Archive for Lightroom

Nik Color Efex Pro 4

Posted in Software/Hardware with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2011 by bayouphoto

It is out and I just downloaded the trial version. I will be running a review soon but for now here are some videos to see the new features

What’s new

Using multiple filters

Control Points

Single filter

Streamlined digital filters

Overview

Download the trial and give it a try.

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Topaz B&W Effects

Posted in Software/Hardware with tags , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2011 by bayouphoto

Topaz Labs makers of the fine editing software Adjust and Details just came out with their first B&W conversion software, B&W Effects. If you don’t have a B&W plug in converter it is a steal at $59.99 but for a limited time (Sept. 18) you can get it for the unheard of price $29.99. Now that is a great deal. Just use code bwandbeyond. I will try to get an overview video up soon.

On another note my nephew has finished his cancer radiation treatments, so I won’t have to be staying in Shreveport during the week. Maybe with the cooler weather and more time I can get back into the blogging swing.

Tutorial Tuesday: Perfect Layers and textures

Posted in Software/Hardware, Tutorial Tuesday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2011 by bayouphoto

Using Perfect Layers to add textures to photographs

Photo Friday: Artistic vision

Posted in Photo Friday with tags , , , , , , on July 29, 2011 by bayouphoto

Creativity doesn’t end with the click of the shutter. Getting it right in the camera is just the first step towards beautiful images.

For you folks that think image manipulations only started with the digital darkroom, you should know Ansel Adams spent hours, in his darkroom, manipulating his negatives to achieve his artistic vision.

To me artistic vision is seeing a concept from capture all the way to print. Using the resources, that you have, to achieve that concept. Do not accept things, as they are, transform them to what you envisioned. Having the knowledge to use the tools to the best of your ability.

You can buy the most expensive camera around, but if you put it on the automatic green square, you might as well have a point and shoot. Buying all the latest editing software does no good if you can’t technically and artistically utilize it. Money will not transform a snapshot into a work of art but skill and vision can.

Case in point. Here is a photo straight from the camera. It is a point and shoot but a very versatile one. It will shoot RAW mode and in aperture priority.

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Just another snap shot of a motorcycle. Very low contrast, no pop, the bike should be purple, not blue. There is no pop to the photo. However with vision, skill and software I can transform it into what I envisioned. A detailed artistic closeup.

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If you are happy with letting the camera decide what your photo should look like, then that is well and good. But, if you want more maybe you need a little vision.

Hi Ho Silver

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2011 by bayouphoto

Well it did remind me of the old TV westerns.

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Tutorial Tuesday: Silver Efex Pro 2

Posted in Tutorial Tuesday with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2011 by bayouphoto

I am posting early as I will be unavailable tomorrow.

Two for Tuesday Tutorial: Orton effect

Posted in Tutorial Tuesday with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by bayouphoto

I was attempting to create the Orton Effect using just Lightroom and Perfect Layers