Author: Rod Lawton

Skylum Luminar 2018 review

  A lot has happened since MacPhun launched Luminar on to an unsuspecting world back in 2016, including two new versions and a company name change. We’re now up to Luminar 2018, which has just received a January 2018 update, and MacPhun has changed its name to Skylum. That’s because the old name didn’t work so well for a company that started out making Mac software but now supports Windows too. MacPhun/Skylum Luminar downloads and deals So there are some crazy headlines circulating that Luminar is set to take on Lightroom, but since so many commentators have only the...

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iON 360U review

The iPhone camera is great, but theres a limit to what it can do. For example, its built-in panorama mode is one of the best around, but it only shoots horizontal ‘flat’ panoramas, and meanwhile the world is waking up to the incredible potential of 360-degree spherical imaging. Right now there’s no shortage of 360-degree cameras, but what’s unusual about the iON 360U is that it clips straight on to an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus or a Galaxy S8 or S8+. Actually, it does more than just clip on. In fact the iON 360U is both a case...

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MacPhun Luminar 2018 announced

MacPhun has announced a new version of its innovative photo-editing application Luminar. Called Luminar 2018, it’s available for pre-order in both Mac and PC versions, and brings new filters, RAW editing tools, lens distortion and perspective correction, LUT support (look up tables for colour adjustments) and, coming in 2018, a new digital asset management system (DAM) which will let Luminar organise your images as well as edit them. Luminar is designed to simplify complicated photo editing tasks, but with the new organising tools coming in next year, MacPhun also wants to take on Lightroom. The PC version of Luminar...

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Don’t be scared of high ISOs!

Your camera’s sensor, your lens’s image stabiliser and the latest photo-editing software technology may surprise you with what they can do together. When you’re on vacation or on a once-in-a-lifetime trip or just strolling through warm city streets at night, you’re going to want to capture the sights with your camera but you don’t want break the mood by wrestling with a tripod, making your family wait and looking like a hopeless tourist. So my advice is to crank the ISO up as high as you need to in order to capture shake-free handheld pictures and just shoot away....

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DxO PhotoLab review

  DxO has sprung a surprise with two major announcements. The first is the acquisition of the much-loved Nik Collection from Google, possibly saving it from doom in the process. The second is the release of a new program called PhotoLab, reviewed here, which is a development of its highly-regarded Optics Pro software. Both are big stories in the world of digital image editing. DxO acquires the Nik Collection Nik Collection review DxO PhotoLab is the successor to DxO Optics Pro, a program designed with one simple aim – to get the maximum possible quality from your camera. This...

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