How many times have you been on location with a great subject in front of you only to have to deal with mediocre light? While nothing beats shooting in perfect light, being able to create your own in post-production can make up for a lot. It also increases your creative options. With a couple of masks, a brush, and the gradient masking bug, you have a lighting studio at your fingertips. By the end of this video, you’ll be able to take control of the lighting in your photos by creating what wasn’t there.
I was honored to be a part of the Spring into Summer campaign and jumped on board with a fun video on High School Seniors. As we head into summer, Senior season is in full swing for a lot of studios. At the beginning of the season I enjoy creating a few new presets, inspired by my first couple sessions. Styles and trends are always evolving as well as my mood can vary when I am editing the start of a new season of seniors.
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.
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.
One of the most common questions I get is, “Blake, how do I adjust the White Balance in my image when the automated settings just don’t work?” You can adjust the White Balance without slider slamming or guessing, but you have to know a little bit about Color Theory!
We cap our mini portrait workflow series with part 8 – Using Presets. I go through some of the built-in presets in ON1 Photo 2017 which are great for using on portraits. Presets are the perfect starting point for styling and making amazing looking portrait shots.
In part 5 of this series I will show how you can retouch just the eyes and mouth in your portrait photos. Whiten, brighten, sharpen, and make the eyes and teeth look amazing.
Just a few minutes in ON1 Photo RAW 2017 can transform a photo from dull & flat to detailed & vibrant. I use Develop to remove some distractions and then some basic adjustments to enhance the colors in the photo. I’ll then jump to Effects to darken the bottom of the photo with a gradient mask and “apply to”. Once I’m done I’ll boost the detail with Dynamic Contrast and finish off the photo by adding a spotlight vignette.
ON1 Guru Blake Rudis of f64Academy shows us some cool new features on an otherwise lesser known feature. In the past, Blake has shown us how he uses Apply To to protect various parts of his images. You can still do that in ON1 Photo 2017, but there is one more level of control that makes Apply To even more compelling!
Photo RAW saves both Develop and Effects settings into a single preset. What could be better than that? Saving luminosity masks, too! ON1 Photo RAW includes luminosity masks in saved presets. This feature opens up an entire world of possibilities for powerful, flexible ON1 presets. Join me for a demonstration of using luminosity masks in presets.
A few filters in ON1 Effects is all you need to make the subject stand out in the scene. Watch ON1 Guru Scott Davenport show you the simple yet powerful adjustments that will make your subject pop.
It’s so important for photographers to have a good grasp of what ideal conditions are for the type of photography you are setting out to create. When I’m heading to a waterfall, all I can think about is having a socked in, overcast, grey sky with a little rain. As far as I’m concerned, that’s some of the best shooting conditions for my surroundings in the Pacific Northwest and when those conditions are present during a shoot, I am completely in my element.
Watch me walk you through this long exposure post processing workflow following my recent trip to Yosemite National Park.
Do you want your photo to really pop & stand-out? If so, then this is the look for you! Create a beautifully bright and warm sunshine styling for your images with a few simple, but powerful filters in ON1 Photo 10. Working with the awesome masking tools in ON1 can help you separate your subject from the background and help make your portraits be more visibly distinctive!
Just a few filters in ON1 Photo 10.5 is all you need to make your sunrise and sunset photos come to life. Watch me transform this sunrise photo to bring out vibrant colors and an inviting twilight look.