The new LUTs feature introduced in Exposure X4.5 supports one of the newest trends in photography. LUTs (lookup tables) started out in cinematography as a way to apply a specific ‘look’ to a movie or scene, but they’re now catching … Continue reading How to use LUTs in Alien Skin Exposure X4.5
Experts may sneer at automatic ‘quick fix’ filters, but the new Luminar Accent AI 2.0 filter does seem to make some quite intelligent adjustments. Continue reading Skylum Luminar 3.1.0 update adds upgraded Accent AI 2.0 filter
The Lightroom HDR merge option has been around for a while, so how does it work and how does it compare to a dedicated HDR tool? Continue reading Lightroom HDR: how the HDR Merge tool works
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. Continue reading Lightroom alternatives: which is best?
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.
The name is the same, but despite the apparent similarities, these are two very different programs. So what are the key differences between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC, and how do you choose which one to use? Continue reading Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic CC
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.
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.
Where is Adobe actually going with Lightroom CC? Its cloud-based storage is convenient, but locks you into Adobe’s expensive storage subscription, and it does a lot less than Lightroom Classic with little sign it’s going to catch up any time soon. It looked good at the start but hasn’t really gone anywhere.
Capture One Pro’s editing tools and RAW processing are superb, it’s excellent for studio tethering and a sessions-based workflow but also has powerful cataloguing tools. You may still need an external editor like Photoshop or Affinity Photo, but only for complex composites.
For value for money, features, power and the sheer innovation in its editing tools, Luminar 3 is brilliant, the new 3.0.2 update has fixed a couple of early frustrations in the Libraries feature and Luminar has come a long way in a short time.
It’s Skylum’s first Luminar update of 2019 and demonstrates its commitment to free (and frequent) updates. Both the Mac and Windows versions have been improved, so let’s start with what’s new for Windows users. Update: Luminar 3 review Skylum Luminar … Continue reading Skylum Luminar 3.0.2 free update brings important improvements and bug fixes