HDR photography can produce spectacular images. It can also produce a supersaturated, overcooked look that we've probably all seen too much of. Getting that balance right is an art in itself. For now, though, here some HDR tips for shooting and then editing your images. HDR tip 01: In-camera HDR In-camera HDR is becoming more common and it can work pretty well, but it's not … [Read more...] about Top 12 HDR tips
Wednesday Workshops are all about solving tricky little image-editing issues, and here's one to get us started. The Lightroom HDR tools built in are good in their way, but will only get you so far. Yes, you can boost the shadows, reduce the highlights, add some Clarity and Dehaze and maybe a graduated filter for the sky, but you can end up doing a lot of work only getting half … [Read more...] about Get better Lightroom HDR with the help of HDR Efex Pro
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 photography. So here are six top tips for getting that analog film effect 'look' with digital images and software. I'm using Analog Efex Pro in the … [Read more...] about 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 – especially any that required localised adjustments. • Capture One Pro 11.1 review But I've been spending some time with Capture … [Read more...] about 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 and magazines are very tied up with the mechanics of photography but rarely stray into the stuff that really matters – what we're trying to … [Read more...] about 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 is a prime example. The reds and yellows of the leaves were striking, but they were also too close together in tone to produce an effective contrast between … [Read more...] about 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, Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro and HDR Efex Pro and excellent and easily carry the whole suite on their own. This is a 5-star package, and no … [Read more...] about 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 official statement, this may not be as great as it sounds: "As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo … [Read more...] about 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, not so much. So now and again I have a trawl through the list to see what I can find, and I discovered the Photo Styliser is rather good at creating a warm, … [Read more...] about 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 graduated filters creates a powerful lighting effect and increases the tonal contrast of the picture – it's really effective where you have an image that already a full … [Read more...] about Graduated filters can go up as well as down!