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
Google's home-grown photo software is Google Photos, a cloud-based photo storage and sharing service which you use via your web browser on a desktop computer but which has its own apps on iOS and Android mobile devices. A while back, Google acquired Nik Software, its Nik Collection plug-ins and its Snapseed image effects app. The Nik Collection has now been taken over by DxO, while Snapseed has evolved into a powerful iOS and Android photo editing app. The desktop version of Snapseed has long since been dropped, alas.
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
Snapseed 2 is the latest version of Google's free photo-editing app for mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, iOS and Android. It's the mobile version of an application first made for desktop machines by Nik Software and then taken over by Google along with the rest of the Nik applications. It's been out for a while, so this Google Snapseed 2 review isn't news … [Read more...] about Google Snapseed 2 review
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
I am a huge fan of Google Snapseed. I'm not a huge fan of what Google has done with it, dropping the desktop Snapseed app and then the online Snapseed editing tools built into Google+ Photos. This has been replaced by a separate Google Photos option with much simpler editing tools. Thankfully, Snapseed still exists as an iOS and Android app, and while it's still around I aim … [Read more...] about Did you know you can stack filters in Google Snapseed?
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!