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The Nik Collection Returns!

DXO Releases Nik Collection Update

Nik Collection plug-ins have been my “secret sauce” for creating images with impact after processing RAW files in Lightroom.

DXO Software recently acquired the Nik Collection from Google. Yesterday, they released the first new update to the Nik Collection in several years. The seven plug-ins are available directly from DXO and support the latest Mac and Windows OS. My printable PDF guides and custom presets will help you get up to speed with the Nik Collection quickly and easily!

 

Download Nik Collection PDF Guides and Custom Presets Here

Luminar 2018 Updated

Luminar 2018 Jupiter Released by Skylum

Luminar 2018 Jupiter
Luminar 2018 “Jupiter” is a free update to Luminar 2018 users, and boasts significant performance enhancements.

Skylum Software (formerly Macphun) have announced the immediate release of Luminar 2018 “Jupiter.”  I’ve updated to this version and it is much faster and more responsive, especially when I’m working with large files from my Nikon D850. I strongly recommend that current users upgrade to Luminar 2018 Jupiter.

Luminar Jupiter is a free update for existing Luminar 2018 users.

Read my review of Luminar and download my free Luminar Workspaces   Continue reading Luminar 2018 Updated

Texture Blending 101

Texture Blending 101

texture blending 101
Texture blending isn’t hard if you know how to work with Layers.

Step-by-Step Guide to Texture Blending

Texture blending is a fun way to get creative with your photos and transform them into something new and unique. In a nutshell, all you need to add textures is an image editor that supports layers, such as Adobe Photoshop. Some other editors, such as Luminar, have a built-in texture blending feature. Here are the basic steps to get you started, aka “Texture Blending 101.”

  • Open a photograph in your image editor, such as Adobe Photoshop
  • Drag a texture image file from a browser window (I use Photo Mechanic) onto the image editor, or use the “Place Embedded” command in Photoshop and choose a texture file. Note that high-resolution texture images work best, as they won’t produce artifacts during resizing.
  • Size the image to fit over your original photo and press Enter on your keyboard
  • In the Layers panel, blend the texture by changing the blending mode to something other than Normal. Try Multiply, Overlay, Screen, or Hard Light modes for starters. Then adjust the layer opacity to blend in the texture and reveal the photo underneath it.
  • You can also use Layer Masks to blend the texture in. Use brushes to “paint” out the texture from areas of your photo you wish to reveal.
  • Don’t stop there! Try using multiple texture layers, too!
  • Once you’re finished, adjust contrast and color on the final image. You can also finish your images in Lightroom after saving them.
Get Textures!

I’m pleased to offer four different royalty-free texture packs.

  • Luminescent Painterly Textures
  • Abstract Painterly Textures
  • Digital Painterly Textures
  • Digital Painterly Expansion Set

Each set of textures includes high-resolution (24 megapixel) royalty-free images and a PDF quick-start guide.

Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 Update

What’s New in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 (April, 2018)

Lightroom Classic CC 7.3
In Lightroom Classic CC 7.3, camera profiles are now at the very top of the interface, in the Basic Panel.

Yesterday, Adobe released Lightroom Classic CC 7.3. It includes some of the biggest changes to the Adobe Lightroom Develop Module in quite some time, so let’s take a look at what’s new in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3.  Continue reading Lightroom Classic CC 7.3 Update

New York City Night Photography Workshop

Photograph New York City After Dark

New York City Night Photography Workshop with Jason Odell
Photograph the Manhattan skyline at blue hour May 31-June 3, 2018

Join me to photograph New York City at night! I’ve got one space left to join me in New York City May 31-June 3rd for a special twilight/night photography urban photo safari in New York City. This unique event is limited to six (6) photography enthusiasts who want to experience Manhattan in the magical evening hours. I’ve deliberately kept the group size small so that I can provide you with individual attention and so that you can focus on your personal growth as a photographer.

We will head out each afternoon on a  photowalk to explore the city and then finish at an iconic site for sunset, twilght, and night photography. I will teach you creative techniques in the field for capturing unique photographs you will be proud to share. Every morning, we will have group image review sessions and I will provide “ask me anything” sessions on workflow and post-processing. Group lodging in New York City is available (not included in workshop fee).

Topics Include
  • Long exposures
  • Blue hour & twilight
  • Cityscapes and architecture
  • Creative post-processing
Locations include, but not limited to
  • Brooklyn Bridge/DUMBO/Manhattan Skyline
  • Times Square/Rockefeller Center
  • World Trade Center Memorial & lower Manhattan

New York City Night Photography Workshop

Register by April 31, 2018