Author: Rod Lawton

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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How to use the Pixelmator Kaleidoscope filter to create a mirrored landscape

Pixelmator is an interesting image-editing app for Mac and iOS that I’m always telling myself I should spend more time with. Well I did just that, finding an interesting use for the Pixelmator Kaleidoscope filter. Before we go any further, though, there’s something you need to know (that I wish I’d found out sooner). The iPad version resizes your images downwards, so that while I thought I was working on a 12-megapixel image, Pixelmator had resized it down to 3 megapixels. Ho hum. Well, I can always repeat this whole process on the desktop version. 01 Choose your image...

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The MeFOTO RoadTrip Air packs a brilliant secret

Well, it’s not a secret exactly, but you could easily overlook not one but two great little features in this ultra-portable travel tripod. They might not mean much to a regular camera user, but to smartphone photographers they really are brilliant. The MeFOTO Air Road trip is a super-compact travel tripod that folds away into a bag small enough to fit inside a (decent sized) backpack or shoulder bag, not strapped to the outside. It has legs that rotate through 180 degrees to lie flat against the centre column and minimise its folded length. It’s not going to be...

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Lightroom noise reduction and why you need it

If you never thought you’d need to pay attention to the Lightroom noise reduction settings, you might need to think again. Like a lot of photographers I shoot RAW files on the assumption I’m going to get better image quality by processing the images myself rather than leaving it to the in-camera JPEG processing. That’s fine in theory, but if you’re in the habit of shooting both JPEG and RAW files at the same time, it won’t take you too long to figure out that it can take a little work to get the RAW files even as good as...

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

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