Exposure X5 Announced

Alien Skin Software have today announced the imminent release of Exposure X5! Exposure is my pick of Lightroom replacements for Digital Asset Management and the best image browser I have ever tested. The current V4.5 is an excellent RAW converter and is the hub around which my entire image processing workflow revolves. Those who purchase […]

RAW Converter Shootout 2019

Ok folks, it’s that time again – time to test the latest RAW converters to see how they fare when presented with a challenging image. Since I last did this, I have moved away from Adobe products, so Lightroom/Camera Raw is not tested here. If you are happy with Adobe then that’s fine, they are […]

Topaz Studio V2 Released

Topaz Labs have just released version 2 of their excellent Topaz Studio software. Put simply, Topaz Studio 2 is one of the best, if not the best, photo enhancers available. It provides non destructive editing with both a collection of presets and a comprehensive set of filters. It is the filters that particularly interest me […]

EOS RP – 6 months review

So, I’ve been using the EOS RP for a little over 6 months now. I’ve taken it up mountains, to the coast, countryside and into cities. I’ve even shot a wedding with it. How did it perform? Am I happy with it? Landscape Photography The RP is a really good landscape photography camera. It’s easy […]

Topaz Gigapixel AI Vs Canon EF x2 Extender

I have tested Topaz Gigapixel AI before and concluded that it is the best image resize software. I now wanted to give it quite a stern challenge. How would it fare going up against a  top rated teleconverter such as the Canon EF 2x Extender, Mark 3? The extender Canon’s 2x extended attaches to some of […]

Canon EOS RP / Initial Hands on Review

Updated 7th March 2019 The EOS RP arrived in the UK this week and I was able to get my hands on one with the RF 35mm f/1.8 STM lens. Here’s my initial review… Disclaimer ‘In this world there are two kinds of reviewers. Those who use the equipment and those who just quote specs.’ […]

Topaz AI Gigapixel – a further review

I have reviewed this software before but now feel it is time to retest the software with a much bigger challenge. The Big Topaz AI Gigapixel Test My sample photo is one of the dreaded ‘brick wall’ pictures – useful because the repetitive structure of the wall allows the edges and centre of the picture to […]

The UK Lake District

My favourite place on earth is the UK Lake District. This small area features England’s best scenery, highest mountain and deepest lake. I have been visiting it for almost all my life and photographing it at a professional level since 2004. New Lake District Gallery The past few weeks have seen me revisiting all my […]

Full frame mirrorless systems

So now Panasonic have introduced full frame mirrorless cameras. They join the ranks of Sony, Nikon and Canon in having recently released one. There are undoubted advantages to full frame over APS-C sized sensors. The advantages include: Better high iso performance Better dynamic range More control over shallow depth of field Better resolution I would […]

Recommended Photo Software

Image Resizing

The best image resize program is Topaz A.I.Gigapixel

Image sharpening & noise reduction

Topaz A.I.Sharpen can not only sharpen images but correct slightly out of focus and blurred images.

Topaz A.I.Clear both sharpens and removes noise. It is the best noise reduction program around.

Photoshop and Lightroom Alternatives

Exposure X4 is the best alternative to Lightroom as far as image browsing and management goes. It is also a decent RAW converter and image editor.

Affinity Photo is the complete Photoshop replacement.

RAW Development

Skylum Luminar is a full featured RAW converter with a basic image browser. Its shadow recovery is the best in the business.

Photolemur is an automatic RAW converter, based on Luminar. Its results are very decent with facial detection and enhancement.

Photo Ninja is a purists RAW converter. It is not as fully featured as the others but it produces some of the best results, especially if you are prepared to build camera profiles.