RAW Converter Shootout Part #6 – The Results

IN the previous set of articles, here, here and here, I looked at the various options each converter presented. But now it is the moment of truth. It’s time to look at the results! The original image: Photolemur Producing this image took no effort on my part at all – Photolemur just did its thing […]

Raw Converter Shootout Part #5a – Photolemur

In this section I will look at the converter’s individually and point out specific and unique characteristics of each. This will be a multi-part section as doing it all in one post will be too large. For the previous post, which compared all the converter’s basic capabilities, click here. Photolemur This is a totally unique […]

Raw Converter Shootout Part #4 – Converter Capabilities

This post lists the main processing capabilities that the converters support. For the previous article in this series, click here. Overview Most, but not all, of the converters being tested here support both basic and advanced image processing. Photolemur is, of course, totally automatic. I have made educated guesses at what it supports, based on […]

Instagram – what to do and what not to do…

I use and love Instagram. My Instagram page is gaining new followers everyday. It’s not as fast as I would like, but it is steady and the new users are sticking around. Like most of us, I’ve tried different strategies for building up my following and I’m going to share with you what worked 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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