Nik Collection 3 from DxO

Having been a user of the original Nik Collection, I thought it would be good to check out the updated versions from DxO. Just like the original Nik Collection, the updated version offers a clean easy to use interface for this set of plugins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. The software also works seamlessly using the 'Edit with' function in Capture One Pro. With a quick edit using Color Efex Pro 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2, the most noticeable difference from the original software is the slickness, a much quicker and glitch-free round trip in editing, wherein the previous version I often obtained some unpredictable results. The images below show some of the results possible in just a couple of minutes in using Nik Collection 3. You can click the banner below to get a free 30 day trial of the updated Nik Collection.   The comparison below shows the original image and the result from Color Efex Pro 4 The comparison below shows the...
Read More

Decay

Garden Photography - Decay Garden and flower photography often requires the perfect specimen, and where this cannot be accomplished, we turn to the use of photoshop to remove blemishes and damage. Living plants and flowers do die and that display of cut flowers soon starts to take on a new look. When flowers are past their best we often ignore them or throw them out, but look closely and you will see nature starts to work its wonders and those bright colours become an array of subtle shades. The petals curl and twist, the stems wilt, pollen will drop giving a spattering of colour.¬† The natural decay of flowers gives them a whole new look full of colour and texture. A simple arrangement of a single decaying flower adds a fading beauty to an image as the light catches every fold in a gnarly petal       Lay them flat on a textured background, remove petals to expose the inner detail and those decaying flowers become...
Read More

Background Information

With many people in lockdown throughout the world, many photographers are having their first attempt at shooting indoors. Food, flowers and products are all good subject matter. All you need is a small table, a background and natural window light, A tripod helps giving you more availability in control of shutter speed and aperture. When is comes to background I tend to use blank walls, wallpaper, or cheap quicly available vinyl backgrounds from Amazon, Amazon offer a vast range of photography backgrounds to suit almost any photography subject and priced from just a few pounds. ...
Read More

Harwich & Dovercourt

Harwich & Dovercourt, situated on the east coast of England in the county of Essex, England. Harwich, a historic port leading our to the North Sea. A short distance south along the coast, Dovercourt with its two cast iron lighthouses and sandy beaches is a small seaside resort. ...
Read More

Ayots Hertfordshire

Ayot St Peter and Ayout St Lawrence can be found in rural Hertfordshire, close to Welwyn Garden City. The are is particulalry photogenic especially its array of churches both old and new. The is also Shaws Corner, once the primary residence to playwright George Bernard Shaw. and now a National Trust Property open to visitors. St Peter's Church in Ayot St Peter is an Arts & Craft style church dating back to 1875. Ayot St Lawrence has two churches in stark contrast, the old church in ruins (although well preserved) and the striking new church described as palladian in style. ...
Read More