White balance and color corrections are basic image adjustments you’d expect to find in any photo-editing application, so let’s see how they are applied in Exposure X. We’ll use this interior shot of a boutique hotel as an example because it has some very serious color issues caused my the mixed lighting. The strong blue/purple lighting in the original is part of the hotel’s … [Read more...] about How to carry out white balance and color adjustments in Exposure X
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This shot of an Icelandic church looked nice enough in color but I thought it had a bit more potential as a black and white image – though there were a few issues I wanted to sort out first. For this project I used Exposure X. The same tools exist in other programs, but I find the presets, tools and adjustments in Exposure X are in some mysterious way very much attuned to my … [Read more...] about An Icelandic church edited in Exposure X
I'm in two minds about this feature. The AI Augmented Sky filter in Luminar 4.2 is spectacularly effective at blending in all sorts of other-worldly objects into regular outdoor skies, even supplying a range of ready-made objects like these twin planets via a drop-down menu. The AI technology merges these objects with your sky so seamlessly and subtly that you might never need … [Read more...] about Luminar 4.2 Augmented Skies: is this photography or illustration?
I met my donkey friend while I was out testing a Leica M10 Monochrom and 28mm f/2 Summicron lens. For those who don't know, this is a rangefinder camera with manual focusing, so getting my friend's eye sharp was a special challenge as he was getting restless because I didn't have any carrots. The Leica M is a classic photojournalists camera, so I wanted a shot which had a … [Read more...] about Moody mono with a Leica M10 Monochrom and Capture One
Luminar does things very differently! Both new users and those used to Luminar 3 and earlier versions might wonder where such basic adjustments as levels and curves are hiding… Well they are there, but you need to know where to look. The Luminar 4 interface has four basic workspaces, accessed by buttons on the right side of the screen. These are ‘Essentials’, ‘Creative’, … [Read more...] about Levels and curves adjustments in Luminar 4
I think Lightroom Classic CC just got FASTER not SLOWER. Can I actually start using it again? Adobe’s August 2019 updates brought a number of new features and improvements to Lightroom Classic CC, including Accelerated image-editing with GPU support, the ability to organize collections with color labels, support for new cameras and lenses, and other enhancements such as PNG … [Read more...] about Did Lightroom Classic CC just get faster?
Histograms just show you what’s happening in your images, they’re not there to tell you what to do. But there’s an old adage from the days of film photography that you should still be able to see some detail in the darkest and brightest parts of your pictures, and that’s carried through into digital photography. This is the job of the histogram. It shows you whether the … [Read more...] about Histograms aren’t sacred: shadows and highlights CAN be clipped
Montacute House is an Elizabethan mansion in the South West of England. I was there on a pretty dull and overcast day, but I thought the way the sky was reflected in the windows, the texture of the stone facade and the overhanging branches might make an effective composition, even though the image straight from the camera didn’t look interesting at all. Here’s a … [Read more...] about Montacute House in moody monochrome with split toning
Levels adjustments are are pretty basic and straightforward way of maximising the tonal range of your pictures. You move the white and black point sliders to line up with the brightest and darkest parts of the picture, and that’s it – you've got maximum tonal range and contrast. Curves are more complex because they enable you to adjust the brightness and contrast within … [Read more...] about Levels vs curves vs luma curves: ways to adjust contrast in photos
Does your landscape need a sunset? Would your cityscape look better with a dramatic sky? Normally, you’d have to resort to Photoshop or another image-editor which supports image layers and masks and then add one in manually, but the new AI Sky Replacement tool in Luminar 4 will do it all for you (don't worry, it's not compulsory). • Take a look at the Luminar 4 teaser … [Read more...] about Coming soon: how the Luminar 4 AI Sky Replacement tool can change your skies