Sometimes a great photograph can come from seeing the potential of a not so great photograph. This is not always an easy task. We take so many photographs that it can be easy to skip over images without a second thought. Today, I wanted to share a before and after from of our ON1 team members. You may have already seen my blog post with our in house photo competition we had last month themed, Spring/Floral. This photograph was one of our contest winners and belongs to, Jim (an engineer at ON1). After we announced the winners he was kind enough to share the original image with a little back story on how he got to the fabulous end result.
We have such a cool challenge for you this month. We’re looking for your best image that tells a story. It can be a street-scene, wildlife photograph, portrait, macro, still life, sports-action, landscape, or any other genre you can think of. You can process the heck out of it, or stay true to life. What we are looking for are compelling images that have a story to tell. First place will receive $300 in cash while second and third will each receive $100.
We’re fortunate to have one of my favorite visual storytellers Colby Brown guest coaching this month. Colby will help me select the winning images as well as some runners up to showcase in a Storytelling Challenge video we make together at the end of the month. Below are the rules, how to enter and some tips on visual storytelling from both Colby and me. Submission rules are below.
This August 21st a really special solar Eclipse is coming to the United States. It is a total eclipse crossing from Oregon to South Carolina. This is a huge event and a great opportunity for us as photographers to capture something really unique and spectacular. The last time a total eclipse was visible from the U.S. outside of Alaska or Hawaii was way back in 1979 here over the Pacific Northwest. Of course February clouds obscured it.
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.
Now that we all have a base understanding of what goes into a story, lets get everyone on the right path to start creating these engaging images. In today’s video we walk through a step by step in-field workflow process, talk about different mistakes to avoid out in the field and look at a number of case studies of some of my favorite images as we try to deterim why they have such impact. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments below!
Our Spring into Summer Event is about helping photographers with their editing process. This new weekly series starts today lasts until the end of summer. We are truly excited to be partnering with some amazing photographers and companies. We will post new weekly videos, practice files, and presets from the ON1 Pros. This highly valuable training will give you everything you need to become an expert at editing. That’s not it though. We’ve teamed up with some of the best companies and people in the industry to give you additional benefits and bonuses on products and services you will love.
The May Photo Critique is now closed. The next critique submission will open during the first week of June.
Not every sunrise or sunset is golden, but you can flip the script and make a beautiful photo out of a “blue hour.” Watch me bring out the vibrant colors in this scene. Then, with the powerful Local Adjustments tools, I add the finishing touches to complete his photo.
A sky in motion adds drama, depth, and action to your landscape. In this video, ON1 Guru Scott Davenport shows you how to add motion to your sky using Layers and Effects. The Blur filter in ON1 Effects makes it easy to add sweeping motion to your sky. Using the power of Layers, you can keep your foreground subjects crisp and clean.
Getting the color out of your printer to match what you see on screen is the job of your color management system. Both Mac OS and Windows have built-in color management systems to enable this, along with the apps you use for photography. In order for color management to work properly, you need a profile for each of your devices. The profile acts like a fingerprint for the color for the device. The color management system uses these profiles to translate the color interpretation of one device to another. In this latest post I explain how color management works inside of ON1.