Passion Thrives Here!
At the beginning of the year, very shortly after the ball dropped, Matt asked me if I would be interested in being a guest coach for a project he was working on with ON1. I was shocked, floored, honored, and a bit scared all at the same time. The shocked, honored, and floored are easy to explain, and anyone would probably feel those emotions from such a request, but scared, why scared?
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Passion Thrives Here!
Hey everyone! Here’s the next round of photo critiques. Blake Rudis, our guest coach, jumped in this time to help out as well.
It all comes down to this! The final frontier.
We have discussed workflow in depth from the importance of building an efficient workflow to the last stages of the Artistic Effects. Now it is time to take everything you have learned so far and put it into practice. For this session, I will be using ON1 Effects 10, but you can use just about any combination of programs or plugins that allow you to modify Tone, Color, and Artistic Effects. ON1 Effects 10, like Photoshop, is a one-stop shop resource for workflow which makes it a suitable candidate for finishing up our workflow discussion.
We have reached the point in our workflow where the most excitement is generated, Artistic Effects! While it is much more fun to apply creative effects than to get our images technically perfect, it is important that we do not “jump the gun”. The initial movements we make with Tone and Color in our workflow set the stage for the Artistic Effects.
It is practically impossible to go any further in our Photo Workflow Mastery course without taking a strong look at Color. There are a lot of tools that you can use to edit the colors in your images, but I have to ask you one question. Do you know what those color adjustments are doing to the color relationships in your image?
When it comes to workflow, it is critical to know what is happening to every aspect of your photo as you edit it. One of those elements that we discussed in Part 1 was Tone. Sure you may have manipulated a Tone Curve and modified your Highlight and Shadow adjustments here and there, but did you know what was happening to your photo as you made those moves?
We live in a time where photo editing is getting easier and easier. From Auto Adjustments to Sliders and Filters that do a lot of the work for us, you’d think image editing would be on autopilot, right? The truth is, these features are great but if you have no idea how they operate you could be doing more harm than good in your workflow.
Hey ON1 Plus members! Here is your Plus Rewards for April from our friends at 2 Lil’ Owls. Download the Lighting Vignette Effects Preset Pack and Textures
I just sat down and read Matt’s amazing “What Inspires You: Part 2” post. What a great piece and such thoughtful comments in response. It inspires me to showcase a few images from the first 24 hours of my family’s South Padre Island kitesurfing trip. Most of the images were taken in tourist mode. They are meaningful to me and document the trip, but they will never be in my portfolio. The image above from tonight is special, but… I’m getting ahead of myself.
This is a pretty long post. I think it’s pretty valuable and worth the read, but make sure you have a solid 5-7 minutes before you start…
First off, thanks so much to everyone who attended the Iceland Q&A video from the other day. Lot’s of great questions and it was fun to re-live the trip through answering them. As always, if you can’t join in live we post the video here on the Plus member site. Thanks!
Last month I spent a couple of days teaching at a conference in Cincinnati. I ventured outside the hotel for a quick walk, really having no thought of taking photos or doing a video. But as I got near the water and looked at the city skyline, I started wishing I had my camera there to grab some photos. Then I realized, I did have my camera – my phone! And I had a video camera too – my phone!
Hi everyone! It’s your ON1 Plus Guest Coach, Brian Matiash. During last week’s Live Q&A session, I fielded a question asked by ON1 Plus member, Anastasios and it really stuck a chord with me. His question focused on feeling like a lesser photographer because of the size of his camera compared to another photographer who was shooting next to him. Despite answering the question during the Q&A session, I just couldn’t shake it.
Hi all. Last week our guest coach, Brian Matiash, did a live Q&A called “Telling Your Visual Story”, and we got a great response. But I know everyone couldn’t make it in to watch live, so we recorded it and (as always) post it here to the Plus website for you to watch. The video is below. Feel free to watch it and if you have any questions, don’t forget to hit the “Ask Brian” button on the right side, or in the Discussion menu. Enjoy!