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Welcome to the Lenscraft in Focus November 2020 newsletter.

This past month has seen me buy a new camera and it’s not a Fuji. After testing out the new DxO PhotoLab software (I have more on this later in the newsletter) I opted for a Panasonic G9 micro 43 camera. Odd really because it was the thought of a full-frame camera that had me considering a new camera. In the end, it was the size, weight, image quality and ergonomics of the G9 that made my decision (along with the performance of DxO PhotoLab).

But just in case you were wondering, I haven’t dropped Fuji. The XT3 is still in use when I go out on a shoot. But the Panasonic G9 is a joy to use and reminds me how much I love landscape photography and getting out into the hills. Here’s an early shot from the new G9 and I’ll have more to share in future newsletters.

Panasonic G9 example image

I hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter.

New Lenscraft Content

Over the past month I’ve focused on publishing new tutorials and updating old ones. Here’s the list of what you can find on Lenscraft.

DxO PhotoLab 4 New Feature Review
On the 21st October 2020, DxO released PhotoLab 4, a major upgrade to the well-respected PhotoLab 3. If you’re wondering what’s new in DxO PhotoLab 4, this article and video…

How to Add a Black Border to Photos using Affinity Photo
In this short tutorial I’ll explain how to add a black or coloured border to photos using Affinity Photo. To do this you will first need to know how to…

How to Add a White Border to Photos using Affinity Photo
In this short tutorial I’m going to show you the steps to add a border to photos using Affinity Photo. These are simple white or transparent borders, but you can…

Why I’m Shooting Landscape Photography with Micro 4/3
Back in 2016, I was happily shooting my Landscape Photography with micro 4/3 cameras. To be more precise I was using two Olympus EM5 cameras; one converted to shoot infrared…

LowePro Adds New Camera Bags to the ProTactic Line
LowePro Adds New Camera Bags to the ProTactic Line I’ve just seen an announcement that LowePro has added four new camera bags to their well respected ProTactic range. There are…

Exposure Software Launches Exposure X6
I’ve been using the Exposure X software for many years. In fact, it was from well before the company rebranded itself from Alien Skin and the software to Exposure X.…

Image Sharpening with Lightroom
In this tutorial, we look at how to sharpen photos in Lightroom. But before we examine the sharpening controls Lightroom provides, you need to know about the Sharpening Workflow.

From Around the Web

This month, I’ve discovered a few things that you might find useful or interesting.

An Interesting Short Film – Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams video

“What can Ansel Adams’s enduring photography teach us in the age of Instagram?”. Whilst this is a YouTube video, it feels more like a short documentary. I don’t know if it teaches us anything, but it’s well made and an enjoyable watch.



Free LUTS from On1

Free Luts from On1

The other day I was pre-ordering the upgrade to On1 2021. I hate pre-ordering but there was a reasonable discount, so I decided to take the saving. Then whilst I was on the On1 site, I noticed they had some free LUTs to download and use.

If you like to use LUTs with your photography here’s the link



Inspirational Photography – Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey website

I’m not really one for wildlife photography but recently I saw a photo that made me search out the photographer’s website.  It featured a bird in flight and was by the fine art photographer Mark Harvey. I almost included him as this month’s “Photographers You May Not Know” section, even though his work isn’t landscape.

The image that caught my attention was “Blue Tit 3” which you can find on this page  https://shop.mark-harvey.com/collections/in-flight. I also read the FAQ section of the site but noticed he didn’t answer the question everyone will be asking. How on earth did you capture such high quality, sharp images of birds in flight.

Photographers You May Not Know – Marco Grassi

Marco Grassi website

If you like good mountain photography you should look at the portfolio of Marco Grassi. I first came across Marco on Instagram where he has a sizeable following. His Instagram work is good, but his website is stunning. I won’t say any more other than be sure to look at the South America and Personal Favourites portfolios.


Books & Course News

Latest book and course news.

Affinity Photo How To

I’m hard at work writing my (frequently requested) follow up Affinity Photo book. Thank you for all your suggestions of problems and questions to answer. I’m including as many as I can within the different chapters. Each chapter looks at a different “how to” question but then delves deep into that subject. This isn’t just another superficial questions and answers book. There is depth in the information and a lot of links between the different topics. Probably more so that you might expect. This will be a valuable book for Affinity Photo users across different skill levels.

I haven’t finalised the release date but hope to have it out before Christmas (all being well).

Until next month stay safe.

Robin Whalley

Landscape Photographer & Author

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