Google has decided it will no longer develop the Google Nik Collection, so what do we all do when it’s gone? Here are five Nik Collection alternatives that could fill the void. Alien Skin Exposure X2 Once a film simulation plug-in, now a full-blown standalone image-editor with file browsing and non-destructive adjustment layers and masks, Alien Skin is a very interesting … [Read more...] about Top 5 Google Nik Collection alternatives
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The Luminar Adjustable Gradient filter is a great tool for all kinds of photography, but for landscapes in particular. It tackles that thorny old problem of bright skies and dark ground and the brightness difference between them. You can fix this at the shooting stage by using a graduated filter on the front of the lens, but this takes a little longer to set up, and once you … [Read more...] about How to use the Luminar Adjustable Gradient filter
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 … [Read more...] about Don’t let the Google Nik Collection disappear!
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 CC/Photography plan trial version and offers Lightroom update tips Bug fixes and new lens profiles are excluded: see the Adobe Blogs Lightroom … [Read more...] about Lightroom CC updates
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 … [Read more...] about Alien Skin Exposure X2 review
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 … [Read more...] about How many Virtual Copies do you have in Lightroom?
DxO Optics Pro 11 has been replaced by DxO PhotoLab. Read the DxO PhotoLab review here. 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, … [Read more...] about DxO Optics Pro 11 review
Pixelmator is an interesting image-editing app for Mac and iOS that I'm always telling myself I should spend more time with. Well I did just that, finding an interesting use for the Pixelmator Kaleidoscope filter. Before we go any further, though, there's something you need to know (that I wish I'd found out sooner). The iPad version resizes your images downwards, so that … [Read more...] about How to use the Pixelmator Kaleidoscope filter to create a mirrored landscape
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If you never thought you'd need to pay attention to the Lightroom noise reduction settings, you might need to think again. Like a lot of photographers I shoot RAW files on the assumption I'm going to get better image quality by processing the images myself rather than leaving it to the in-camera JPEG processing. That's fine in theory, but if you're in the habit of shooting both … [Read more...] about Lightroom noise reduction and why you need it