Author: Rod Lawton

Serif Affinity Photo for iPad review

Affinity Photo, Serif’s professional photo-editing application, is now available for the iPad. It’s not the first time a software publisher has produced a mobile version of a desktop application – take Photoshop Express and Lightroom Mobile, for example – but this time it’s different. Affinity Photo for iPad is not a simplified, cut-down accessory app – it’s a full-blown version of the desktop Affinity Photo application with every feature intact and optimised for the iPad hardware and touch interface. That’s a bold ambition no other publisher has attempted. Can Serif really reproduce a full-size desktop application within the screen...

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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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ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 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. It’s recently been updated to ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5, so this review has been updated to reflect the latest changes. The idea is that you can use this one program to browse and organise your photos, develop...

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Top 5 Google Nik Collection alternatives

Google has decided it will no longer develop the Google Nik Collection, so what do we all do when it’s gone? Here are five Nik Collection alternatives that could fill the void. Alien Skin Exposure X2 Once a film simulation plug-in, now a full-blown standalone image-editor with file browsing and non-destructive adjustment layers and masks, Alien Skin is a very interesting Nik Collection alternative. It can work with JPEGs and RAW files, even applying automatic lens corrections, and it has a large collection of effects presets organised into categories. Its effects are a little more traditional and restrained than...

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How to use the Luminar Adjustable Gradient filter

The Luminar Adjustable Gradient filter is a great tool for all kinds of photography, but for landscapes in particular. It tackles that thorny old problem of bright skies and dark ground and the brightness difference between them. You can fix this at the shooting stage by using a graduated filter on the front of the lens, but this takes a little longer to set up, and once you done it you’re committed – you can’t change the strength of the filter or its vertical position in the frame. The advantage of applying a graduated filter digitally is that you...

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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.