Pre- Order Offer on Luminar is ending soon.

Pre- order offer is ending soon.

Fantastic offer – with free tutorials and bundled freebies from as little as $49

“What’s a Luminar?” – You may ask. (besides a cool word!)

Simply put, it’s a new photo editor that has kept us awake longer than any other product we’ve ever released. Luminar is a universal all-in-one photo app designed to tackle any of your photography needs, and provide you with the ultimate photo editing comfort. It’s the most fantastic piece of software we’ve ever created.

Two words best describe Luminar: Simplicity & Creativity.

Everyone will be able to use Luminar without special training, and everyone can achieve many, many beautiful looks to their photos using only Luminar. Here’s a sneak peek at what you should expect. Continue reading “Pre- Order Offer on Luminar is ending soon.”

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Sharpening

bam28_4_13-3436-edit-editA SHORT INTRODUCTION TO SHARPENING YOUR IMAGES

Sharpening digital images is something that people sometimes get wrong and confused about. All digital image files, whether from a digital camera or scanned film are ‘soft’ (not unsharp) and require sharpening to add contrast – normally on the subject edges – to make them appear sharper. Indeed, most software, even with sharpening set to zero will still apply a level of sharpening to help make your shots look better on first looking at them. There are many different ways and methods of doing this and some very good software packages and plug-ins to help you – and people with much bigger brains than me have written volumes about the technical details. Continue reading “Sharpening”

Exposure (to the right).

EXPOSING TO THE RIGHT

This seems to one thing in particular that polarises opinion and confuses people in equal measure. So what does it mean in practise?

When shooting in RAW (and in my opinion we should most of the time) the histogram is your best friend to help you determine how you are exposing your shot.

If you use this technique you must ignore the LCD display – this is where people can become confused. Remember the LCD displays a thumbnail of the jpeg from the RAW file. It can be used to check sharpness, composition, facial expressions and a few other things when necessary, but not to check exposure.

The histogram will give you all the information you’ll ever need and by exposing and pushing the histogram to the right – as far as possible without overexposing or clipping your highlights – you’ll have the best quality file with the least possible noise in the shadow areas when you process your image. The image may appear very bright on the LCD, but you’ll now the best digital negative and the first thing you do when processing in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom is to pull back the exposure slider before you continue to process as normal.

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A little taste of my workflow

Tutorial 1 from ronnie baxter on Vimeo.

Tonality by Macphun

 

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Tonality – for BW conversion – by Macphun can be bought as a standalone app or as part of ‘Creative Kit’ which is only for Mac users (sorry Windows users). The interface is simple and uncluttered and should appeal to casual users and more experienced photo-editors as an altermative to Nik and/or Adobe software and is fully compatable with PhotoShop and Lightroom with a straight forward plug-in install. For me a lot of the supplied presets are – not unlike the Nik Collection – a little heavy handed, but with detailed controls and the ability to use masks and layers it can be finessed, and may be a useful addition to your workflow or can be simply used to add instant impact to images.

I’ll add a more detailed review soon.

Further details can be found here: Tonality by Macphun Continue reading “Tonality by Macphun”