Skylum Luminar 4 – First Looks

The folks at Skylum kindly granted me access to a beta version of Luminar 4. The release date is November 18th, so this is near to being the pre-release version. It certainly felt stable and fully featured. Even better, it supports Canon’s CR3 files! Luminar 4 – What’s New? Readers of this blog will know […]

Topaz Denoise AI – Worthwhile or just noise?

Topaz Labs have just issued a fascinating blog post comparing the Denoise AI product to other class leading noise reduction programs. Is this just a carefully chosen image, well suited to Denoise AI’s processing or are they onto something here? So I took my own, noisy, photo. Unlike Topaz’s it was in daylight, and taken […]

Luminar – a fresh look. Is it time to upgrade?

It’s been a while since I reviewed Luminar and there is an update due to be released on November 18th. Given that it is on pre-sale at a much reduced price, including a free SmugMug subscription, I thought I’d revisit it and see what the current version can do. What is Skylum Luminar? Luminar is […]

Exposure X5 Update – Review

Exposure software (previously Alien Skin software) have recently released an upgrade to their Exposure program. They’ve kept the name, but now its Exposure X5. What is Exposure X5? Exposure X5 is Exposure Software’s flagship product. It is a Digital Asset Manager product for photographers. But it is so much more than that. It is a […]

More Topaz Magic-Mask AI Released

Topaz Mask AI As I stated in yesterday’s post, Topaz Labs seem to be the most innovative photo software company at the moment. They’ve restructured their software into two groups: Topaz Studio, which contains all their ‘regular’ plugins and enhancement tools. The AI range, their specialist tools. And now they’ve added AI Mask. I’ve played […]

Upgrading to Windows 10

Windows 10 Upgrade is Still Free. I recently upgraded one of my computers to Windows 10. I know, I’m a late adopter. But Windows 7 was working fine for me and I didn’t feel inclined to update it without good reason. I had to update it to test the new DXO PhotoLab 3, which won’t […]

DXO Photo Lab 3 Review

It’s becoming a tradition. Photo software companies offer upgrades around this time of year. DXO are no exception and I’ve been playing with their new release of DXO Photo Lab 3. Disclaimer DXO did not pay me to write this review, neither did they supply me with the software. NOTE for Windows 7 users DXO […]

An aid for blogging

ProWritingAid – a tool for bloggers and writers I’ve been writing this blog for over a year now and it’s a very different discipline to taking and editing photographs. I find it harder. Until yesterday, my method was to write the post and then use Yoast’s features to check my writing. That worked for shorter posts […]

 

Recommended 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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