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  1. This is not my tutorial but I figured some of you might find it interesting if you use sketchup. It's a photoshop tutorial but it might work in AP too.
  2. I like using the NIK plugins but I haven't been playing with Affinity lately (been busy with other things) Is this similar to what you want to do? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMYTYMLoeNA
  3. Thanks for sharing these.
  4. This is quick. He's using different software but all of it applies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykOVVuFLsZA
  5. If you really want an education on noise and sharpening then I recommend this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1q6duaxTx4 and his downloadable image used in the video (all the way at the bottom of the page) https://www.pointsinfocus.com/learning/cameras-lenses/testing-and-acclimating-to-a-new-camera/ and the original article https://www.pointsinfocus.com/learning/digital-darkroom/optimizing-lightrooms-camera-and-iso-defaults/ He is using Lightroom in this example but the information is useful no matter what software you use.
  6. Most of the time RAW means RAW. However, lots of image editing software "by default" does tweak incoming raw images so you are not seeing an image totally raw out of the camera. Whatever software raw converter you happen to be using might already have some sharpening or noise reduction pre-applied even if you don't want it. All sensors create some noise in your image regardless of ISO. I trust (maybe wrongly) that Nikon's free RAW converter will do the best with my Nikon raw images. Sony provides a free ON1 editor for their sensors. I don't have any Apple products but they probably have their own flavor of raw editor based on their sensor. Lightroom uses a special flavor of Photoshops RAW converter and the rest of the raw editors are using their versions. It gets confusing if you look too closely at it :)
  7. I would use a plugin. They are popular for a reason. I could probably learn to refine my own gasoline but it's so much easier to go to the gas station. What I have found starting out with my first real photoshop like editor is that everyone is typically light years ahead of me on the basics having used photoshop for so long now. The best advice I can give is to go through all the old photoshop tutorials from years ago. Affinity is just not that old and people coming to it are either new like me or are trying to wean themselves off photoshop. In my case, I would only use NIK for your application (or a paid plugin if it works with Affinity). It's just so much easier dealing with noise this way. For example, using dfine for selective noise reduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwbcoCmEMLM
  8. I think google bought nik for a particular app. The rest of nik was just baggage so they made it free. My guess is they would never offer it for sale in order to protect the small bit they did want. Keeps the competition away.
  9. There's a lot you can do with portraits with the free NIK plugins. Long tutorial using photoshop and nik but should help you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhaICsk4R8k&feature=youtu.be&t=191 and a more advanced one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=835ZrB-ZJJs
  10. I have LR4 and both Affinity programs. I like them all but I will not pay a subscription for LR or Photoshop. One thing I've always used are the NIK plugins. Since NIK is now free, and works with Affinity Photo, I don't see the need for anything else. The LR catalog function is great for pro's or hobbyists who take lots of photos but I never liked it. I don't shoot enough to get any real use out of it and would rather organize my own.
  11. Maybe we can put this in a feature request? :) Some type of performance override to give us a wysiwyg view? Or a warning that we are seeing a less than optimal rendering?
  12. lol you got me. at least the link is correct even if i can't spell.
  13. Google stopped updating Picasso but you can still get it at filehippo. http://filehippo.com/download_picasa It's the only thing I can think of other than lightroom where you can sort through hundreds of photos easily and quickly, to cull the ones you don't wish to process further. It might work for you until Affinity creates a solution. See here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tJBGnT0KW8&list=PLQi3kkkNTzPis0h-IB-tUPF49f2Nr3xCx Also, This is a really good youtube channel for learning portrait work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Eq_CJT-d0o&index=1&list=PLrWz6AWzo-mnpwcOx4XcXGaxIgLRaKOhS Once you get some practice you will get faster. First you need to cull your work in lightroom or picasa. Then use Affinity to "tweak" till your happy with the results. The no fuss way is out there with internet apps but you might not be happy in the long run. If you shoot raw you can always revisit your work as you gain experience.
  14. It's a long long learning curve. I started with Lightroom and NIK, never used photoshop, so I'm at the same level of understanding. If you haven't seen this video yet you might find it useful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR0j-qVLJ5o&feature=youtu.be&t=479
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