All Photography Tutorials & Articles

This page is a complete list of all the tutorials and articles on the Lenscraft website. These are presented in date order below, with the most recently published at the top. At the bottom of the list, you will find a page navigator – be sure to use this as there are a lot of tutorials.

If you’re looking for a  specific topic, try the dropdown list, above the tutorial list. This will filter the list so that only that only tutorials and articles relating to a topic are displayed.

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Have fun and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact me.

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iPhone Photography Update, May 2024

A little over a year ago, I became interested in iPhone photography. This wasn’t an attempt to dump my camera but to supplement it using my iPhone. I was also interested in experimenting with the photos taken on my iPhone to understand its capabilities and limitations ...
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Try Wet Weather Photography for Dramatic Light

In this article, I hope to encourage you to try wet weather photography, particularly landscape photography. That’s because wet weather conditions can lead to some of the most dramatic and amazing light for photography ...
The Foundations of a Colour Managed Workflow for Photography Webinar

Colour Managed Workflow Foundations for Digital Photography

On March 26, 2024, I delivered a presentation explaining the foundations of a photographic colour managed workflow. This was the first of two webinars for Datacolor and DxO. The intention was to support photographers in understanding the most important aspects of colour management related to printing digital photography ...
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RAW vs JPEG – Which Should I Use?

RAW vs. JPEG. Which is best, and which should I use? This question has seen a long-running debate among photographers since the digital camera first entered the consumer arena. In this article, I discuss the advantages and disadvantages in detail, allowing you to decide for yourself which to use and ...
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Where to Focus When Taking a Photograph

A question often asked is, “Where should I focus when taking a photograph?”. It appears this causes a lot of confusion, possibly because it's intrinsically linked with depth of field. In this article, I want to explore the question of where to focus when you’re taking a photograph ...
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My New Approach to Image Sharpening Software in 2024

When it comes to image sharpening, a lot has changed in recent years. Possibly one of the most significant is the use of AI sharpening tools but this could be causing us to miss something very important ...
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My Frantic Search for A Drobo Alternative in 2024

Until recently, I’d been a long-time Drobo user and enthusiast. Then, in 2022, Drobo’s parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy before liquidating in 2023. This marked the end of a wonderful photo storage solution for photographers and presented me with a problem. I needed to find a Drobo alternative ...
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Why AI In Photography Is Like Autofocus AND How To Benefit

This page may contain affiliate links where I earn a small commission to help cover costs. They do not affect the price you pay or the service you receive. Thank you for your support. Why AI In Photography Is Like Autofocus AND How To Benefit Recently, I’ve seen a lot ...
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What Is ISO In Photography, AND How Do I Use It?

This page may contain affiliate links where I earn a small commission to help cover costs. They do not affect the price you pay or the service you receive. Thank you for your support. What Is ISO In Photography, AND How Do I Use It? In this article, we explore ...
How To Create a Greeting Card Template Using Affinity Photo

Make Your Own Greeting Card Template Using Affinity Photo

I was recently asked how to design a greeting card template using Affinity Photo. As many photographers want to do this, I thought it would make an ideal tutorial to share ...
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How I Fixed A Filter Problem Using The Lightroom Select Objects Tool

Do you like to use Neutral Density Graduated filters for landscape photography? Have you been frustrated when the filter darkens objects above the horizon, but you don’t want it to? Well, I’ve found an easy fix using the Lightroom Select Objects tool now ...
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How To Use Lightroom Profiles For Better Photos

In this tutorial, I answer two important questions: what are Lightroom Profiles, and how do I use them to create better photos? You’ll also learn where to find them and, most importantly, how to use them in your workflow ...
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The Best iPhone Camera App for Photographers

If you’ve been following Lenscraft for a few months, you may know I’ve become a huge fan of iPhone photography. I’m quite amazed at how much detail even a basic iPhone like my 2nd generation iPhone SE can capture. Because of this, I’ve begun to investigate some of the camera ...
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Capturing iPhone Long Exposure Photos

Did you know that there is an easy way to capture a long exposure on an iPhone? You don’t need any special software, only the software you will find on your iPhone by default. Best of all, you can capture these long-exposure photos handheld. You won’t need to put your ...
How To Blur the Background in Affinity Photo

How To Blur The Background In Affinity Photo

In this tutorial, we look at three steps to blur the background of a photo using Affinity Photo. The starting image below features two people against a slightly blurred background ...
How To Find Missing Photos in Lightroom

How To Find Missing Photos in Lightroom

In this article, we look at how to find missing photos in Lightroom. We also look at why photos can go missing to help you avoid this problem in the future. Remember, the best way to deal with missing photos is to avoid creating the problem in the first place ...
Fix Converging Verticals With DxO ViewPoint 4

Fix Converging Verticals With DxO ViewPoint 4

In this article, I'll explain how to fix converging verticals using DxO ViewPoint 4. It is, of course, possible to avoid converging verticals when you capture your photo. If you'd like to know more about how to do this, see my other tutorial on the subject ...
How To Avoid Converging Verticals

How To Avoid Converging Verticals

Converging verticals is the name given to a perspective effect seen in photography. It's commonly associated with using a wide-angle lens. Because of this, some people mistakenly call it wide-angle distortion, but that's incorrect. You can see converging verticals with any lens under the right conditions. It's just that wide-angle ...
How Big Can You Enlarge iPhone Photos?

How Big Can You Enlarge iPhone Photos

I recently wrote an article about how to enlarge iPhone photos. In it, I used the excellent Topaz Photo AI software to correct quality problems and make a two-times enlargement. But that got me thinking: how big can I enlarge my iPhone photos? ...
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How To Enlarge iPhone Photos

This article explains how I created a print-quality enlargement from my iPhone image using Topaz Photo AI ...
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Announcing The Dark Image System For Lightroom

The Dark Image System for Lightroom is a new approach to producing excellent landscape photography. It's counter intuitive but easy to learn and apply. Register your interest here ...
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Why You need to Use a Polarising Filter

In this article, we will look at the humble polarising filter. We also explore why you might want to use a polarising filter for landscape photography, the benefits, and some problems you might want to avoid. If you’ve ignored the polarising filter in your camera bag, I would encourage you ...
How To Add A Shadow in Photoshop

How To Add A Shadow in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will explain how to add a shadow in Photoshop. Using Photoshop, it’s possible to add a shadow in many ways. A common approach is to add a shadow behind an object as if there is a light above it. Alternatively, you can place the shadow in ...
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How To Add A Drop Shadow To Text In Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will share an easy way to add a shadow to text in Photoshop. We will do this using the Photoshop Layer Styles. Although we are adding a shadow to text, you can use the same technique to add a shadow to anything on a layer ...
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Olympus EM5 Mk3 High-Resolution Mode Problem

Recently, I purchased a used EM5 Mk3 Micro Four Thirds camera. Although I already own and use a Panasonic G9, I prefer the colour rendering of the Olympus EM5 and the tiny body. It’s around half the size and weight of the Panasonic G9, making it an ideal travel camera ...
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Focus Stacking In Affinity Photo

Focus stacking is a photographic technique combining multiple images into a single photo. It’s used when a single image can’t capture sufficient depth of field and so doesn’t appear sharp throughout the frame. In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to use Affinity Photo’s Photo Merge feature to automate focus stacking ...
Creating Abstract Art From Photo using Affinity Photo

Creating Abstract Art From Photos Using Affinity Photo

A subscriber recently asked me how to copy an effect to produce abstract art from photos, using Affinity Photo. When I looked at his examples, they appeared to use double or multiple exposures. Some also used textures blended into the image. While the double exposure effect can be created in ...
How To Create An Affinity Photo Template For Photography

How To Create An Affinity Photo Template For Photography

In this tutorial, I explain how to create an Affinity Photo Template to layout photography. Recently, a Lenscraft newsletter subscriber contacted me. They wanted to switch from Photoshop to Affinity Photo, but one thing was preventing them. They used a layout like the one below for their photography and needed ...
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Is Your Camera Diffraction Limited?

When photographers think about diffraction, we tend to think about lens diffraction. For some reason, we seem to ignore the part the camera sensor plays. I too made this mistake, until recently, when I was plagued with soft images. Following lots of head scratching, I discovered that my lenses weren’t ...
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Essential Steps When Printing From DxO PhotoLab 6

Are you asking yourself “How should I Print from DxO PhotoLab?”. If you are, allow me to share how I achieve good results. In this tutorial, I want to share my process for printing from DxO PhotoLab 6. I’ll also explain exactly what you need to do to print your ...
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The Excellent Nik Collection 6.3 – Now It’s Complete

On Wednesday the 30th August 2023, DxO released the Nik Collection 6.3. Whilst this appears at first to be a minor release in the Nik Collection 6, the changes are significant for two of the applications. Both Nik HDR Efex and Nik Sharpener Pro have changed, migrating them to the ...
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Can I Get The Google Nik Collection Download Free?

There so much confusion and misinformation about the Nik Collection that I want to set the record straight. The simple answer is yes you can still get a free download of the Nik Collection download. Later in this article, I’m going to explain how to do it legally, but there ...
What You Should Know About DxO PhotoLab Soft Proofing

What You Should Know About DxO PhotoLab Soft Proofing

Soft Proofing in DxO PhotoLab is relatively new, and I seem to get a disproportionately high number of questions about it. So in this article, I want to explain what it is and how you can use it to produce accurate prints of your photos. I’ll also explain some of ...
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How To Control White Balance For Better Photography

In this article, we look at the subject of using White Balance for Photography. I’ll be explaining what it is as well as how to correctly set a white balance to produce better photos. When you understand white balance, you can gain more control over the colours in your photography ...
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Using Affinity Photo LUTs for Great Landscape Colour Grading

LUTs are used a lot by the Movie Industry to add atmosphere to a film. I’m sure that you’ve seen the green, dark tint used by films like The Matrix. This process is known as Colour Grading and is typically done using LUTs or colour lookup tables. LUTs are also ...
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How To Use the DxO PhotoLab Color Rendering

When DxO released PhotoLab 6, they included a new Wide Gamut Color Space. Since then, I’ve received a lot of questions about this, and PhotoLab colour handling in general. In this article, I’ll try to answer these and provide a framework you can use when editing colour photography ...
The No.1 Sharpening Mistake in Affinity Photo

The No.1 Sharpening Mistake in Affinity Photo

When you’ve finished editing a photo and you are ready to sharpen it, there’s a common mistake that you need to avoid. This mistake doesn’t have a name to describe it, but it can easily cause you to over or under sharpen your photos ...
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My Desktop Approach To Editing iPhone Photos

In my July 2023 newsletter, I published a photo that I’d shot whilst visiting the Basilique Saint-Nicolas in Nantes, France. At the time, I never realised how much interest it would create from people wanting to know about how I shot and processed the photo. I was also equally surprised ...
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How To Use The Nik Collection 6 Control Line

In May 2023, DxO released the Nik Collection 6 with several new features, including some to make selective adjustments easier. One of these was the Diffusion slider which you can read about in my Control Points article. Another was a new Control Line selection tool which appears to have been ...
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How To Make Better Selections Using Nik Control Points

This page may contain affiliate links where I earn a small commission to help cover costs. They do not affect the price you pay or the service you receive. Thank you for your support. How To Make Better Selections Using Nik Control Points In this article, we look at how ...
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Restoring Old Faded Photographs With Affinity Photo

Recently, my daughter gave me an old, faded photograph and asked if I could restore it. The answer was “of course”, but then she had others that she also wanted to restore. After a quick internet search, I found lots of people looking for information about restoring old photographs. This ...
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How To Do An Infrared Channel Swap in Affinity Photo

In this article, I will explain how to make a channel swap, for an infrared photo using, Affinity Photo. If you have already read my article explaining how to channel swap in Photoshop, you will already know why we might want to do this ...
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How To Do An Infrared Channel Swap in Adobe Photoshop

In this article, I will explain how to do a channel swap for an infrared photo using Adobe Photoshop. If you are an Affinity Photo user, the process is similar and documented in another of my articles. But let’s start with a couple of reasons why you might want to ...
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Easy Way To Replace a Colour in Adobe Photoshop

In this article, I’ll share an easy way to replace any colour in a photo using Photoshop. We will do this with the Photoshop HSL Adjustment Layer together with the Brush Tool. It requires only some simple painting, and you will then be able to change an object to any ...
Easy Way to Blur the Background Using Adobe Photoshop

Easy Way to Blur the Background Using Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial, I want to share an easy process for blurring the background in a photo using Adobe Photoshop. This is a three-stage process: ...
What’s New in The Nik Collection 6

What’s New in The Nik Collection 6

On the 16th of May 2023, DxO launched the Nik Collection 6. In this article and video, I look at the changes to the previous version of the software. This is going to seem more like a list than a detailed review because a lot has changed ...
How to Add a Light Beam to an Image in Lightroom

How to Add Light Rays in Lightroom

In this article, I’ll explain how you can add light rays to a photo using only the tools in Adobe Lightroom ...
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DxO PureRAW Version 3 Reviewed

Most photographer’s spend a small fortune buying the best cameras and lenses, hoping to achieve excellent image quality. Whilst cameras and lenses certainly play a part in image quality, this ignores the third component which is RAW processing ...
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How To Crop A Photo For Instagram Using Affinity Photo

In this tutorial, we look at how to crop a photo for posting to Instagram. As well as explaining how to crop the image, you will learn how to resize it to the 1080 x 1080 pixels used by Instagram. We also look at fixing a couple of common problems ...
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Resizing Photos For Instagram without Cropping in Affinity Photo

In this tutorial, we look at how to resize a photo for posting to Instagram. It covers the correct dimensions for a square image and more importantly, how to resize an image to be square image by adding beautiful border ...
On1 Sky Swap AI Photoshop Plugin Reviewed

On1 Sky Swap AI Plug-in Review

In this review, we’re looking at the new On1 Sky Swap AI plug-in for Photoshop. Although we don’t cover it in this article, I’ve also tested this plug-in with Affinity Photo, and it works great ...
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How To Rotate or Flip an Image Layer in Affinity Photo

Let’s start with the difference between flipping and rotating an image in Affinity Photo. In the following screenshot, you can see two images showing the effect of rotating an image through 180° and flipping it vertically ...
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How To Rotate an Image in the Affinity Photo Develop Persona

Have you ever opened a RAW file in Affinity Photo and found that it’s in the wrong orientation? If you have, you will probably have noticed that there is something important missing from the Develop Persona. There’s no easy way to rotate the image to correct it ...
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How To Rotate an Image in Affinity Photo

When you use the Photo Persona in Affinity Photo, you will find there are several ways to rotate an image. Which is best depends on why you’re wanting to rotate it. For example, is the image lying on its side as in the screenshot below ...
How to Use the Photoshop Sky Replacement Tool

How to Use the Photoshop Sky Replacement Tool

This tutorial looks at how to use the Photoshop Sky Replacement feature. Along the way, you will discover special tweaks you can use to help you replace the sky in an image. We will also look at some of the common questions people ask ...
Create Amazing Selections With The Affinity Photo Pen Tool

Create Amazing Selections With the Affinity Photo Pen Tool

One of the most accurate selection methods in Affinity Photo is the Pen Tool. Unfortunately, many people using Affinity Photo to edit their photography avoid using it. That’s probably because they find it difficult to control and not intuitive. So, in this tutorial, I will explain an easy way to ...
Making Sense of the Photoshop Image Sharpening Options

How to Sharpen an Image in Photoshop

There are lots of ways to sharpen an image in Photoshop. You’ll find some of these in the Filter menu, although there are some other less obvious techniques like High Pass Sharpening. In this tutorial, we’re going to look at the Photoshop Filter | Sharpen menu to better understand the ...
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How Does Image Sharpening Work?

Have you ever stopped to wonder just how image sharpening works? One minute your photo is soft, but by moving around a few sliders it seems to snap into focus. How can that happen? ...
Learn How to Turn Day Into Night in Affinity Photo

Learn How to Turn Day Into Night in Affinity Photo

In a recent tutorial, I explained how to turn a daytime photo into a night-time scene using Adobe Lightroom. This caused a lot of people to ask, “can you do the same using Affinity Photo”. The answer is yes, but it’s a little more involved. So, in this tutorial, I’ll ...
How to Create Fine Art B&W Photography in Lightroom

How to Create Fine Art B&W Photography in Lightroom

I’m sure you will have seen many examples of fine art black and white photography in the past. The ones where the sky is black, and the buildings are in deep shadow other than for a shaft of light picking out details. If you’ve ever wondered how to create this ...
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How Perspective Correction Can Rescue Your Photos

In this tutorial, I want to share how you can use perspective correction to rescue photos that you might otherwise delete. Although the article uses the Nik Perspective Efex plug-in for Photoshop (part of the Nik Collection) a lot of software has perspective correction features ...
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How To Turn Day Into Night in Lightroom

In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to turn day into night using only Adobe Lightroom. This is much easier than you may at first think ...
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How to Add Light Rays in Affinity Photo

In this tutorial, we look at how to add light rays to an image in Affinity Photo. There are several ways to do this, but we will be using the Pen Tool to draw the light rays ...
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Now Available: Essential Affinity Photo 2 in Paperback & eBook

Towards the end of 2022, Affinity Photo 2 was released. I had a suspicion this was on the cards and had already begun updating my original Affinity Photo book which had proven so popular. This is what allowed me to release Essential Affinity Photo 2 in December of the same ...
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Your Essential Guide to Affinity Photo Brushes

Are you a photographer who wants to make the most of Affinity Photo's Brush Tool? Understanding the essential brush controls of this powerful editing software is key to producing your best photography. In this article, I'll explain the features and capabilities of Affinity Photo's Brush Tool, so you can use ...
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How To Convert a Photo to Black and White

Allow me to share a better way to convert a photo to black and white using Affinity Photo. To do this, we will use only the black and white adjustment layer. Converting a photo to black and white is quite a simple job but there is a basic mistake that ...
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How To Approach Digital Landscape Photography for Better Images

When I first made the switch from shooting film (usually slide film) to digital photography, I read some excellent advice about the difference. That advice re-defined my approach to digital landscape photography and I’m still following it today. Whilst this is something I do automatically, I’m aware others might find ...
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Adding a Beautiful Sun Glow Effect in Nik Color Efex Pro

I’m sure that you will have seen many landscape photos featuring beautiful glow effects. In this tutorial, I want to explain how to create the effect of glowing sunlight and I’m going to do this using only Nik Color Efex Pro ...
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The Best Black Friday 2022 Deals on Photo Editing Software

With Black Friday approaching, I’ve already been inundated with emails often offering huge discounts. I often use these to update the Photo Editing tools I use in my YouTube channel videos. This year there are some great deals on offer, so I’ve compiled a list of the best below ...
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The Affinity Photo 2 Double RAW Processing Technique

With the recent release of Affinity Photo 2, it’s made previously difficult or impossible editing techniques available. One of these, which is of great value in landscape photography is double RAW processing ...
Affinity Photo 2 Has Arrived

Affinity Photo 2 Has Arrived

The 9th of November 2022 was a big day for users of Affinity Photo as it saw the release of the latest version of Affinity Photo 2. Unlike the many earlier releases, this was a paid release and there are many new features that might tempt you to upgrade ...
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Handling High Dynamic Range in Photography

Recently, Adobe released Photoshop 23 and ACR 15 (Adobe Camera RAW). Whilst both have some great new features, it’s the High Dynamic Range feature in ACR 15 that has me excited (almost). Later in this article, I’ll share more about to use this, but first, let’s look at why we ...
DxO Wins Third Consecutive TIPA Award for Best Imaging Software

DxO Wins Third Consecutive TIPA Award for Best Imaging Software

TIPA, the Technical Image and Press Association, has awarded DxO its third consecutive win, also its seventh in total. This time, it’s the turn of the excellent DxO PhotoLab 5 RAW editor to take the Best Imaging Software award ...
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The Innovative New Features of On1 Photo RAW 2023

On the 10th of October 2022, On1 released the new On1 Photo RAW 2023 software with several innovative new features. Many of the changes implement their new AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology which previously I had dismissed. But in this release, I can see the potential for improving our photo editing ...
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New Features Reviewed in the Latest DxO PhotoLab 6 Release

As I begin to write this review, it’s been almost 19 hours since DxO released PhotoLab 6. I usually try to produce a PhotoLab review ahead of the software going on general release, but this time there wasn’t a beta version available. Instead, I downloaded my copy at the same ...
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How to Remove a Busy Background in Affinity Photo

In this tutorial, I’m going to explain how to remove a busy or cluttered background from an image using Affinity Photo. As this is an easier process to demonstrate than explain, I have included a video later in the tutorial showing how I removed the background from the example image ...
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Three Easy Ways to Rotate an Image in Lightroom

In this tutorial, I’ll be sharing three easy ways you can use to rotate images in Lightroom Classic CC. There are a few reasons why you might want to do this: ...
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How to Create The Best Lightroom Stitch Panorama

The stitch panorama feature was introduced to Lightroom back in version 6 and was an immediate hit with users. Since then, Adobe has added further enhancements but at the same time adding more options. In this tutorial, I’ll explain the best way to stitch multiple images together using the Photo ...
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How To Replace a Blown-Out Sky Using Affinity Photo

We often use filters in landscape photography to prevent the sky from blowing out. When a sky blows out it overexposes, turning white which is distracting and can make photos look ugly. Whilst using filters like Neutral Density Graduates can help to avoid problems, it can still happen. In this ...
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Easy Ways To Add an Image Border In Photoshop

In this tutorial, we look at an easy way you can use to add an image border in Photoshop. If you like to share your photos online, adding a border can help to make them stand out ...
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Take Better Photos Using Depth of Field Control

As photographers, one of the most valuable tools for taking better photos is the depth of field. Being able to control and use depth of field correctly is often what separates a skilled photographer from the rest. In this tutorial you will learn: ...
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Lightroom 11.4 Masking and Selection Changes

In a recent newsletter, I mentioned that Adobe had made changes to the Masking and Selection tools in Lightroom 11.4. Because of this, I went through the exercise of updating two of my recent books ...
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Interview With Steve Gosling on Becoming a Professional Photographer

I would like to introduce you to Steve Gosling, a professional photographer based in the North of England. Steve recently agreed to an interview with me to share some of his thoughts about what it takes to become a successful professional. But before we get into the interview, I want ...
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Quickly Remove People With These Three Affinity Photo Tools

In this tutorial, we look at three easy tools for removing people from photos using only Affinity Photo. Today everywhere is busy. It’s extremely rare that you have an opportunity to photograph a popular location without people. Even in the evening scene below, people were constantly wandering into the frame ...
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DxO PureRAW 2.1

A few days ago, DxO released DxO PureRAW 2.1. This is a free upgrade for owners of PureRAW 2 which was released in March 2022. The headline improvements in this new release are: ...
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The Best Image Resizing Software: Topaz Gigapixel AI vs ON1 Resize AI

In recent years we’ve seen an explosion of photo editing software using AI or artificial intelligence. One popular application of this technology is in image resizing. Many of the packages claim a breakthrough in quality and that they are the best image resizing software. In this article, I’ll be putting ...
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DxO FilmPack 6.3 Released

The other day, I realised that I hadn’t looked at FilmPack 6 since I purchased it last year. Now that FilmPack 6.3 has now been released, I decided it was time to fire up the software to take a closer look ...
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Easy Double Exposure Photography with the Nik Collection

Double Exposure Photography is a popular technique used by many fine art photographers. It can produce striking visual effects that add an additional layer of interest to what might otherwise be a standard shot. You could do this in-camera or use the Nik Collection to make it easy ...
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Two Simple Techniques for Creating Luminosity Masks in Affinity Photo

In the past, I’ve produced tutorials and videos trying to help with this problem. Whilst they work, they aren’t always easy to follow, and they aren’t very flexible. So, I’ve put on my thinking cap and may have a solution ...
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Nik Collection 5 Released – Here’s What’s New

On June 15th, 2022, DxO released the Nik Collection 5. In this article we look at what’s new in the Nik Collection 5, comparing it to the previous version 4 release. If you would like to download a trial of the Nik Collection 5 you can find this on the ...
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How to Blur a Background in Lightroom

I’m sure that you’ve seen photos where the background is blurred, making the subject stand out from their surroundings. In this article explains a simple method you can use in Lightroom to blur the background in a photograph ...
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How to Copy Smart Objects in Photoshop

This tutorial explains two ways to copy Smart Objects in Photoshop. One method maintains a link with the contents of the Smart Object and the other breaks it. If you’re not too sure about how to use Smart Objects, read my Photoshop Smart Objects tutorial first. This tutorial assumes you ...
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Powerful Photoshop Smart Objects and How to Use Them?

In this tutorial, we explore the Photoshop Smart Object. You will learn what Smart Objects are as well as how to use them for photo editing in Photoshop ...
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Affinity Photo Keyboard Shortcuts and Custom Shortcuts

In this tutorial, I’ll be sharing what I consider to be my essential Affinity Photo keyboard shortcuts. In addition to sharing my favourite shortcuts, I’ll also be explaining how to create new custom keyboard shortcuts ...
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Colour Grading Photography with Levels in Affinity Photo

Colour Grading (or should I say Color Grading?) is a technique you can apply to photography and videos to change their colour and add effects. A good example is changing day into night. Whilst Color Grading is used a lot in the film industry to create cinematic effects, it’s equally ...
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Easy Photoshop Technique for Removing the Background in Photos

Did you know that there’s a feature in Photoshop that makes it easy to remove the background in photos? Not only that but you can select which objects in a photo you want to keep and which you want to remove. In this tutorial, I’ll share with you how to ...
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Publishing Your Photography Projects

In the April edition of Lenscraft in Focus I shared an exciting new Photography website. The website is Photography Chronicle and is the inspiration of Paul Mortlock of the Loop Images stock photography agency. I’ve been so inspired by what Paul is building that I caught up with him to ...
My Nik Collection Essential Filter in Nik Color Efex Pro

The Essential Nik Color Efex Pro Filter

I’ve personally been using the Nik Collection and Nik Color Efex Pro 4 for well over a decade. In this time, there is one filter that I use with nearly every photo I edit, which is why I consider this filter to be essential. In the following video, I share ...
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How to Remove a Tripod Shadow Using Affinity Photo

We’ve all had that experience of finding a great composition with beautiful light, only to have our shadow fill the foreground. In this article, I’ll explain my two-step approach to removing an unwanted shadow from a photo using Affinity Photo ...
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How to Use a Wide-Angle Lens for Best Effect

Using a wide angle lens for landscape photography is something most photographers take for granted. If this is you, you need to give it more thought. Often a wide angle lens is one of the first lenses a new photographer tries when they become interested in landscape photography. Enthused by ...
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Strange Squares Appearing in Images Edited Using the Nik Collection

Recently I’ve received several emails asking for help with a Nik Plugin problem. What’s happening is that strange squares are appearing on images edited using some of the Nik Collection tools. This also came up when I recently ran a Lenscraft survey AND I’ve experienced this issue myself. Fortunately, I ...
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What it Takes to Publish a Book of Photography

Have you ever wanted to publish a book of photography? A lot of photographers dream of this yet very few make it a reality. If you’re wondering why, it’s because it takes dedication, is demanding and takes a lot of time. But time over the past couple of years, time ...
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DxO Launches PureRAW 2

DxO PureRAW and DxO PhotoLab produce image quality that’s miles ahead of Adobe Lightroom. At least, that’s my opinion ...
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Why I See a Colour Shift Using DxO PhotoLab & PureRAW

I’ve recently been approached by several people, experiencing the same issue with two DxO products so I decided it’s time for an article. The problem is a colour shift they see after processing a RAW file using either DxO PhotoLab or DxO PureRAW with Lightroom ...
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Is Affinity Photo Easy to Use?

In recent years, Affinity Photo has captured many once dedicated Photoshop users. But there are still many people who are undecided about the newcomer, wondering if Affinity Photo is easy to use. Although this is a subjective question, I’ll be sharing my view in this article ...
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How to Crop to a Selection in Affinity Photo

Before we look at how to crop to a selection in Affinity Photo, I first need to tell you that this tool doesn’t exist. As of February 2022, a Crop to Selection tool doesn’t exist in Affinity Photo and the regular Crop tool can’t do this. But the good news ...
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Is Your Nik Toolbar Missing in Photoshop?

If you found this article, then I suspect your Nik Toolbar has gone missing in Photoshop and you’re struggling to find it. This seems to be a common problem affecting Nik user’s since the new Nik Toolbar or Nik selective tool was introduced. Fortunately, I have a solution that may ...
How to Crop an Image into a Circle Using Photoshop

How to Crop an Image into a Circle Using Photoshop

This tutorial explains how to crop an image into a circle using simple tools in Photoshop. If you’ve already tried to do this, you will have realised the Photoshop Crop Tool only produces rectangular crops. What we need, is a different approach ...
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Change any Colour Using the Affinity Photo Colour Replacement Brush

In this tutorial we use the Affinity Photo Colour Replacement Brush to change the colour of a boat from red to green. This is a great tool for changing the colour of any object, but it does have some limitations as you will learn in this tutorial ...
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How to Crop an Image in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to crop an image in Photoshop using the Crop Tool. We cover a few common problems people encounter when cropping photos to specific sizes. If you have tried to use the crop tool but find yourself scratching your head because of its behaviour, ...
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How to Resize an Image in Photoshop

This tutorial explains how to resize an image in Photoshop and explains how the various settings can affect the quality of your results ...
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How to use the Photoshop Clone Stamp Tool

The Photoshop Clone Stamp Tool is one of the oldest repair tools in the Photoshop Tools Palette. Whilst Adobe has introduced newer repair tools, the Clone Stamp Tool remains extremely valuable. It’s a great tool to use when removing distractions in photos and especially when combined with other Photoshop repair ...
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How to Put an Image Inside Text Using Affinity Photo

In this tutorial, I will show you how to put an image inside text using Affinity Photo. This is a quick and easy drag and drop technique with your mouse. Of course, if you want the effect to look great, there are a few more tweaks you can make as ...
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5 Tips to Shoot Your Best Landscape Photography

In this tutorial, I want to share 5 tips for better landscape photography. Whilst there are a lot of “tips for landscape photography” tutorials, most are too simplistic and often focus on the wrong things. It doesn’t matter what lens or camera you are using. If you don’t address the ...
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How to Copyright Photos in Lightroom

In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to copyright your photos in Lightroom using a simple Metadata Preset. When you take a photograph, you as the creator automatically have the copyright (unless you are doing the work for someone else and then it comes down to your contract). The problem with ...
Brilliant Editing with DxO PhotoLab 5 Control Lines

Brilliant Editing with DxO PhotoLab 5 Control Lines

In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to use the DxO PhotoLab Control Lines feature. Control Lines are a new feature introduced in PhotoLab 5. Control Lines are one of the Local Adjustment tools. If you’re already a DxO PhotoLab user, you’ve probably used the Graduated Filter tool in the past ...
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Tips for Abstract Landscape Photography Success

Abstract landscape photography can seem like an easy option at times, especially when the weather is dull. Unfortunately, this often doesn’t work well and is a common mistake amongst photographers. If you want to shoot good abstract landscape photography this tutorial has some simple tips that can help. Let’s start ...
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How to Make Selections in Affinity Photo

The ability to create accurate selections in an image is an important skill for photo editing. Selections allow you to change parts of an image whilst leaving other areas unchanged, for example, to replace the sky. Fortunately, Affinity Photo has several tools to help us easily make selections ...
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How to Use the Selection Brush Tool in Affinity Photo

A common photo editing task is selecting an area of a photo to adjust, without affecting the rest of the image. Often, it’s not the adjustment you apply but how well you make a selection that determines the quality of your image. In this tutorial, I’m going to explain how ...
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Festive news from DxO

There’s a lot happening at DxO in the run-up to Christmas. Here’s a rundown of the latest news. The Nik Collection 4.3 is released with the inclusion of 35 new nature inspired presets: ...
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How to Add Fog in Affinity Photo

In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to add fog to a photograph using Affinity Photo. After all, trying to capture fog in a landscape photograph can be extremely difficult. That’s why many photographers use editing tools like Affinity Photo and Photoshop to more dramatic fog. This can help return a ...
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Maximum Micro Four Thirds Image Quality

Let’s start by answering the big question many of you will be wondering about. Yes, Micro Four Thirds cameras can produce great image quality. In a moment, I’ll explain how you can maximise your image quality when shooting with a Micro Four Thirds camera. But first, you need to know ...
DxO Black Friday Sale 2021

Save Up To 50% On All DxO Software

DxO is offering savings of up to 50% off its software. If you don’t already use the excellent Nik Collection, PhotoLab or FilmPack software, perhaps now is the time to try them out. It’s also a great time to upgrade older versions of the software with discounts also available on ...
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Overcast Landscape Photography Advice

Trying to photograph the landscape when the weather is dull, grey, and overcast can be extremely challenging. The best approach is to avoid these conditions by picking the day and location based on the weather forecast, but that isn’t always possible. Fortunately, when faced with photographing an overcast landscape, there ...
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Joby Black Friday $1m Give Away

This year, ahead of Black Friday, Joby is giving customers a chance to spin & win up to £180 of products. This also celebrates the launch of their new GorillaFeet and Bum Bag products, by giving away one million dollars’ worth of products over the coming weeks ...
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Why Finding Your Photography Style Might be Bad Advice

I’m sure you have seen lots of articles advising you to find your photographic. These same articles probably also frequently encourage you not to copy other photographers. In fact, I’ve even shared videos and other articles on this website of this nature ...
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Enhancing Landscapes with the Affinity Photo Liquify Filter

In this article, we look at editing your landscape photography using a couple of tools in the Affinity Photo Liquify filter ...
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DxO Releases PhotoLab 5 and FilmPack 6

On the 20 October 2021, DxO released PhotoLab 5, an upgrade to their excellent PhotoLab 4 software. On the same day, they also released FilmPack 6. The previous popular FilmPack 5 package hadn’t been updated since 2015 leading some to speculate that it was dead ...
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DxO Releases PureRAW 1.5

When DxO released PureRAW it initially confused some people. Many didn’t realise you could achieve the same result in DxO PhotoLab or why you might want to use it. Also, whilst PureRAW performed well in terms of image quality, it lacked control which some users didn’t like. Fortunately, DxO continues ...
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The Essential Camera Feature Nobody Talks About

Here’s an interesting question. Can you name the essential camera feature that nobody talks about? Spend a moment thinking about this before continuing. Okay, so this is a bit of a trick question because the answer isn’t one thing, and it can be different depending on who you talk to ...
Nik Collection 4.2 Released

Nik Collection 4.2 Released

I’ve just received a press release that DxO has announced the release of version 4.2 of the Nik Collection. Reading the information, I know some of you will be very pleased about this one. It includes a couple of fixes that some people have been eagerly awaiting ...
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What I Learned by Changing My Camera

Earlier this year I went through an interesting exercise; I changed my camera system. I went from using a Fuji XT3 as my main camera to using only a Panasonic G9. Doing so rekindled my enthusiasm but also brought back painful memories of my last system transition. But best of ...
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On1 NoNoise Vs DxO DeepPRIME Noise Reduction

Since publishing my review of the recently launched On1 NoNoise AI software I’ve received more than a few emails asking how it compares to DxO DeepPRIME. Given the level of interest and that I’m curious as well, I think it’s time for an On1 NoNoise Vs DxO DeepPRIME challenge ...
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Learn Affinity Photo With These Videos

When I first began using Affinity Photo, I had the advantage of almost 20 years of Photoshop use, but even then, I didn’t find the transition easy. It took me several months before I felt at home using the software. Most people who are new to and want to learn ...
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Using the Capture One Advanced Color Editor

In this article we are looking at the Capture One Advanced Color Editor and how to use it. I’m also going to be explaining why this is so important for landscape photography ...
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Do I Need a Full Frame Camera for Landscape Photography?

I was recently asked the question “do I need a full frame camera” by a couple of people. Whilst both saw full frame as something to aspire to photographically, they also questioned if it was necessary given recent advances in software. In this article, I will try to answer this ...
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ON1 Photo RAW Luminosity Masks

A great strength of ON1 Photo RAW, when compared to its competitors, is its masking tools. In this tutorial, we take a detailed look at how to use the ON1 Photo RAW Luminosity Mask. But the advice isn’t limited to ON1 Photo RAW. You will find the same Luminosity Mask ...
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DxO PureRAW wins the EISA 2021-2022 Award

DxO appears to be making something of a habit of winning awards. In recent years we’ve already seen them win awards for their Nik Collection 3 and excellent PhotoLab 4 products. This time it’s the turn of the new DxO PureRAW software to win the EISA Advanced Photo Software Award ...
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ON1 NoNoise AI Review

Recently ON1 released NoNoise AI, their new noise reduction software. In this article, I’ll be reviewing ON1 NoNoise AI to explain what I like and what I don’t like. I’ll also be checking its performance on a few images to see how it compares to Topaz DeNoise, my current “go-to” ...
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Manfrotto Launches Element MII Video Monopod

I recently noticed that Manfrotto has launched a video version of the Element MII monopod. I currently have an Element MII regular monopod which is excellent, and the video version also looks interesting, even though I don’t shoot much video ...
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My Simple Approach to Sharpening Photos for Print

In this article, I want to share my simple approach to sharpening photos for print. Actually, I have two approaches. One uses Adobe Lightroom and the other Nik Sharpener Pro from the Nik Collection. Both are extremely easy, and you can switch between them depending on your needs and software ...
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How to use the Gradient Tool in Affinity Photo

Recently I received an email asking how to use the Gradient Tool in Affinity Photo. Although the Affinity Develop Persona has a Gradient Overlay tool you can use to make selective adjustments, can be useful to do the same in the Photo Persona. Sometimes you find that after working on ...
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Topaz Sharpen AI Surprises Me

Recently I’ve found myself increasingly turning to Topaz Sharpen AI (affiliate link) to fix problems with image sharpness. Typically, these are problems where part of the image is too soft, usually because I’ve picked the wrong focus point. Topaz Sharpen AI seems to be able to magically fix these problems ...
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Nik Collection 4.1 Release Addresses Bugs and Feedback

Recently DxO launched the Nik Collection 4. This featured significant upgrades to both Viveza and Silver Efex Pro as well as several other enhancements. If you want to know more, I’ve included my original review video below. My early impressions of the software were very favourable. The new interface in ...
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Integrating DxO PhotoLab and Lightroom

Recently I posted a video explaining how to replace DxO PureRAW with DxO Photolab. As part of this I looked briefly at integrating DxO PhotoLab and Lightroom. This generated quite a lot of interest, particular about the workflow I use. So, in this article I’m going to explain: My workflow ...
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DxO PhotoLab Vs PureRAW – Which is Right for You?

Recently DxO launched their PureRAW product which I reviewed on Lenscraft at the time. Since then, I’ve received a regular flow of emails, often from DxO PhotoLab owners, asking if they should buy PureRAW. In this article, I want to explain the differences and similarities between PhotoLab and PureRAW as ...
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DxO PhotoLab 4 Wins Award for Best Professional Photo-Editing Software

Congratulations to DxO for winning another TIPA award for its excellent PhotoLab software. Last year DxO won the award for best imaging software with PhotoLab 3. This year they repeat the achievement with DxO PhotoLab 4 ...
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AI Photography Software Problem

AI or Artificial Intelligence appears to be the latest trend in photography software. Initially there were only a couple of software providers using it, but the list has grown. Even products like DxO PhotoLab and Adobe Camera RAW are now using AI, and to be honest, they are using it ...
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My SilverFast Colour Negative Scanning Workflow

In this article, I want to share my SilverFast colour negative workflow. The SilverFast software produces excellent results when scanning colour negatives. In fact, it’s because it produces such great results that I now use it ...
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How to Crop in Lightroom

One of the most common photo editing tasks is cropping and it sounds easy. After all, photo editors like Lightroom provide all the tools you need, but the reality is, you can easily get into a mess. In “How to Crop in Lightroom” we will explore some of your options ...
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How to Set an Exact Print Size in Lightroom

Frustrating isn’t it. You have a great photo that you want to print in Lightroom, but you can’t seem to print it at the right size. Either the height is too large for the width or vice versa. Or perhaps the image fits the page, but with an important area ...
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SilverFast vs Epson Scan

In SilverFast vs Epson Scan I’ll be putting both to the test from a user perspective. I’ll be using the packages with my Epson V700 scanner to scan slide, B&W, and colour negatives, all shot with a Hasselblad XPan. As well as checking the quality of the scans, I’ll be ...
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DxO Launches PureRAW

Recently I had the opportunity to test and review a pre-launch version of DxO PureRAW. This is a new product from DxO and there isn’t anything much similar on the market currently. In this review I want to explain: ...
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The Best Filters for Sunset Landscape Photos

In this article, we discuss the best filters for shooting sunset photos. By best, I don’t mean the brand of filter but the type of filter you might want to use when photographing sunsets. As well as sharing my thoughts about the best filters to use, I also answer the ...
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Affinity Photo Studio Presets

Affinity Photo 1.9 recently launched with several new features. One simple change that I’m extremely pleased to see is Studio Presets. Whilst the name might not mean much, this feature can help you work more efficiently. It’s also something many people coming from a Photoshop background have missed ...
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Topaz DeNoise AI Review – Real World Noise Reduction

Today I want to look at the subject of noise reduction by reviewing Topaz DeNoise AI. The Topaz Website heading claims “Surprisingly good noise reduction with Topaz DeNoise AI” and I must admit that I agree ...
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Does the New Super Resolution Photoshop Feature Work?

In this article we explore the new Super Resolution Photoshop feature to answer the question does it really work. In doing so, I’ll be explaining how you can use Super Resolution as well as providing tips about how to make the most of the feature. After that, we do some ...
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Using the Lightroom Print to JPEG Feature

In this tutorial, I’m going to explain how to use the Lightroom Print to JPEG feature in the Print Module. We will look at the different settings and how to use them. But importantly, we also look at why you might want to use print to JPEG. You might also ...
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How to use the Affinity Photo Undo Brush Tool

In this tutorial we are looking at how the Affinity Photo Undo Brush Tool works. We will do this using an example where we selectively edit a landscape photograph. You can use this technique as a possible alternative to using Layer Masks ...
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How To Use the Divide Blend Mode in Affinity Photo

In February 2021 Affinity Photo 1.9 was released with a few new features for photographers. One of the changes was the addition of a new Divide Blend Mode (which is already available in Photoshop). In this tutorial, I’ll explain how the Divide Blend Mode works. I’ll also explain how to ...
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Non-Destructive Editing in the Nik Collection

When DxO launched the Nik Collection 3, they included one of the most widely requested features, non-destructive editing. In this article I’ll be explaining how this works in the Nik Collection and some of the limitations. But to start, let’s explain non-destructive editing and why it’s so important when editing ...
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How to Use the Nik Collection Standalone

You probably already know that the Nik Collection is a great Photoshop plugin and that you can use it in other tools like Affinity Photo. But what about trying to use the Nik Collection standalone? Is it possible? The simple answer to this question is yes ...
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My Digital Photo Editing Workflows

Something I receive a lot of email queries about is the digital photo editing workflow I use. I’m often asked what software I use and how do I combine my tools. So, in this article I’m going to share my various editing tools and how I combine them in my ...
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How to Blend Layers in Affinity Photo

Being able to blend layers together in Affinity Photo is an important skill for photographers. Once learned, there are many ways you can apply this skill. In this tutorial I’ll explain how you can blend layers in Affinity to produce a landscape photo capturing a greater dynamic range than a ...
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Using Photoshop Plugins in Affinity Photo

In this tutorial we look at how you can use Photoshop Plugins in Affinity Photo. I’ll explain: Where to install your Plugins so that Affinity Photo finds them. The steps to configure Affinity Photo so that it finds your existing Photoshop Plugins. Where to find your existing Photoshop Plugins on ...
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Photo Editing Software: To Upgrade or Not

What I want to do in this article is share some observations about software that you might not realise. It may not sound like an exciting topic, but I think you will find it eye-opening. It might even save you some money ...
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Capture One Lens Correction Advice for Landscape Photographers

This is the first in a series of articles where I’m sharing my photo editing tips and advice for working with Capture One. In this article we look specifically at the Capture One Lens Correction tool. You will also find a general video at the end of the article where ...
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“Affinity Photo How To” Book Launch Q&A

Last week was a big week with the launch of my latest book “Affinity Photo How To”. As always when I launch a new book, I receive a lot of questions, so I wanted to answer a few of the most common here ...
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Landscape Photography Exposure Blending in Photoshop

In this tutorial I explain how to do exposure blending in photoshop for landscape photography. Although I shoot most of my landscape photography using graduated neutral density filters, I sometimes also use exposure blending techniques. This is usually where filters don’t work well, perhaps because of the shape of the ...
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How to Take Sharp Photos

In this article we look in detail at how to take sharp photos. This is an important subject for most photographers, but especially when shooting landscape photography. Often in landscape photography we want to have both foreground and distant objects in sharp focus at the same time. This alone can ...
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How to Avoid Camera Shake in Photography

For most photographer’s camera shake will ruin otherwise great shots. There’s nothing more frustrating than capturing a single great image on a shoot, only to find that it’s blurred and shaky when you look closely. In this tutorial I’ll explore some of the techniques you can use to help avoid ...
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How to Fix a Blurry Photo

In this tutorial I want to share how I fix a blurry photo. But before we get into the details there’s something important to understand. Fixing a blurry photo should be a last resort to save an image where there is no alternative. It’s always better to avoid shooting a ...
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Exploring the Exposure Triangle in Landscape Photography

When starting to landscape photography, one of the first things you should learn about is controlling your camera. But this mean learning to use all those fancy features manufacturers stuff into cameras so they can charge lots of money. Instead, you need to learn about the fundamentals of photography and, ...
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Blue Hour Landscape Photography Advice

Blue hour photography in the landscape can be some of the most rewarding and beautiful. In this tutorial I share some of the things I’ve learned over the years ...
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How to Use the Affinity Photo Refine Selection Tools

In a previous tutorial I explained the Affinity Photo Quick Mask and how you could use this with the Selection Brush Tool to create more accurate selections. But as useful as the Quick Mask is for creating selections, it has its limitations. When you need to create complex selections, you ...
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How to Make Selections in Affinity Photo

One of the most important skills to learn when editing photos is how to make selections. In this tutorial we look at a real-world example of how to make a selection using Affinity Photo. Selections are a way for you to apply a change to an area of an image ...
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Panasonic Pixel Shift High Resolution: Useful or Useless?

Recently I purchased a Panasonic G9 micro 43 camera. I won’t go through my evaluation process here, but I covered a lot of factors before deciding on the G9. But one feature I didn’t consider was the Panasonic pixel Shift high resolution mode. At the time, I knew about pixel ...
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Improving Fuji RAW File Processing in Lightroom

For a long time, I used Adobe Lightroom to manage my photography and process my RAW files. It was a good solution and I have thousands of hours invested in my Lightroom Catalog. If it weren’t for my having purchased a Fuji camera, I suspect I would still be happy ...
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Panasonic G9 vs Fuji XT3: Comparing Image Quality

For the past four years I’ve been using Fuji XT cameras for my landscape photography. Initially it was the Fuji XT1, but I quickly followed that with the XT2 and then an XT3. I decided not to upgrade to the Fuji XT4 because I don’t think there’s sufficient new features ...
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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 will help ...
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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 add a border to a photo by resizing the document Canvas ...
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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 also add coloured borders in a similar way. I’ll include a link at the end to another tutorial explaining the ...
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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 and the other a regular body. These cameras were easy to use and my results were good. Micro 4/3 wasn’t ...
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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 two top loaders, a messenger bag (for those of you who are younger than me) and a backpack. After looking ...
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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. I think I’ve now been through around 8 upgrades and the other day I purchased the latest to upgrade to ...
Image Sharpening with Lightroom

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 ...
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Double RAW Exposure Blending in Photoshop

In this tutorial we look at how to blend double RAW exposures in Photoshop using a single RAW file. Whilst this example uses a single RAW file, you can apply the same technique to blend multiple RAW files into one image ...
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How to Print from Lightroom

This page may contain affiliate links where I earn a small commission to help cover costs. They do not affect the price you pay or the service you receive. Thank you for your support. How to Print from Lightroom In this tutorial, we look at how to print from Lightroom ...
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How to Move and Copy Smart Filters in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we look at how to move and copy Smart Filters in Photoshop. Whilst Smart Filters are a great tool to help you work non-destructively, they can seem confusing at first. One area of confusion that comes up a lot is when it comes to moving and copying ...
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What Are Photoshop Smart Filters?

In this tutorial we look at Photoshop Smart Filters to explain what they are and some of the confusing technical terms used. We also look at the question of why you might want to use Smart Filters and some limitations to be aware of ...
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How to Make Color Range Mask Selections in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we look at how to use the Color Range Mask feature in Photoshop to make and refine selections. You will find the Color Range Mask in the Photoshop Camera Raw filter, which some people also call Adobe Camera Raw. Many photographers believe the Camera Raw feature is ...
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Manfrotto Announce 50% Discount on Memory Cards in September

For something so simple, memory cards have caused me a lot of headaches. In the early days of digital photography, my memory cards appeared robust and almost indestructible. It didn’t matter who made them, I seldom had any problems and focussed on buying the cheapest. But then as access speeds ...
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Using Luminance Range Masking in Photoshop Camera Raw

The Photoshop Camera Raw filter is easy to use and an extremely flexible tool. It can be a great way to edit your photos and it can also provide an alternative to more complex techniques like Luminosity Masking. When making a selection in the Camera Raw filter you can now ...
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How to Add Light to an Image in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we look at how to add light in Photoshop. To illustrate the lighting effect, we will be using a landscape photo, but you can apply the same techniques to any photo. You can use these same principles in all kinds of ways from lighting a lightbulb to ...
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Easy Luminosity Masking in Photoshop

A hot subject in photography and photo editing right now is Luminosity Masking. Having seen some of the stunning photos circulating, this interest isn’t surprising. Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of confusing information circulating that can prevent you from understanding Luminosity Masking. In this tutorial, I want to introduce you ...
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Fotospeed Matt Fine Art Inkjet Paper Review

In this inkjet paper review, we are looking at the matt fine art papers available from Fotospeed. But Fotospeed has a large range of inkjet papers for anyone wishing to print their own photography, that isn’t restricted to simply fine art papers ...
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Nik Collection 3 Wins EISA 2020-21 Award for Best Photo Editing Software

I’ve just received the press release announcing the Nik Collection 3 has won the 2020-2021 EISA Photo Software award. I’ve seen other applications win EISA awards but have never known what it was. Now I know that it’s a panel of more than sixty expert magazines published in nearly 30 ...
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Which ICC Profile Should I Use?

This tutorial will help you understand which ICC Profile to use when printing. But to do that you first need to learn about something called a Color Space. The two are linked and without understanding what a Color Space is, you won’t understand which ICC Profile to use ...
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Best Image Size and Resolution Settings for Printing

In this tutorial, we look at the relationship between image size and resolution and how it affects printing. This will help to guide you in selecting settings and finding the best resolution size when making a print. We also consider how to deal with the image aspect ratio and the ...
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3 Tips for Editing Landscape Photos with the Nik Collection

In this tutorial we are looking at three techniques you can use when editing landscape photos with the Nick collection. These three tips can make a significant difference to your photo editing and improve your results. For the tutorial we will be using Nik Viveza and Nik Color Efex Pro ...
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3 Nik Silver Efex Pro Techniques for Dramatic B&W Photos

3 Nik Silver Efex Pro Techniques for Dramatic B&W Photos In this tutorial, I’m going to share three techniques you can use with Nik Silver Efex Pro to achieve dramatic black and white landscape photography. Nik Silver Efex Pro is a long-standing favourite amongst landscape photographers as a means to ...
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The Definitive Guide on How to Photograph an Amazing Sunset

In this tutorial, we are looking at how to photograph a sunset. But this is not just taking a snap of a sunset. What I want to help you achieve is taking sunset photographs like the best landscape photographers; whatever your current skill level. I want you to be able ...
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Four Nik Filters to Make Photo Details Pop Without Sharpening

Four Nik Filters to Make Photo Details Pop Without Sharpening In this tutorial, we look at four Nik Collection filter you can use to make the details in your photos pop. You’ll find all four of these detail enhancing filters in Nik Color Efex Pro. But the most remarkable thing ...
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How to Calibrate your Monitor for Photography and Photo Editing

In this tutorial, we will explore several ways to calibrate your monitor for viewing and editing photography. We also look at an example of calibrating a monitor using the Datacolor SpyderX Pro. This is the calibration tool I personally use with my computers ...
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How to Edit Photos in Lightroom

This page may contain affiliate links where I earn a small commission to help cover costs. They do not affect the price you pay or the service you receive. Thank you for your support. How to Edit Photos in Lightroom In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to edit photos in ...
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Samyang 12mm Fuji Real Life Lens Review

In March 2019 I purchased a Samyang 12mm prime lens for my Fuji system. Since then I’ve been using this Samyang lens for Landscape Photography, alongside the Fuji 10-24. In this review, I’ll be sharing what’s great about this lens as well as what you might not like ...
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Affinity Photo Colour Replacement Using the HSL Adjustment

 Affinity Photo Colour Replacement Using the HSL Adjustment In this tutorial, I’m going to explain how to replace any colour in an image using the Affinity Photo HSL Adjustment layer. In a separate tutorial, I explained how to change the colour of an object using the Affinity Photo Colour Replacement ...
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Topaz Labs launches Gigapixel AI 5

I recently received an email from Topaz Labs to let me know that Gigapixel AI 5 had launched and as an existing Topaz Gigapixel user I had free upgrade to the latest version. Given how impressed I was when I tested Gigapixel AI 4 I was keen to see what ...
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DxO Announces Free Photography Webinars for July 2020

DxO Announces Free Photography Webinars for July 2020 In June 2020 DxO hosted a series of popular free webinars for DxO Photolab and Nik Collection users. Following the success of these webinars, DxO is continuing its program and offering new online sessions through July. The July webinars are for all ...
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How to Change the Colour of an Object in Photoshop

A question that I’m often asked is “how do I change the colour of an object in Photoshop”. So, when I received another email last week asking just that, I thought it was time to write this tutorial. I’m going to look at three ways you can use to change ...
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Digital Infrared Photography Post Processing for Black and White

It often surprises photographers new to digital infrared photography how different the RAW files are to the finished image. Digital infrared photography post processing is a critical step to creating good infrared images. So critical that in this tutorial I will share my workflow for processing infrared RAW files to ...
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Topaz Studio Review – What is it and is it Good?

Topaz Studio Review – What is it and is it Good? In this article, I want to review Topaz Studio 2 and answer the question is it good for photo editing. I’ll be doing my review from the perspective of a photographer who wants to enhance their photography. This is ...
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DxO PhotoLab Performance Problem Fixed

DxO PhotoLab Performance Problem Fixed A little while back I experienced my first DxO Performance Problem. It followed a minor upgrade to the software (I can’t remember which one) but it was a serious problem. So serious in fact that it crippled the software and I couldn’t it. Fortunately, it ...
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How to Open Images Using Camera RAW in Photoshop

Today I’m looking at how to open Camera Raw in Photoshop so you can use it to edit your photos. I’m aiming to clear up some of the confusion caused by the way Camera RAW opens depending on the type of image you’re editing. I’ll also be covering how to ...
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How You Can Easily Learn Photoshop

If you’re searching for the best way to learn Photoshop, you may be able learn a lot from my story. I had a terrible experience trying to learn Photoshop and wasted a lot of money in the process. To understand why, I need to take you back to 2002. It’s ...
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Digital Infrared Photography: What You Need to Know

One of the best photography decisions I’ve made was to start shooting Digital Infrared Photography. As a landscape photographer, the worst conditions are bright midday sun, in summer, with lots of blue sky. But these are ideal conditions for shooting digital infrared photography. When it gets hard to shoot regular ...
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How to Adjust Levels in Photoshop

In this tutorial I'm going to explain how to adjust levels in Photoshop, but you can apply this to many other editing tools. In fact, when you watch the video, you’ll find it also demonstrates the Levels adjustment in Capture One and Affinity Photo. That’s because the Levels adjustment is ...
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Topaz Gigapixel Review: Does it Live up to the Claims?

This page may contain affiliate links where I earn a small commission to help cover costs. They do not affect the price you pay or the service you receive. Thank you for your support. ​Topaz Gigapixel Review: Does it Live up to the Claims? Topaz Gigapixel, or should I say ...
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If you’re scanning film using a flatbed scanner you may have wondered how you can improve the results. One suggestion is by using the Better Scanning Film Holders. For this article I’ll be putting one of these film holders through its paces to see if it’s worth the additional cost ...
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How to Calibrate the Epson v700 Film Height Adjusters

In this tutorial I’ll be looking at how to calibrate the Epson V700 height adjusters to achieve the best scanner performance. Whilst I’ll be using an Epson V700 for this, other scanner makes, and models have adjustable height film holders. You can therefore try the same approach and tips with ...
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Organising Your Photos Using Lightroom Smart Collections

This page may contain affiliate links where I earn a small commission to help cover costs. They do not affect the price you pay or the service you receive. Thank you for your support.Organising Your Photos Using Lightroom Smart Collections In this tutorial I want to explain how to use ...
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How to Use The Patch Tool in Photoshop

When you need to quickly remove a large object from a photograph, the Photoshop Patch Tool could be the solution. In this tutorial, I’m going to explain how you can use the Patch Tool. I’ll also be sharing a few tips to help you achieve better results ...
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Organise Your Photos Using Adobe Lightroom Collections

In this tutorial I am going to explain how Adobe Lightroom Collections work. Importantly, we also look at ways you can use Collections to better organise your photography. We will start by examining a common problem you have probably encountered and then develop a solution using Lightroom Collections ...
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DxO PhotoLab 3 Wins Prestigious TIPA 2020 Award

DxO PhotoLab 3 Wins Prestigious TIPA 2020 Award DxO PhotoLab 3 has just won the TIPA 2020 award for the best imaging software. I make no secret of the fact that I’m a big fan of DxO software; PhotoLab, the Nik Collection, Film Pack and Viewpoints, I have them all ...
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Using Affinity Photo with Adobe Bridge

If you made the switch to Affinity Photo to avoid the Adobe Subscription costs, it’s possible you’re missing Lightroom. As great as Affinity Photo is, it doesn’t have the digital asset management (DAM) tools needed to organise thousands of images effectively. That’s why this article explains how to use Affinity ...
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How to Resize Images in Affinity Photo Desktop

In this tutorial I look at ways you can use to resize images in Affinity Photo. I’ll be covering several options that you can use depending on your needs. I’ll also discuss tips and do some pixel peeping to check the quality of the enlargements ...
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Make Organising Photos Easy on Your PC or Mac

Make Organising Photos Easy on Your PC or Mac In this tutorial I want to help you with the task of organising your photos. This can seem like an uphill challenge as we are all taking many more photos than ever before. It’s also a problem that creeps up on ...
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How to Add an Image Border in Lightroom

In this tutorial I’ll explain how to add a border to an image using only Lightroom. You can see a few examples of images where I’ve added borders below ...
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Easy Ways to Level the Horizon in Lightroom

A common problem affecting all photographers at some time is the crooked or sloping horizon. In this tutorial I’ll explain how you can easily fix and level a sloping horizon in Lightroom. But if you only need to rotate an image through 90 or 180 degrees, see my tutorial explaining ...
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DxO PhotoLab 3.2 New Features Announced

DxO PhotoLab 3.2 New Features Announced DxO has just launched PhotoLab 3.2. Regular readers of Lenscraft will know that I’m a fan of PhotoLab for RAW file processing. It has an excellent RAW converter and the lens corrections are brilliant. But PhotoLab can do much more than being just simple ...
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How to Crop an Image in Affinity Photo

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The Photo Manager Battle Lightroom Vs Exposure X5

Since Adobe switched to a rental model for their software, I’m frequently asked to suggest alternatives. In this article I want to look at one alternative to Lightroom which is Exposure X5. I’ll be answering the question, is Exposure X5 a viable alternative to Lightroom for managing your photo library? ...
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Nik Collection 2.5 Released by DxO

Nik Collection 2.5 Released by DxO It’s quite possible you’ve already seen the news. DxO has released version 2.5 of the Nik Collection and if you’re a fan of film you’ll be happy. We’ve already seen the Nik Collection 2.3 introduce new film simulations to Silver Efex Pro. Well this ...
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Common Photoshop Masking Problem and Solution

There’s a common Photoshop masking problem that seems to be affecting users with increasing regularity. When users create a layer mask, the mask somehow becomes inverted. This doesn’t seem to happen every time they use a mask and can seem intermittent. In this tutorial, I’m going to share an example ...
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Introduction to Affinity Photo Blending Ranges

This tutorial is an introduction to the powerful Blending Ranges feature found in Affinity Photo. If you’re experienced in Adobe Photoshop, you may already know how to use the BlendIf feature which is similar but less powerful. At its simplest, Affinity Photo Blending Ranges allows you to blend the layers ...
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Affinity Photo Panorama Stitching

In this tutorial we explore Affinity Photo Panorama Stitching. The Panorama tools in Affinity Photo produce excellent results but there are a few tips and tricks you can use to help ...
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Landscape Photography Advice and Tips in 4 Photos

One very powerful way to improve your landscape photography is by looking at your past photos and asking, “what can I learn from this”. In this article I want to show four photos from my landscape photography and share advice I’ve learned. Each photo has a main point, but you’ll ...
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Fuji 16-80 Real Life Lens Review

Just how good is the new Fuji 16-80 lens? If you’re looking to buy one of these lenses, then you’ve probably read some of the great reviews published almost when it launched. If you have, I can confirm that it is a great lens but it’s not as perfect as ...
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How to Use Blending Modes in Photoshop and Affinity Photo

In this video tutorial we are looking at how you can use Blending Modes in both Photoshop and Affinity Photo. Don’t worry if you’ve tried to understand these before and struggled. I have a few examples to share with you to make everything fit into place. You only need to ...
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Luminar 4 Tutorial for New and Upgrading Users

When Skylum recently launched Luminar 4, they included a lot of changes. Much of the marketing focussed on the new AI features, but possibly more significant were the interface changes. In this Luminar tutorial I explain what’s changed in the interface and how it affects your editing. If you’re coming ...
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New DxO PhotoLab 3.1 Improvements

It’s only 8 weeks since DxO launched PhotoLab 3 with great new features (watch my review on YouTube below) and they are already improving it. Today see’s PhotoLab 3.1 launch with improvements I know quite a few people have been waiting for ...
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DxO PhotoLab Local Adjustments

In this tutorial I explain and demonstrate how to use the Local Adjustments module in DxO PhotoLab. The ability to make local adjustments to an image is very powerful. By making localised changes affecting only part of an image you can completely transform the feel. You can see this in ...
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Stunning Black & White Photography with the Nik Collection 2.3

I had just opened an image to edit in the Nik Collection when I received a message. DxO has launched the Nik Collection 2.3 and it’s available to download. After a little investigation I was able to find out more about the latest changes which have given Silver Efex Pro ...
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How to Create and Use the Orton Effect

The Orton Effect is a very popular technique among landscape photographers. When used correctly it creates a dreamy feel in photos whilst retaining important detail. In this tutorial, we look at how you can create the Orton Effect in your photos. But importantly, we also look at how to apply ...
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How the Photoshop Curves Tool Works

In this tutorial, we look at how the Photoshop Curves Tool works. But it isn’t a tutorial full of simple examples that don’t help you. Instead, I’m going to explain how to read the Curves Tool so that you understand how it works. This is important because the Curves Tool ...
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On1 Photo RAW Essential Filters for Landscape Photography

On1 Photo RAW is an excellent photo editor that’s packed with features and filters. But with so many options, which are the essential filters to use for editing landscape photography. In this tutorial, I’ll share which filters I think are essential. It doesn’t matter what photo I’m editing; I use ...
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Photo Editing Workflow

In this tutorial, we look at how to edit an example landscape photo with Affinity Photo and Silver Efex Pro from the Nik Collection. If you don’t already have a workflow for editing your landscape photos, try using the following simple approach: 1. Image Assessment –Evaluate your landscape image and ...
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The Fuji 18-135 – A Real Life Review

If there’s one thing I hate its lens reviews. You know, the type that tells you all about the sharpness and resolving capability. Yes, these things can be important. After all, we all hate poor lens quality.  But the thing about sharpness and distortion charts is they don’t help you ...
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What Are Photoshop Layers And Why Are They So Important?

Do you ever open Photoshop and feel overwhelmed by all the buttons, panels, and options? Even if you're familiar with the program, some of the features can seem mysterious. In this article, we'll look at one of the most basic concepts in Photoshop - layers. We'll explain what they are, ...
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Post Processing Landscape Photography Workflow

In this tutorial, we’re looking at post-processing landscape photography with a simple four-part workflow. But the workflow we’ll use can form the basis of any post-processing to improve a photograph. It doesn’t need to be a landscape photo. The steps in the workflow that we’ll look at are: 1. Photo ...
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Affinity Photo Personas Explained

Are you confused by the Affinity Photo Personas? If you are, you’re not alone. In this tutorial we’re going to look at the different Personas, explain what they are and how to use them. We’ll also look at a couple of reasons people find the Personas so confusing ...
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Capture One Soft Proofing

In this tutorial, we’re looking at Capture One Soft Proofing. We’ll discuss what Soft Proofing is before looking at how it works in Capture One. We’ll also look at the Capture One Proofing function which is a useful feature to help you proof your photos ...
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Use RAW Format Photography and a Great RAW Converters for Maximum Quality

If you think you understand RAW Format Photography, this tutorial may hold a few surprises for you. It’s not that it’s a confusing subject, it’s more that it’s easy to overlook some important points about the subject. In this article, we are going to delve into RAW format photography and ...
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Affinity Photo High Pass Sharpening

The High Pass filter in Affinity Photo appears to cause confusion. That’s a shame as it’s a very effective and useful filter to use for sharpening photographs. In this tutorial we’ll examine: How to use the High Pass filter in Affinity Photo. Consider why you might want to use this ...
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Stop Lens Flare Ruining Your Photos

In this tutorial, we’re going to look at removing lens flare in Photoshop, but you don’t have to use Photoshop with this technique. The method we’ll use only needs an editor that supports layers, allowing you to merge two images. This means it works with Adobe Photoshop Elements, Affinity Photo, ...
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Switching to Capture One Fujifilm

I'm Switching to the Capture One Fujifilm RAW Converter I’ve been a long-time user of Lightroom, but I’ve decided to change. I’m now using Capture One Fujifilm and I want to explain why. If you shoot with a Fuji and currently use Lightroom, I urge you to read this article ...
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Affinity Photo Unsharp Mask Filter

In this tutorial, I’m going to explain how to sharpen a photo with the Unsharp Mask filter in Affinity Photo Desktop. I’ll cover what the different sliders do in the Unsharp Mask and how you can use these to improve your sharpening results. This means you’ll achieve much sharper photographs ...
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Affinity Photo vs Photoshop

Affinity Photo vs Photoshop which is Best Wondering which of these powerful photo editors is best for you? Then I’m going to try to help in this comparison review of Affinity Photo V’s Photoshop. I’m also going to share which of these two editors is my own favourite. If you’re ...
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Mastering the Photoshop Smart Sharpen Filter

In this article we look at mastering the Photoshop Smart Sharpen filter, answering questions like: Why use the Smart Sharpen filter? What do all the sharpening controls do? Where in my workflow does Smart Sharpening fit? If you’ve tried to use Smart Sharpening with limited success or even given up ...
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Capture One Plugins and the Nik Collection

Are you aware that Capture One now supports using Plugins? Phase One who develops Capture One introduced support for Plugins in version 12 of their software. Interestingly, it isn’t just the Pro version of Capture One that supports plugins. If you’re using the free Capture One Express edition to edit ...
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Photoshop Luminosity Masking Course Launched

Want to achieve your best results when editing in Photoshop? Then Luminosity Masking is one of the most powerful techniques you should consider. Unfortunately, the subject can be more than a little confusing. There’s a lot of misinformation circulating that people are accepting as fact. That’s why I’ve launched my ...
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Straighten an Image in Photoshop

Like most tasks in Photoshop, there are several methods you can use to straighten an image. In this tutorial, we are going to look at three of the easiest. We will cover using the: Ruler Tool to draw and automatically straighten an image. Crop Tool to crop and automatically level ...
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How To Watermark Photos in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we look at how to add a watermark in Photoshop. This approach to adding a watermark works with any photograph or image and allows you to apply other special effects. In the tutorial we cover: Creating a watermark with text and/or special symbols like ©. Adding a ...
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Create Film Grain Texture Photoshop

Unlike Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop doesn’t have an obvious grain filter you can use to simulate film grain. If you want to create film grain texture effects for your images, you need to know how. This tutorial explains how you can realistically simulate film grain with Photoshop’s Add Noise filter ...
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Organising Your Lightroom Presets Folder

In this tutorial, we’re going to take a close look at the Lightroom Presets Folder. You will learn about: Where to find the Lightroom Presets Folder. How Lightroom Presets are Stored. The changes Adobe made in April 2018 to how Lightroom Presets are stored. And I'll explain how to work ...
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What are Lightroom Presets

In this tutorial, we are going to answer the question “what are Lightroom Presets”. But we’re also going to look at: How to create your own Lightroom Presets, and What are the benefits of using Lightroom Presets ...
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Photoshop Content Aware Scaling

In this tutorial we’ll be looking at the Photoshop Content Aware Scaling tool to help you understand: How the tool works. When to use it, and importantly. What are the alternatives? ...
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Recommended ND Filters and Strengths

In this article, I look at the common problem of which Neutral Density filters to buy for landscape photography. Two questions crop up with regularity when it comes to choosing Neutral Density filters, or ND filters to use the common abbreviation: Which ND filters would you recommend? What strength of ...
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Using the Photoshop Healing Brush

The Photoshop Healing Brush tools appear easy to use at first, and they are for simple repair jobs. But what about something more complex than removing a few sensor dust spots from a clear sky. Chances are that if you’ve tried to use the Healing Brush tools for more complex ...
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Soft Proofing in Lightroom

Soft Proofing is a process where you simulate using software how your photo will look when printed. You can then examine this simulation or soft proof on your computer screen to check that you’re happy with it before printing. This is important for several reasons: 1. You can waste a ...
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Working with Layer Masks in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I want to share my essential tips to improve your photo editing using Layer Masks in Photoshop. Working with Layer Masks in Photoshop is possible the most powerful editing technique you can use. Mastering this will literally unlock adjustments that you might otherwise have thought were impossible ...
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Photoshop Dodge and Burn Tools

In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to improve your results when using the Photoshop Dodge and Burn tools. The Dodge and Burn Tools in Photoshop are extremely powerful but can also be difficult to use. This is one of the reasons why I also recommend an alternative approach to ...
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Affinity Photo Luminosity Masks

If you’ve come from a Photoshop background, creating Affinity Photo Luminosity Masks could have you scratching your head. If you Google Luminosity Masks and Affinity Photo, you’re likely to find a couple of things: 1. A simple approach to creating Luminosity Masks in Affinity Photo using the Select Tones option ...
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Landscape Photography Tips That Work

I’m often asked if I have any Landscape Photography tips; you know ones that really work and make a difference. Often people expect me to talk about the best cameras or lenses to use or in rare cases, even composition. When I share the best Landscape Photography tips I know, ...
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Fix Converging Verticals with Lightroom Transform

If you’ve ever tried to photograph a tall building you’ve probably run into problems like converging verticals. This is where buildings appear to lean backwards in a photograph as the “vertical” sides of the building converge inwards. Tilting your camera to get the building in frame causes the effect and ...
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Essential Affinity Photo Book PDF Available

Last week I announced the launch of my latest book Essential Affinity Photo on Amazon. This week I’m happy to share that you can now get Essential Affinity Photo in PDF format from my Lenscraft shop ...
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WOW! Frequency Equalizer 2 Released

One of my favourite Photoshop plugins has received a makeover. If you’ve never used it, WOW! Frequency Equalizer helps you create frequency separations. When you create a frequency separation you separate the detail in an image (high-frequency information) from the colour (low-frequency information). You can then use this with retouching ...
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Mac OS Photo Printing Problem

Mac OS Photo Printing Problem Recently I found myself in a complete panic when I suffered a serious photo printing problem on my Mac. Fortunately, I was able to resolve it, but I wasted a lot of time and money in the process. Then scarily, one of my friends experienced ...
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Affinity Photo Printing for Photographers

There’s no denying Affinity Photo is a great tool for editing, but what if you want to print your photos? Using Affinity Photo for printing is a great choice. But if you have been using other tools like Lightroom, the printing process might not be obvious. In this article, I ...
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Photo Retrospective 2018

As 2018 ended, I decided to review my 2018 photographs to select the twelve images that I liked best. Once I selected my 12 favourites and ranked them in order to produce my photo retrospective 2018. You can watch the video of my images below ...
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Are UV Filters Worth It

There is a long-raging battle in photography about UV Filters. Some see the UV filter as essential whilst others think they are a waste of money. In this article, I want to answer the question are UV Filters worth it, by sharing my experience and applying a little logic ...
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Photoshop Frequency Separation

Landscape Photography Photoshop Frequency Separation Possibly one of the hottest photo editing topics currently is Photoshop Frequency Separation. It’s also one of the most confusing; partly because it’s hard to understand what’s happening and partly because it sounds complicated. In this tutorial, I’m going to explain how you can use ...
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On1 Photo RAW Workflow Filter Order

Let’s be honest, the On1 Photo RAW workflow can be confusing. There are the Development tools, Local adjustments, Layers, and Effects. Each one has a huge array of tools and you can use these in an almost infinite order. After a while, most people find their own way of working ...
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Mindshift Backlight 26L Camera Backpack Review

As I write this, I’m sat on the interisland ferry between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. I’ve already been travelling for a few weeks and have another couple of weeks still to go. For equipment, I’m packing the Fuji X-T2 with 18-135 lens together with the Fuji ...
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On1 Launches Photo RAW 2019 – Worth the Price?

I recently returned from an extended overseas trip. Whilst I was away, On1 Software launched Photo RAW 2019. They claimed this version was a major upgrade to their well-respected photo editor. As an existing user who prepaid for the upgrade, I was keen to find out if it was worth ...
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Affinity Photo YouTube Tutorials

There are six tutorials in total that walk you through the key elements of using Affinity Photo. They don’t cover everything in detail, but they do provide a good introduction to using Affinity Photo. This is something that lots of people have been asking for, for some time. It’s also ...
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Kase Filters UK Price Cut

Kase Filters UK Price Cut I could hardly believe it when I received the email from Andrew Yu, Commercial Director. A Kase Filters UK price cut is being applied to the popular Kase Wolverine filter line. What a way to celebrate your first year in the UK by reducing the ...
Capture One Express Fuji website launch

Capture One Express Fujifilm Problem and Fix

If you’re a Fuji RAW shooter and have been editing your images in Lightroom, you might like me feel dissatisfied with the quality of the RAW conversions. Well, help it appears is at hand from Phase One. On the 25th September, 2018 Phase One released the Capture One Express Fujifilm ...
Choosing a great lightroom alternative

Which Lightroom Alternative is Right for You

Which Lightroom Alternative is Right for You? Are you looking for a viable Lightroom alternative to help manage your photography? If you are, you're not alone. Since Adobe moved Lightroom to be subscription-only, many photographers have been searching for an alternative. In this article, I’m going to introduce you to ...
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Professional Results with Nik Sharpener Pro

In this tutorial, I’m going to explain image sharpen using Nik Sharpener Pro. I’m also including two videos which demonstrate sharpening techniques in more detail. One video covers Capture Sharpening with the Nik RAW Presharpener version of Sharpener Pro. The other covers Creative and Output Sharpening using the Nik Output ...
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Using the Nik Collection

Using the Nik Collection As someone whose been using the Nik Collection for a very long time, I tend not to think very much about which plugins you need. I just sort of know. But then I was recently talking to someone and they reminded me about how confusing the ...
Choosing Photo Editing Software, RAW Therapee

Choosing Photo Editing Software

Although we don’t often recognise it, choosing photo editing software for your PC or Mac is a very personal thing. What suits one person won’t suit another, and it’s made even more complicated by the choice of editors now available. To help you when choosing photo editing software, I have ...
Tutorial explaining two powerful adjustments in Nik Silver Efex Pro

Powerful Nik Silver Efex Pro Tools

Nik Silver Efex Pro is a powerful black and white converter in the Nik Collection. It helps you to easily achieve adjustments that could leave you scratching your head in Photoshop. And in Lightroom similar adjustments might not even be possible. Two of the adjustment sliders in Silver Efex Pro ...
Pro tips to using the Nik Collection in Photoshop

Pro Tips for Using the Nik Collection in Photoshop

Given the choice, I would always choose to use the Nik Collection in Photoshop. In this article, I’ll explain why and give you some expert tips about how to get more out of the Nik plugins in Photoshop. If you have any tips of your own, be sure to leave ...
ACDSee interface, an Adobe Lightroom Alternative

Adobe Lightroom Alternative: ACDSee

Adobe Lightroom Alternative: ACDSee Back in the distant history of time (before 2007) Adobe Lightroom didn’t exist. If you wanted to manage your digital image library, you needed library management software, which was quite expensive. Today, things have changed, and a lot of people are finding the Adobe software rental ...
Using the Nik Collection in Lightroom

Using the Nik Collection in Lightroom

Using the Nik Collection in Lightroom On the face of it, using the Nik Collection in Lightroom appears simple. You find the photo you want to edit. Right-click with your mouse. Select “Edit in” from the popup menu and pick the Nik plugin you want to use. But if this ...
Four tips using the nik collection

Nik Collection Tips For Landscape Photographers

Using The Nik Collection Four Tips For Landscape Photographers In this article, I want to share with you four tips using the Nik Collection. I’m going to demonstrate these photo editing techniques using landscape images and The Nik Collection 2018 by DxO. Although these are predominantly landscape photography tips the ...
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Using the DxO Nik Collection with Affinity Photo

Using the DxO Nik Collection with Affinity Photo After DxO released the new version of Nik I received emails asking how to use the new Nik Collection with Affinity Photo. A lot of people say you could use the old free version of the Nik Collection but DxO has removed ...
One of the best landscape photography filters is the polarising filter

The Best Landscape Photography Filters

The Best Landscape Photography Filters Recently, I’ve received a lot of emails all asking the same question - “What’s the best landscape photography filters to start with?” These emails aren’t the brand or make of filters, but which types of filters should people buy initially. In this article I want ...
Thors Well, USA. Improve your landscape photography

Improve Your Photography 30 Day Challenge

Improve Your Photography 30 Day Challenge The Lenscraft 30-Day Photo Challenge was originally published as a series of emails designed to help you improve your photography . Each email provided a 1 week mini challenge to help you develop an aspect of your photography. At the end of the 30 ...
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Dramatic Black and White Landscape

Turn a Dull Day into a Dramatic Black & White Landscape We've all shot those dull, grey boring scenes when the weather conditions just weren’t right. But what if you could turn them into a dramatic black and white landscape with a little post processing? Learn how with this video ...
Photoshop Color Grading techniques for Landscape Photography

Photoshop Color Grading for Landscape Photography

Photoshop Color Grading for Landscape Photography In this article I want to explain how Photoshop Color Grading works and how you can improve your landscape photography with this technique. A couple of weeks back I published a tutorial explaining how to apply color grading in Lightroom to a sunset photo ...
Lightroom Color Grading for Dramatic Sunsets Lenscraft Newsletter April 2018

Lightroom Color Grading for Dramatic Sunsets

Lightroom Color Grading Tutorial In this tutorial I'm going to explain Lightroom Color Grading and how you can use it to enhance your photography. I've also produced this accompanying video to demonstrate the technnique. Lightroom Color Grading Video Follow Me On... I don't just publish on Lenscraft. You'll also find ...
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How to Create Your Own LUTs with 3D LUT Creator

How to Create Your Own LUTs Using 3D LUT Creator In this tutorial I’m going to explain how to create your own LUT’s using a tool called 3D LUT Creator. Some photographers have been using LUTs in their photo editing for a long time and some of the effects they ...
On1 Masking Tools Explained

On1 Masking Tools Explained

On1 Masking Tools Explained Following my recent demonstration on YouTube of the On1 Photo RAW editor, I have received a lot of questions. Most of these are relating to the On1 Masking Tools. What are the sliders doing, how do they work and how do I know what to do ...
Photo Backup Workflow Ideas

How to Backup Your Photos with Confidence

Backup Your Photos with Confidence Time flies much faster than we think. Ask me how long I’ve been shooting digital and I would say 10 years. When I checked, it’s over 15 years. And in that time, I’ve built up a huge catalogue with hundreds of thousands of images. That’s ...
Ingenious ways to create Lightroom masks and selections

Ingenious Ways to Create a Lightroom Mask

Ingenious Ways to Create a Lightroom Mask To produce great photography with Lightroom, you need to learn to create a Lightroom mask or selection. It's a crucial image editing skill. Historically if you wanted to create a detailed or precise mask, you had to use Photoshop. You probably had to ...
Nik Color Efex Pro

Transform a Dull Scene with Nik Color Efex Pro

Transform a Dull Scene with Nik Color Efex Pro In this video I demonstrate how you can transform a dull scene with Nik Color Efex Pro. The transcript for the video is also included below. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel You can also watch this video on my YouTube channel ...
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Micro Four Thirds Landscape Photography

Micro Four Thirds Landscape Photography From time to time I explore how some of the visitors to Lenscraft find me. Often this reveals problems people have, giving me ideas for articles and tutorials. One forum discussion (argument) appearing regularly is “can you use micro four thirds for landscape photography”. One ...
The Best Way to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

The Best Way to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

The Best Way to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop Photographers the world over recognise the power of Dodging and Burning. This long-established technique from the days of the darkroom can transform a boring photograph into a masterpiece. Photoshop took this technique and developed the Dodge and Burn tools. These are ...
why switch to Kase filters

Why I Switched to Kase Wolverine Filters

Why I Switched to Kase Wolverine Filters I have been using filters in my landscape photography for the past 15 years. They are an essential part of my equipment despite all the advances in digital photography. Yes, it’s possible to combine multiple exposures in software but there are significant benefits ...
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Inkjet Paper for Photo Printing

Selecting Inkjet Paper for Photo Printing Let’s face it the cost of inkjet printing isn’t cheap. But being able to print your photos can bring pleasure and add an extra dimension to your photography. Often, it’s only when you hold the finish printing your hands that you can really appreciate ...
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Great Nik Collection Alternatives

Great Alternatives to Replace the Nik Collection Since Google purchased the Nik Collection software, photographers and digital artists everywhere were raising concerns that it would be “killed off”. Now those concerns are real, as Google has announced there will be no further updates. Whilst the software still functions and is ...
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Black and White Processing – The Roaches Image

Black and White Processing The Roaches Image I recently published this black and white image which I shot on a foggy day in The Roaches in Staffordshire. Personally, it’s one of my favourites from this year and a few people have asked me to explain how the black and white ...
How to be a successful photographer

How to Become a Successful Photographer

How to Become a Successful Photographer When I first became obsessed with photography, one question I constantly asked was how do I become a successful photographer. At the time, I equated success with making money from my photography. Later I came to realise my error, but today I still see ...
Essential Camera Filters for Landscape Photography

Essential Camera Filters for Landscape Photography

Essential Camera Filters for Landscape Photography As a Landscape Photographer, I regularly use filters in my work and believe these tools are an essential accessory. But let’s be clear, when I talk about camera filters, I’m referring to the filters you attach to the front of your lens. These filters ...
Fixing the Nik Brush Tool Problem

How to Fix the Nik Brush Tool Bug

How to Fix the Nik Brush Tool Bug with Photoshop Actions If you use the Nik Collection within Photoshop, I’m sure you will have seen the Tools Panel. This is found at the bottom of the Selective Tool and aims to help you make selective changes. Unfortunately, a problem seems ...
Introduction to layer masks in photoshop

Introduction to Layer Masks in Photoshop

Introduction to Layer Masks in Photoshop Those new to editing often find layer masks in Photoshop very confusing and difficult to learn. When I first encountered masks it took me several months before I understood what was happening. Most of the information available was complicated and very unhelpful. But once ...
Lightroom Clone and Heal Tools

Using the Lightroom Clone and Heal Tool (Video)

Using the Lightroom Clone and Heal Tool Recently I posted a video showing how I had captured and processed some images of Holm Fell in the Lake District. Following this I received a few comments saying the editing was difficult to follow. I had assumed everyone would be familiar with ...
Higger Tor in Winter

Higger Tor in Winter Video – Part 1

Higger Tor in Winter Video - Part 1 I have never had much luck when shooting in the Peak District. I seem to find the landscape there rather heavy going and favour the more dramatic scenery of the English Lake District. Well, this all seems to be changing following a ...
Holme Fell in Autumn video

Holme Fell in Autumn Video and Editing

Holme Fell in Autumn Video and Editing Holme Fell in Autumn is a wonderful location for Landscape Photographers to visit. This video will share some of the magic,starting with a visit to the location. After visitng the location to shoot the image, you see the editing of the photograph to ...
Nik Collection Infrared Photography Sumilation

Nik Collection Infrared Simulation

Nik Collection Infrared Simulation Whilst infrared photography can produce interesting and beautiful results, not everyone wants or can afford to convert a camera record infrared light. One affordable alternative is to convert your colour digital images to produce an infrared simulation using software. If you know how to use Photoshop, ...
Enhance your autumn images

Enhance Autumn Images

Enhance Your Autumn Images Autumn is a wonderful time to be a landscape photographer. The trees and landscape changes to a stunning golden scene. But there can be a problem. You might shoot what you believe is a vibrant and beautiful image. But when you later view this on your ...
Shooting Autumn in the Lakes Video

Shooting Autumn in the Lakes (Video)

Shooting Autumn in the Lakes (Video) The Lake District is a wonderful place to visit and photograph but in Autumn it’s particularly spectacular. The trees turn golden and the bracken changes from vibrant green to a deep rich brown. If you’re lucky you will even see a little snow on ...
Create Custom Lightroom Profiles

How to Create Custom Lightroom Profiles

How to Create Custom Lightroom Profiles Have you ever wanted to create custom Lightroom profiles for your camera? Perhaps you have seen the excellent film profiles that ship with the Fuji cameras and want something similar for your camera. Have seen some of the bespoke profiles that ship with some ...
Installing camera profiles in lightroom

Installing Camera Profiles in Lightroom

Installing Camera Profiles in Lightroom for Windows and Mac Installing camera profiles in Lightroom can be tricky and frustrating. It’s difficult to know exactly where to install the profiles and if they don’t work, the process can leave you scratching your head. In this video, we cut through the confusion ...
Dramatic black & white conversions before and after

Dramatic Black & White Photography

Dramatic Black & White Conversion in Lightroom The accepted wisdom in Photography circles is that to produce a dramatic Black & White conversion you need special software or plug-ins. Lightroom has tools to create black and white conversions but you can’t achieve dramatic results. This is rubbish and you shouldn’t ...
Image Editing Example Video: Lightroom & Nik

Image Editing Example Video: Lightroom & Nik

Image Editing Example Video: Lightroom & Nik Sometimes, you can read all the theory and training material available, but it doesn’t make sense. This is where an image editing example video can help help you. In this video example I demonstrate how to convert an image captured in RAW format ...
Nik Silver Efex The Forgotten Adjustment

Nik Silver Efex – The Forgotten Adjustment

Nik Silver Efex – The Forgotten Adjustment Did you know that Nik Silver Efex has a forgotten adjustment? To be precise, it’s more of an overlooked adjustment. Either way, if you don’t know how to use these tools properly you could be missing out. That’s why I produced this short ...
Nik Viveza secret adjustments

Learn Nik Viveza 2 Secret Adjustments (Video)

Learn Nik Viveza 2 Secret Adjustments In this video, I share several Viveza 2 secret adjustments. These can help you achieve impressive results quickly when adjusting your images. Whilst you can buy the Nik Collection from DxO, you can also get it for free as I explain in this article ...
Lightroom sharpening for small sensor cameras

Lightroom Sharpening for Small Sensors

Lightroom Sharpening for Small Sensor Cameras Sharpening your images is essential to show them at their best. This is especially true if you photograph using RAW format. Lightroom is one of the most popular, if not the most popular RAW converter. If you’re using Lightroom you may already know how ...
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Photo Printer Setup

Photo Printer Setup Have you ever tried to print your own photographs but given up in frustration? If you have then you’re in good company. I know many photographers who have tried and failed . I too struggled for years when trying to make prints. Fortunately I  managed to acquire ...
Fuji RAW file Conversion Challenge

Fuji RAW file Conversion Challenge

Fuji RAW file Conversion Challenge This challenge is issued to anyone and everyone using Lightroom as a RAW converter. I issue following my poor results when converting RAW files from my Fuji XT-1 with Lightroom and much better results using RAW Therapee. The challenge is simple: Download the Zip file ...
Photograph Doors well. Doorway in Potasi, Bolivia

How to Photograph Doors

This page may contain affiliate links where I earn a small commission to help cover costs. They do not affect the price you pay or the service you receive. Thank you for your support. How to Photograph Doors I was recently asked if I had any tips concerning how to ...
Working with Lightroom

Working with Lightroom Video

Tips for Working with Lightroom This is a short video tutorial published on my You Tube channel. It demonstrates some of the often overlooked features for working with Lightroom more efficiently. It covers the history snapshot panels in the Develop module. It also demonstrates how the integration between Lightroom and ...
Nik Viveza or Color Efex Pro

Nik Viveza or Color Efex Pro

Nik Viveza or Color Efex Pro Amongst photographers new to editing with the Nik collection of plug ins (and possibly even for experienced users), there is an often asked question. Which should I use, Nik Viveza or Color Efex Pro? There is another version of this question which is “what’s ...
Processing Infrared images video tutorial

Processing Infrared Images Video

Processing Infrared Images Video This video tutorial demonstrates how RAW images captured with a digital infrared camera can be processed to achieve the typical ghostly appeal. The processing is performed using Lightroom and the conversion to Black and White is performed using Nik Silver Efex Pro. The Nik Silver Efex ...
Processing Infrared Images

Processing Infrared Photography

Processing Digital Infrared Photography The processing of digital infrared photography seems to cause confusion and concern for those new to the medium. If this is you, I would like to reassure you that there is nothing to worry about. Equally, there are some who believe the digital infrared photos comes ...
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Lightroom Doesn’t Support My Camera

Lightroom Doesn’t Support My Camera Have you ever had that sinking feeling of disappointment, when you buy a new camera and then realise Lightroom won’t support it? I recall once buying a Sony NEX5 almost as soon as it launched. I was so excited to find out how good the ...
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Old Master Landscape Photography

Old Master Landscape Photography As a photographer, you probably spend time reviewing the work of other photographers. If you’re interested in Landscape Photography, then you will no doubt have reviewed the work of those considered to be masters of their craft such as Ansel Adams. But have you ever stopped ...
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Struggling to Photo Blend in Photoshop?

Struggling to Photo Blend in Photoshop? One of the questions that seems to be asked quite frequently is how can I do a photo blend in Photoshop. Typically, people have two photos and want to blend them together to create a new image. This article is intended to help you ...
Understanding the Curves Adjustment

Understanding Tone Mapping

Understanding Tone Mapping I was recently contacted by a Lenscraft member asking if I could explain Tone Mapping. Most importantly, they didn’t want an explanation of Tone Mapping in relation to HDR but in a more general sense. This is important as Tone Mapping is the basis for most image ...
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5 Tips for Photographing Waterfalls

Tips for Photographing Waterfalls When I first became interested in photography, there was one thing that I wanted to take a good photograph of - a waterfall. I had seen some inspiring waterfall photographs in magazines and I longed to reproduce the same quality results. I can recall vividly, standing ...
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Advice for Better Film Scanning

Advice for Better Film Scanning Being able to successfully digitise film images using a film scanner is something of an art and can be very frustrating. Part of the reason for this is that people fail to appreciate and take control of all the variables involved. This article discusses several ...
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The Landscape Photography Secret to Success

The Landscape Photography Secret to Success I recently posted to my Lightweight Photographer blog a short article highlighting the importance of this Landscape Photography secret. I call it a secret but actually it’s something that’s so obvious, people tend to overlook it. Even when they do recognise the, they fail ...
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Choosing a Tripod – Buyers Guide

Choosing a Tripod - Buyers Guide I can still recall the first tripod I purchased. The memory is so vivid because I made some fundamental mistakes and didn’t buy the best tripod for me. It cost me a lot as well as caused much frustration. I don’t want you to ...
Greetings card layout in Photoshop

Printing Greetings Cards

Printing Greetings Cards This tutorial describes how to print your own high quality greetings cards using an inkjet printer. If you would like to know more about printing in general, there are more tutorials on Lenscraft or you might like to consider my book "Perfect Prints Every Time". Here’s the ...
Lightroom Spot Removal

Lightroom Spot Removal Tool

Lightroom Spot Removal Tool Dust and spots can appear on camera sensors at any time causing photographers a real headache. Lightroom provides a some well thought out tools to help tackle the problems caused by a dirty sensor. This tutorial explains how to make the most of the Lightroom Spot ...
How to fix blurry photographs in lightroom

Blurry Photo Fix in Lightroom

How to Fix Blurry Photographs in Lightroom This article describes how you to fix blurry photographs in Lightroom, using the sharpening tools found in the Develop module. It happens to us all at some time when we pursue our photography. Perhaps we rush a shot, use too slow a shutter ...
Focus Stacking Video

Focus Stacking Video

Focus Stacking with Helicon Focus Video The following focus stacking video uses Lightroom for image organisation and Helicon Focus v6.5 for focus stacking. A free 30 day trial of the Helicon Focus software is available from the Helicon Focus website. http://www.heliconsoft.com/software-downloads/ Introduction Focus stacking is a technique used to increase ...
Focus Stacking using Helicon Focus

Focus Stacking Helicon Focus

Focus Stacking using Helicon Focus A focus stacking video to accompany this tutorial is also available. Introduction to Focus Stacking There are times when the depth of field you can achieve in a single shot just isn’t enough. This is where focus stacking can help. Trying to achieve a significant ...
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Layering Lightroom Presets

Layering Lightroom Presets Lightroom is a great tool for photographers’ helping them manage and process their photos. It also allows for a range of special effects to be created which can then be saved as presets in order to apply them in the future. These presets can be a huge ...
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How do I blur the background in my photos

How do I blur the background in my photos? One technique every photographer must have at their disposal is the ability to blur the background in their photos. When you blur a photo background but leave the main subject in sharp focus it helps to emphasise the subject. It also ...
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Photoshop Underwater Color Correction

Photoshop Underwater Color Correction Lenscraft Member Chuck Slater recently wrote to me following my request to all members for tutorial ideas. Check was interested in making colour corrections to his underwater photography using Photoshop. This article shows how to use the Levels Tool in Photoshop to perform a simple and ...
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The Benefits of using Lightroom Presets

Are Lightroom Presets Worth It? I have been using Lightroom for many years. I know my way around the Lightroom Develop module and have even published a book on the subject. So why am I such an advocate of using Lightroom Presets? In this article I’m going to explain why ...
Lightroom Preferences dialog

Backing up Lightroom Presets

Backing up Lightroom Presets When people talk about backing up Lightroom they immediately think about the Lightroom Catalogue. This is understandable given the catalogue is home to a lot of the work you do with your images. Lightroom even has an automated backup facility for the catalogue which can be ...
Resulting image using photoshop masks

Understanding Photoshop Masks

Understanding Photoshop Masks One area that continually causes confusion is that of Photoshop masks. This tutorial provides a brief introduction to help you understand Photoshop masks and how they can be used in the photo editing process. This is one of a number of tutorials on Lenscraft which can help ...
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Edge Sharpening in Photoshop

Edge Sharpening in Photoshop Typically when new photographers sharpen their photographs they will apply sharpening globally to the entire image. But there are times when you need to apply the sharpening more selectively. One technique that uses this approach is edge sharpening where the sharpening is restricted to just the ...
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Landscape Photography Tips

Landscape Photography Tips Landscape Photography is one of the first subjects many photographers chose because the subject matter is so accessible. When captured and processed well, images of the landscape can be spectacular. This selection of landscape photography tips should help any aspiring landscape photographer improve their results. Shoot in ...
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High Pass Sharpening in Photoshop

High Pass Sharpening in Photoshop High Pass sharpening is a technique that can be used to sharpen images without the need to use one of the sharpening tools. This is a “traditional technique” that has been around for some time. It works well with noisy images or film images with ...
How to simulate film grain using Photoshops camera RAW filter

Simulate Film Grain Using Photoshop Camera Raw

Simulate Film Grain Using Photoshop’s Camera RAW Filter In this tutorial we’re going to look at how you can simulate film grain using the Camera RAW filter in Photoshop. I’ve also produced a separate tutorial explaining an alternative approach to adding film grain in Photoshop using Layers. This is another ...
HDR Example with Tone Mapping

HDR Photography Introduction

HDR Photography Introduction Around 2006 HDR Photography became very popular. It had a distinct, arty, edge look that really appealed to people. Many became interested in the technique but very quickly people started to use the effect as a way to generate interest in their work, even using it to ...
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Photo Sharpening Tips You Need to Know

Photo Sharpening Tips You Need to Know There are lots of tools and techniques you can adopt for sharpening your photos. But even then you can achieve widely differing results if you are not following good practice. This tutorial provides some helpful photo sharpening tips you need to know. Use ...
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Sharpening Photos with the Photoshop Unsharp Mask

Sharpening Photos with the Photoshop Unsharp Mask The Photoshop Unsharp Mask tool has a tendency to confuse people. Not because it’s difficult to use but because the name seems odd. Before we venture into how to use this tool there are a couple of things to get out of the ...
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Correcting Converging Verticals in Lightroom

Correcting Converging Verticals in Lightroom Converging verticals is the effect you see where the sides of tall buildings appear to converge inwards. This then gives the building the appearance that it is leaning backwards. You can see an example in the image below. In another article, I explain the cause ...
Long Shutter Speed

What is Creative Camera Control

What is Creative Camera Control Cameras have become very simple to operate over the last couple of decades. Most now include settings for different subjects such as portraits and landscape. Despite this wealth of technology any serious camera will also include what are referred to as the creative camera controls ...
Import Option in the Presets panel for installing lightroom presets

How to Install Lightroom Presets

How to Install Lightroom Presets In this tutorial I’m going to explain a couple of ways you can use to install Lightroom Presets to your computer. Whilst I’m using a Mac computer for this, the process is the same on a Windows PC. I’m also using the 2018 version of ...
What is an f-stop? How aperture controls the amount of light in photography

What is an F-Stop?

What is an F-Stop and How do I use it? Photography has a language all its own and can leave those just starting out with lots of questions. One question that people seem to ask a lot is “what is an f-stop”? Whilst there’s quite a technical answer to this, ...
Using Photoshop Actions Window overview

Using Photoshop Actions

Using Photoshop Actions A lot of tasks in Photoshop can be quite time consuming and repetitive. Such activities are prime candidates for automation using Photoshop Actions. To provide you with a real life example, a friend of mine likes to prepare his image for Flickr with a nice white border ...
Layers Window with Dodge and Burn Layers

How to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

How to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop Dodging and burning are techniques that were once used extensively in the photographic darkroom to improve the appearance of photographs, sometimes quite dramatically. The term Dodging refers to lightening an area of the image whilst Burning is darkening. These techniques have now made ...
Comparing correction of converging verticals

Correcting Converging Verticals in Photoshop

Correcting Converging Verticals in Photoshop You can see the problem of converging verticals where you take a photo of a tall building and the vertical elements of the building appear to converge inwards. This can make a building appear to be distorted and leaning backwards. Sometimes this effect is desirable ...
Selecting a custom printer profile in Lightroom

What Printer Profile Should I Use

What Printer Profile Should I Use If you came to this tutorial because you were searching for an answer to the question “what printer profile should I use”, it's likely that you are not entirely familiar with printer profiles (also sometimes referred to as ICC Profiles) and how they work ...
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VueScan Scanner Calibration

VueScan Scanner Calibration In this tutorial I will explain how you can use VueScan to calibrate your scanner and produce a bespoke film ICC profile. This will improve the accuracy of your colour film scanning. It’s something a specialist will charge you a lot of money for, but with a ...
Finished black & white image

Creating a Holga Effect in Photoshop

Creating a Holga Effect in Photoshop If you have been reading the popular photography press over the last year you might have come across a number of articles about Holga cameras. If you are not already familiar with these little wonders they cost around £20, are made in China from ...
Before and after comparison

Create a Holga Effect in Lightroom

How to Create a Holga Effect in Lightroom Last night I was busy transferring a tutorial from my old Lenscraft site to this one. The tutorial in question explained how to create a Holga Effect using Photoshop and was written in 2007 (I can't believe it was so long ago) ...
Soft Proofing mode in Lightroom

My Prints Don’t Match my Screen

Help, My Prints Don't Match my Screen I often get contacted by photographers frustrated and complaining "my inkjet prints don't match my screen display". Sometimes they have spent significant sums of money having prints made and when they receive them from the printer they look dreadful. Sometimes it might be ...
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Editing the Janet’s Foss Image

Editing the Janet's Foss Photo Good processing can make a huge difference to the quality of a photograph. Many people view image editing as a cheating but it's an essential step in modern digital photography. If you don't process your images you won't realise the true beauty locked away -n ...
Topaz Black and White example conversion

Topaz Black and White Conversion

Topaz Black and White Example In my book Topaz Detail for Landscape Photographers the second example describes how you can use Detail to enhance an image prior to converting to Black and White. This strategy is designed to improve the results from the conversion process. Although the book shows the ...
Working With Textures - Newsletter Winter 2015

Working With Textures – Newsletter Winter 2015

Using Photoshop Textures to Improve Your Photos This working with textures video tutorial accompanies the main article in the Winter 2015 newsletter. Read the newsletter then watch the video to see the technique in actions. The video demonstrates how to blend a texture file with an image to create a ...
Photoshop Quick Mask Video Tutorial

Photoshop Quick Mask

Photoshop Quick Mask Tutorial The Photoshop Quick Mask mode can be a little intimidating when first used. You click the Quick Mask mode icon at the bottom of the tools panel and nothing happens. If you then try to paint or draw on your image, areas start to turn red ...

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