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 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 #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 […]

 

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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