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JAMES RITSON

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Official Affinity learning content

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Affinity Photo Tutorials

Official video tutorials for the desktop version of Affinity Photo using my own photography.

I research and learn specific techniques for each genre (e.g. astrophotography, portraiture, light painting), then go out and apply them to obtain the imagery I use in the tutorials.

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Shooting Series

Detailed instructional videos commissioned for Affinity Spotlight.

In these videos, I cover how to photograph for specific techniques—achieved either in-camera or through post production. Each video contains a mixture of live footage, image examples and screen capture where appropriate.

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Affinity Spotlight articles

I write technical and photo/image-based articles for Affinity Spotlight.

Topics include 1D vs 3D LUTs, stacking and its uses, looking at what RAW files actually contain & more.

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Astrophotography

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One shot colour workflow

Discover how to stack full colour astrophotography imagery in Affinity Photo, then learn various retouching techniques to bring out detail.

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LRGB composition

Use Affinity Photo's astrophotography stacking feature to bring together pixel-binned broadband colour data and enhance detail with Luminance data.

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SHO composition

Discover how to stack light frames and calibration frames for sulphur, hydrogen alpha and oxygen deep sky data, then composite it together for a stunning false colour image.

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Monochrome colour mapping

Stack greyscale narrowband data using Affinity Photo’s Astrophotography Stack Persona, then use colour mapping techniques to produce a stunning colour image.

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HaRGB composition

See how to stack broadband colour data using Affinity Photo’s Astrophotography stacking, then enhance detail with additional narrowband Ha data.

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Bi-colour composition

Use the dedicated Astrophotography Stack Persona to stack light frame and calibration frames for narrowband data to produce a bi-colour composition.

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Removing background gradients

Use Affinity Photo's dedicated Remove Background filter to tackle difficult background gradients with stacked astrophotography images.

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Equalising colours

See how you can employ document colour samplers and use different colour balancing methods to neutralise difficult colour casts with stacked astrophotography images.

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Sigma clipping

Discover how to alter the sigma clipping threshold and what it's used for when stacking astrophotography data in Affinity Photo (removing erroneous pixel data such as hot pixels, light trails, pixels with an inconsistent response).

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File groups and filters

Speed up the astrophotography stacking process by utilising file groups and filter designations: stack all your data (e.g. different filters, sessions shot over multiple nights) simultaneously and automatically align it, increasing quality by avoiding resampling during the main editing process.

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Live streams

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01: Photography Editing

The first live stream where I do some back-to-basics photographic editing, exploring my workflow and techniques that I use.

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02: Photography Editing

My second live stream where I edit some photographic imagery and also look at procedural texture luminosity masking.

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03: Editing, Focus Merging, HDR Merging & More

My third live stream where I look at focus merging, HDR merging and also showcase some of my non-destructive macros.

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YouTube channel videos

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Astrophotography stacking & editing

Discover how Affinity Photo 1.9’s new Astrophotography Stack workspace now transforms the app into a start-to-finish solution for astrophotography post production. In this tutorial we're stacking and editing a bi-colour HaOIII composition of the Orion Nebula.

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Infrared Image Processing

See how Affinity Photo can be used for editing infrared photography, from initial RAW development to channel manipulation, powerful colour work and final retouching, all whilst maintaining a non-destructive workflow.

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Enhancing Low Light Imagery Tips & Techniques

Learn a variety of techniques to bring low light photography to life and make it stand out. The original images are available on the Resources page if you wish to follow along.

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Speed up your workflow

Find out how to seriously speed up your workflow in Affinity Photo by taking advantage of macros and custom keyboard shortcuts.

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Quick compositing

Discover some useful tips and techniques for quickly compositing multiple images together.

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Blender Filmic macros

See how to use my Blender Filmic macros (available from the Resources page) for Affinity Photo.

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