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Just Launched: Luminar Presets Pack designed for Landscape and Nature Photography

There is a lot of hype over the new photo editor Luminar, by Macphun. In many ways, Luminar is a lot like Nik Collection Plugins, which I really enjoy using. One of the advantages in Luminar though is that you can work with layers, which would normally require that you took your images through Photoshop or Affinity Photo. Each preset contains multiple filters, which can be modified individually. You can also add a mask to each filter limit the area affected by a filter, so i.e. the sky or a specific element in your photo is targeted by the filter. In this way working with presets in Luminar is very flexible and fun.

I have created a bundle of Luminar presets with my favorite combination of filters. These presets are developed with a focus on enhancing landscape and nature […]

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How To Use Luminar Presets?

 

Presets in Luminar is a very powerful way to work with your images and speed up your workflow. It is much more flexible than you are be used to if you are familiar with Lightroom. With Luminar presets you can also include how layer blends with those below it, and you can set a specific opacity for a layer that you applied the presets to. You can apply masks to each individual filter within a preset.

If you are used to working with Nik Collection Plugins you will soon recognize that using presets in Luminar is quite similar to applying recipes in Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4.

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How to Create a Vignette in Affinity Photo?

How to create vignette in Affinity PhotoIn both Affinity Photo and Photoshop, there are a lot of different ways you can create a vignette. You can use the radial gradient tool, use a dodge and burning approach or use the marquee tool. However, the most straightforward approach in Affinity Photo is to use a live Vignette filter. This is similar to using a lens correction filter in Photoshop, but the options are a little different.

Using a Live Vignette Filter in Affinity Photo

A vignette filter gives you several options on how to adjust the vignette. Using the vignette filter as a live filter means that you work with it non-destructively and you can disable or adjust it all the way through your post-processing.

To apply a vignette filter in Affinity Photo, go to Layer > […]

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How to install Nik Collection Plugins in Affinity Photo

Installing Nik Collection in Affinity PhotoSwitching from Photoshop to Affinity Photo can be a little daunting experience when you first think of it. However, the transition is easier than you think and well worth it.
If you are using Nik Collection Plugins, you might wonder whether you can get them to work in Affinity Photo, or you also need to find alternatives to them too. However, there is no need to worry.

The Nik Collection plugins were mainly developed to use with applications like Photoshop and Lightroom, and other photo editing software. But Affinity Photo wasn’t around when Nik Collections was actively developed and updated, so it doesn’t recognize Affinity straight away in the installation process.

However, this doesn’t mean that you cannot get Nik Collections to work with Affinity Photo with a little workaround.

Reinstalling Nik Collection, So It […]

Nik Collection: How to Use Control Points In Viveza 2?

Use control points in Nik Collection Viveza 2

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use control points in Nik Viveza 2. Control points take a whole different approach to creating precise selections or masks than what you know from Lightroom or Photoshop. All of the plugins from Nik Collection use control points. There are minor differences between how they work in each plugin, but once you know how to use control points in one of the plugins like Nik Viveza 2, you will quickly be able to create very precise masks in any of the Nik Collection plug-ins.

In this video and the written tutorial below, you can learn more about how to use control points in Nik Viveza 2.

 

You can think of Viveza 2 as a substitute for the local adjustment brush that you […]

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Just launched: Affinity Photo Macros for Photographers

Affinity Photo Macro Pack

With Affinity Photo 1.5 came the support for macros, which is the same as actions are in Photoshop.

To ease the transition, and the workflow for those who also want to reap the benefits of using Affinity Photo, I have created this Affinity Photo Macro Pack which can help you to create the looks and effects that you love, but with less work.

It includes both workflow macros, like a details extractor brush, and dodge & burn layers, as well as a growing number of Look/Style macros that will give you i.e. a Vintage look with a single click. You can use these looks as a starting point for giving your photos a unique look.

I will continuously add more and more macros to the Affinity Photo macro pack with free updates to those who have already bought the package. The default […]

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Use Lightroom HDR merge for quick HDR workflow

Use Lightroom HDR mergeFor scenes like sunrises, it can be tricky to capture the full tonal range from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights within one shot. That’s why many photographers take a series of bracketed shots to capture the full tonal range. Bracketed shots are essentially taking a normal exposed, an underexposed and an overexposed shot of the same scene and composition. Later in post-production, you can combine these bracketed photos into a single photo with a high-dynamic-range (HDR). There’s a bracket function on most modern DSLR cameras that automates capturing 3, 5 or more bracketed shots with different exposure settings.

Use External Plugins or Lightroom HDR merge?

There are different ways you can process the bracketed shots in post-processing. You can use external plugins from Lightroom that will combine the shots into an HDR file, like Nik […]

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Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD – Short Review

This 90mm adds on to Tamron’s building reputation as a quality lens manufacturer. This macro lens is very versatile and has a perfect focal length for portrait photography as well as macro photography. The autofocus is quiet, fast and accurate. In low light, the autofocus hunts occasionally, but not to a degree that’s annoying. I love the vibration compensation (VC), which means that you can hand hold it in many situations that with otherwise require that you put it on a tripod. […]

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30 Quick Photography Tips That Will Improve Your Photos

30 Quick Photography Tips

Here are 30 quick photography tips to help you improve your photography skills. These photography tips are a summary of the 30 days of photo tips, that I ran on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. I have kept them all very short and therefore easier to grasp and remember.

Let’s get to it:

#1: Look for a background with contrast to make your subject ‘pop’. A bright subject will look better against a dark background.

#2: For a postcard-like photo of a monument avoid the crowds of normal hours and go at sunrise when the lights are better too.

#3: In bright snow, try to add +1 or +2 stops of exposure compensation to get the snow white instead of gray. Use the +/- button to change the exposure compensation.

#4: Get used to […]

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