I had an interesting chat with the folks on the MacPhun stand at The Photography Show at the Birmingham NEC at the beginning of March. They were showing off two new plug-ins called Intensify and SnapHeal. Both come in standard and Pro versions, and both work as standalone apps or plug-ins for Aperture, Lightroom, Photoshop and Elements. They're Mac-only at the moment (hence … [Read more...] about MacPhun Intensify 1.0.1: give your photos some punch!
The Lightroom Clarity slider adds a powerful localised contrast effect that can work well on colour shots, but really comes into its own with black and white. It recaptures the some of the punchiness of old black and white films without pushing the overall contrast out of control. Lightroom CC/Photography plan trial version and offers Here's an example. I took this … [Read more...] about Boost your black and white shots with the Lightroom Clarity slider
HDR (high dynamic range techniques) are sometimes necessary to cope with scenes that have a higher dynamic range than the camera's sensor can cope with. But that's happening less and less as sensor technology improves. The latest D-SLR sensors don't just have increased dynamic range, they're able to capture shadow detail with less noise than before. This means that if you shoot … [Read more...] about Get more natural results with this Lightroom HDR effect
You'll probably want to take a softly softly approach with female portraits, but male subjects usually demand a different style. Here are some Lightroom portrait tips for giving your pictures a more powerful, grittier feel. Lightroom CC/Photography plan trial version and offers I want to give this outdoor shot (above) a grungy, contrasty look, and I've got … [Read more...] about These Lightroom portrait tips will put power into your people shots
I'm a huge fan of Silver Efex Pro, the black and white plug-in in the Google Nik Collection. But in a spirit of fair play I want to take a proper look at a rival product, Topaz B&W Effects 2. This comes from plug-in maker Topaz Labs, which sells a suite of plug-in tools that rivals the scope of the Google Nik Collection. B&W Effects is available both on its own and as a … [Read more...] about Discover the details with Topaz B&W Effects
You can make basic tonal adjustments with levels and more sophisticated modifications with curves, but the Tonal Contrast filter in Nik Software's Color Efex Pro goes a whole step further. The problem with curves adjustments is that any change you make in one area of the image curve has a knock-on effect on the rest. If you boost the midtone contrast by steepening the curve, … [Read more...] about Get better tonal adjustments with the Tonal Contrast filter in Color Efex Pro
The technical explanation of Lightroom's Clarity slider is that it increases localised contrast to make objects, shapes and outlines stand out more clearly. The pictorial effect is that your images gain extra 'punch', but without pushing the overall contrast levels too high. It's especially effective when the lighting is quite flat and lifeless, and I'm going to use it on this … [Read more...] about Give your images Clarity in Lightroom