Moving from Lightroom to ON1 Photo Raw

A couple of weeks ago I posted how I was trying out Alien Skin Software Exposure X4 as a possible replacement for Lightroom after I’d cancelled my Adobe subscription. Well, in the end I didn’t plumb for Exposure X4, but instead went for the latest release of ON 1 Photo Raw 2019 instead. As I explained in my previous post, I ended up cancelling my subscription to Lightroom quite quickly and so was left without a photo editor. Just as […]

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A quick look at Alien Skin Exposure X4

Earlier in the year I wrote a post about a software photo package called ON1 Raw because I was planning to cancel my subscription to Lightroom. Well, a couple of days ago went ahead with the cancellation, but instead of ON1 Raw I actually started trialling Alien Skin Exposure X4 as my photo editor. Although I had planned to cancel Lightroom in November, in the end I cancelled it on October 30th and in quite a hurry. I was looking […]

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Evaluation of ON1 Photo Raw as a Lightroom user

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been evaluating a copy of ON1 Photo Raw with the thought of switching to it from Lightroom and I’ve written this post so I could share my thoughts. First some background. I didn’t actually decide to look around for a Lightroom replacement because I’m dissatisfied with Lightroom. I received a promotional email from ON1 about a discount being applied at the moment because a new version has just been released, and I thought […]

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Using IR scans to remove marks from colour slides with Silverfast.

This is just a short post which covers using the Infra Red scanning capabilities of the Epson flat bed scanners to identify and remove marks and dirt from colour slides during scanning. I’ve been scanning quite a lot of slides over the last few weeks for the Found Film site,  and up until a few days ago I’ve just been placing the slides on the scanner in the slide mount, doing a pre-scan to get the framing and then batch […]

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Post-processing film scans in Lightroom

A couple of years ago I wrote a post which described the steps I normally take when post processing pictures in Lightroom. The procedures I describe there are still the way I carry out post processing when dealing with digital images, but recently I’ve been taking more shots on 35mm film and I’ve found it is necessary to subtly change the way these images are dealt with in Lightroom, so these notes are going to describe this different workflow. I’ll […]

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Adding colour to a black and white photo in Photoshop

As I said in a post a few weeks ago I’ve been scanning and repairing some pictures which my Father took over the last 50 odd years, as well as some taken by other members of the family going back even further. I’ve had to learn quite a few techniques in Photoshop like when to use the the spot repair tool and the clone stamp tool and I’ve managed to successfully repair some quite bad tears and damage. One thing which […]

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Repairing old photos with the Clone Stamp tool

Although I use Lightroom all the time I’ve not really used Photoshop that much since I joined Adobe Creative Cloud using the photographers cut down package last year. However a few weeks ago I had cause to try to recover some old photographs of my fathers which had been badly creased and damaged and found that Lightroom just can’t do that sort of job, so I turned to Photoshop. This is certainly quite a common procedure for photoshop experts, but […]

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A day in London

These pictures are a couple of years old now – I took them during a family trip to the London Aquarium in August 2011 which I posted about a while ago, but I’ve not published these particular pictures before and I’ve given them a bit of a make over in Lightroom. As I remember I took two cameras with me that day, a Pentax K-r and and Olympus E-PL1, (neither of which I now have unfortunately) and these were all […]

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Experiments in Photoshop 2 – Photo retouching

I have used the spot removal tool in Lightroom to good effect in the past to remove or paint over small areas in a picture and found it to be pretty effective. However for large objects or areas of pictures it doesn’t seem so effective. I thought that now I have access to the full Photoshop CC product I’d try to edit a picture with problems and see how much better photoshop is. The picture above is one of St […]

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Experiments in Photoshop 1 – Tilt shift filter.

As I mentioned in my last post I have recently subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photographers membership which gives me access to the full Photoshop CC program – something I could never have justified as a standalone purchase. I have been experimenting with the various features and thought I would start a series of posts showing some of the results. The first effect I have been experimenting with is the tilt-shift filter. A tilt-shift lens is one where the […]

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Sunshine and snow

This is a new treatment of an old picture which I took a couple of years ago with a Pentax K-r and a Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle lens. I took it during a snowy period in the field across the road from us and particularly like the starburst effect the Sun has which I believe is caused by the small aperture used. The main post processing which I carried out was to increase the saturation in the sky and […]

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Typical Lightroom processing steps.

In this post I’m going to outline my typical Lightroom processing steps I go through to take an image from the initial RAW capture to the final image. This is as much an aide memoir to my future self as a guide to others, and in no way is this the only sequence that could be used. Typical Lightroom Processing steps in Images The image above is one that I took with my Ricoh GXR fitted with the S10 lens […]

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Lightroom post processing techniques – radial filter

I like macro photography, but this post uses a macro photograph to point out a Lightroom 5 post processing technique I’ve started to use a bit which is Radial Filters. This pretty unremarkably picture of a fly was taken a few weeks ago and I’d mostly forgotten about it. But I was looking through the pictures I’d taken and realised that I could improve this one if I could blur the flower a bit and bring the fly into more […]

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RAW shot recovery in Lightroom

This post covers the importance of shooting in RAW format when it comes to trying to recover pictures from badly exposed images using Lightroom, or any other RAW processor for that matter. RAW shot recovery in Lightroom In a recent post someone who added a comment remarked that they had not yet set their camera to store RAW images and were still shooting in jpeg.  This got me thinking about the effects of shooting in RAW and why it’s so […]

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