Four photography plugins you must have

Hello everybody and welcome to yet another shitty rainy day (fuck, you gotta love this country).

Today I’ll have a couple of awesome “free” (what’s free these days?) software plugins and standalone software goodies. The reason I’m only featuring free software is because I don’t have money to buy expensive software.

So lets jump at ’em!

1. PTLens

PTLens is a piece of software (or plugin) that can correct pincushion/barrel distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration, and perspective. What it does is, it reads your image’s EXIF information and based up on that may correct your image. For example it can read the focal length out of the EXIF information in your jpeg and fixes the barrel distortion. It’s a nifty piece of software and can function as either a stand alone piece of software or as Photoshop plugin and is available for Mac and Windows.

For more information about PTLens visit their site


2. Pixelmator

Image editing for the rest of us — Or so they say, whether this is true or not will be up to you. The downside to this program is, it’s only available to Mac users (sorry guys!). The interface looks stunning (also their website btw!) and “feels” kinda nice. The guys over at already have a review written about the program, so if you’re interested read about Pixelmator here.

The software can be found at


3. Neat Image

Neat image is a noise reduction tool and words as standalone software or photoshop plugin and is available for either Mac or Windows. Neat Image is best at, well reducing noise in your image caused by high ISO. However it can also remove a couple of other types of ‘noise’:

  • High ISO (as mentioned previously)
  • Film grain in scanned film and prints
  • JPEG artifacts

Neat Image is definitely a must-have in your software collection, especially when you shoot quite a lot of images with low light available and using high ISOs. Go over to their website and try it out


4. Photomatix Pro

Photomatix is an essential tool when you want to create HDR images. There are quite a lot of HDR software tools around but Photomatix is the best one I’ve tried thus far (I’m not a fan of the Photoshop HDR thing). Photomatix does two things to make your HDR images really look stunning (taken straight of their website):

  • Tone mapping — Reveal highlight and shadow details in an HDR image created from multiple exposures.
  • Exposure Fusion Merge differently exposed photographs into one image with increased dynamic range.

So if you love HDR, this is in my opinion the tool you want to use. Check out their website for more information and availability .


Well that’s all for now and I hope they are to some use of you. If you think I’m missing something, please do let me know and maybe I can write something about it another time. For now, happy shooting and editing — peace out.

  1. Btw, give Gimp a shot, it’s quite powerful. Not sure if it works on Mac, but it does work on Windows and Linux.

    If you want mail me and I will add another blog address (not mine:p) that contains Gimp tips and whatnots.

      • Jeffrey Wilcke
      • November 10th, 2009

      How could I forget! Gimp also works on OS X 🙂 And yes of course, please do share your links (even if it’s your own blog!)

  2. The blog I was speaking about is . Its not strictly about Gimp, but it has some techniques, plugin reviews for Gimp etc.

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