Whilst there are lots of articles about the technical side of photography on the web, there are far fewer about -why- you might choose to take a particular shot, and why you might choose to make a print from one picture, as opposed to an other shot at the same location, maybe only seconds from [...]
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 [...]
After lots of testing, I’ve finished one of our longer printer reviews.
Review Link: Canon Pixma PRO-1 printer
For an A3+ printer, it’s pretty huge, weighing in at around 60 pounds. This makes for one of the quietest printers I’ve looked at, and one that isn’t going to jump around your desk.
Quality wise, [...]
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 [...]
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 while ago I wrote a longish review of Datacolor’s SpyderCheckr system for camera calibrations
Review Link: Datacolor SpyderCheckr
Datacolor have announced an update to the software that now works with Hasselblad’s Phocus software as well as Adobe Camera Raw.
This advanced colour reference and grey card system now supports Hasselblad’s Phocus software. This new [...]
Keith Cooper has been looking at the new i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer. Covering the i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Basic Pro 2 packages, he has written two extensive reviews of these X-Rite profiling packages for monitors, projectors and printers. [...]