In this video tutorial, you'll learn special filters for editing your black and white images in Photoshop.
This video tutorial demonstrates how to add borders in Silver Efex Pro using Adobe Photoshop.
I few months ago Tiffen released it’s upgraded Dfx 3.0 software with 2,000 plus filters and effects. This plugin works with Aperture, Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Elements or as a standalone application. I’ve spent the last few weeks playing with DFX, and with it’s latest 3.06 upgrade, I’m here to tell you it’s rock solid. What I love about this suite is it does an amazing job of simulating “on the lens” filters to create images with a natural aesthetic feel that many of us come to expect from a quality filter.
I will admit the sheer number of filters and variations can feel overwhelming at times, but this was easily conquered by spending more time with the program. The effects are so real that I posted an image on Google Plus a few weeks back and someone commented that I used a gel on my flash. To their surprise I had used Dfx 3.0. I think that speaks to the quality of the effects you get from Tiffen.
There are a lot of plug-ins and we all know I’m a huge fan of Nik Software and Onone, but what I think Tiffen brings to the table is years of quality filter making that has been translated beautifully into the digital suite. The effects are so spot on that it’s making me reevaluate carrying my gel kit.
Thoughts on improvement:
Tiffen has done a nice job of allowing users to create custom presets that are readily accessible with one click of a button, but they’ve failed to make the “Saved set-ups” as easily accessible. To activate a saved setup, we first have to locate the set-up file and then open it. Now this isn’t a huge deal, but as you create more of these “set-ups” it will become cumbersome. I’m sure Tiffen could easily resolve this by creating a “recipes” preset as Nik has done in Color Efex 3.0.
Over the course of the next week, I plan on doing a little mini series on the DFX 3.0 software so you can get a feel for how the program fits into a workflow. I think one of the strongest selling points for Tiffen will be the fact the program works as a standalone as well as a plugin. So if you don’t have Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture, no worries, you can use DFX 3.0 by itself. You can download a free trial HERE.
Here’s a quick video to introduce you to the software and show you how I would use it for a quick fix on an image.
I’ve been fighting a cold so I apologize for not enunciating a little better… 😉
It’s been a very busy week so I’m sorry if I’ve been a tad quiet on the blog. By the time this blog goes live I’ll be seeing my girls off in Bozeman as they fly back east. It’s always bitter sweet seeing them go. They’re my main support team, but it will give me some down time to focus on a new writing project, as well as my photography.
It's been a few weeks since our last Q&A but here we go…
Julia: Do you use a lot of filters when you’re taking landscape shots?
John: It really depends on what I’m trying to achieve. Much of my filter work can be done in Photoshop or Lightroom, but if I have a sky that really needs to be punched up, I’ll use my Lee Filter Kit and throw a graduated neutral density filter on.
Kevin: I’ve been using Lightroom for several months now and I’m curious how often should I back up my catalog?
John: You can never have too many back-ups..;) But, these catalogs do get large so I typically will back up my catalog twice a week depending on how much editing I’ve done. I try to keep 3-5 catalog archives on file, and every time I run a new back-up I delete the oldest back-up.
Millie: How important is setting your white balance?
John: This really depends on a lot of factors. I shoot in raw so it gives me more freedom to adjust things in Lightroom or Photoshop, but typically I try to set my white balance accordingly before I take a photograph. The trick is to remember to change the settings if the conditions change. I’ve been out many times and had my camera on a “cloudy” white balance setting just to have the weather improve and then forgot to change the setting to “sunny”. Some photographers prefer to leave it on Auto White Balance and make the adjustments in Lightroom. I recommend trying it both ways and seeing which process works best for your workflow.
Peggy: How can I order one of your prints?
John: If the photo is on the blog, then just click on the image and it will take you to a shopping cart. If you have any problems whatsoever, then just drop me an email.
Anna (my daughter): When did your beard get so gray?
John (Dad): How old are you?
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. If you have a question you would like to submit for my Q&A Friday then just fill out the form below or leave a comment on the blog….take care, John
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A whole lot of news to get delivered today folks, but where to start? Hmmmm.
Last Friday I attend Scott Kelby’s “Photoshop for Digital Photographers” workshop. The workshop was very informative, and the 600 plus attendees served as a strong reminder of the impact Photoshop has made on photography. I always recommend Scott’s workshops, so if you ever get a chance check out his live presentations or even his online workshops…both of them are worth every penny. More Photoshop news: Adobe’s latest release of CS5 will be launched today. To read more about CS5 you can click HERE. I know…I know….just when you were getting use to CS4 or as I like to call it CS$.
In two weeks I’ll be leaving to photograph the tail end of the Kumbh Mela festival in Hardiwar. Currently two of my favorite travel photographers, Matt Brandon and Gavin Gough, are in India covering it with a small group of students. So if you want to get a little preview of what I’ll be doing, then check out Matt’s blog found HERE and Gavin’s HERE.
June 5th: I’ve added a one day workshop for those of you looking to cover some of the basics. This workshop is perfect for the beginning photographer looking for a little clarity in the digital world. If you just bought a digital camera, or got one as a gift, or are sick of your photos never quite coming out right, then this is the class for you. The workshop will be limited to 4 people and will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost of the one day workshop is $250.00.
June 19th-20th Two day Chicago workshop still has availability. This workshop is perfect for an intermediate photographer who is looking to take their photography to the next level. It doesn’t matter if you’re into color, b&w, or HDR we’ll be covering it all. This workshop will cover equipment, camera settings, lens choice, filters, outdoor lighting options and post production editing just to name a few.
Tomorrow I’ll be announcing all the details for my upcoming Yellowstone workshop. The focus of our photographic journey will be landscape and wildlife photography, and for those interested in learning a little fly fishing….I think I’ll be able to work something out for ya..;) So make sure to check back tomorrow for what I’m sure will be a wonderful workshop.
If you’re interested in any the workshops then drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to use the form below:
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That’s it for now…I hope everyone is having a great Monday.
It’s no secret that Adobe’s Lightroom and CS4 are my first choices when it comes to image editing software. However, with that said, I realize not everyone wants/nor can afford to shell out $300.00 plus for imaging software. For those of you who are just dabbling in photography or don’t need the robust features of CS4 or Lightroom, then you should check out GIMP. GIMP is a free distribution image manipulation software that has a very Photoshop feel to it. I wouldn’t say GIMP is an Adobe Photoshop killer by a long shot, but it’s definitely an alternative for those looking to do more than just crop their images. Not to mention you can’t beat the price – FREE. GIMP will install on Mac OS X , Linux, Windows XP, Vista and I installed it on Windows 7. It supports TIFF, JPEG, GIF, PNG and PSD files. Plus, you can download several plug-ins that work with GIMP. GIMP isn’t for everyone but it’s a nice alternative to other free programs such as Picasa. If you’re interested in learning more about GIMP then click HERE. To read a CNET review click HERE.
More Free Stuff:
Stay tuned for this weekend’s blog because we’re going to be giving away a few free goodies, so mark your calendar!
I’ll be traveling to Tulum, Mexico in the coming weeks with hopes of getting some good shots of the Mayan ruins. I’m currently building a shot list so if anyone has any suggested locations near Tulum please drop me a line.
Canon has released its new 70-200mm lens. I have the previous model in my arsenal and I must say it’s an all time favorite and probably one of Canon’s most popular lenses. Click HERE to read a solid review on the lens.
Canon begins shipping its new EOS-1D Mark IV body this January. This camera is just sick (that means good 🙂 ) but $5,000 just isn’t in the budget right now. You can read more about it HERE and read a comparison to Nikon’s D3S HERE.
Ok, that’s it folks. It’s cold as heck here in Chicago but I promise to send some warm images from Mexico in coming weeks..;)