Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 is a really useful plugin that I’ve used for a lot of my black and white prints in the last few years.
Sometimes though, getting one part of an image to look the way you want creates unwanted effects in other areas. This is most noticeable in fairly flat [...]
The image processing and manipulation plugins from Nik software cover every part of my workflow after I’ve converted my camera files from their original RAW format. I’ve now written reviews of all the current versions of the plugins with the review of Dfine 2, for image noise reduction.
Review Link: Nik Dfine 2.0
Finishing this [...]
DxO have produced a software application and plugin (Photoshop and Lightroom) that offers some interesting correction options for image geometry.
Review link: DxO Viewpoint V1.1
From my own point of view, the most interesting correction is for the distortions you get with groups of faces when shooting with a very wide angle lens.
This isn’t [...]
Last year I looked at Nik’s HDR Efex Pro plugin, and have just finished writing up a review of the latest version, which works with Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom.
Review Link: Nik HDR Efex Pro 2
The new design makes it a lot easier to experiment with the different options, and to my mind also [...]
I’ve been using DxO Optics Pro for some of my RAW processing for several years – It’s what I’ve chosen for many of my images that I produce as large prints.
The latest version (V8) offers a range of improvements to image quality and overall workflow, and I’ve written a detailed review, looking at [...]
Producing better photos and prints without spending much money
This week has been a busy one, with all the work on fixing this site, and fitting in several architectural photo shoots.
What’s been really helpful though, are two talks I’ve given to photographers groups in Nottingham and Coventry. I do a few of these presentations [...]
I’ve recently been looking at developments in High Dynamic Range (HDR) software.
In particular there’s now a lengthy review of Unified Color’s HDR Expose 2 and the Float 32 photoshop plugin.
Review Link: HDR Expose 2
The software is a standalone package for merging individual images into one new image that covers a wider dynamic [...]
I notice that Nik software have just announced an update to their HDR software ‘HDR Efex Pro 2′
Last year I wrote a lengthy review of HDR Efex Pro, and was very pleased to see, how with care it was possible to avoid much of what I’ve long considered the more obvious excesses of much [...]
Some time ago I tried out DxO’s FilmPack software and found it worked well, with a few minor issues.
Well, DxO have released an all new 64 bit version that works in stand-alone mode or as a plugin for Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture/Elements.
Review Link: DxO FilmPack V3.2
Great ‘film look’ renderings and very nice looking film grain [...]
A new version (V7.5) has been released for DxO Optics pro.
It’s somewhat faster than the last version I’ve reviewed in full: DxO V7.2 review
There are also new lens modules and newer cameras are supported.
“The 64-bit version of DxO Optics Pro v7.5 can handle much larger files – up to 200 Megapixels – [...]