with HD Camera, a ready-to-fly drone for any skill level, including a camera for HD photography and movies. -- $190 Into indoor acrobatics? The SKEYE Nano Drone is a mini quadcopter, perfect for airborne stunts around the house or at the office. -- $35 … Read more

Get Wondershare Video Editor for half off

Looking for a powerful yet easy-to-use video editing software? You're in luck! This week, Wondershare is offering its highly rated Video Editor for half off. With Wondershare's intuitive setup, even beginners can create pro-quality video with just a few clicks. This limited-time offer is available for both Mac and Windows users.

Features:

Supports all music, video, and photo formats. 300+ built-in special effects to add Hollywood touches to your movies. Standard and advanced editing features. Share your projects on any mobile/tablet gadgets, or upload to YouTube, Facebook, and more.

Get Wondershare Video Editor now for only $25 (… Read more

Free PhotoDirector, HD drones, and other Black Friday deals

Welcome to Download.com's Black Friday Software Deals page. Here we'll post all of the best deals on the top products in the Download catalog and from our partners. Some deals are already live while others are still rolling in. We'll be constantly updating this page to bring you the very best savings, so stay tuned.

Top Offer Get CyberLink PhotoDirector 5 for free. Go to the giveaway page and use code PhD5CNET. | CyberLink  Name your own price StackSocial's  Must-Have Mac Bundle (including Starry Night, Hotspot Shield VPN Elite, Pixa, MacJournal, Data Backup, Spotdox, … Read more

48-hour giveaway: ACDSee Pro 6

Editor's Note: 4:40 p.m. PST 9/3/2014 UPDATE: Unfortunately we are unable to continue this promotion due to a fault in the ACDSee license key dispersal system. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will continue to secure more fruitful giveaways in the future. Sorry about that folks.

2:50 p.m. PST 9/3/2014 - Due to an overwhelming response, ACDSee's registration site is experiencing difficulties. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause with registrations and request your patience while we aim to resolve this issue.

Looking for a … Read more

Back-to-school tech deals

Whether you've already headed back to class or are doing some last-minute preparations beforehand, it's never too late to stock up on some great tech gear for class. Download.com has got you covered with some ace deals.

The right hardware

Wondering if you should go with a traditional laptop or splurge on a more mobile tablet? Check out these savings before you pull the trigger.

$100-$150 off selected new laptops with Office 365

Looking for an upgrade? The Microsoft Store is offering up to $150 in savings on brand new computers.

$150 off Surface Pro 3… Read more

CyberLink PowerDirector Giveaway Weekend

Video editing has made great leaps in recent years, thanks to more powerful personal computers. No longer the domain of studios, professional-quality video creation is now accessible to all.

That is why, for this weekend only, CyberLink is offering free licenses to its widely-praised PowerDirector 11. A robust video and audio editor, PowerDirector offers the tools you need to create professional quality movies in full HD. Get this special free edition of PowerDirector now by signing up on the Giveaway Page with your email, using the code PDR4CNET.

PowerDirector 11 Special Edition's highlights:

Free to use: Completely free video … Read more

Capture and share your screen with HyperCam 3

Whether you're trying to create a presentation, capture video game footage, or record a Skype call, HyperCam will help you accomplish your goal. A screencast and editing multitool, HyperCam can be used to create basic screencast clips or produce professional-quality videos. Capture both video and audio content and convert them to AVI, WMV, or ASF formats quickly and easily with the all-new HyperCam 3. For a limited time, you can get this advanced screencast editor for half the regular price -- that's only $19.97.

New features in HyperCam 3:

Record Skype video and audio calls. New UI. … Read more

Get Ashampoo Photo Commander for half off

Few photo editors can fulfill most users' needs. Editing software is often either too limited even for beginners or an overwhelming set of tools that would intimidate most pros. Ashampoo rises above the rest by offering something for everyone in one convenient application. Get this highly rated universal toolkit for half off the regular price -- at only $24.99.

If Paint.Net and Adobe Lightroom created a product, it would aspire to be as cool as Photo Commander. With Ashampoo, you'll be able to edit, add effects, perform automated fixes, and share all of your photos and images … Read more

Get Zoner Photo Studio for free

Update May 16, 2014: This offer has been extended until Sunday, May 18, 2014, thanks to the folks over at Zoner!

For the next48 hours, you can grab a copy of Zoner Photo Studio 15 PRO for free. A popular full-featured suite, Photo Studio is a regular favorite with our editors and audience. Both professional and amateur photographers can greatly benefit from this easy-to-learn image manager and editor. With a plethora of tools, settings, and customizability, Photo Studio is a great alternative to Lightroom. Read more here.

Features:

Advanced photo manager supports searches & sorting for keywords, GPS, and more. … Read more

Simple smartphone photo tips

Today's smartphone cameras have become nearly as complex and feature-laden as the compact cameras they replaced. It's easy to get overwhelmed, but here are four simple tips for better photos that will work with virtually any modern smartphone.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

Most smartphones now have an option called HDR, which is short for High Dynamic Range.

When you take an HDR photo, your camera actually shoots three photos at three different exposures: low, standard, and high. Then, your phone stacks all those photos to create one composite image that's super sharp and looks closer to what … Read more