Software & Accessories

As part of our processing workflow, we mainly use Adobe Lightroom, however we also use a range of plug-ins and other software to achieve the best results. Here are some of the software & accessories we use and recommend.

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Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop

Our starting point for all our images is Adobe Lightroom. This is a fantastic piece of software that we use to catalogue and start our editing processes. It is simple to use and has many features that allow you to be creative with your editing. With so many plug-ins available within Lightroom (check out the other software listed below) it handles all our requirements. The creative cloud version includes Lightroom (Classic & CC versions) and Photoshop at a reasonable monthly price of AU$14.29 / US$9.99.

ON1 Photo Raw 2020

ON1 Software

It works as a plug-in for Lightroom & Photoshop but also as a standalone which is awesome if you do not have either of the these. No subscription is required and is available for both Mac & Windows. The new ON1 Photo Raw is a must-have. At the heart of the software lies  Develop & Effects which includes everything you could possibly need for creating the look you want. The hundreds of filters and presets are stackable, allowing for endless creativity. Make sure you check the minimum computer requirements for the software before purchasing. 
Click here to check it out.

Skylum Aurora HDR

Skylum – Aurora HDR

Very useful editing software app which work as stand-alone products or plug-ins. Aurora HDR is the best HDR software currently available on the market. It’s a one-stop-shop for HDR shooters who want to align, blend and stylise in one application. You can order the 2019 version which has even more great features over the 2018 version at a great price.  Click here to order Aurora HDR. Upgrade prices are also available if you have previous versions. Use “WIDESCENES” in the coupon code at checkout for a further discount.

Skylum Luminar 4

Skylum – Luminar 4

Another great stand-alone app. Luminar 4 with libraries is a great photo editing software app for Mac and PC. Fast and powerful, and features Accent, the world’s first AI-powered photo filter. Luminar 3 makes complex image editing ultra-easy, helping you create the most beautiful pictures in seconds. Click here to order Luminar 4 and use “WIDESCENES” in the coupon code at checkout for a further discount or click here to get a FREE 30-day trial.

Topaz Studio 2 – Topaz Labs

Topaz Studio 2

Another suite of plug-ins that we use is Topaz Studio 2. It works as a standalone editor or as a plugin within Lightroom and Photoshop. The current main products include AI Gigapixel, Sharpen AI, Adjust AI, DeNoise AI, Mask AI, Video Enhance AI, and JPEG to RAW AI.  Check out our blog posts on some of their products.

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HDRSoft

We are an affiliate with HdrSoft who make Photomatix Pro software, another very good HDR software application on the market. This software is suitable for those that simply want to align the images and give minor tweaks to the image. Any further editing or stylising can be done in Lightroom, Photoshop, ON1, Topaz or any other editing software. To purchase the software click here and use ‘widescenes‘ in the coupon code box and you will receive a 15% discount. This will save you about AUD$20.00.

Peak Design

A great range of camera bags, clips, straps, and covers. Click here to see their full range. We currently use the Slide camera strapShell waterproof camera coverEveryday Sling 10L camera bag V1 and V2, Lens Kit and the Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod. The Everyday Sling Bag is great for Travel Photographers and was invaluable during our 2018 & 2019 trips to Japan, Hong Kong, Macau & Shanghai.
Check out our blog post 
here.

Freelander Tripod

When we travel and need a lightweight tripod that is sturdy and can support our camera/lenses we use the Freelander Carbon Fibre C-820 tripod. They are great compact tripods that are reasonably priced especially considering the height they stand (162cm). The tripod also converts to a monopod as well. The price of many of the other popular brands that make carbon fibre tripods can cost anywhere between $400.00-$1000.00. Click here to view specs and order.

GOBE Filters

We always use UV filters on our expensive lenses. We may remove them when we shoot but they are usually always on the lens. Not only do they make fantastic UV, CPL and ND filters but they are also pro-active in helping the environment. They use minimal recyclable packaging and funds from every product sold are contributing to the planting of 5 trees in areas of severe deforestation throughout the world. If you use the coupon code WideScenes at checkout you can save a further 15% on their products.  Click here to order.

We Also Recommend

Sony

We made the switch from Nikon to Sony in 2015 and we have not looked back since. The A7 range of full-frame mirrorless bodies are fantastic. We have used the A7R, A7ii, a6000 A7Rii  camera bodies and now both use the A7Riii. They offer some great benefits for what we do over DSLR’s on the market. We currently use the Sony 24-105 f4, Sony 16-35 f4 and Sony 70-200 f4 lenses. Click here to find the best deals on all Sony cameras and lenses. 

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Samyang Tiny Series Lenses

We love the range of easy-to-carry Samyang Tiny lens series. They are autofocus and provide great quality for the size and price. They are super small and light so easy to pack and carry around to capture the best moments more easily every single day!  Read our posts on AF 18mm F2.8 FE Tiny but Super Wide, AF 24mm F2.8 FE Tiny but Wide, AF 35mm F2.8 FE Tiny but Mighty and AF 45mm F1.8 FE Tiny but Premium. To find current deals on any Samyang lenses click here

Lenskirt

Lenskirt

The LENSKIRT is a portable, flexible hood which you attach to the end of your camera lens. It allows you to shoot pictures / video through glass without internal environmental reflections such as yourself, room lights, camera flashes, light leak from under a door, etc. We make sure we travel with this as it is perfect for our travel photography. Click here to read our review and see images taken with this product.

Lowepro

Great bags!!! Over the years we have used the Mini-Trekker, Transit Backpack 350AW and the Passport Sling bag and they have never let us down. Although Paul now uses a Vanguard Alta Rise 45 he still has a soft spot for the Lowepro range of bags. We always suggest that you take your gear to a local supplier and test your gear in the bag before buying. This is essential to ensure that it fits all your gear and that it is comfortable to carry fully loaded.

Joby GorillaPod

A great little tripod which is an excellent alternative when it is difficult to use a conventional tripod. It is a fantastic little tripod and has allowed us to shoot in some awkward places where a conventional tripod just wasn’t practical.

Joby also makes the fantastic Pro Sling Camera Strap. We initially used this strap however, over time we found the Peak Design Slide strap to be better for our needs.

Vanguard Backpacks

Paul did a lot of research online and instore shopping to find a camera bag to fit his needs. That bag was the Vanguard Alta Rise 45, have a read of the blog post he wrote about this great bag. We always suggest that you always take your camera gear to a local supplier and test your gear in the bag before buying. This is essential to ensure that it fits all your gear and that it is comfortable to carry fully loaded.

NIK Software

This is a fantastic suite of products which includes Analog Efex ProSilver Efex ProHDR Efex Pro,Color Efex ProDfineViveza and Sharpener Pro. We use Sharpener Pro as one of our image sharpening tool. Several years ago Google bought the company. Unfortunately, they were not particularly interested in future development of the Nik suite of products. DXO eventually took control and have now released the software again. To download a trial and/or buy the software click here

Manfrotto Tripods

When weight is not a restriction and you need a solid, heavy-duty tripod, we use the Manfrotto 055B tripod with a 168 ball and socket head. This beast won’t budge and is still going strong after 25 years of use. We also previously owned a Manfrotto 190XB with a 496RC2 Ball Head which was a fantastic tripod as well but we sold it as we prefer the weight of the Freelander Carbon Fibre tripod mentioned ab