Upgrade Your Camera by Changing RAW Converters

The cheapest upgrade to your camera outfit may be changing RAW converters. There's a big difference between the best and worst and it changes by camera make.

How to use the Nik Collection in Lightroom

Art sculture in Amsterdam

It sounds simple, doesn’t it? If you want to use the Nik Collection in Lightroom, you right click and choose “Edit in” from the popup menu. You can then pick the Nik Collection plugin you want to use from the list. But life and Lightroom aren’t always quite this simple. Have you tried to use … Continue reading How to use the Nik Collection in Lightroom

Nik Collection 2018 by DxO – Is it worth it?

I have been receiving a lot of emails asking me if I have looked at the new Nik Collection which DxO released last week. Yes, I have looked at it and purchased a copy. In short, the new software is all about fixing bugs and problems. The interface is the same as before and there’s … Continue reading Nik Collection 2018 by DxO – Is it worth it?

Friday Image No. 183

Blea Tarn, The Lake District, Cumbria.

Before I went to Italy for a couple of weeks, I started experimenting with Luminar 2018 from Skylum. Now I’m back I have been looking at the software more and I’m even more impressed with the results I’m getting. Looking back to the earlier versions of Luminar this wasn’t the case, but they have improved … Continue reading Friday Image No. 183

Friday Image No. 177

Derwentwater sunset, Keswick, The Lake District.

It’s great how a nuclear sunset can cheer me up. I’ve had a lot of problems thrown at me this week and been let down a couple of times. Then I decided to process this image and I was smiling again. It’s one I shot a few weeks back and have been struggling to bring … Continue reading Friday Image No. 177

DxO Photolab and DNG

I have been experimenting with DxO Photolab again. I really like the software but before I can commit to buying it, I need it to support the Fuji XTrans RAW file format. If I can’t process the Fuji X-T2 files, it’s only going to work for a fraction of the images I shoot. Then I … Continue reading DxO Photolab and DNG

New On1 Editing Video Published on YouTube

I’m off to speak at Wilmslow Guild Photographic Society tonight. Fortunately, I managed to publish my latest video tutorial on YouTube before I must leave. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUb6yNADSrE If you watched my previous tutorial about using the On1 Masking tools, this tutorial goes a step further. It demonstrates how impressive On1 can be when using these masking … Continue reading New On1 Editing Video Published on YouTube

Lightroom CC Soft Proofing Bug and How to Fix It

A few days back I recorded a video to demonstrate how to soft proof a photo for printing, using Lightroom CC. Whilst making the video I noticed the Soft Proofing in Lightroom wasn’t working properly. Both my Mac and PC had the same problem and I couldn’t find the cause. In the end I recorded … Continue reading Lightroom CC Soft Proofing Bug and How to Fix It

Photography Software Space Issue

For a couple of years, I have been frustrated by the lack of space on my Windows PC C: Drive. This is a custom-built PC which uses a 111Gb SSD (solid state drive) for Windows. What’s frustrating is that Windows 10 doesn’t take much space, I load all applications to another drive, but my C: … Continue reading Photography Software Space Issue

Cheap Software Transformed my Fuji Processing

Last week I blogged to explain why I was reluctant to make image submissions from the Fuji X-T2. Then after some internal debate with myself, I made a few submissions. The results are back, and the submitted files passed QA. What I now need to confess to is that I didn’t process the files in … Continue reading Cheap Software Transformed my Fuji Processing