Topaz Labs to charge for some Product Upgrades

I guess it was always going to happen. As I said earlier, software companies who don’t use a subscription model need to find other ways to generate revenue. The most popular, and obvious, way is to charge for product upgrades. Most photo software companies seem to issue them in the Fall of each year and […]

Adobe Alternatives-Photo Software for 2019/2020

I like Adobe’s products. But I don’t like their subscription model. Based on making many tests I think other, non Adobe, software is better. Here are my recommendations. Photoshop Alternative There is only one serious candidate for this: Affinity Photo. At less than £50 Affinity is cheaper than Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Paintshop Pro and it […]

Topaz DeNoise AI – How Good Is It?

Topaz AI Clear has long been one of my favourite ‘image finishers’ – it performs two excellent operations: it removes any noise and it clarifies and sharpens the image. Despite the new DeNoise AI, I’ve continue to use AI Clear (part of the Topaz Studio suite). Today, I compared DeNoise AI with AI Clear, to […]

Topaz Labs 25% Off Sale

Topaz Labs are offering 25% off their products from now up to Friday 27th December 2019. I’m a huge fan of their products and I publish no photo without it being processed with at least one of their tools. Read my reviews and see the examples: Gigapixel AI Sharpen AI JPEG To RAW Mask AI […]

It’s Black Friday!

Just a short post to highlight what’s available this Black Friday. Sky Collection I’ve just released a new product, enabling Skylum Luminar 4 users to replace the skies in their images with some of my own. Read more here. Black Friday Deal-Skylum Luminar Skylum have reduced the price of Luminar to £72 with a choice […]

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 […]


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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