My initial experience with Affinity Photo was a mixture of wonder and disappointment. Wonder, because I loved the way that they had reinvented the photo editing experience (for someone who grew up using Photoshop), and that the editing experience could be so different: in some ways better than Photoshop. But frequent software crashes spoil the user experience and are never part of the deal that one makes with their tools. Here’s how I figured out why Affinity Photo keeps crashing, and how I sorted it out.Read More »Affinity Photo Keeps Crashing Frequently? How To Stop Frequent Crashes
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Capture One has released their native M1 build for Apple silicon Mac computers as of 27th May 2021. With this release comes various performance enhancements: quicker and more responsive controls, and faster processing of your images.Read More »Apple M1 Capture One Version Now Ready!
Yes, Photoshop and Lightroom can be replaced in your digital photography workflow. There have always been some alternatives to these favourites, but there are usually compromises, and I don’t like that. When I started using Affinity Photo and Capture One Pro as alternatives that are full-featured, professional-grade, I found out that in some instances, they’re even easier to use. So, I’ve experimented by replacing them in my professional workflow to test the limits of how much they can be pushed. Of course, my requirements are likely to be different for yours, so look out for those differences.Read More »Can Photoshop & Lightroom be Replaced in Your Photography Workflow
Photoshop uses a lot of RAM. It will take as much as you can throw its way, and then some more. As a way to use ‘more’ RAM than a computer had available physically, the developers took to creating scratch disks on your Hard Disk Drive (HDD), as an extension of the data that Photoshop held in RAM. But hard drives are slow, so instead, we choose to set up our scratch disk and caches to use fast SSDs. Let’s get started, shall we?Read More »Optimal Photoshop & Lightroom Setup for SSDs
Recently it was revealed that a few photography-related websites had been compromised, and account passwords were leaked to the ‘dark web’. This is really concerning, especially if you re-use your passwords across websites, or if you just make small changes to keep them -sort of- unique. The solution is to use a service that creates long, unbreakable passwords so that you don’t have to remember them in the first place. Read on to find out if you were affected by these hacks, and how you can ensure that you minimize any possible repercussions.Read More »Photography Related Sites Hacked! Here’s How To Secure Your Passwords Today
In early 2018, I almost lost all my images (from 2006 to 2014). I also almost lost all the pictures that my father had taken from 2008 to 2014. I say ‘almost’ because I didn’t lose them all… But that’s only because of a happy accident. Not everyone has these happy accidents to fall back on, so here is my guide to help ensure that you NEVER have to feel the way I felt when I realized that my files were not accessible and that I may have lost half a lifetime of work.
To remedy the situation, I started by asking myself: How could I have been so silly? But a better question was: How could I have avoided the possibility of data loss altogether? And that’s what we’re doing to answer today.Read More »Backup Strategy for Photographers (And a Horror Story)
This is the one setting that I always turn on as soon as I install Lightroom (LR) on any computer: Automatically Write Changes into XMP. This setting makes Lightroom Classic start saving small .xmp files next to your RAW images. These XMP files save the metadata and RAW processing settings which are associated with the image. There are many uses for these small, seemingly useless files, and we will look into them in this article, and also discuss how they have saved me from tears.Read More »Lightroom XMP Files: Save RAW Edits Without a Catalog file
A while ago, Brian Auer posted a project on his blog where he invited people to use a photograph that he would supply and process it in Photoshop (or any other image editing software). The idea was to see how different people take an image and work on it.
Brian was kind enough to give us the option of starting from the original RAW file from his camera as long as we reminded ourselves time and time again that we did not own the photograph, but were only borrowing it for purposes of this project.Read More »Photoshop Processing – Edit Brian’s Picture
Among the greatest and most popular image editing software tools ever made, Adobe Photoshop has moved from being a name, to being a verb. “That’s Photoshopped” is a phrase that we’ve all heard, that refers to an image that is clearly edited with software. Such is the influence of this software tool. For professionals, it is an industry standard, and has been for decades. For amateurs, it is the holy grail of image editing power; and that’s where we will start this article, by talking about how you can learn to use Photoshop thoroughly and systematically.Read More »Learn How to Use Photoshop