More Topaz Magic-Mask AI Released

Topaz Mask AI As I stated in yesterday’s post, Topaz Labs seem to be the most innovative photo software company at the moment. They’ve restructured their software into two groups: Topaz Studio, which contains all their ‘regular’ plugins and enhancement tools. The AI range, their specialist tools. And now they’ve added AI Mask. I’ve played […]

Upgrading to Windows 10

Windows 10 Upgrade is Still Free. I recently upgraded one of my computers to Windows 10. I know, I’m a late adopter. But Windows 7 was working fine for me and I didn’t feel inclined to update it without good reason. I had to update it to test the new DXO PhotoLab 3, which won’t […]

An aid for blogging

ProWritingAid – a tool for bloggers and writers I’ve been writing this blog for over a year now and it’s a very different discipline to taking and editing photographs. I find it harder. Until yesterday, my method was to write the post and then use Yoast’s features to check my writing. That worked for shorter posts […]

Topaz Gigapixel AI Vs Canon EF x2 Extender

I have tested Topaz Gigapixel AI before and concluded that it is the best image resize software. I now wanted to give it quite a stern challenge. How would it fare going up against a  top-rated teleconverter such as the Canon EF 2x Extender, Mark 3? The extender Canon’s 2x extended attaches to some of their […]

Luminar 3 – With Libraries. First looks

Luminar 3 With Libraries was released recently and I’ve been playing with it for a while. Here’s my first impressions: The Good A reasonable image browser with a unique layout It keeps itself up to date after you have told it the folder(s) where your images are The RAW conversion is high quality, although it […]

Affinity Photo – correction

In my previous reviews of this excellent software, I made a mistake regarding its focus stacking, saying that the individual layers in the stack cannot be edited. This is incorrect. See this Youtube video for details. To my mind Affinity is simply fantastic and it offers a real depth of features. But this mistake on […]

A.I. Gigipixel 1.1 released.

I recently reviewed the initial release of A.I. Gigapixel and concluded it was a great Image Resize tool. Its main problems were the speed on low end graphics cards and it didn’t support many low end graphics cards at all. This new release fixes the graphics card issue – the software will now run using your PC’s CPU […]

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, […]

Hello photography world!

Hello Blogworld I thought it was time to start publishing some articles, reviews and photography news. So stay tuned – they’ll be lots of good stuff here soon!

 

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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