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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrouJYVOvuE In the video above, I will show you how you can add contrast to your images in different ways using Affinity Photo, right from a simple contrast adjustment to a more professional way of adding contrast to your images. We will be using an image that I captured on my trip to New Zealand. I captured it a little downstream from McClean’s Fall in the Catlins Conservation Park. As usual, when you capture images in Raw-format, they come out a bit flat. So, I want to add some contrast to make it pop a bit more and add some depth to the

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Posted on March 22, 2018 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles

Location: Hooker Valley, Aoraki Mount Cook, Canterbury, South Island - New ZealandPrint code: PD00103-LEEdition size:  Only 60 prints available.Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Buy this Limited Edition Print About the PhotoAt the end of the Hooker Valley track, you are met with the stunning views of Mt. Cook as the backdrop with small floating icebergs in the glacier lake. It is a 1½ hour walk from the campground, so I started out at 4.30 AM, to get there, when the light was soft and beautiful. The day before I did a scounting trip to this spot to look at the

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Posted on March 06, 2018 by Peter Dam in Limited Editions

Location: Mildford Sound, Fiordland, South Island - New ZealandPrint code: PD00102-LEEdition size:  Only 60 prints available.Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Buy this Limited Edition Print About the PhotoI guess everybody, who know just a little bit about New Zealand, will undoubtably have heard about Milford Sound, which is truly one of the most amazing places in the world, if you are there when all crowds have disappeared or have not left the bed yet. I was lucky to spend four days in Milford Sound.  Each morning I went to the shorefront to enjoy the solitude as

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Posted on February 27, 2018 by Peter Dam in Limited Editions

Location: Hokitika Gorge, Westcoast, South Island - New Zealand Print code: PD00101-LE Edition size:  Only 60 prints available. Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Buy this Limited Edition Print About the Photo Sandflies seem to be a natural ingredient of landscape photography on the West Coast of New Zealand.  None the less, you don't get to extraordinary places without losing a little bit of blood and sweat. Hokitika Gorge is an extraordinary place to be at the break of dawn when the only sounds are the from the birds beginning their morning concert and from the slow

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Posted on February 20, 2018 by Peter Dam in Limited Editions

Using layer masks in Affinity Photo is a powerful way to combine parts of several images into a single image or to limit the effect of adjustment layers and filters to only affect part of your image. Layer masks are nondestructive. This means that you can modify them at any stage of your post-processing workflow. (more…)

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Posted on October 05, 2017 by Peter Dam in Affinity Photo, Articles

I just wanted to let you know that I have updated my welcome newsletter for new subscribers on my mailing list to also include 5 free Luminar presets besides the other things you get in the welcome email. This means that you as a subscriber to my newsletter not only get 70 free Lightroom Presets and a free e-book called 8 tools for photographers. You now also get 5 free Luminar presets to use in Luminar by Macphun. By the way, the free e-book is an excerpt from my e-book The Photographer's Toolbox, which you can get at the store. The welcome package is really getting more and more

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Posted on September 20, 2017 by Peter Dam in Articles

Do you want to create black and white photos that have more impact? And do you want to do this by using only Lightroom to convert your photos to black and white? In this black and white Lightroom tutorial, you will learn to do just that. You will learn which sliders to adjust to create a black and white photo which leaves an impression on everybody who sees it. (more…)

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Posted on September 12, 2017 by Peter Dam in Black and White, Lightroom

One of the most common problems that photographers face when shooting long exposure photography is the issue of 'false light' or 'light leaks' appearing on the photos. It can be a quite frustrating experience to spend time on setting up your equipment, double checking the composition, setting the remote timer for a shutter speed of beyond 4 minutes. Next, you wait for the camera to take the shot and eagerly anticipate a glimpse of your new long exposure fine art, only to discover that there are fat light streaks all across the photo. With exposure times of several minutes per shot, the

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Posted on September 05, 2017 by Peter Dam in Long Exposure, Photography

As you probably know, the reason for Nik Collection being free is because Google has decided not to continue to develop or support this software. It doesn't mean that you cannot use it. You can use it for as long as it continues to work on your PC or Mac. You just cannot rely on it being a stable solution in the future. A Mac or PC update might force you to look elsewhere if the software stops working. The same goes for a Lightroom or Photoshop update, which can also cause Nik Collection plugins to stop working. I still enjoy using Nik Collection and will continue to do so for as long

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Posted on August 30, 2017 by Peter Dam in Luminar

A powerful photo editor like Luminar allows you to quickly change a photo from a flat looking raw file to a beautiful photo. Luminar has some filters and sliders, that you won't even find in other popular photo editing software programs like Lightroom. In a way, Luminar takes over the heritage from Nik Collection Plugins, because of the flexibility in the filters. Nik Collection, which I still love using, is no longer being actively developed by Google, so these plugins not advance with new stuff and release. Nik Collection is now free and will still work, but there might come a day

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Posted on August 21, 2017 by Peter Dam in Luminar

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