Author: Rod Lawton

Here’s a simple photo filing system that works

This is part 1 of a mini-series on how I organise my photo library. I’m posting this because keeping an ever-growing library of photos organised is a challenge for all of us, and I thought I’d explain a system that’s worked for me for fifteen years – so I’m guessing it must be half right. I use lots of different tools for browsing, sorting and searching my images, including Lightroom, Aperture (at one time) and more. But they all rely on central folder-based folder system on my hard disk. So I could just dump every batch of photos I...

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GoPro Hero6 Black and Fusion spherical camera announced

GoPro is the company that kickstarted the whole action cam industry, so although the market’s since been inundated by a whole swarm of rival brands, when GoPro announces a new camera it’s still big news. And when it announces two cameras not one, it’s bigger still! GoPro Hero6 Black The first announcement is the Hero6 Black, a replacement for its ultra-successful Hero5. It doesn’t offer 6K video, as some had hoped, but it does offer 4K video at twice the frame rate, topping out at 60p for super-smooth 4K 2x slow motion. This is thanks to a new custom-designed...

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ON1 Photo RAW 2017.6 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. ON1 has recently been updated Photo RAW to version 2017.6, so this ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 review has been updated to reflect the latest changes. The latest additions include a new Fast Preview mode that uses embedded...

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CyberLink PhotoDirector 9 review

  Photographic experimenters and artists are always looking out for new and exciting tools to expand their vision, and CyberLink PhotoDirector 9 does seem to offer some interesting and alternative approaches to photography, including 360 photo and video editing and crossover video and stills imaging. It’s also a pretty powerful all-in-one photo cataloguing, enhancing and editing tool, so that alone makes it worth a proper look. CyberLink is a Taiwanese company with offices around the world. It’s been making its ‘Director’ software for some time, and it consists of PhotoDirector 9, for stills and some crossover video work, PowerDirector...

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Aurora HDR 2018 review

This Aurora HDR 2018 review covers the latest version of MacPhun’s innovative and popular high dynamic range tool, and the big news with this release is not just the software improvements, which are substantial, but the fact that it’s now available in both Mac and PC versions. MacPhun Aurora HDR 2018 downloads and deals page HDR photography is massively popular, as a technical tool for handling a very high brightness range, as a striking and vivid special effect or something in between. It’s never been difficult to create wild and wacky HDR effects with a whole bunch of other...

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