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 […]

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 […]

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 #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 […]

 

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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