Cinemagraphs – Part 1 – Single Image Animations

Cinemagraphs Cinemagraphs seem to be all the rage at the moment so here’s my take on some software that can produce them. This article deals with single image cinemagraphs, part two will look at cinemagraphs created from a video. What is a cinemagraph? A cinemagraph is either a still photo that has been made to look […]

Affinity Photo – Photoshop Alternative for £49?

Affinity Photo – Main DisplayAdobe Photoshop has been the defacto standard for imaging editing on both Windows and Macs for, well, forever. Other tools have come along, such as Paint Shop Pro and, even, Photoshop Elements, but (in my experience) none of them perform as well as the full Photoshop.Some years ago Serif produced and marketed […]

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 […]

Raw Converter Shootout Part #3 – Noise Removal

Noise removal is a key step in image processing and all the converters we are testing have at least one method for doing so. This test will see how well they perform. For the previous entry in this series, which tests initial sharpening, click here… What’s being tested? The converters being tested are: Adobe Lightroom […]

Raw Converter Shootout Part #2 – Sharpening

For part #1 click here. This is part #2 of a series of posts regarding RAW image converters and their performance. What’s being tested? The converters being tested are: Adobe Lightroom DXO Photo Lab (Elite Version) Luminar Exposure X3 Photolemur Smart Photo Editor The test image: The test This part of the test looks at […]

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 […]