POTD: Monochrome with Luminar

Luminar monochrome
Old Ford captured in infrared and processed in Lightroom and Luminar.

Replacing Silver Efex Pro 2 with Luminar

I’ve recently been adopting Skylum Software’s Luminar as a Photoshop plug-in to replace my aging Nik Collection. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Nik, but it’s outdated and I’m not sure where it’s going to end up (yes, I realize it’s been purchased by DXO). With a little practice, I’ve gotten to the point where Luminar is effectively replacing Silver Efex Pro 2 for monochrome conversion work.

With Luminar I’m able to replicate most of my go-to Nik filters, all in a single plug-in application. Luminar also supports Smart Filters, so you can create non-destructive edits if you use Smart Object layers in Photoshop. Instead of having to run multiple plug-ins (usually Silver Efex and Color Efex), I can do everything in a single interface

This image is a digital infrared capture (590nm) that I processed to emulate deep black (830nm) infrared using Luminar.

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Product Review: Oben CTM 2500 Monopod

A $99 Monopod That Delivers in the Field

Oben CTM 2500 monopod
The Oben CTM-2500 5-section monopod

I recently started using monopods again for bird and wildlife photography. Monopods provide stability in the field yet are far easier to pack and maneuver when shooting. I wanted to try out something less expensive than my older Gitzo monopods, so I looked at options and found the Oben CTM 2500.

The Oben CTM 2500 Monopod

The Oben CTM 2500 monopod is an inexpensive carbon fiber monopod that is sturdy enough to hold my 500mm f/4 Nikkor lens. However, I’ve done most of my testing using the Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 VR lens and my D850. I was very pleased to discover that this monopod performs well in the field.¬† Continue reading Product Review: Oben CTM 2500 Monopod

Best of Scotland Photo Adventure 2019

Scotland Photo Tour with Jason P. Odell

Scotland Photo Tour with Jason Odell
Photograph Scotland with Jason Odell, Sept. 8-17, 2019

When: Sept. 8-17, 2019 from Edinburgh, Scotland

I’m excited to announce that I’ve arranged for a 10-night private photo tour to Scotland! On this small group (max 10) tour, we’ll have a private coach and 4-star accommodations as we tour the countryside from Stirling to Loch Lomond. As your leader, I’ll be working with each participant to help you discover new creative approaches to travel photography. I’ve arranged for a flexible itinerary that allows us to have a casual approach and maximize our photo time so that we get photographs, not snapshots. Continue reading Best of Scotland Photo Adventure 2019