Author: Rod Lawton

Photography jargon A-Z

Welcome to the Life after Photoshop photography jargon buster! This is a growing collection of photography terms, explained in plain English and linking, where available, to more in-depth articles. If you see anything that’s been missed, explained badly or is just (heaven forbid) just plain wrong, leave a comment below or get in touch at Photography jargon: 1-9 1-inch sensor A new sensor size roughly half way between the small sensors in point and shoot digital cameras and the much larger ones in digital SLRs and mirrorless cameras. It’s found in more advanced high-end compact cameras, and Nikon...

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Alien Skin Exposure X2 review

Alien Skin Exposure started out a long time ago as a plug-in for simulating the look of classic fashioned films and processing techniques, but it’s evolved into something a whole lot more. It still has a large library of film effects at its core but it can now operate as a standalone application, not just a plug-in, and it has its own built-in browsing tools too. What was once a plug-in could now be the only image-editing tool you need, so our Alien Skin Exposure X2 review is long overdue. Exposure X might not be as well-known as Photoshop, Lightroom,...

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How many Virtual Copies do you have in Lightroom?

Virtual Copies are really useful. They let you try out a whole load of different processing variations on a single image without having to create new files, saving time and disk space in the process and keeping all your adjustments ‘editable’. But there are drawbacks too. One this that none of your edits are visible outside of your Lightroom catalog. Like all non-destructive editing processes they rely on proprietary data that makes no sense to any other program. If you want to be able to share your images with other users or applications, you have to export them as...

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DxO Optics Pro 11 review

There’s a line on the DxO Optics Pro website that explains its aim perfectly: “Upgrade your images without upgrading your equipment”. DxO Optics Pro 11 does this in two ways. First, it uses lab-developed lens profiles to correct aberrations in over 950 camera lenses, fixing distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting and even edge softness. Second, it uses DxO’s own RAW conversion and enhancement tools to produce the best possible quality from camera RAW files – it currently supports over 300 cameras. It will also correct JPEG images straight from the camera, though of course you won’t get the benefit of its...

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ON1 Photo RAW 2017 review

ON1 Photo RAW 2017 is an all-in-one photo browsing, editing and effects tool which can work as a standalone program or as a plug-in for Lightroom or Photoshop. It’s a replacement for ON1 Photo 10.5, and it’s the latest version of a long-running photo effects suite previously consisting of a whole bundle of effects modules but recently integrated into a single app. The idea is that you can use this one program to browse and organise your photos, develop and enhance both RAW and JPEG files, use ON1’s large library of special effects and customisation tools and even combine...

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Welcome to Life after Photoshop! It's a site dedicated to alternative image editors, photography techniques and camera gear.

Rod Lawton – photographer, writer and Head of Testing for Digital Camera, PhotoPlus and N-Photo at Future plc.

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