Alien Skin Exposure X4 review

Alien Skin Exposure X4.5 review

Verdict: 9/10

The Alien Skin Exposure X4.5 update has brought support for LUTs and new Haze and Lens Flare updates, adding to its already impressive list of features. Exposure X4.5 is a powerful, effective and engaging all-in-one photo browsing, organising and editing tool that can product hauntingly beautiful analog-inspired images. It can help recapture the emotion in photography that’s so easily lost in a world of histograms, megapixels and lab charts.

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Aurora HDR 2019

Aurora HDR 2019 review

Verdict: 9/10

It’s hard to fault Aurora HDR 2019. It works as a standalone HDR application or as a plug-in. It can merge exposure brackets and it can tone map individual RAW files. It can product dense, wild and dramatic HDR effects or natural-looking images, with almost no sign of the ‘glow’ effects and other artefacts that normally make HDR so difficult to get right. It also goes way further than other HDR tools with comprehensive tone and colour controls, local adjustments and even image layers and masks.

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Lightroom Classic CC

Lightroom Classic CC review

Verdict: 8/10

Lightroom has become a standard tool for a large number of photographers and it does streamline the organisation and editing of large numbers of photos. But while it’s powerful and effective, its raw processing is not the best and its organisational system can feel quite awkward. Worse, for many users it’s become very slow to use. But it is convenient and powerful, and Adobe’s Photography Plans are very good value and include a constant stream of free updates.

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ON1 Photo RAW 2019 review

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 review

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 review

Verdict: 5 stars ★★★★★

Another photo-editor that gets a five-star rating? Yes indeed, this time for features, versatility, value and for finesse. ON1 has brought Photo RAW 2019 a long way, not just improving the tools it offers but also the whole user interface and workflow experience. Definitely try it before you make your mind up, but it really is a genuine Lightroom/Photoshop rival which adds in a huge library of ready-to-use effects.

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