ON1 Short Clip — Making an Architectural Photo Pop

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Sometimes a photograph needs just a little tweaking to go from good to great. When used together, Layers and Effects can be a powerful combination. In this video, you’ll learn to use them to gain maximum control over your edit and your artistic vision. By the end, you’ll know how to quickly enhance a sky and how to tweak the foreground subject so the edit looks seamless.

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16 comments on “ON1 Short Clip — Making an Architectural Photo Pop”

  1. On May 11, 2017 at 6:55 am keith simpson wrote:

    Great video Jim. Why did you set the blending mode to luminosity? What effect does that have? Thanks.

    1. On May 13, 2017 at 8:39 am Jim Welninski replied:

      Hi Keith,
      Darkening or lightening a color image in the normal blend mode can cause color shifts, particularly in the saturation of a darkened color. Changing the blend mode to luminosity can alleviate this. Using this mode takes the tonal (luminosity) values only from the darkened layer and preserves the color of the underlying layer. Hope this helps!

  2. On May 13, 2017 at 9:06 am david kay wrote:

    Hi! That was a truly overwhelming amount of information to fit into a Short Clip. I found the techniques used very advanced and beyond my capabilities and, therefore, very difficult to follow, hence the feeling of being overwhelmed. Too much ground was covered too quickly, for me.
    I wonder if you could, perhaps, make a longer and slower paced video to allow what you are demonstrating to sink in a little better? This was way too much for me to comprehend, I’m afraid. Thanks for reading this

    1. On May 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm Jim Welninski replied:

      Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment. As a full time photography educator, I sometimes find myself going a bit too fast and covering a lot of ground. I’m sorry that you found the info in the clip overwhelming. I really appreciate your feedback and will try to throttle it back a bit. I promise to revisit this topic again in a more measured way.

      1. On May 26, 2017 at 10:27 am david kay replied:

        Not sure this thread is still ‘live’ but I just wanted to thank you for your gracious reply:-) At my advanced age, I find I need to have things explained in more depth and further video(s) on this type of topic would be much appreciated. Thank you again

  3. On May 16, 2017 at 4:48 pm Roger Dunn wrote:

    I have got to agree with David. This deserves a more in depth approach so that we can really absorb the info and get our thought processes “together”. Having said that, the results were impressive. Thank you.

  4. On May 17, 2017 at 2:53 am Paul Bataille wrote:

    Hi there Jim,
    With me it was just the opposite, frankly: great, a video that limits itself to the essentials, the techniques that are key for the photo, and that doesn’t repeat basics I’m already familiar with, as it goes with a lot of video’s I see here. But I guess you’ll have to conform to the average viewer… Though of course the average viewer could just watch it again, hit Pause every now and then and follow along in ON1 with a sample photo to work with the ideas.
    Thanks anyway, good value this one!

    1. On May 17, 2017 at 4:07 am Jim Welninski replied:

      Hi Paul,
      Thanks for your comments. I very much appreciate the feedback. I’m glad you found the video helpful!

  5. On May 17, 2017 at 8:44 pm Gerardo Brucker wrote:

    Great video. Architectural photos are somewhat ignored by the On1 masters…..glad to see you doing this sort of stuff….Thank you.

  6. On May 17, 2017 at 8:44 pm Gerardo Brucker wrote:

    Great video. Architectural photos are somewhat ignored by the On1 masters…..glad to see you doing this sort of stuff….Thank you.

  7. On May 20, 2017 at 5:59 am Heike wrote:

    Excellent video, Jim, condensed down to the essentials of what and why. I got several architecture shots showing the problem, that the sky is reflected in the facade and the building does not separate enough from the sky. Your video shows the solution.
    One question: you set the color enhancer to luminosity and did not only change the tone of the blue but also the hue. What effect has the change of hue when the blend mode is set to luminosity? I think I watched a subtle change in tonal values of the sky too, but differently from darkening the sky. Is this so?
    Thank you so much for this great video!

  8. On February 22, 2018 at 1:54 am Patricia Moerenhout wrote:

    Great video, although I had to stop it every 5 seconds, wind back and watch it again. For me it was very educational, but I had to repeat the actions several times. Yes you are going very fast indeed. I notice other people have asked to make a video in a slower pace too. That would be great of course !! Covering a lot of ground is fantastic as long as it goes a little slower haha…
    Anyway, I am very happy I watched this, I learned a lot of new things. I hope we will watch other great tutorials in the future. Thanks a lot xx

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