Author: Rod Lawton

Top 12 HDR tips

HDR photography can produce spectacular images. It can also produce a supersaturated, overcooked look that we’ve probably all seen too much of. Getting that balance right is an art in itself. For now, though, here some HDR tips for shooting and then editing your images. HDR tip 01: In-camera HDR In-camera HDR is becoming more common and it can work pretty well, but it’s not the same as being able to choose your own presets and HDR settings. The results can look flat and lacking in midtone contrast and leave you with just as much work to do as if you’d just started...

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Learn better black and white photography – with your phone

The way that certain cameras feel and work and operate lends them to a certain kind of photography. And for me, the iPhone is perfect for high-contrast, graphic black and white images. True, the image quality is some way short of what you’d get from a ‘proper’ camera, but when I’m using it I see the world differently and I see compositions in a way that I don’t when I’m looking in a camera viewfinder or at the back of a screen. Perhaps it’s because the camera is also the display medium? Imagine how differently we’d see and capture images if...

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Lightroom CC review

Lightroom is Adobe’s all-in-one image cataloguing program, raw conversion tool, photo-enhancement application and all-round digital hub for organising, editing and sharing your photos. This Lightroom CC review covers the Creative Cloud version, part of Adobe’s subscription-based Photography Plan. This plan also includes Photoshop CC, so you’re getting two photo-editing applications designed to work alongside each other. I’m reviewing Lightroom CC, because although Adobe’s subscription software plan is controversial, it’s very cost-effective, you get constant updates and it brings Creative Cloud synchronisation tools which are becoming more and more useful. You can still get a regular ‘perpetual licence’ version, Lightroom 6, but it’s...

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Saturday spotlight: Tilt-shift effect

Digital tilt-shift effect tools are popular because they give images a retro ‘old-camera’ look and, in the right circumstances, can make a real-life subject look like a miniature model. But first some physics. Digital tilt-shift effects are rarely accurate. They only work if your whole subject is on a single flat, receding plane. If you have any objects sticking up vertically, the top and bottom will be blurred along with the near and far parts of the picture, and that’s not right. However, if the subject is suitable, and the effect is otherwise convincing, then other people might not...

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Friday photo software news

Capture One Pro 10 Phase One has announced an update to its professional cataloguing, raw processing and studio tethering application Capture One Pro. It’s a close rival to Adobe Lightroom, delivering very high-quality raw conversions and a workflow aimed at busy professionals. Version 10 brings a number of enhancements, including faster browsing, zooming, panning and adjusting and a more sophisticated approach to image sharpening, with diffraction correction, halo correction and profile independent output sharpening. The auto masking function has been extended to cover files from non-bayer sensors like Fujifilm X-Trans and you can now filter images by orientation (vertical vs horizontal)....

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Rod_Lawton_circle Photoshop is not the only image-editor in the world. It's not even the best. This site is where the alternatives get a proper shout. Rod Lawton, Head of Testing, Future plc Photography Division

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