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  1. ImageryByWarren

    38 Gradient Maps for Color Grading

    Cheers Smadell. Hat tip for the work done on these.
  2. I have not tested it to be fair. Noise control on the Nikon I use is very good but I do use ETTR where necessary so noise reduction is not something I use that often. RawTherapee - I just could not get on with its layout. I agree Capture NXD produces good results but the lack of xtensive control features means it was a no go, and did not always run well on my PC with 16GB ram.
  3. Hello, agree. But the image upload was solely to demonstrate that recovery of the shadow (on the left) is possible in Affinity without using the shadow recovery slider. It was not intended to represent anything else and certainly not to be a final image. The detail recovered from the shadow is in my opinion impressive.
  4. PS I am not sure anyone would be bothered about tweaking the above changes in the Develop Persona once they are done - they are necessary rather than creative judgement calls so would never be revisited.
  5. In Affinity Develop Persona my raw processing workflow is limited to: Brighten (as image imports darker than it should - but no loss on quality Lens correction (auto) with manual vertical rotation Straighten then crop Chromatic aberration Defringing Detail refinement (this works far better than Lightroom in my oipinion) Noise reduction
  6. After several tests of raw development using Nikon NXD and Lightroom, the Afinity shadow recovery slider should not be touched. But in better news, it need never be. The highlights slider is better, but again treat with minimal adjustment. Best approach for recovering shadows (and highlights) is the balancing of exposure & brightness adjustments using the tonal masks/shadows selection for the shadow area in the photo persona. The masking feature of AP is *excellent*, especially the blending (aka "blendif") function compared to Lightroom. I use a Nikon D750 which is renowned for recovery from several stops under exposure and I am happy to say the "shadow recovery" results I achieved without touching the shadow slider were *very good*. Overall I find Lightroom too punchy and saturated in its interpretation of Nikon NEF files with Nikon's own free software NX2 producing far better results, as you would expect. Nikon's Capita NSD editor also works fine if you can put up with the crashes, but lacks the power of many paid for editors. I have actually now bought Affinity this week following satisfactory results being achieved without shadow recovery and despite the inability to save raw development settings. For raw processing in the develop persona, my workflow is very minimalist with global & local adjustments now put through the Photo Persona. This suits my genre (landscapes) but clearly Lightroom is better for batch processing high volume images if you are a wedding photographer. In fact Affinity may actually help me produce better developed images as it is slowing me down, and making me think carefully abut each step. In Lightroom, I became very formulaic and probably did not get the best output from my raw files.
  7. AP cannot be considered suitable for serious raw processing until this feature is built in. Seems a very basic omission.

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