Field Curvature. Friend or Foe?

Is field curvature really such a bad thing? Can a photographer use it to his advantage? Find out here.

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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 […]

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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