All posts for the month October, 2012


Since her birth Sophie has never been out of the picture. Now as a 12 year old she has also become a budding photographer. Our photo of the day was captured by Sophie with an Olympus Tough TG-1 camera. Sophie loves to move in close to her subject to fill the frame. She added an artistic effect in PaintShop Pro X5 to produce the final result.

For those readers who are not familiar with Sophie, she is the baby we have been using on our printer test chart.


Sophie at 1 year old – our printer test chart baby


Today’s photo of the day was taken by Steve Miller who sends us the following notes.

I am pleased you like the pic it was taken on my walk to work. I used a Panasonic LX5 ; shot in raw and processed in Lightroom 3. Only adjustments were contrast, sharpen, noise  and that’s about it. Please feel free to put it on the photo-i website. 

Steve takes his camera everywhere, you never know when a good shot will  present itself. This monochrome picture has just a hint of colour in the distant lights.

More photographs by steve can be seen on his website


Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter Suite V3 – review 

Glass filters were once an essential part of a photographer’s kit, but are they still relevant in today’s digital age? Tiffen, a company with a high reputation for making quality photographic filters, also produces the Dfx Digital Filter Suite that simulates over 2000 of their award winning glass filters.   Whilst simple traditional photo filters can be simulated within Photoshop, PaintShop Pro and other digital image editing applications, the Dfx Digital filter suite includes numerous special effect filters which would be very hard to replicate.

The Tiffen Dfx V3 filter suite comprises of 125 filters with each offering many pre-defined presets, giving you effectively 2000+ filters. The Dfx suite also gives you the ability to customise the filters and save them as your own unique filters.  The suite is available in three versions, Standalone, Photo Plug-in and Video Film Plug-in. The features in each version are more or less the same, for this review I will be taking a look at the Standalone version.

When launched you are presented with a slick dark interface which is ideal for colour correction work. Dfx opens the following image formats; Camera RAW, Tiff, JPEG and DPX. Unfortunately, there is no support for Photoshop PSD format in the Standalone version, although you can apply the filters to a PSD file with the Photo Plug-in version.

Images can be dragged and dropped directly onto the interface from your file browser or from other applications that supports drag and drop (Adobe Bridge). Once opened the interface jumps into life. The image is placed in the left column as an Original with a single effect layer above, you apply all effects to a layer or multiple layers. A set of eight filter category tabs are located at the base of the windows, these include; Film Lab, HFX Diffusion, HFX Grads/Tints, Image, Lens, Light, Special FX and Favourites. Each tab contains a series of filter thumbnails showing the effect on your own image rather than on a pre-packaged stock image. The main viewer window displays the image with the selected filter effect applied.

Parameters tab, options change to match filter in use

Click on a filter thumbnail and the main image is instantly updated with the filter. On the right hand side is a further selection of thumbnails displaying the built in Presets for the filter in use. Click a Preset that you like and modify the filter by clicking on the Parameters tab, the available options will vary depending on which filter is selected.

A series of four icons is located at the top of the interface, these include; Reset, Crop, Rotate and Add mask.  Another series of icons is located above the Viewer; magnifying, side by side comparison, viewing a mask, histogram, and take a snapshot. Additional icons appear when a mask or other options are selected.

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