Don’t worry I’m not about to break into a medley of songs from the Sound Of Music 🙂 . These are a few of the things that I find the most useful (read essential) in my photography in no particular order.
- Olympus’ amazing 5-axis image stabilisation which enables me to habitually and confidently take worry-free handheld HDR shots.
- Viveza, part of the NIK Collection, now owned by DXO. Of all of the software that I own, and I own a lot, this software, one of my first purchases, singularly contributes the most to my work. The control point technology is a fantastic, incredibly powerful tool enabling selective image adjustments. Think of it like dodging and burning on steroids! and a lot more.
- Olympus’ Highlight/Shadow display function. A fabulous tool in assessing exposure especially useful for HDR shots used alongside the camera’s histogram display.
- Skylum Software’s Aurora HDR 2019. The best HDR software that I’ve ever used bar none.
- DXO Viewpoint. A very useful and powerful tool for correcting converging verticals. I hate converging verticals, if the Mark 1 human eyeball saw things that way then that’d be a different matter 🙂 .
Tip, if you have a camera with a keystone compensation feature like my Olympus OM-D E-M1, and time to do it, then I occasionally use it to take a reference JPEG image before turning it off and shooting in RAW. That way it greatly helps to take the guesswork out of estimating if you’ve allowed enough room to correct verticals whilst keeping the desired framing or you can ensure that you allow enough room in the frame to correct later using Viewpoint.
I could just about live without everything else but these are essential tools of the trade for me.
I’ve used them all in this shot.