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 […]

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 […]

RAW Converter Shootout 2019

Ok folks, it’s that time again – time to test the latest RAW converters to see how they fare when presented with a challenging image. Since I last did this, I have moved away from Adobe products, so Lightroom/Camera Raw is not tested here. If you are happy with Adobe, then that’s fine, they are […]

Luminar 2018 Update – the Sky’s the Limit?

Luminar 2018 has been updated with brand new features: AI Sky Enhancer Accent AI What are they? Here’s what Skylum say about them: Luminar uses Artificial Intelligence to make the sky on your photos look incredible automatically and The Accent AI is a secret “weapon” of thousands of photographers. It analyzes your photos and applies […]

Photo software updates

The following photo processing software have recently been updated. Here are my first impressions: Topaz A.I. Gigapixel 2.0 Hot on the heels of last month’s 1.1 release, Topaz have quickly released version 2 of their image resizing application. In my previous review, I concluded that it is the best image upsizing software I had ever used. […]

 

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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