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.’ […]

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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 […]

Topaz JPEG to RAW AI – Review

I have been testing a beta version of Topaz Labs latest ‘AI’ tool – JPEG to RAW. What can this tool do? Here’s what Topaz told me: Topaz JPEG to RAW AI that allows you to edit JPEGs as if you originally shot them in RAW.  This machine-learning powered software will: Recover shadow / highlight detail […]

Luminar 3 – With Libraries. First looks

Luminar 3 With Libraries was released recently and I’ve been playing with it for a while. Here’s my first impressions: The Good A reasonable image browser with a unique layout It keeps itself up to date after you have told it the folder(s) where your images are The RAW conversion is high quality, although it […]

Affinity Photo – correction

In my previous reviews of this excellent software, I made a mistake regarding its focus stacking, saying that the individual layers in the stack cannot be edited. This is incorrect. See this Youtube video for details. To my mind Affinity is simply fantastic and it offers a real depth of features. But this mistake on […]

Luminar 2018 Update – the Sky’s the Limit?

Luminar 2018 has been updated with brand new features: AI Sky Enhancer Accent AI What are they? Here’s what Skylum say about them: Luminar uses Artificial Intelligence to make the sky on your photos look incredible automatically and The Accent AI is a secret “weapon” of thousands of photographers. It analyzes your photos and applies […]

Recommended software

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.

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