In one of the best pieces of news we've heard this year, DxO has announced it has acquired the Nik Collection and plans to "continue to develop the Collection for the benefit of the photographer community". “The Nik Collection gives photographers tools to create photos they absolutely love,” says Aravind Krishnaswamy, an Engineering Director with Google. “We’re thrilled to have … [Read more...] about DxO acquires the Nik Collection and launches DxO PhotoLab
The Nik Collection is an important collection of plug-ins once published by Nik Software but then taken over by Google when it bought the company. Google then made the Nik Collection free but it has now been bought for future commercial development by DxO.
It does seem a bit perverse, adding colour to a black and white image which used to be colour in the first place, but hand-coloured (or digitally-coloured) black and white has a very particular 'look' that colour images just don't have.So this image (below) is one I originally shot in colour but then reworked as a black and white image with a little more contrast and a … [Read more...] about Hand coloured black and white with a bi-colour filter
Zoom blur is a popular bit tricky little technique where you zoom the lens during the exposure so that you get a kind of radial blur from the centre of the picture. This means using a shutter speed long enough to capture this rapid zoom movement, which usually means you get plenty of regular blur too. You can even add another twist, rather literally. As well as zooming the … [Read more...] about Add zoom blur with a twist
You normally associate soft focus effects with portraits, but they can work on all kinds of images, adding a romantic, dreamy feel to an everyday scene. Landscapes, for example, are often given a dramatic, brooding look when sometimes the emotion we feel is much lighter.Here's an example. This tree-lined avenue felt bright, airy and summery, but somehow the picture … [Read more...] about Try this soft focus effect on landscapes
Infra red photography creates an unusual and surreal view of the world that can also be very beautiful. You can do it in black and white or colour, but the techniques used today with digital cameras are rather different to those used with film.Infra red film photography is relatively straightforward – you simply use film sensitised to the infra red part of the spectrum. … [Read more...] about See the world in infra red
Google has decided it will no longer develop the Google Nik Collection, so what do we all do when it’s gone? Here are five Nik Collection alternatives that could fill the void.Alien Skin Exposure X2Once a film simulation plug-in, now a full-blown standalone image-editor with file browsing and non-destructive adjustment layers and masks, Alien Skin is a very interesting … [Read more...] about Top 5 Google Nik Collection alternatives
Last night I signed a petition shared by a Facebook friend. Not something I normally do, but it drew my attention to Google's plans for the Nik Collection – there aren't any. Google has announced that development has ceased and, while it hasn't said how long the software will continue to be available to download, I'm taking no chances. I'm downloading and archiving the … [Read more...] about Don’t let the Google Nik Collection disappear!
01 Shoot raw You can't recover detail in an overexposed sky if it's been clipped and lost forever in the original image. With a JPEG, what you see is what you get, but with raw files you've generally got an extra 1EV of 'invisible' highlight detail which can be recovered with a good raw converter. 02 Use coloured grads If you do have an overexposed, detail-free sky you might … [Read more...] about Top 10 graduated filter tips
Why would you use colour filters when you're shooting in black and white? It's so that you can control the way different colours translate into shades of grey. For example, if you shoot through a red filter, it blocks colours other than red, so that opposite colours, like blue skies, for example, come out much darker in the black and white image.Red filters give very dramatic … [Read more...] about Saturday Spotlight: Black and white filters
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 HDRIn-camera HDR is becoming more common and it can work pretty well, but it's not … [Read more...] about Top 12 HDR tips