Can Adobe Tools be Replaced?

Replacing Photoshop & Lightroom in Your Photography Workflow

Yes, Photoshop and Lightroom can be replaced in your digital photography workflow, and without any compromises to the quality of your output. Affinity Photo and Capture One Pro are alternatives that are full-featured, professional-grade, and in some instances, even easier to use.

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom seem to be the stalwarts of the digital photography industry. However, there are robust (and sometimes better) alternatives to these two tools. If you’re looking for other options, there’s a long list of Photoshop and Lightroom replacements at the end of the article.

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Sony Alpha 1

Sony 50Mpx 30 FPS, 8K Beast of a Camera – The Sony α1 (Alpha 1)

Sony announced their flagship mirrorless camera of the Alpha series… the Sony α1 (Alpha 1) on the 26th of January, 2021.

This monster of a camera seems to break free of all the limitations that the Alpha 7 lineup of cameras have. The list of headline features makes you feel like it can ‘do it all’. In particular, the specifications read like a mashup of the A7R line and the A9ii. So what you get are 50 Megapixel images at high frame rates and video resolutions of up to 8K/30p.

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How NASA Astronauts Captured Photographs in Space

How NASA Astronauts Capture Photographs in Space

Scott Manley’s YouTube channel has been a source of fascination for me ever since I discovered the rocket-simulation game ‘Kerbal Space Program‘. However, it has grown far beyond that to topics that are related to space, and space hardware. One of his recent videos is about the camera equipment that astronauts have taken aboard spacecraft to capture images in space, and it’s packed with information.

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Best SSD Setups for Imaging workstations

SSD Setup Guide for Image-Editing Computers

It’s 2021, and you should definitely be using Solid State Drives (SSD) for your photography workflow. They will help you to be efficient in ANY photo editor. However, this is especially important for RAW image workflows in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic, and Adobe Photoshop CC.

If you’ve only been using Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) until now, it’s time to upgrade and make the switch. Here’s how you can switch over to using SSDs the right way.

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Secure your digital life

Photography Related Sites Hacked! Here’s How To Secure Your Passwords Today

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 minimise any possible repercussions.

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Back-up Your Files Correctly: The Story of How I Almost Lost All My Photographs

In early 2018, I almost lost all my images (from 2006 to 2014). I also almost all the pictures that my father had taken from 2008 to 2014. Turns out, 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.

The question I asked myself was: 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.

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Saramonic SmartMic being used to record audio at the beach

Review Saramonic SmartMic Mobile Condenser Microphone

I came upon the Saramonic SmartMic (also called the i-Mic) by accident, while window shopping at FotoTrade. I mistakenly thought it was similar to the Rode SmartLav+ and was quite surprised to find a similar product at that price point. I was in for a surprise when I opened it up back home. It wasn’t like the SmartLav+.

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Adobe Lightroom automatically write changes into xmp

How-to Save RAW File Edits Without a Lightroom Catalogue file

If you don’t do this one thing, you will lose all your edits when your lightroom catalog file gets corrupted.

This is the one setting that I always turn on as soon as I install Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (LR) on any computer: Automatically Write Changes into XMP.

I suggest you do the same because it has saved me many times. I really don’t know why Adobe sets this to ‘off’ by default. It should always be turned on! Here’s how to turn on 

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How to Recharge Silica Gel

How To Recharge Silica Gel Crystals

Silica Gel is a desiccant. It absorbs moisture from the air around your camera equipment. Being a drying agent, Silica Gel ensures that the storage space is not friendly for fungus to grow on your equipment. It can later be dried out by heating, to release the water it contains, this makes Silica Gel crystals reusable again and again.

If you leave Silica Gel inside your camera bag for too long it can get too saturated with moisture. The crystals will then start to release some of that moisture, undoing the work it had done. This could really mess up your equipment. This regenerative property of Silica Gel is very useful to us.

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Hasselblad CFV-50c Digital Back on V Series Camera

Hasselblad CFV-50c CMOS Sensor Digital Back for V-system

The name Hasselblad is synonymous with high quality medium format photography. Over the years hundreds and thousands of medium format 120 film Hasselblad cameras have been made and sold. They eventually became unsuitable for most commercial photography (except that Phase One have kept them alive for a while now) work with the change of technology from film to digital photography. Now, Hasselblad fans can reclaimed the use of their classic cameras and lenses within the Hasselblad ecosystem, with Hasselblad’s latest 50 Megapixel CMOS Digital Back for V System Cameras, the Hasselblad CFV-50c. Take a peek at it in the pics below.

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