Part 3: How Godzilla stomped on my Lightroom habit

ON1 Photo RAW 2018's Effects and Layers modules

By johnhilvert in Columns on Apr 23, 2018

Our intrepid software dabbler, John Hilvert, concludes his migration from Lightroom v6.14, venturing further in his odyssey with ON1 Photo RAW 2018. Exploring its advanced capabilities, he initiates the Godzilla and Inception projects amongst others. He returns from the journey, renewed and ready to be a better Pentax post-processor than before.

Yet he discovers a downside from this empowerment. Though ON1 delivers impressive features, it  seems inconsistently organised, making future workflow and interface improvements essential for post-processing without tears.

Part 2: Lightroom Alternatives - An Intro to ON1 Photo

A look at the pros and cons of RAW converters

By johnhilvert in Articles and Tips on Jan 30, 2018

John Hilvert continues his flirtation with a Lightroom alternative. Three guidelines must be followed before choosing an alternative. He stresses the importance of having a safety net and embracing a strategy to strengthen a successful migration to sidestep heartaches and confusions learning to use a new raw editor.

He offers great reasons to switch, notwithstanding two irritating gotchas for Pentax users.

Flirting with RAW editors after Lightroom

Time to change or chill?

By johnhilvert in Articles and Tips on Jan 8, 2018

John Hilvert commences his series on the ups and downs of finding viable post-processing alternatives to Lightroom. He likes ON1 Photo Raw 2018 but inertia has its merits along with a dozen other offerings. Things seemed easier when it was just a choice between film-processors, D-76, Dektol or Rodinal.

Pentax Green Button Guide

A look at one of Pentax's secrets

By johnhilvert in Articles and Tips on Aug 15, 2016


Note how the green button carries no label

John Hilvert delves into the charms of the misunderstood "green button" on Pentax cameras.

It may not change your life. Yet with just one press it can reset your camera's exposure back to defaults, offer you a dandy spot meter for non-automatic lenses, support you when using manual mode, speed up settings adjustments in the menu, and a lot more!

Creating Out-of-focus Backgrounds using Lightroom

Post-processing hacks #1

By johnhilvert in Articles and Tips on Jun 15, 2016

Don’t you love photos where your subject is so sharp, prominent and standing out from a blurry background?

Pentax public domain picThis photo of an old Pentax camera forces you to check out its 50mm F1.7 lens while blurring the camera body and beyond.

When light is less than optimal, your camera will expose for the larger apertures and depth of field becomes shallow especially with close-ups.  Note how the out-of-focus features seem to exude less saturation also contrasting against the more fleshed-out warmer tones of the book and lens barrel.

Had this been taken with an electronic flash, the chances are everything would be in focus. Yet the overall image may loses its character and depth as the aperture closes to F11 or smaller. It would make a great “record shot”.  It may be fine for presenting in a court of a scene of documentary interest to investigators. But its impact would rate a “meh” as it loses its art or feeling of depth and interest.

Yet there are several digital post-processing hacks that can assist.

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