You can do a lot with filters in Luminar. If you've been using it for a while, you'll know you can combine any number of different filters and filter settings to achieve a practically infinite range of effects. But did you know you can use the same filter twice? So why would you want to do that? Well, sometimes a filter is just about perfect, but doesn't go quite far enough. … [Read more...] about How to double-up on filters in Luminar and get twice the effect
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There was a time when the correct Instagram size was square, and that was it. In fact, Instagram is probably responsible all on its own for the resurgence of interest in the square format (which I love, by the way). Now, though, you can also post rectangular images, though if these are too wide, Instagram will still crop off the edges. This means you still need to make sure … [Read more...] about Instagram image size still matters: non-square photos may not fit
We’d like to think that white balance is a science, right? And that the Temperature and Tint values that form the basis of white balance adjustments are universal constants that we can expect to be consistent across all software applications? That’s not how it is. If you’ve ever suspected that different RAW converters interpret white balance settings differently, here’s the … [Read more...] about 3 RAW converters, 3 different white balance settings!
Welcome to an occasional series on composition in photography. Life after Photoshop is usually about image editing tools and techniques, but many of the decisions we make about editing, cropping and local adjustments are based around effective composition, so it is a closely related discipline. Of course, this doesn’t replace the photographer’s ‘eye’ when taking pictures. … [Read more...] about Composition in photography: how to ‘read’ pictures
Creating a digital polarising effect in software isn't difficult, if all you want to do is intensify a blue sky. This picture has been treated with the Color Editor in Capture One, but many other photo editors have equivalent tools. The trick is to select the blue sky tones alone and then reduce the Lightness/Luminance value and increase the Saturation. Blue skies are … [Read more...] about How to create a polarising filter digitally, and why it’s not the same as the real thing
Like other photo-editing applications, Capture One offers one-click preset image effects, which it calls ‘Styles’. These are made with carefully-crafted combinations of image adjustments which you can use as-is or inspect and modify to suit your own tastes. You do get a selection of Styles built in to Capture One, but most are sold separately via the Capture One website as … [Read more...] about Preset picks: Capture One ‘Seasonal’ SN-04
Continuing this series of ‘preset picks’ from different programs, here is one of my all-time favourites. It’s the Border – Negative (Kodalith) preset from Alien Skin Exposure X4.5 and it can be found in the B&W Misc Effects category. When you break it down into its component parts it’s deceptively simple, but as ever with the best presets, it’s how these tools and … [Read more...] about Preset picks: Alien Skin Border – Negative (Kodalith)
The Orton Effect was invented by photographer Michael Orton, who experimented by sandwiching two shots of the same subject, one with sharp detail and one blurred. This gives an image with a very atmospheric soft ‘glow’ but with sharp underlying detail. This can now be carried out digitally with a lot more control, and the result can be soft and dreamy or dark and surreal, … [Read more...] about Tool tips: Luminar Orton Effect filter
Welcome to this occasional ‘Preset Picks’ series, which showcases the best preset image effects from different programs and then takes them apart to see just how they were done. This is the MacArthur preset in ON1 Photo RAW 2019’s Texture Combos preset category. It gives a strongly-textured print-like appearance and a faded warm patina that suggests an old photograph taken … [Read more...] about Preset picks: ON1 MacArthur preset
This isn't an image quality comparison, simply a breakdown of the key differences in the Capture One vs Lightroom debate. They appear very similar in terms of what they do, who they're aimed at and how they work, but there are some key differences in the details. If you are struggling to decide which is best, this feature comparison will hopefully make your decision … [Read more...] about Capture One vs Lightroom: which of these high-end programs is best?