Part 2: 'Eurochrome' Welcome to part 2 of an 8-part series on Lightroom presets and how they work. To go with this I've created 8 free Lightroom presets you can download right now. Lightroom/Photography plan trial version and offers Click here for a Dropbox link to the presets. You don't need to have a Dropbox account – just click the 'Download' button at the … [Read more...] about 8 free Lightroom presets part 2: Eurochrome
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
I love film. It's what I grew up with, and it's what I made most of my photographic discoveries – and mistakes – with. I love its richness, depth, unpredictability and character. So I'm especially interested in any film simulation software which promises to replicate the look and feel of traditional silver-based films. But I'm also a bit sceptical, because many of the film … [Read more...] about Which film simulation plug-in is best?
Normally, if you want to create any kind of black and white effect with the Google Nik Collection, you'd go straight to Silver Efex Pro. However, Color Efex Pro has some black and white effects of its own. The effects are different to Silver Efex Pro's, so although the tools aren't quite as sophisticated, you might still be able to achieve some unique 'looks'. There are … [Read more...] about Do more with Color Efex Pro’s Old Photo effect
Analog Efex Pro is a brand new addition to the Google Nik Collection, the set of plug-ins for Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom and Aperture that Google took over when it bought out Nik Software. You can find out more at the Google Nik Collection website. I rate this as the best set of plug-ins ever made, and practically a must-have for digital image-editing fans. It's a tool … [Read more...] about How to use the Google Nik Collection Analog Efex Pro Camera Kit
OnOne Software's B&W tool doesn't just create black and white pictures! You can use it to recreate a whole range of delicately-coloured vintage effects too, like this digital version of the gum bichromate process. To be honest, digital versions of old chemical processes do take some liberties with the look and feel of the original technique, and this one is no exception. … [Read more...] about Create a beautiful gum bichromate effect in Perfect B&W
Color Efex Pro 4 doesn't just boast a huge list of great filter effects, it also lets you 'stack' them in combination and then save your own, unique style as a 'Recipe'. Nik Software really pulled out all the stops with Color Efex Pro 4. There were many useful additions and tweaks to the filters, but the really big thing was the new ability to 'stack' filter effects in … [Read more...] about How to create your own processing recipe in Color Efex Pro 4
Photographers are never happy. We couldn't stop complaining about our dirty, faded colour transparencies when they were all we had, and we couldn't wait to swap to nice, clean, everlasting digital images... only now they're the norm, we miss our grubby old transparencies. So I'm going to use Perfect Effects to try to recreate that old transparency look, complete with the … [Read more...] about Create a dirty Kodachrome with Perfect Photo Suite!
Anyone who used to shoot with black and white film will have a favourite, and I always had a soft spot for Kodak Tri-X. I didn't mind the grain because I liked that gritty, 'documentary' feel, and sometimes I push-processed during development to get a little more contrast, especially in the depths of the Northern European winter. But that all came to an end with the swap to … [Read more...] about How to save a preset for Kodak Tri-X black and white in Silver Efex Pro