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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.

cep-1To 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.

cep-2To open it you go to Filters, Nik Software, then Color Efex Pro 4.

cep-3Here is what Color Efex looks like.  You can see a list of filters down the left side, over the on the right is a list of functions that you can do with the filter that is choosen.  The filter for this image has been circled in yellow.

cep-4I have changed the filter to Film Efex: Faded.  You can see on the right all the different things that you can change.   In the above image, nothing has been changed yet.

cep-5I have changed a few thing here, not much, but enough to make the image more to my liking.  I also changed the film type.  Again, like Silver Efex, when you have a drop down menu if you hover over the top you will see how each one changes the images.

If you play around with one filter and then decide you don’t like it, you can click on another one and it will change everything for that new filter.  What you did previously is erased, which also means if you go back to the original one, you will have to make all the changes and adjustments again.

cep-6There are also a heap of recipes that you can try out.  Or you can make your own and save them.  Again, just because someone has done one, doesn’t mean you can’t make some adjustments to it.

cep-7This is nice, it comes with a history, or rather you can see what you have done to the image as you went along.  That is a great feature.

cep-8When you are finished, you can just click OK and your image will be transformed in Photoshop.  You can also click Brush, and then in Photoshop you can brush the effect on the areas that want.  I haven’t really played with that very much.  Of course, if you don’t like it and don’t want it, you can simply press Cancel and go back to your original image.

I have a few images now, well the same image, but it has been processed with different filters in Color Efex.

CEP - Film Efex: FadedThis image was processed with the filter Film Efex: Faded.  I actually like this one.  It gives it a very retro feel.

CEP - Paper TonerThis was using the filter Paper Toner.  You can get different tones or different coloured tones.  Remember in the days of black and white printing and we all tried different toners to give our images a slight tinge in colour.  I can remember using Tea, Coffee and, my favourite, beetroot.

CEP - Indian SummerThis is Indian Summer.  I can see this one being used a lot.  I like it.  I wanted to try Monday Morning, but it just didn’t work with this image.

CEP - SolarisationHere is the Solarisation Filter.  Pretty cool effect and a bit of fun.  Not really sure what you would use it for, though I used to know a guy that painted images that looked similar to this, they were pretty amazing.

There are many filters and some recipes.  It is fun to play with and I have used some of the filters to great effect, you have seen some.  For me it is just as important to have as Silver Efex.  Next week we might look at another Nik Software product, Dfine.  It is apparently very good at reducing noise in your images.  That is something I need to look at, since my camera can produce quite a bit when I go up the ISO.

I know that Topaz have some similar products, but they haven’t been great with allowing me to have extra time to try the stuff out.  I downloaded all the software before Christmas, and of course didn’t have enough time to try them out, now the trial time has run out and I can’t try them.  Oh well.  Perhaps if they read this, they might let me have an extended trial period, then again, I am enjoying the Nik Software products.

For those interested, todays image of the Thistle was taken in the Kitchen Garden at Heide last Saturday.

Retracing My Steps at Heide

Saturday morning I went back to Heide Museum of Modern Art with two clients.  It started out looking like a promising day, but then the clouds rolled in and the sun was hidden.  It isn’t very often that I am disappointed when this happens, but as we trying to do some landscape type of photography, it meant that the light was too flat.

Reflecting off the Rings of SaturnAs I said the sun did shine a little at first.  I love the way the morning sun is reflecting off the Rings of Saturn by Inge King.  I tried to do more images looking up at the sculpture this time.  Where they have it positioned you are meant to look up at it.  Unfortunately to get the sculpture and the sun I had to dodge trees as well.

Heide CourtyardThis is the courtyard and main entrance to Heide.  The black building is a new part that was built a few years ago.  It added a whole new gallery onto the building.  Since then they have also redone the cafe area, thought I haven’t been to it yet, hoping I might get a chance this week.  There is an exhibition on at the moment that I want to see, Art by Twilight, the art of Louise Bourgeois.  I have seen a couple of her pieces, but it would be lovely to see a whole show on her.

Side Gate to the Kitchen GardenIn another post I did about Heide someone mentioned that they loved the kitchen garden and had the book on Sunday Reed’s garden.  Sunday Reed is famous for many things, but she is especially famous for her gardens.  Her kitchen garden is still there and is still looked after and maintained.  I don’t know what happens with what is grown in the gardens, though I suspect the cafe gets much of the produce.

I really didn’t take much after this, I found the light just too flat and horrible.  It happens like this.  My clients took some images, but in the end we decided that we wanted breakfast more.

Tamrac’s Aero Speed Pack 75 Dual Access Photo Backpack

I haven’t said much about the bag since getting it for Christmas, but I thought it was time to tell you how much I love this bag.  I have used it on a number of occasions now and I have not been disappointed.  My husband carried it around for me at the Bay Crits.  It wasn’t big enough for all of my stuff, but I carried one camera and the other lived in the Tamrac bag until it was needed.

I use it when I go somewhere like the city.  I want my camera with me, but the reason for the trip may not be photographic.  The camera is easy to get in and out of the bag.  It isn’t a pain to use the bag and it sits very comfortably on my bag.

I can’t recommend it enough.  I am so happy that I found Tamrac, and I want to thank  C.R. Kennedy and Tamrac.

Online Classes

I have put up some more online classes for people wanting to learn Photo Editing.  I am trying to organise times that will be fine for people overseas.

I know a lot of you said that you were interested in learning photo editing from me, so if there are other times you would prefer, then let me know and I will see what I can organise.

The Beginners Basics are still available.  I’ve been getting some good feedback, so that is great to hear.  I am going to be writing some more parts for them as well, more on taking photos in particular circumstances.

I am also wondering if people would be interested in a one off class on HDR images?  Let me know.

Infrared on Different Trees

With summer being here, I remembered the trees I did last month when I attempted to make them look like they were done with infrared film, and wondered what that effect would be like if I did on some trees that have lots of leaves.

Stay on the PathThis is another photo from my scouting trip to Heide.  I thought I would try it in a couple of different ways.  Here is the image, done as a 3 image HDR processed in Photomatix Pro then it is processed in camera raw in Photoshop CS6.

Stay on the Path in Black and WhiteThis is the same image, but has been converted to black and white.

Stay on the Path in InfraredI tried this one using the Channel Mixer and converting it to Infrared.  I am fairly certain that infrared film might have done similar.  Though, I don’t know, I have never used infrared film.  I tried to do the inverted layers, but they didn’t work with this image, which is interesting, compared with what I did to Jim’s images.  Just goes to show you can’t always follow a formula and sometimes you have to be prepared to change what you are doing.

Strolling Around in InfraredHere is the photo from Sunday, I thought I would try it as infrared as well.  It was popular in colour, I wonder what you think of it like this.

Quick post today, your reactions and comments to yesterdays post has been really good.  Copyright is something we should all be concerned about.  I might have to do some more posts on it at some stage.

On another note, for anyone who was looking for the screencast of the tutorial I did a couple of days ago, well I did do it, but for some reason when I put it on my blog the quality was so bad that it isn’t worth looking.  I don’t know what WP has done, but the technicians are supposed to be looking into it and finding out what is going on.

More from the Scouting at Heide

Several of you asked for more images from Heide and I thought I would do more images from the garden.  Perhaps look at some stuff that worked, or didn’t, then maybe when I go back for the real trip I will have a better idea of how to photograph some of these things.

Strolling AroundThe gardens at Heide are just as famous as the Gallery.  They are well worth walking around and checking out.  The paths are so lovely.  Beautiful trees.  In the morning it is perfect.  I must go back one evening to check out the evening light on the gardens.

Cows GrazingThese cows are in a large area.  The artist who made them is Jeff Thomson and the cows have been there for a long time.  When my girls were little a visit to Heide wasn’t complete until we went to see the Corrugated Iron cows.  They aren’t looking as good these days as they did when we first started visiting.

When I go back I would choose a different angle to photograph the cows.  Perhaps from the other end.  It is too hard to work out what the one closest to us actually is.

Rick's Running ManI tried to get a good image of Rick Amor’s Running Man sculpture, but I really wasn’t happy with any of the ones I got.  It is a hard sculpture to photograph.  I suspect to get a good one of this, I am going to have to try a few different things.

The gardens are so lovely and peaceful, I think they would be perfect for some portraits, so I am going to see if one of daughters and her friends will come and let me take photos of them.

Scouting Out Possibilities

This morning I got up early and went to Heide Museum Of Modern Art to take some photos of the Gallery and the gardens with all the sculptures.  Heide is situated in a big park that were once the gardens of the home owned by John and Sunday Reed.  Fascinating history.  When you drive into the carpark you come across this sculpture.

Rings of SaturnThis is called Rings of Saturn by Inge King.  She has done some amazing sculptures.  It sits upon a hill and you are meant to look up to it.  It is a pretty amazing sculpture and as you walk around the gardens there are fantastic sculptures everywhere.  I did take more photos but you will have to wait to see them.

I gave this the title of scouting because I am planning a proper trip there in a couple of weeks.  I just hand held the camera, and it was really just to see what type of photos I could get so when I go back I will know more of what I want to photograph.

There were a couple of things that I did find out, if you are going early to take photos of the outside of the building, then you will find all the blinds down.  That wasn’t great and was quite disappointing.  I will have to go when the gallery is open to get shots of the outside looking in.  Need to get there really early if you want to do the main area in front of the gallery otherwise you have to put with deliveries and staff arriving.

I am not thinking too well today, sorry.  I had a bit of encounter on the WordPress forums this morning.  I was trying to let the developers know that the reader wasn’t loading properly and then I got a response from someone that always responds to peoples problems there, only I find that this person can be so patronising.  It has really done my head in.  I think I need a cup of tea, “Briony, please make me a cup of tea”.

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