ON1 Inspiration — My Ever Present Past

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A prevalent theme in my photography is water. Whether I’m walking along the beach or walking through a city center, I’m drawn to water. Oceans, lakes, reflecting pools, rivers, fountains – I see one of these, and I reach for my camera. And the photo I share in this ON1 Inspiration episode is no exception.

I recently visited the southern Oregon coast. I spent a lot of my time hiking along the beaches. As much as I love the shores of my hometown of San Diego, it was a real treat to explore unfamiliar stretches of coastline. Not knowing what I’d find around each turn of the land was exhilarating.

It sounds totally cliche – but I felt like a kid again. When I was young, I’d walk the Jersey Shore in search of little treasures. I’d come home with my plastic pail filled with exotic shells, ocean smoothed glass and twists of driftwood.

Nowadays, I capture my sea treasures with my camera. Yet my formative year’s beach combing continue to influence my photography. I hope you enjoy this little treasure I found on Whaleshead Beach, a little north of Brookings, Oregon.

PS – For you ON1 Plus members, I also have a bonus behind-the-scenes video of another scene at Whaleshead Beach.

39 comments on “ON1 Inspiration — My Ever Present Past”

  1. On December 9, 2016 at 5:47 pm rdbimages53@gmail.com wrote:

    Thanks for this, Scott. You covered a lot of ground. I will have to bookmark this and watch it 20 times to take notes! But, these are the details I need to learn to get to the next level with On1.

    1. On December 9, 2016 at 8:48 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      You are most welcome. There’s a lot of great new stuff in Photo RAW. Take your time, experiment… and have fun!

  2. On December 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm Sara Schmidt Y Neuman wrote:

    Hi Scott
    I like the masking process a lot, need to learn how to do it. But the last filter you added, I did not like at all, it actually hurt my eyes. But I understand every one has a way of seeing and processing images . Will watch the video again.
    Not sure why, when you guys use the photo raw every thing is so easy, and when I try it it does not work the same, starting with the time you change from one module to another, my computer is a lot slower. I guess I need to free some space, lol

    any way thanks again

    sara schmidt, from mexico

    1. On December 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Hi Sara… masking takes practice, pure and simple. I was terrible at it when I started. Keep at it.

      And that’s fine you didn’t like that last filter. We’re all different. The world would be kinda boring otherwise. I wish your eyes a speedy recovery. :-)

      1. On December 10, 2016 at 7:18 pm Adam Rubinstein replied:

        Hi Scott, excellent tutorial and I look forward to seeing more of your creative endeavors. Let me pose a question that I’ve asked Matt and others. Do you have some recommendations for tablet settings with RAW and why do you choose those particular assignments? Thanks.

      2. On December 10, 2016 at 7:31 pm Scott Davenport replied:

        Adam… I’m not quite sure what you mean by “tablet settings”. If you’re referring to the sliders in, say, the Tone & Color panel, I don’t have any set values. I do have a general approach that you saw in the video. Turn on Show Clipping, adjust the exposure if the histogram is too biased towards lights or darks, and then set the black & white points so the edges of the histogram bump against the edges but don’t clip. The rest I adjust to taste, given the photo.

        If “tablet” means something else, I’ve probably missed the mark on answering you. :-)

  3. On December 11, 2016 at 4:39 am tiamater wrote:

    Enjoyed the video. I’m still viewing old On1 videos (for 10) to learn some of the basics of using the program as Paint In vs. Paint Out when masking still confuses me. Will re-watch this vid more than a few times, I expect. Very helpful. Thanks.

    1. On December 11, 2016 at 11:34 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Truth be told, I often get Paint Out vs. Paint In confused. If a filter is applied, you Paint Out to remove the filter’s treatment from an area of the photo. However, if you’ve inverted the mask of the filter, you Paint In the effect.

      I use the keyboard shortcut ‘x’ a lot. That toggles between brush modes.

  4. On December 11, 2016 at 7:21 am Stefan Sipl wrote:

    Hi Scott,

    very interesting and helpful tutorial! It demonstrates what possibilities ON1 Photo RAW offers and how easy and powerful it can be.

    However, I have to agree with Sara concerning the last filter. For me it also “ruined” the picture but as you’ve already mentioned, seeing is very individual ;).

    Looking forward to seeing more of your tutorials.

    Stefan, from Germany.

    1. On December 11, 2016 at 11:37 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Hi Stefan… glad you put “ruined” in quotes… that’s a strong word. :-) Suffice it to say, we can agree you and Sara would have taken a different creative direction with this photo. And that’s totally cool. It’s what keeps photography interesting!

      Speaking of any video I create, I encourage you (and everyone) to look beyond the photo being worked. Think about how you can use the techniques shown for your on photos and creative vision. (And I’m gonna bet you already do that. :)

  5. On December 11, 2016 at 9:38 am Horst wrote:

    Hi Scott, I found the tutorial very informative, so may thanks for that. Also didn’t like the Ocean filter, but that’s personal taste.
    I tried the trick with the haze to better see any sensor or lens spots that need to be removed on some of my own fotos. It is still not as easy as within lightroom, so do you have an idea for a specific filter to use for spot removal which will be disabled thereafter (or any other means) ?
    Horst, from Germany

    1. On December 11, 2016 at 11:44 am Scott Davenport replied:

      I use the Dehaze method in LR, too. It can find some spots that ‘visualize spots’ doesn’t.

      In Photo RAW, you could try adding a Curves adjustment in Develop. Add 8 points or so along the curve. Then, raise and lower alternating points so you end up with a sine wave with tall, tight peaks and valleys. This “solarizing curve” can also help root out dust spots.

      This crazy type of curve will make your photo look very, very strange. But it’s only temporary. I also suggest you take the Saturation to 0 in Tone & Color while you find dust spots. It’s easier on the eyes.

  6. On December 11, 2016 at 10:08 am jimstj@yahoo.ca wrote:

    Thank you for the great tutorial on ON1 RAW. It was very exciting and informative. Can’t wait to drive down to Oregon beach.

    1. On December 11, 2016 at 11:39 am Scott Davenport replied:

      I spend a week along the coast and barely scratched the surface. I’m sure you’ll have a great time.

  7. On December 11, 2016 at 12:31 pm Maggie McCormick wrote:

    Truly enjoyed. I have to find time to return to all the videos. This is a busy season for me and I will have to watch over and over to get the most out of the help. But, I do enjoy the program and the many helpful videos. Thank you.

    1. On December 11, 2016 at 12:44 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Thanks for watching, Maggie. Once life settles down for you, the video will be waiting for you.

    1. On December 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Gerald… you have very good eyes. The horizon *is* slightly crooked. Less than a degree or so (I checked with other tools). The crop & leveling features aren’t available in the pre-release of Photo RAW. Otherwise, I would have fixed it.

  8. On December 11, 2016 at 2:33 pm elliotpaulstern@gmail.com wrote:

    Very informative Scott, I got a lot out of it. Still learning and I have actually had on1 for a while but the raw is a bit different and of course not quite done. However, you seem to be working with a version that might be done as I think there are things you are doing in the video that I cannot yet due in the pre release. Also my files are not loading with the same color that I see in other raw processors such as Affinity, Luminosity as examples. So working with the Pre View release is a bit challenging.

    1. On December 11, 2016 at 4:38 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Glad it was useful to you, Elliot. If I recall correctly, I used version 2 of the pre-release. Soon it won’t matter… we’ll all have the official release.

  9. On December 11, 2016 at 11:11 pm Stephen Rohrs wrote:

    Thanks Scott, your video certainly showed the potential for beginning to end processing using just Photo Raw. Beautifully demonstrated by the way. I was wondering if you went for the same final “look” using just Lightroom would you have accomplished it any faster or easier? It would be interesting to see a final comparison side by side. Maybe that’s a project you could post on that great Youtube channel of yours?

    Always looking forward to your next video – Thanks again.

    1. On December 12, 2016 at 9:07 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Hi Stephen, glad you enjoyed the video. Not sure if it’d be faster or easier using other or additional tools. Certainly different… every processing engine and plug-in uses different math under the hood, producing their own unique looks. There’s also the individual photographer – what tools are you more comfortable with, which ones suit your style of editing, and so on. I’m not intentionally being vague, I just think that’s the reality of it. And I’ll tuck that comparison idea away. :-)

  10. On December 12, 2016 at 4:59 am Lukasz Zygmunt wrote:

    This is fantastic video – exactly the type of content I would like to see available for ON1 users (Plus or not make no difference to me). It gives a lot of detail and insight to how actually use different tools for getting the result we’re after.

    I hope so see more of those.

    Many thanks for sharing this with us.
    Much appreciated! :)

  11. On December 12, 2016 at 10:51 am Adam Rubinstein wrote:

    Hi Scott, by tablet settings I was referring to what actions do you ascribe to your Wacom pen and buttons on your tablet to maximize your workflow in on1 RAW. Thanks

    1. On December 12, 2016 at 10:54 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Ah… I don’t use a Wacom, so probably why I was confused. I use an Apple Trackpad and my fingers for editing. Sorry I can’t be of help here.

  12. On December 12, 2016 at 1:37 pm jean jannon wrote:


    thanks for your inspiration. One thought: when masking the log you did much work with the perfect brush to cover all parts of the tree (which is perfectly fine to show in a tutorial). From my experience it would be much faster and less cumbersome to mask the tree with a normal brush, thereby exceeding it’s border and then use a perfect brush on the (mostly even coloured) beach to finish the masking of the tree …

  13. On February 28, 2017 at 10:16 pm Hans Habereder wrote:

    Nice job Scott. I note you brought up the shadows a lot in this picture . The shadows slider however does not only affect the brightness but also the color and tone. Is there a way to enhance the brightness without changing the color in ON 1? Luminosity masks also affect the color so I go to channels using the lab color scheme which has an independent luminance adjustment that does not affect color in photoshop or affinity photo.

    1. On March 1, 2017 at 8:18 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Hi Hans… you could try a Local Adjustment or any of the Effects filters that control tone. Using the blending options, switch the blend mode to Luminosity.

  14. On March 12, 2017 at 5:04 pm Jay Robertson wrote:

    Hi Scott,
    I come from a sailing background and like you I like water and ocean scenes. Thank you for the tips you provided; using the Haze slider to remove the lens spots and the tone adjustments from the B&W conversion to incorporate into the color image.
    I would like you to critique a photo that I had taken of the start of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016. If that’s ok I will get it off to you when I have completed the editing in Photo RAW.

    1. On March 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Hi Jay… your timing is perfect… if you’re a member of the ON1 Plus community, I’m guest coaching this month. And we’re talking all about photographing water. The photo critique submissions are open for another day or so.

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