Photoshop plug-ins

Florida Photo Caravan 7th Shoot: Model at the Colony

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Today was our first model shoot - at the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach.

We had a blast photographing or model and then processing our HDR images and straight image – and applying plug-ins for added creative effects. (We will be doing similar shoots on my Digital Delray Days  next week.)

Above: Nik HDR Efex Pro and Polaroid Transfer in Nik Color Efex Pro.
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Above: Film Noir filter in Nik's Silver Efex Pro.

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Above: Black and white conversion in Nik's Color Efex Pro.

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Above: Dynamic Skin Softener in Nik's Color Efex Pro.

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Above: Duplex filter in Nik's Color Efex Pro.

Click here to save a few bucks on the plug-ins I use.

Scroll down to see previous posts from the road.

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. If you want to learn more about lighting, check out my workshop in a couple of weeks in Oldsmar, FL.

Have Some Plug-in Fun this Weekend


I am certainly not a swimsuit model photographer, but I did participate in a swimsuit photography workshop a few years back - when I was shooting film and before I was into digital imaging and Photoshop! Yes, it was that long ago. Since then, I have had the slides scanned.

Anyway, the most recent Swimsuit Issue of Sport Illustrated reminded me of the shoot. I like my shots, but I thought they could be improved with a little plug-in fun. So, I got to work.

I used Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro/Antique Plate on the top image.

I used the Magic Portrait Fix effect in onOne Software's PhotoTools on the bottom image.

If you wanna have some digital imaging fun this coming weekend, play with plug-ins. When you do, experiment with the sliders/buttons for one-of-a-kind effects.

In Photoshop, try fading a filter (Edit > Fade Filter). If you have Photoshop Elements and the effect is applied to a top layer, reduce the Opacity of that layer for variations of the effect.

You can get a discount on the plug-ins I use on my Save on Creative Plug-ins page.

Explore the light,
Rick

A Snapseed a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

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I was feeling kinda down today so I took a break, using Nik Software's Snapseed app on two of my images.

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After playing around for a bit on my iPad, I felt better. This cool app got the creative juices flowing again.

So take a break and create a one-of-a-kind image using Snapseed. Have fun and lift your spirits.

Okay . . .  back to work!

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. To see some more of my Snapseed images check out my Save on Creative Plug-ins page. Save while you are there.

A Better Name for Plug-ins?

Nik snapseed image © Rick Sammon
In a former life, I was in advertising and PR. In the office, we spent many hours on product naming.

Last night, while playing with some of my favorite plug-ins, I was thinking about the importance of a product's name. I realized that plug-in is a boring name for a very, very exciting, creative and artistic product.
Topaz Adjust/Spicify image © Rick Sammon
Sure, some plug-ins help us correct our mistakes, rescue detail and offer standing adjustments. Most plug-ins, however, help us awaken the artist within - very quickly and very easily.

Nik HDR Efex Pro image © Rick Sammon
So my friends, let's try to come up with a more creative name for plug-ins. Post your suggestions here.

Nik Color Efex Pro/Midnight filter image © Rick Sammon
Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. I know snapseed is not technically a plug-in, but like most plug-ins, it offers many creative and artistic effects.

Nik snapseed image © Rick Sammon

Plug-ins for Portraits

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It's true! Everyone has an artist within. Sometimes, that artist is revealed. Other times, that artist is just waiting to be released.

Plug-ins were designed for the photographer/artist – because they can remove some of the reality from an image.

In this post I'll share with you some of my favorite plug-ins . . . for all the artists out there. You can save a few bucks on these plug-ins by going to my Creative Plug-ins page.

Before moving on, however, I am teaching studio and on-location lighting with my friend Dave Cross at his workshop center in Oldsmar, Florida in February. Hope to see you there. NAPP members save $100.

Above: Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro.

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Above: A straight shot I took of Catherine Hall at the Googleplex. Catherine's stick-on name tag (above her right elbow) proves she was there. So does the picture below.


See what you can do with one light!

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Above: Topaz Adjust/Simplify.

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Above: Nik Software's Color Efex Pro/Duplex/Image Borders.

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Above: onOne Software's PhotoFrame (left) and PhotoTune (right). PhotoTune lets you open up shadows and tone down highlights easily. Dozens of exposure and color adjustments are actually available.

I happen to like the strong shadow in my original photograph. However, when it comes to working with clients, they may not like that effect. With PhotoTune, you can fine-tune your images afterward, making your clients happy. :-)

PhotoFrames lets you add a creative edge in an instant. Here, too, you have tons of options.

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Above: Nik Software's Color Efex Pro/Midnight filter.

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Above: Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the setting for my Little Red Riding Hood portrait. Yes! I took the shots at Photoshop World at the Westcott booth.

For more on lighting, see my apps.

Explore the light,
Rick