All posts tagged: Nik software

Leanne Cole - The Bluestone

The Bluestone Building

There are more film clips today, however, I have chosen ones that don’t have much talking and they run for a very short time.  It seems there was something I forgot about when I put the clips up, how will deaf people hear them.  Such a silly mistake and I would like to apologise to the deaf community for that.  At this stage, I can’t get captions or subtitles for them, but we are working into it.  So, as I said, the clips for today are very short and don’t have a lot to say. I took the above image a few weeks ago.  It is easier to take photos of the building for Deaf Children Australia now that it is winter here.  The trees have lost their leaves, and through the bare branches you can see the building. Here are a couple of clips that were done the same time as the one from last week.  They talk in the clips how the building was about to celebrate 100 years of helping the deaf, so that …

GPO Done with Color Efex Pro

GPO Three Ways

The internet and WordPress has been buzzing with the latest news from Nik Software by Google.  I thought it was time for me to keep you up to date with what is happening.  You can now get all of their programs in a special package for $149.  That is really amazing and a fantastic deal.  So to remind you of some of their programs, today I thought I would show you an image from my early morning in the city the other day and process it with some of the software. I processed this image as a HDR and then put it through camera raw in Photoshop.  I darkened it a big, maybe too much looking at it now.  Though for the next images I used the undarkened image. Then the image was processed with Color Efex.  I love the different looks you can get.  It is really nice.  The filter sunlight was used for this one.  It has given it a lovely soft glow.  I might have to use this one more often. You …

Dfine-ing Your Images

Wednesdays, I think at this stage, are going to be about me trying things.  The things can be a new trick in Photoshop, or trying out some software, or learning something completely new.  I find this gives me motivation to actually experiment and doing this for you last year on the few occasions I did it, were very rewarding and I learned a lot.  Maybe you will too. Recently I have experienced some problems taking images in low light.  My camera, the Nikon D300s is not very good when you get into the high ISO selections.  The higher you go the more noise you get and sometimes it can seem to almost ruin your images.  I can’t afford to get a camera that would help with that, so for me, the only option is to look for software that can help reduce it.  Let’s take a look at an image I have shown you before from the Melbourne Town Hall. Continue Reading

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 …

Scraggy, Craggy Tree - Silver Efex 1

ReWorking Scraggy and Craggy

For those that have been following me for a while might remember this tree. I took this image on a trip to Daylesford with my daughter.  I first saw it when we were going, and on the way back I stopped to take photos of it.  The image was first posted in June.  I also had a couple of goes workings with it.  The image was a HDR that was processed in Photomatix, and turned into black and white in Photoshop. Since getting Silver Efex Pro 2 from Nik Software I have been playing with it quite a bit, and I thought today it might be fun to try some images, or one anyway, that I had done in black and white previously and do it using Silver Efex. First of all I had to redo the HDR, so this time I used HDR Efex to do the HDR conversion. This is the image straight from HDR Efex, I didn’t do any other processing to it.  I am quite happy with this.  I have tried …

The Efex of Colour

Two weeks ago I played with Silver Efex Pro 2 and fell in love with it.  Since I now have Color Efex Pro 4 from Nik Software I thought it was time I had a play with it as well.  Can I just say, I am so impressed.  It is really good and the things you can do are pretty wild. I first did this image in July.  The processed image has become one of my favourites, this was the original image.  It is hard to know what image to use when using software for the first time, but I decided that this one would be good for it.  I like the composition and the colours are nice. So, decision made, image chosen, just need to open up Color Efex and see what I can do with it. I hope you can tell that I have done something to it.  Color Efex, like Silver Efex has a whole heap of filters, or presets, and you can go through them and see what each one does …

Side Door - Black and White

Entry Through the Side Door

The side door to the school.  It was our first realisation that the school was open, that all the doors were open.  The door at the front was open, but I initially thought it was because there were people in there, there was a car parked in the carpark.  We went around the side, we saw the door open and then further up another door was. This is the side entry of the school that I have been showing the last first weeks.  One of the first images I showed was the stairwell that is inside of this structure here.  The windows here are the graffiti covered windows that cast the wonderful shadows on the wall.  It doesn’t look so grand on the outside. I loved the tall structure.  We don’t see many three story school buildings here, there are many two stories, but not three.  It is very unusual.   Our schools are very functional, but rarely are they architecturally interesting.  I do like the stairwell though, and the curved building, it is nice …