Thanks so much to everyone who attended my Q&A on creatively using shutter speed yesterday! The questions were great and Nathan was a fabulous host. As always, if you can’t join in live we post the video here on the Plus member site. And if you have a question that didn’t get answered in the video, feel free to leave it here or hit the “Ask Hudson” button on the right side of the page.
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?
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.