Author: Rod Lawton

How to use String Substitution in Adobe Bridge

So here’s a thing I’ve been struggling with. My personal photo filing system (see part 1 and part 2 of this mini-series) has worked brilliantly for years, except for one tiresome niggle. I number my photos sequentially and yes, I can do that straight away with all my images straight from the camera. BUT there are bound to be some duplicates and duds that I don’t need, so I’m either faced with keeping them forever anyway, or removing them later and having gaps in my file numbers. So one answer would be for me to do an image cull...

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Alien Skin Exposure X3 review

  Alien Skin has announced Exposure X3, the latest version of its all in one photo cataloguing, editing, enhancement and effects software. It boasts a series of new features which make it an even stronger competitor in the enthusiast/pro image-editing market. Exposure X3 is designed not just to provide everyday photo enhancements, but also to recreate the powerful and evocative look of classic analog photography, simulating classic films and darkroom techniques, as well as grain, vignettes, textures, borders and light leaks. It can also work as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom, but it’s in the standalone app’s organisation...

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How to batch-rename RAW+JPEG pairs in Adobe Bridge

Here’s part 2 of my mini-series on creating a basic image filing and naming system. Part 1 explains the basic folder and file naming structure and how to batch rename photos in Adobe Bridge. This part looks at specific situation that lots of us face – what to do when you shoot RAW+JPEG pairs with your camera. This is often a very useful thing to do. You get a JPEG file you can share straight away, and use as a benchmark for your RAW adjustments, and a RAW file you can hone and tune at your leisure. And sometimes...

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Manfrotto Manhattan Changer-20 3-way camera bag review

  Life after Photoshop is all about image cataloguing processing and effects but I also like to pick out interesting bits of kit to try them out, and the Manhattan Changer-20 really caught my eye. I’ve got a cupboard full of camera bags and none of them are exactly right. They’re all good at a couple of different things, but not all the things I might need to do on a typical day on my magazine work, which involves commuting, writing and photography. What I actually need is a tote bag with handles for easy manoeuvring on my train...

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ON1 Photo RAW 2018 public beta now available

ON1 has announced ON1 Photo RAW 2018, the next version of its all-in-one photo cataloguing, enhancement and effects program. Some of the new features really close the gap to Lightroom and other high-end editing tools, and you get the added power of Photo RAW’s effects and layers, so Photo RAW 2018 does look like a pretty compelling proposition. You can find out for yourself by trying out the public beta, which has been released ahead of the main launch at the end of October Download the ON1 Photo RAW 2018 public beta Important: Keep in mind that this is...

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