The desktop versions (Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC) are not free, and you can only get them by purchasing one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plans (see below). There is a trial version, but it only works for a short time. With the Lightroom mobile app for iOS and Android, it’s a little more complicated. This app is free to download and install, and you can … [Read more...] about Is Lightroom free? That’s a good question if you use the mobile app
We’d like to think that white balance is a science, right? And that the Temperature and Tint values that form the basis of white balance adjustments are universal constants that we can expect to be consistent across all software applications? That’s not how it is. If you’ve ever suspected that different RAW converters interpret white balance settings differently, here’s the … [Read more...] about 3 RAW converters, 3 different white balance settings!
This isn't an image quality comparison, simply a breakdown of the key differences in the Capture One vs Lightroom debate. They appear very similar in terms of what they do, who they're aimed at and how they work, but there are some key differences in the details. If you are struggling to decide which is best, this feature comparison will hopefully make your decision … [Read more...] about Capture One vs Lightroom: which of these high-end programs is best?
So what's wrong with Lightroom? Lightroom is probably the automatic go-to program for enthusiasts and experts looking for an all-in-one photo organising and editing program, but it's not necessarily the best and it's not popular with everyone, so many will be looking for Lightroom alternatives. One problem is Adobe's subscription system for its software. The Adobe … [Read more...] about Lightroom alternatives: which is best?
I love film. It's what I grew up with, and it's what I made most of my photographic discoveries – and mistakes – with. I love its richness, depth, unpredictability and character. So I'm especially interested in any film simulation software which promises to replicate the look and feel of traditional silver-based films. But I'm also a bit sceptical, because many of the film … [Read more...] about Which film simulation plug-in is best?
Capture One lets you save adjustments for re-use in the future, but it can be confusing because it offers user 'presets' and user 'styles' without being terribly clear about the difference. In other programs, 'presets' usually refer to sets of adjustments applied all at once, but Capture One presets are subtly different. So to make the difference clear, and to … [Read more...] about Capture One presets vs styles: what’s the difference?
I admit that Silver Efex Pro, part of the Nik Collection, is my favourite black and white conversion plug-in, but I like to keep an open mind, and I thought it was about time I took a look at some others. I have reviewed Topaz B&W Effects in the past, but it's been a while since I used it properly, so I've downloaded the latest version to give it a quick test. This isn't a … [Read more...] about Topaz B&W Effects basics: is it as good as Silver Efex Pro?