DxO PhotoLab can create superb black and white imagery, both in terms of image quality and in creative control, but you need to get the DxO FilmPack 5 Elite add-on to do it.• DxO PhotoLab 2.1 reviewThis does make things more expensive, and it does feel a bit like you’re paying for some things that other programs offer as standard. DxO FilmPack 5 Elite currently costs … [Read more...] about How to get great black and white in DxO PhotoLab… but you’ll need FilmPack 5
Vignette effects can be very useful, both as an aid to composition and as a way of adding a vintage, 'analog' look.
A vignette can help focus attention on the main subject and tone down a distracting background. It can also act as a kind of framing device so that the picture feels properly enclosed and your eyes don't drift out of the frame.
Most photo-editing programs have a vignette tool. Lightroom, for example, has a 'post-crop' Vignette effect which adapts to any cropping adjustments you make, though its manually controlled Radial Filter is a more powerful tool for creating carefully customised vignettes.
With most vignette tools, you can choose the strength of the effect, its size, whether it's circular or rectangular or somewhere in between, and how smoothly it blends into the rest of the picture. Sometimes you can choose where to place the centre of the vignette too.
In photography, things don't always come together as you'd want them to. Sometimes you get wonderful lighting but there's no effective subject in front of the camera for bringing it out, and sometimes you've got a good subject but the lighting isn't right.Lightroom CC/Photography plan trial version and offersThis is one of those situations. I thought the couple … [Read more...] about How to relight a scene in Lightroom
Modern lenses are pretty good at creating even illumination across the frame, and if there is some corner shading (vignetting) you can use software to eliminate it.However, sometimes vignetting is good! Especially if you can control it creatively to improve your picture’s composition and contrast.This image below has all the ingredients for a great picture – a terrific … [Read more...] about Add depth and drama with a vignette effect
MacPhun has brought a number of new and enhanced features to its Luminar 1.2 ‘Neptune’ update, and the Luminar Vignette Filter is one of them.Update: Luminar 3 review Download the Luminar trial version and check for the latest dealsThis filter has been improved with new Vignette Styles, a Place Center button for off-centre positioning and new Pre- and Post-crop … [Read more...] about Using the improved Luminar Vignette filter
I was lucky enough to get a Fujifilm GFX 50S on loan for two weeks to review in Digital Camera and Professional Photography and I'm really impressed by the tonal range and subtlety it can capture. This became obvious when I started working on a set of shots from a drizzle-swept day on Exmoor. The sky was heavy and flat and there was very little colour, so I decided to try to … [Read more...] about Fine art black and white with the Fujifilm GFX
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
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 Classic portrait tips for giving your pictures a more powerful, grittier feel.Lightroom CC/Photography plan trial version and offersI want to give this outdoor shot (above) a grungy, contrasty look, and I've got a … [Read more...] about Lightroom portrait tips to 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
The Radial Filter tool is new in Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC and it can quickly transform the appearance of your pictures.Lightroom CC/Photography plan trial version and offersYou use it to create an elliptical shape which protects the centre of the image and changes the appearance of the outer areas. It might sound like a glorified vignette tool for drawing … [Read more...] about Change the mood with the Lightroom Radial Filter tool
Focal Point 2 is part of OnOne Perfect Photo Suite. It's designed to replicate the shallow depth of field effects associated with wide lens apertures and the changing focus planes of tilt shift lenses, using one or more 'Focus Bugs' and manual 'focus painting' brush tools.More than that, though, it's designed to help you emphasis your picture's focal point – hence the name. … [Read more...] about How to combine Focal Point Focus Bugs and Vignettes