Saturday, 23 June 2018
Here are three more quick look tutorials on some of the neat features you'll find in Skylum Luminar:
Luminar Top and Bottom Lighting from Robin Nichols on Vimeo.
Luminar Saving Files from Robin Nichols on Vimeo.
Luminar Before After from Robin Nichols on Vimeo.
Friday, 22 June 2018
Luminar 2018 is a newish (2016) photo editing package that works as a plug-in, or as a standalone application, for editing your images. It's put out by Skylum (formerly Macfun), costs A$99 (no subscription needed) and works by either choosing a style from one if its many presets or by adding filter effects, in the form of layers, to the file. It comes with a huge range of effects that are easy to identify (because of their name) - which are very effective. Here are a couple of short how-to videos using Luminar
Luminar Overview from Robin Nichols on Vimeo.
Luminar Polarising Filter from Robin Nichols on Vimeo.
I was just testing my gear prior to starting my Speedlight Class at CCE- testing my collapsible studio softbox. I left it on the garage floor for a few minutes while packing something else, turned round and discovered that it also doubled nicely as a new house for Sooty the cat. A good reason for having your smartphone handy...
Saturday, 16 June 2018
|Green-gelled speedlight portrait of Scott Keenan|
Pic by Phil Blackford
|Photographer Phil Blackford in front of his own (blue-gelled) speedlight and camera|
|In a slightly different take on the traditional use of a speedlight, Phil Blackford and team captured this ink dropping into a wine glass using high speed flash sync with an exposure of f16, 1/1000s, ISO 1600|
|Flash portrait of Phil Blackford by Jeff Hankins using coloured gels - orange and red on the face, plus a dark blue gel on the background.|
|Phil Blackford portrait|
Red and blue-gelled shot by Jeff Hankins
Another moody gelled, two-flash portrait by Jeff Hankins
|Nice portrait shot in an office situation (typically producing unflattering light) using a carefully bounced speedlight |
Pic by Scott Keenan
|Another great, natural-looking speedlight result from Scott Keenan|
|Portrait of Jeff by Scott Keenan - again, a bounced speedlight against a white board background|
|Here's another nice, underlit, and very moody portrait from Scott Keenan using a single speedlight and a honeycomb grid.|
|Two superb high key flash shots from AJ. |
Faye (above)" and Scott below.
|A very professional result from AJ.|
Though this is a flash shot - it looks very casual and is perfectly lit...
|Portrait of Harsha by AJ.|
Perfect combination of natural light and speedlight, balancing indoor and outdoor illumination perfectly.
|A very strong low key speedlight result by AJ - a little too dark in the background perhaps - a second speedlight with a honeycomb grid or snoot to backlight the hairline would help but, as a single light result, this works nicely.|
Monday, 4 June 2018
Friday, 1 June 2018
|Raniala is a small nature reserve in the small village of Mangili, 30 minutes drive north of Tulear in South Western Madagascar. |
It's full of baobabs, succulents and a wide range of other exotic plants endemic to Madagascar.
|The reserve has a small population of rescued ring-tailed lemurs|
|Its baobabs are spectacular...|
|We were told that this was the oldest in the reserve - around 1200 years old. The marks in its bark were made by local people wanting steps to the top of the trunk to gather the fruit.|
|Not a baobab, but a pachypodium|
|Not all the lemurs in the park are complete - stumpy here is missing most of his long tail, which might be why he's happy to be sitting on the ground.|