Author: Rod Lawton

Don’t let the Google Nik Collection disappear!

Last night I signed a petition shared by a Facebook friend. Not something I normally do, but it drew my attention to Google’s plans for the Nik Collection – there aren’t any. Google has announced that development has ceased and, while it hasn’t said how long the software will continue to be available to download, I’m taking no chances. I’m downloading and archiving the installer right now. The fact is, the Nik Collection is too important to lose. It contains some of the best image-editing plug-ins we’re ever likely to see, and I’ve lost count of the number of...

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Lightroom CC updates

Adobe is continually updating Lightroom CC with bug fixes, new camera and lens profiles and, sometimes, new features. This is where you’ll find a list of the latest Lightroom CC updates and what they include. Lightroom update tips Bug fixes and new lens profiles are excluded: see the Adobe Blogs Lightroom Journal for more detail To find your camera, use the CTRL/command-F shortcut to search this page. This will find the update that added RAW support for your camera To find out when a new feature was added, do the same Lightroom CC review Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 update: May 24...

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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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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.