ON1 Workflow – Editing Travel Photos in ON1 Photo RAW 2017

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Hi everyone,

Grab a coffee and a comfortable seat for this ON1 Workflow video. Earlier this summer I visited Japan and was able to photograph Seiganto-ji, an impressive temple and pagoda with Nachi Falls pouring through the lush forest. It’s a classic photo, and one that was on my “photo bucket list” – until now!

Join me for a start-to-finish processing session entirely in Photo RAW. We’ll start with retouching and basic adjustments in Develop, move on to color and atmosphere leverage many filters in Effects, and finish up with a sequence of Local Adjustments. Some adjustments drastically change the photo while others are series of subtle changes that build up to a final look.

It’s a long video, yet I think you’ll find it’s worth your time.

Thanks for watching!

21 comments on “ON1 Workflow – Editing Travel Photos in ON1 Photo RAW 2017”

  1. On September 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm James Whyte wrote:

    Brilliant, a lot of good learning points which was well worth being patient and following along with. Thanks Scott.


  2. On September 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm Adam Rubinstein wrote:

    Hi Scott, always appreciate the “walk through” approach as it highlights the experimentation and adjustments required to realize the image. I appreciate the struggle in the sky and admired that you kept working through it. I might have chosen to mask it out or replace it via textures, but that is a very personal approach. It would be interesting to try a circular local adjustment over the pagoda rather than a vignette or alternatively, apply the vignette with protections for the highlights (sky). In any event, it was a nice and useful video.

    1. On September 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Thanks Adam. And you are right there are many approaches (infinite, I suppose) to processing. I think a local adjustment would have worked equally well for highlighting the pagoda. And the blending options, too. It’s great when our tools give us choices. :-)

  3. On September 13, 2017 at 12:09 am Steve Yates wrote:

    Hi Scott, yes it was worth watching and I like the result. Thank you for sharing????

    PS: enjoyed my coffee and muffin too ????

    1. On September 13, 2017 at 10:12 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Excellent, Steve. So glad to hear that. And that I kept you entertained during a coffee break! :-)

  4. On September 13, 2017 at 11:52 am David Price wrote:

    Hi Scott
    Aren’t you lucky to have been able to visit such a stunning subject.
    A nice example of how bad weather shouldn’t stop you from producing a great photo, nice to see that you kept the original atmosphere.
    Also, lots of interesting learning points.

    1. On September 13, 2017 at 11:54 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Indeed, David, very fortunate to visit this great place. And yup – I was there and wasn’t going to let rain stop me!

  5. On September 14, 2017 at 11:33 am BEATA BIELOWKA wrote:

    Hi Scott, I saw all your tutorial videos and I really love your way of editing photos. In this video the trick with the cloud was a great suprise for me, and I sure I´m going to use it in my pictures.

    1. On September 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Great to hear, Beata! I hope you’ll share your work with the ON1 community. And thanks for watching!

  6. On September 14, 2017 at 10:36 pm John Norton wrote:

    I can only agree with the comments above, great video and a hell of a lot of useful tips in there.

    For me one of the hardest parts of my (gradual) migration from lightroom has been the change to an almost Photoshop way of working and tutorials such as yours really help explain how to use the product when it’s not as obvious.

    Thanks again and keep them coming :)

  7. On September 15, 2017 at 10:55 pm marc labro wrote:

    Hi Scott,
    I followed your advises and took a large coffee with me and looked the tuto :-)
    really great ! i like the way your mix color enhancers and local adjustments
    very interesting how you use of photo filter. i often forget this tool to warm or cool a part of image.

    best regards

    1. On September 16, 2017 at 10:10 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Thanks Marc. The Photo Filter is great when you want a tone different than a straight warming or cooling. And I hope the coffee was good!

  8. On September 22, 2017 at 8:51 pm Richard Streebel wrote:

    Nice tutorial. I especially liked the way you combined the masking bug with paint in/out. I need to experiment with this.

    1. On September 22, 2017 at 9:19 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Thanks for watching, Richard. Use the ‘x’ keyboard shortcut to toggle the masking brush mode. I use that one a bunch!

  9. On October 8, 2017 at 8:55 am Ken wrote:

    Even though I’m not a coffee drinker:) I thoroughly enjoyed the tutorial. It not only brought back memories of my spring trip to Japan, it also provided several ideas for enhancing a number of the pictures taken in similar cloudy conditions. The use of multiple Color Enhancing filter layers is something I never thought of doing. (I tried doing it all with one filter by adjusting each of the colors separately – and failed to achieve the result I was trying to achieve.)

    1. On October 8, 2017 at 9:01 am Scott Davenport replied:

      Great to hear that, Ken. It took months for it to dawn on me that I could (and sometimes should) use the same filter multiple times. One of those “Ah ha!” moments… that quickly turns to a “why didn’t I realize this sooner” moments. :-)

      1. On October 20, 2017 at 7:03 pm Ken replied:

        I wanted to rewatch your video to pick up some of the things I missed the first few viewings. When I couldn’t find it on the revised website, I resorted to a link in the September newsletter. Is there any way to provide a version to download so that I’ll always know where it is?

      2. On October 21, 2017 at 7:05 am Scott Davenport replied:

        Hi Ken… a downloadable version of the video is a question for ON1. When looking for a video or article on the ON1 site, if you remember who did the content, you can click “Authors” just beneath the banner graphic on the ON1 Blog. Then choose a person and see everything they have posted.

      3. On October 21, 2017 at 7:49 am Patrick Smith replied:

        Hey Ken,
        You can also favorite videos and access them directly from your user account dashboard. There is a favorite link on each post below the author name. Hopefully this will help.

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