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PhotoBoffin.co.uk is Back!

I closed my photography tuition business and website in 2019. Since then, I have trialled a few different platforms to publish my photography and thoughts as tutor emeritus.

But now, here at WordPress, PhotoBoffin.co.uk is back!

Rochdale Canal at Hebden Bridge

This is the view looking west towards Hebden Bridge town centre from under the Station Road bridge over the Rochdale Canal. The image was captured as a three-exposure HDR bracket set at 3:50pm on the 10th of August and developed using ACDsee Photo Studio Ultimate 2022.

I’m now on my third new RAW development software application since dumping Luminar AI in early August this year. As I mentioned in my post, Old Lifeboat House and Branch at Moelfre, Anglesey, Luminar AI became unusable for me (a Windows user) after updating to version 1.4.

Having then tried Affinity Photo, I next subscribed to On1 Photo RAW 2021 which, although a little laggy, and not totally stable, I was happy with (I’d had severe performance issues with earlier versions).

When it was launched, I moved on to On1 Photo Raw 2022, and yes, you’ve guessed it: it was very laggy and kept crashing!

I’ve come to the conclusion that Skylum and On1 develop for Mac and that the Windows version of their software isn’t a priority. When you think about it, all their affiliates are using Mac.

ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2022

In my search for suitable software (accidental alliteration 😉), I did try Photo Studio 2021 with the above very high dynamic range HDR bracket set, but the HDR merge at that stage simply didn’t work properly. Because of this, I moved on without looking at the rest of the application.

I am very pleased to say that with the 2022 version, the HDR merge is now working great!

I also developed this same bracketed set with Affinity Photo and On1 Photo RAW, and I can report that ACDSee managed to recover highlights that the other applications couldn’t – perhaps thanks to the excellent Light EQ tool.

ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2022 is vast! Like On1, it’s very comprehensive, with nothing missing.

There are plenty of advanced digital asset management features in the Manage section. For editing, there’s a very comprehensive, non-destructive Develop section (non-destructive RAW file editing like Lightroom) with global tools and local adjustments. And for further layered editing, there’s the Edit section (raster / pixel editing like Photoshop) where you can blend in parts of other images to create composites and much more.

The best thing, bearing in mind my recent software problems, is that ACDSee Photo Studio is primarily developed for Windows. There is a Mac version, but it’s nowhere near as comprehensive.

Unlike Skylum and On1, ACD System’s priority is Windows!

Being developed for Windows really shows in its performance. It has never crashed in the time I’ve been using it. Some things take a second or two to yield, but I’m very happy with the spritely and stable performance – especially considering that here I was working on a HDR merged file with lots of other applications still running. That was something I couldn’t do with Luminar, or in particular, On1. I had to reserve every bit of RAM and processor performance for the photo application I was using – no need with ACDSee!

Being developed mainly for Windows does have one drawback though. All the clever guys making tutorial videos use Mac, so they aren’t really interested in ACDSee. There are a few good tutorials and reviews out there, however, and ACDSee have some webinars.

Thankfully, I have the experience to figure things out for myself.

I consider ACDSee to be under-promoted. They need more affiliates and tutorial videos. If I were to consider teaching again, I would certainly be recommending ACDSee Photo Studio to Windows users.

Comments welcome below ….

Old Lifeboat House and Branch at Moelfre, Anglesey

This is another shot of the old lifeboat house at Moelfre, Anglesey. It was taken as a three-exposure HDR RAW file set, at 2:25pm on the 15th September 2021, and developed with On1 Photo RAW 2021.

As you may have noticed, I like to revisit photographic subjects and reshoot them differently, be that from a different angle or whatever. This time, it’s from the right looking left from the ramp, with the branch as a foreground element.

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Footpath and Bridge at Breakwater Country Park

This is the lovely coastal-path walk at Breakwater Country Park, Holyhead, Anglesey. The image was taken at 2:50pm on the 8th July 2021 and developed with Luminar AI.

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Footbridge, Tree and Swings at Hazelhurst Junction

This photo was taken at 2:40pm on the 30th May 2021. It was shot as a single RAW file and developed with Luminar AI.

After long-lasting Covid restrictions and unusually cold weather, spring eventually arrived for our Bank Holiday break at Blackshaw Moor, near Leek in the Peak District.

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Spring Therapy at Englethwaite Hall

This is, of course, the main lake at Englethwaite Hall Caravan and Motorhome Club site, as featured in my post last year, Autumn Therapy at Englethwaite Hall.

It’s now six and a half months since we were here last, and our first caravanning trip since, due to the long and arduous England Covid 19 lockdown 3.

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Railway Station at Grange-Over-Sands

This is the lovely railway station platform at Grange-Over-Sands in the Lake District.

The photo was taken at approximately 3pm on the 21st September 2019. I recently developed this file again with Luminar AI, and I am quite pleased with the results.

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Sun Over Menai Bridge

This is the Menai Bridge crossing the Menai Straight which separates the isle of Anglesey from mainland Wales. The photo was taken at around 3pm on the 12th August 2020.

I took a few exposures bearing in mind the dynamic range and options for HDR processing and other exposure compositing options.

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