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 […]

Exposure X5 Update – Review

Exposure software (previously Alien Skin software) have recently released an upgrade to their Exposure program. They’ve kept the name, but now its Exposure X5. What is Exposure X5? Exposure X5 is Exposure Software’s flagship product. It is a Digital Asset Manager product for photographers. But it is so much more than that. It is a […]

DXO Photo Lab 3 Review

It’s becoming a tradition. Photo software companies offer upgrades around this time of year. DXO are no exception and I’ve been playing with their new release of DXO Photo Lab 3. Disclaimer DXO did not pay me to write this review, neither did they supply me with the software. NOTE for Windows 7 users DXO […]

Widsmob Retoucher for Windows Review

Retoucher – WidsMob recently asked me to review the Windows version of their image-editing program. Disclaimer: I am NOT a WidsMob affiliate and I receive no commission from them should you purchase their programs. They provided me with a fully functional version of the program and a few sample images. What do you get for […]

Topaz Sharpen AI – The end of soft images?

Introduction to Topaz Sharpen AI review. Image sharpness is one of the must haves. It’s non-negotiable. Just look at the focus (pun intended) that lens tests place on sharpness and it’s probably fair to say that we have all bought a new lens because it was sharper than one we already had… But there’s more […]

Skylum Luminar – another look

Skylum Luminar I use RAW converters a lot – I shoot in RAW 99% of the time and need my RAW converter to be working with me and not hindering me. Luminar is in my toolkit, and I thought it was time to give it a difficult image top process. My last test of Luminar […]

 

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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