Raw Converter Shootout Part #1

Conversion Speed and Initial Results

Introduction Most cameras, and even phones, provide the option to shoot RAW images, rather than JPEGs. There are many advantages to this: Significantly increased ‘bit depth’ that allows for far more image processing afterwards. Better dynamic range with the ability to correct exposure (to some degree, at least) Ability to adjust White Balance The ability […]

Lens tests – and why you should (usually) ignore them

This is part one of a series of articles concerning lens tests and performance… Lens tests! The Internet is littered with them. I’ve even done some. Photography magazines regularly feature them. Photographers ponder their contents and base purchasing decisions on them. But here’s a truth – in general lens tests are of limited value and […]

 

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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