Modern cameras can reproduce the world with utter, clinical accuracy. The trouble is, it turns out that’s not what we wanted after all. A lot of the time, what we actually want is the faded, distressed, imperfect look of analog … Continue reading 6 tips for getting an authentic analog film effect
Maybe you wouldn’t normally think of Capture One Pro as an image-editor. It’s a superb RAW converter and general image enhancement tool, but most of the time you’d probably swap to a plug-in or an external editor for really detailed effects work … Continue reading Black and white in Capture One Pro
It’s all very well giving advice about how to achieve certain effects using this software or that software, but it always strikes me that no-one ever talks about WHY you should use a particular effect with a particular subject. Books … Continue reading Budapest parliament
It’s that time of year when autumn leaves produce a riot of colour, and you’ve only got a short window of time to get out there and get pictures. But the results don’t always match your expectations, and this shot … Continue reading Improve autumn colours with Google’s Contrast Colour Range filter
Verdict: It’s now free, amazingly, and you can download the Google Nik Collection here. But is it any good? Mostly, yes. Dfine and Sharpener Pro look weak and dated and Viveza is a bit of a one-trick pony, but Analog Efex Pro, … Continue reading Google Nik Collection review
Google announced today that it’s scrapping the $150 purchase price for the Google Nik Collection and that users can now download it free of charge. At first glance, this is pretty amazing news but, reading between the lines of Google’s … Continue reading The Google Nik Collection is now available free of charge!
Color Efex Pro, part of the Google Nik Collection, is a terrific plug-in with an amazing array of filter effects, each of which has its own controls. Some of them have uses which are obvious straight away, but some… well, … Continue reading Try Color Efex Pro 4’s Photo Styliser for a rich, warm landscape
Here’s a technique I use quite often to add a little extra drama and contrast to a scene. I use a graduated filter effect to darken the sky, and then a second graduated filter to darken the foreground. Using two … Continue reading Graduated filters can go up as well as down!
I’m a huge fan of Nik plug-ins, and while many (including me) were a bit concerned when Google bought them out, the Google Nik Collection itself seems to be working pretty well – the addition of Analog Efex Pro at … Continue reading Google Nik Collection updates explained
If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time dabbling with one special effect, moving on to another image, trying another effect and keep on experimenting without a specific aim in mind. Wouldn’t it be better to put … Continue reading How to batch process special effects with the Google Nik Collection
Despite the name of this site, I’ve got nothing against Photoshop! Even if it doesn’t have all the effects filters and organising tools you might be looking for (hence this site), it’s still worth having in your software armoury, especially … Continue reading How to make Lightroom, Photoshop and Smart Objects work together
I’ve got to be honest. I’m compiling a list of my top ten worst Color Efex Pro filters (yes, there are some duds in amongst the great ones), and the Sunlight filter was on it. But in a spirit of … Continue reading Add some sunlight with Color Efex Pro!