AbrasiveReducer

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Keith Cooper: With a lot of people new to the software I hope this info is of help. I still use them regularly, with Sharpener Pro being a frequent part of my print workflow from small snaps to 3 metre prints. I've written up details of how I use many of the plugins.

Hope it helps?

Silver Efex Pro
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/silver_efex_2.html

Sharpener
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/sharpening_nik3.html

Viveza
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/viveza-2.html

Color Efex filters
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/color-efex-pro4.html

Noise
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/dfine_2.html

HDR
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/hdr-efex-pro2.html

Other uses

SFX and halos
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/photo-tips/sfx-halo.html

SFX with dull colour images
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/tutorial_pages/sfx-colour.html

Thanks, Keith. They're great plug-ins.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 16:55 UTC

Good news for people unfamiliar with NIK's excellent plug-ins. But for people who work for Topaz, or similar, bad news.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 16:54 UTC as 80th comment | 3 replies
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (292 comments in total)

Looks decent. That Canon dark blue sky looks odd to me but it saves having to use a polarizer so there's a 1.5 stop advantage!

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 20:35 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1111 comments in total)
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rjmccor: I don't consider myself a fanboy of Leica mainly due to price considerations. Having said that, I did buy the Q last June and never had a second thought.

The lack of button customization is an annoyance that I wish Leica would fix with a firmware update but, I've learned to live with it because the IQ of photos is superb!

Banding - what banding? I've taken a LOT of low light photos and haven't noticed the banding mentioned. Maybe my exposure settings are minimizing it.

The body is great for carrying around save a little heavy. But with the grip and a wrist strap it's not a problem.

This is a great camera for street photography (or any usage really). The images I got from a day in Philadelphia last August were excellent with a lot of character. No doubt courtesy of the great lens.

I do wish it had a built in flash.

Personally, I think the Q should have eked out a Gold rating but considering this is a more technical review I won't quibble with DPR's final score.

Except for the fact that most cameras get the gold award, these awards are as meaningful as DxO scores.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 16:18 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1111 comments in total)

Arguments about cost, Rolexes and Porsches aside (while we're piling on the cliches, let's not forget "built like a tank") comparing cameras with different focal length lenses seems like a stretch. Either way, you'll pay a lot and be stuck with one focal length, and if you don't like it, the rest won't matter.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 19:09 UTC as 165th comment
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fatdeeman: For anyone who can't be bothered to read all the comments it goes like this:

A lot of people said something along the lines of "it's an improvement but still not on a par with Sony sensors which is disappointing"

And then the some other people said stuff like this:

My grandpa took photos with a potato and he managed to sell photos to magazines so what's the point in Sony sensors?

Sony sensors are only better if you push shadows 17EV so what's the point in having anything better than a Canon sensor?

I sell my photography for a living and I shoot Canon so the superiority of Sony's sensors is irrelevant!

Dynamic range is a FAD!

If you knew how to process photos properly the higher noise floor and smaller usable dynamic range of Canon sensors would magically vanish!

If you knew how to expose properly it would magically cancel out technical shortcomings in Canon sensors!

If you want the best sensor you're not an artist!

Whatever, Canon sell the most so they're still the best!

With that long list, fatdeeman still missed the point.

Its not that Canon sells the most so they're the best (although this does sound like a typical childish DPR comment.)

It's that Canon sells the most, despite not being the best.

And...with the arrival of the internet and super useful sites like DxO (joking; smiley face) chances are, most people know Canon is not the best.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 03:57 UTC
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drawer77: this is the ultimate proof that Canon users were wrong all along

I thought it was about taking photos, and not you being right while everybody else was wrong.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 20:37 UTC

Was looking at some Kodachromes last night. Gorgeous color, nothing in the shadows at all. Same for the Velvia. No option to pull the shadows 5 stops and no raw files to allow highlight recovery. But we managed. Even got some good shots.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 16:22 UTC as 69th comment | 12 replies
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ttran88: Suddenly DR isn't over rated in Canon land.

With every new improvement, people quickly tell themselves they couldn't have lived without it, even though they did.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 23:41 UTC
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Paul B Jones: Isn't anyone concerned about the implications of throwing thousands of professional Canon complainers out of work?

Now there are just two things Canon needs to do to catch up with Sony. (1) Introduce a new camera every 90 days and (2) sell fewer cameras. Seriously, this looks like a decent improvement and even more so in a FF sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 23:12 UTC

For a minute I thought these were Swiss lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 20:19 UTC as 35th comment
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dlb41: Pretty soon, the photographer will aim the camera in the general direction of the subject, and Adobe programmers will take care of producing a photograph.

Well, not exactly. People ask for *useful* features, which is not quite the same as solutions that lack problems. I don't recall anybody asking for the Cloud, but I guess somebody must have.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 04:17 UTC
On article How to: iFixit disassembles the Fujifilm X100T (109 comments in total)

Maybe they should sell these in kit form.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 00:07 UTC as 19th comment
On article Sony a6300 gallery updated with Raw conversions (137 comments in total)
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ManInTime: Dont think i have ever seen such an average cameras being pushed and pushed again and again to the main page for no good reason. some heavy marketing job is being done here.

I ask myself, in 5 years, will we look back and say "Now, this camera was a game changer" or "this has become a cult camera, and with good reason." Make that 2 years.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2016 at 18:54 UTC
On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.5 introduces new color scheme (132 comments in total)

At last they've fixed the boundary warp problem when using metadata from a Parrot Bebob Drone device. Whatever this is, I'm sure its essential.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 21:39 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2055 comments in total)
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Entropy512: As far as its predecessor living on - keep in mind this isn't unusual for Sony.
A7, A7R, and A7S are still all on the market well after II versions were launched
A5000 remains on the market long after A5100 launch

When you introduce new models every year there will be lots of oldies on the shelves. Eventually, people who are just camera users and not fans buy last year's model or figure the current one will drop in price soon enough.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 18:28 UTC
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raztec: Pardon my ignorance, but what can these cameras and lens combination do that a Nikon D810 with a pro lens can't for 1/4 the price?

"Experts" used to post on DPR that the AA blur filter was a necessity (I forget the scientific reason but it wasn't moire) and now most high end cameras don't have AA filters.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 18:41 UTC
On article Affinity Photo coming to Windows (144 comments in total)

This probably won't affect Adobe much since most people who have a choice don't use Windows. But its a great product, and when Affinty completes their version of InDesign we may finally be able to say goodbye to Adobe and software subscriptions.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 16:46 UTC as 8th comment | 5 replies
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2443 comments in total)
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Everythingis1: It's a shame they aren't using a Full Frame Sensor considering its best suited for 28-85mm lenses. The camera and lenses would probably nearly nearly the exact same size. When I compare it to the A7 in the studio scene is shows excellent noise patterns, but the contrast and detail on the cards make me yearn for a FF Fugifilm.

It's already too large. The whole idea of a rangefinder camera is fast focusing with tiny lenses. This is an excellent camera with large, heavy lenses, for a non-full frame camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 16:18 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2443 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: I'll keep my D7200 with it's 10 lenses. Nikon is winner, Fuji takes the second place.

Carrying 10 lenses sounds like fun.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 22:47 UTC
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