Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Seen Outside Bunnings

No parking on the grass...
Seen parked outside Bunnings in Rydalmere

Friday, 14 July 2017

My favourite shot for today

I have spent most of the day sorting through a bunch of images shot in Africa prior to submitting them to a stock library and came across this little bird pic - it's not good enough to send in but nevertheless I love it. This little fella is called a rattling cisticola and falls under that generic description as an 'LBJ' (little brown job), because it looks like all the other little brown birds that you see in your travels.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Get more from Photoshop with the Google Nik Collection of plug-ins

The Google Nik Collection might be old hat to some of you but if not, read on. This is a suite of Photoshop compliant plug-ins that was bought by Google a few years back and is offered online for free.  Before Google bought the company, the collection retailed for US$700.

Being a plug-in it won't work as a standalone application - you must have the above software to get it to work (once loaded it appears at the base of the Filter Menu).

Reason I am writing about it now is that I have read that this might not be supported by Google in the future so now is the time to get it for free. You might find in a year or two that it ceases to work with the newest version of CC or Elements but it's worth having in the meantime...

Here's a brief overview on the product plus a closer look at two (of the seven) plug-ins that come for free in the Collection...

BLOG NikCollection from Robin Nichols on Vimeo.

BLOG Analog EFX Pro 2 from Robin Nichols on Vimeo.
BLOG SilverEFX from Robin Nichols on Vimeo.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Learn High Dynamic Range Photography at UDEMY

Here's a link to my latest UDEMY class - Mastering High Dynamic Range Picture Making.

Icebergs off the coast of Amassalik, Greenland
 As the course name suggests this is all about the High Dynamic Range process and includes topics such as:
- How to create truly impressive HDR images from a single shot (JPG and RAW)
- The best HDR software to try, some free, some paid 
- Working with multiple RAW files
- Batch processing files to make HDR video

Old, fifties American car on blocks in a back street of Havana

- How to set up shooting exposure brackets for the HDR process
- Controlling the results - working with Tone Compression methods
Burj Khalifa 'glimpse', Dubai

PLUS: How to troubleshoot files when they don't come out quite as good as you'd hoped for. 
This includes videos on:
- Removing sensor spots (Photoshop and Photoshop Elements tutorials)
- Removing chromatic aberration
- Effective4 frame alignment techniques to get your hand-held shot to line up and produce sharper results
- Removing ugly haloes using a retouching brush and selected Blend Modes
- Getting started tutorials using Photomatix Pro and Aurora HDR Pro software plus many others

Three hours of video tutorials, 35 lectures/tutorials, no time limit, cost a mere $55 (or $20 when discounted). Check this link as my class is frequently discounted!

Mastering HDR Picture Making from Robin Nichols on Vimeo.