I'm really pleased to announce the release of my Signature Series Silver Efex Pro presets. Last year I created and shared with you my Signature Series Black and White presets for Lightroom. Admittedly I was pleasantly surprised by how well they were received. However, since the release of my 2011 book on Black and White From Snapshots to Great Shots, I've had many requests for my Silver Efex Pro presets. Well the day has finally come and I am now sharing my favorite Silver Efex Pro 2 presets with you. There are 38 presets here, some are for landscape, others for streetscapes and portraits, and yet others that are creative and artsy. I think you'll find some great presets to give you a jumping off point for your workflow in SEP2. You can purchase all 38 for $12.50 by heading over to my store on the website. Please before purchasing make sure you're running the latest updated version of Silver Efex Pro 2.
This video tutorial demonstrates how to add borders in Silver Efex Pro using Adobe Photoshop.
In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to create a selective color image using the selective color tool in Silver Efex Pro 2.
Here's a video tutorial on how to convert a color image to black & white in Silver Efex Pro 2.
I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s a quick video tutorial on how I’ll use a vignette in Silver Efex Pro to direct the viewer's attention in the frame. I recommend downloading the trial version, so you can kick the tires. And if you end up loving it as much as I do, you can buy it for 15% off at this link.
One of the many wonders in Death Valley is the Racetrack Playa — a dry lake bed that’s littered with rocks that move as a result of the desert winds. I know it sounds crazy, but these “sailing rocks” are moved by the winds whipping across the desert floor. Some of the rocks, by my estimate, weigh as much at 15 lbs. Researchers speculate that the rocks move one of two ways — either during winter when ice covers the lake or during heavy rainfalls when the lake becomes slick with mud. Keep in mind these tracks or grooves left behind by the rocks dig as deep as an inch into the desert floor. It’s a spectacular sight and one of nature’s true wonders. This image was shot using a 24mm tilt-shift lens that I rented from BorrowLenses. I rented two tilt-shift lenses for this trip, a 17mm and a 24mm, but I found myself using the 24mm on more occasions. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t buy a lens for the trip as I was leaning toward the 17mm.
I want to cordially invite you to join me Friday, October 14 from 10 to 11 a.m PDT to a Nik Software-sponsored webinar, “Creating a Compelling Black and White Using Silver Efex Pro 2.” I’m stoked about the webinar and really hope you can join me. That’s 10 a.m Pacific Time, 11 a.m. Mountain Time, noon Central Time and 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Keep in mind, the webinar is FREE to the first 1,000 people that sign up.
I’m putting together my 2012 workshop schedule and need your help! I want to provide workshops that meet photographer’s needs… period. My goal is to put together workshops that make sense and provide a growing photographer with the ultimate learning experience. So I need your input. Please complete the short survey below. The survey only takes about 5 minutes (seriously) to complete. Plus, as a way of saying thanks, you'll automatically be entered in a drawing for 50% off one of my workshops. 🙂 Please check out the survey HERE and feel free to share the link with friends or family.
The public voting is now closed and the judges have been busy reviewing your images. Many of the judges have shared with me how much fun they’ve had reviewing the entries and how difficult it has been narrowing down their choices. Remember, October 7th is the big day!