Exposure X7 review

Exposure X7 may not add as many new features as the previous version did, but it remains a compelling option for photographers

Exposure X7
(Image: © James Abbott)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The general editing controls available in Exposure X7 are most suited to beginners and enthusiasts, although more advanced users can also achieve excellent results using the software. The lack of HDR and the ability to merge panoramic images is disappointing and some controls and features can be fiddly, but its main strength is its array of analog effects overlays, LUTs, borders, light leaks and more. With perpetual license options starting at $89 for upgrades and $129 for the full version, it’s a competitively priced option considering what it does have to offer.


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    Single seamless workspace

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    100s of presets are available

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    Standalone and plug-in operation

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    Perpetual license


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    No HDR or panoramic merge

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    Localised adjustments can fiddly

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    Can't combine images

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Exposure Software has been around for a long time, but it was previously called Alien Skin and was well known for its popular Photoshop plugins including Eye Candy, which is still going strong today. Since 2005, the company transformed the Exposure plugin into standalone editing software called Exposure X, which is essentially an analog effects tool and all-round image editor combined.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.