I dusted off another shot I captured a few years ago, this time during a trip to Connecticut. I was hanging out with a good friend of mine who lived in the area, so we went on a photo walk to the harbor in Norwalk. Anyway, here’s a quick illustration of how effects filters can improve an image, even if you aren’t going to take things to the extreme.
The original shot is OK, but the light is already getting kind of harsh. I did a low-contrast conversion in Capture NX2 and sent the resulting TIFF to Photoshop CS5, where I converted the background layer to a Smart Object (Smart Objects let you save filter effects non-destructibly). I then used the following three filters in Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4:
- Contrast Only (for base contrast and color corrections)
- Pro Contrast (the Dynamic Contrast slider makes the clouds pop)
- Sunlight (adds warmth and soft light to the boat)
Here’s the screen grab from Color Efex Pro 4: