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It isn’t Always Black and White

Yesterday I did some photos in Black and White and added a touch of colour.  It was a fun process to do and I think the images came out well.  I know there are many people in photography that think black and white is the only way to go, there are others who think most images look better in black and white, then there are some of us who think it depends on the image. I am not going to get into an argument about what is best, it is purely a personal thing.  However, having said that, I know there are many images that could be great black and white images, but due to the processing they aren’t.  Again, I know this can be a very personal thing, so all I can do is talk about what I think.  You can all have your say in the comments section. Today I had a comment from someone wanting to know about how I did the photos yesterday.  It was an interesting comment, and I remembered …


Just a Little More On Watermarking and a Bit on Searching

The other day when I did the post on Scott, I asked him why he didn’t watermark his images, and he was telling me how he had come across others using his images, quite by accident.  They had given him credit, but they hadn’t asked his permission.  So I asked him if he thought I should do something on how to search the internet to find out if people are using your images without your permission.  So today I have done another screencast for you and I will show you how to do a very basic watermark on your images, and then how to use Google Chrome to search the internet to find your images, or to see if someone has stolen them. The video is a bit rough, but I hope you can follow it.


Attempting to Antique an Image

I thought I would have another go at doing another video.  I have tried out a few different sorts of free software, but they are not that great either.  Of course, the most obvious thing would be to buy some software, but I can’t see the point in spending money on software that I don’t really get any benefit from, so either I put up with this crappy software, or rather you do, or I stop doing them and not worry about doing them. Todays video or screencast I have attempted to show you a different way to make an image look more antique, using an interesting way of making it black and white, or rather monotone, and how to add a texture so it looks like mold or stains on an image. Please, if you have any questions I will do my best to answer them. Don’t forget that Public Domain Textures is a great place to get your free textures, or a great place to share them, and we would like to see …


Using Textures

So after quite a few people asked me how to make textures, I have attempted to do a video tutorial on how to apply a texture to an image.  I am going to post, but you need to be warned it isn’t very good.  My computer did not behave and Photoshop wouldn’t work properly.  I don’t know what the issue was, but hopefully you will get the general idea that the trick to using textures is all about blending. I hope you can work it out, but remember that the library of textures is growing at Public Domain Textures, and you also see some work by people who have used some textures from the site.  So if you want your work shown, put a link to the texture you used so we get a pingback. As I said the video isn’t great, a few problems there, I am also not sure about the quality, I tried to get as good as possible.

CEP - Film Efex: Faded

The Efex of Color

Since I showed you Silver Efex by Nik Software last week, I thought today we could look at Color Efex Pro 4.  It is interesting software.  You can get some interesting effects from it, not always what you want, but that is going to be the same with any software you use.  I think this is similar to using Instagram with all its filters, but the main difference, and a big difference it is, is that you can change and make the filter work the way you want it to.  You have a lot more control over it.  That is something that I like a lot. To use Color Efex, it is the same as Silver Efex, you have to open an image up in Photoshop, or the program that you have it as a plugin.  The website has information about what programs you can use. To open it you go to Filters, Nik Software, then Color Efex Pro 4. Here is what Color Efex looks like.  You can see a list of filters down …