Exposure – Alien Skin Software https://www.alienskin.com Simple Tools. Simply Beautiful. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:02:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Building Custom Brush Presets https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/building-custom-brush-presets/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/building-custom-brush-presets/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:47:29 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26546 Our latest quick tip video demonstrates how to customize Exposure’s brush tool presets to fit your workflow.

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Exposure’s brush tool enables you to brush an effect on your photo selectively. Brush presets give quick access to effects like dodge and burn, clarity, and skin smoothing. Exposure ships with lots of useful brush presets, but you can create your own for specific editing needs. Building custom brush presets simplifies your editing workflow and makes you more efficient.

Watch our latest quick tip video and learn how to make a preset for painting texture on a plain backdrop, how to customize the effect to taste, and how to save brush presets for use in the future.

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25th Anniversary Celebration Interview with New Exposure User Tomash Trzebiatowski https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/25th-anniversary-celebration-tomash-trzebiatowski-interview/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/25th-anniversary-celebration-tomash-trzebiatowski-interview/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:00:46 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26432 As part of our 25th anniversary celebration, we interviewed Fujifilm photographer and FujiLove Magazine founder Tomash Trzebiatowski, who recently began using Exposure to replace his Lightroom workflow.

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As part of our 25th anniversary celebration, we decided to interview two kinds of Exposure users: a long-time user who has been with us from the start, and a newer one who recently began using Exposure. This interview is with a photographer who discovered Exposure fairly recently. Tomash Trzebiatowski is a Fujifilm photographer and the editor and creator of FujiLove Magazine. He is also an avid user of Exposure, and has replaced his Lightroom workflow with an Exposure workflow.

Why did you replace your Lightroom workflow with an Exposure workflow?

There were a few main reasons for making this decision. The three most important ones are the wonderful rendering of Fujifilm RAF files, the excellent built-in black and white presets (and I love black and white photography!), and Exposure’s speed. I love the fact that I can copy hundreds of images from my memory card so quickly and immediately be able to look at the previews. What I also love about Exposure is the way it “organizes” my image files. There is no need for a huge, main catalogue file. I simply store my images on an external hard drive, I connect it to my desktop or to my laptop (when on the go), launch Exposure, and I am ready to edit immediately.

How significant a factor was product reliability and company reputation in your decision to switch to Exposure? Did knowing that Alien Skin has been creating award-winning editing apps since 1993 play a role in your decision?

I was aware of the existence of Alien Skin Photoshop plugins, but I have to admit that I kind of “rediscovered” Exposure just in the end of 2017. I was so impressed with its standalone version that I immediately started exploring its features. I copied the first batch of my Fujifilm files into it and started working. I was hooked. I immediately felt at home. Everything in Exposure felt intuitive and logical. And, of course, I loved the results I was achieving with my photographs.

How do you use Exposure to handle the organizing steps of your workflow? Has it made it easier for you to cull and organize your images?

Culling and organizing is a breeze. I copy the images, go through them very quickly, mark them with stars, or reject those I want to get rid of. Next, I erase rejected images from my hard drive. And then I start editing! I also love the fact that I don’t even have to switch between any panels to accomplish all this.

What are your favorite creative tools in Exposure?

Needless to say, I love the presets. So often they are the starting point for my edits and so often I do not need much more. A few simple adjustments and I am usually very happy with the results.

Are there any features in Exposure that make it uniquely suited for processing Fujifilm RAF files?

I think that the initial rendering of Fujifilm RAF files is excellent. Details, contrast, dynamic range, colors – everything seems to be looking just right “straight out of the box.”

What’s your advice to other photographers who are considering switching to a Lightroom alternative?

Go ahead and download the free trial. I have the feeling you will really like it. I have been using Lightroom for many years and – don’t get me wrong – I still think that it is an excellent application, but personally, using Exposure feels smoother to me. It makes editing even more enjoyable and the entire experience feels more like being in a real darkroom. It is difficult to describe. It is a powerful mixture of excellent software features, user interface, and the way of rendering Fujifilm files. I am looking forward very much to what the future brings and how Exposure will grow with every update.


Thanks to Tomash for taking the time for this interview. To view his work, visit his site. Visit FujiLove to learn more about the Fuji X community.

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25th Anniversary Celebration Interview with Long-time Exposure User Tony Sweet https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/25th-anniversary-celebration-tony-sweet-interview/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/25th-anniversary-celebration-tony-sweet-interview/#respond Sun, 03 Jun 2018 14:00:54 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26383 As part of our 25th anniversary celebration, we interviewed acclaimed landscape photographer Tony Sweet, a long-time user of Exposure, to get his thoughts on his many years using the product.

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As part of our 25th anniversary celebration, we decided to interview two kinds of Exposure users: a long-time user who has been with us from the start, and a newer one who recently began using Exposure. This interview is with acclaimed photographer, instructor, and Nikon “Legend Behind the Lens” Tony Sweet. Tony has used Exposure since its first release. Tony’s work is represented by Getty Images, and he has published numerous books on landscape photography and photo editing.

How did you first learn about Alien Skin Software?

That is a very long time ago. Back when plugins were popping up every few months, I was attracted to the different capabilities in Alien Skin’s suite of filters.

What initially attracted you to Exposure?

Alien Skin was the first to introduce the ability to add bokeh to an image after the fact without being a photoshop guru. And Snap Art was well crafted and interesting, adding another dimension to creative image processing. These two plugins altered my way of thinking and creating at the computer as well as pre-visualizing the final effect after adding an effect.

What initially attracted me to Exposure was being able to move easily between Color and B&W workflows, the inclusion of textures and borders, as well as the inclusion of Bokeh.

What sets Exposure apart in your mind from other photo editors?

  • Having the ability to seamlessly move between layers, which are set up quickly and easily when selecting an adjustment
  • Having the ability to modify and add/subtract/modify adjustments to any layer instantly
  • Having all of the adjustments are at your fingertips
  • Exposure is very easy to navigate
  • Being able to easily and quickly go back in the history panel
  • Doing a great deal of texturing, being able to easily import and see the textures by live scrolling through the textures is outstanding, as well as assigning the blend mode upon import, then easily changing if desired

Do you have any favorite looks or edits that you rely on Exposure to achieve?

I approach each image with a fresh look, even when re-processing an image. I like the variation rather than replicating the exact same look. This probably comes from my jazz musician background.

Does your Exposure workflow differ for your landscape and your flower images?

I’m more inclined to add textures and bokeh with flowers, like any other portrait. Landscapes are a bit more literal, where I’m more concerned with color/contrast punch for visual impact.

If you’ve created any custom presets or textures in Exposure, can you describe them?

I seldom use presets as I prefer to find my own way through the image process to create what I am seeing in my imagination, which most certainly involves a little trial and error and experimentation. However, presets are an excellent way to get a jump start on image processing. Presets can also be altered to taste.

How has your use of Exposure changed over the years?

As the software has evolved, the workflow has become easier, quicker, and more intuitive.


Thanks to Tony for taking the time for this interview. To view his work, visit his site.

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A Brief History of Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/a-brief-history-of-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/a-brief-history-of-exposure/#comments Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:00:29 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26400 As part of our 25th-anniversary celebration, look through the historical archives of Exposure’s evolution since its first release.

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As part of our 25th anniversary celebration, let’s look back through the history of our award-winning advanced photo editor and organizer, Exposure. It has evolved a great deal since its first release. We’ll show you how each release brought it closer to the amazing photo editor you know and love today.

2005: Exposure

We launched Exposure as an all-new plug-in for Adobe Photoshop that brought the look and feel of film to digital photography. It enabled photographers to recapture the look of analog film, which had previously been impossible to do in a digital workflow. The first release featured our first batch of film presets, grain, color toning, and even cross-processing.

2007: Exposure 2

A primary focus of Exposure 2 was adding new film emulations. Many photographers lent their expertise and shared samples of their favorite films so we could add them to the product.

  • More presets – now there are more than 200
  • Auto grain size
  • Expanded grain controls
  • Enhanced presets organization
  • Photoshop Smart Filter support
  • Improved Infrared simulations

2010: Exposure 3

Exposure 3 was all about tight integration with Adobe tools. In this version, we introduced support for Lightroom and added 64-bit support for compatibility with Photoshop CS5.

  • Even more presets! Exposure 3 shipped with over 500.
  • Lightroom support
  • 64-bit multithreaded processing
  • New vignette tool
  • Expanded dust and scratches

2012: Exposure 4

Speed and ease of use were the main goals of Exposure 4. In this version, the separate B&W and color filters were combined for the first time.

  • Preset hover preview
  • Texture effects
  • Color channel controls
  • Black and White color filter ability
  • Split toning

2013: Exposure 5

We introduced Exposure as a standalone app in version 5, allowing users to run it without Photoshop or Lightroom.

  • Visual preset browser
  • Hide/Reveal panels
  • New controls for overlays
  • New textures

2014: Exposure 6

We completely integrated Bokeh, our creative focus plug-in, into Exposure 6, along with major improvements to the user interface design.

  • Basic control panel
  • Full-sized previews
  • Syncing presets via cloud

2014: Exposure 7

We redesigned the user interface in Exposure 7 for lightning-fast file browsing, making photo management simple.

  • Crop and rotate
  • Full-featured file browser
  • Updated split toning presets
  • More texture overlays
  • New Color film presets
  • New B&W film presets

2015: Exposure X

We transformed Exposure into a complete photo editor with the release of version X. New photo organization tools, greatly expanded RAW camera support, and more editing options were the theme of this release.

  • White balance eyedropper
  • Tint and Temp sliders
  • Sharpening
  • Noise reduction
  • Brush tool
  • Configurable interface elements
  • Multiple monitor support

2016: Exposure X2

Our efforts for version X2 focused on further expanding Exposure’s photo organizing and editing capabilities.

  • Spot Heal tool
  • Histogram
  • History panel
  • Metadata search
  • File renaming and image resizing options on Export
  • Support for PSD format images
  • Lens distortion correction

2017: Exposure X2 Advanced Layers Update

The Exposure X2 Advanced Layers Update was a free update that added a full-featured layering system to Exposure.

  • User-definable quick export recipes
  • High DPI monitor support
  • New file naming and destination export options
  • Manual lens correction

2017: Exposure X3

Exposure X3 featured new photo organizing and editing tools that further enabled it to function as the central app in a photography workflow.

  • Virtual copies
  • Keywords
  • Collections
  • Side-by-side view
  • Linear and Gradient tools

2018: Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update

The Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update was a free update that incorporated user feedback and refined the tools that we added in X3.

  • Hue, saturation, and luminance controls per color
  • Expanded keywords and collections abilities
  • Temp controls in Kelvin
  • Printing

Conclusion

Thanks for taking this trip through Exposure’s timeline with us. We’re committed to continuing to make Exposure the fastest way to bring your vision to life. We appreciate your wonderful support over the years, and we hope you’ll join us for the rest of the journey!

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Fujifilm Presets in Exposure X3 https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/fujifilm-presets-in-exposure-x3/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/fujifilm-presets-in-exposure-x3/#comments Thu, 24 May 2018 14:00:48 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26362 Photographer Michael Gillman compares Exposure’s Fujifilm Simulation presets with Fujifilm in-camera effects.

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Fujifilm simulations. For those of us who shoot Fujifilm, it’s probably one of the main reasons we do so. I love the great color science that Fuji brings to the table with their decades of knowledge and experience from the film days. Provia, Astia, and Velvia give great filmic color tones while PRO Neg. Std and Pro Neg. HI give great skin tones.

Even back when I shot with Nikon, I was always impressed with the colors Fuji shooters got from JPEGs. It was late last year that I ultimately made the switch from Nikon to Fuji and have been enjoying those great Fujifilm simulations ever since.

A recent update by Alien Skin added several of these great in-camera simulations to Exposure X3’s list of presets. Being an avid Exposure user, I was excited to see that these new presets have been incorporated. In addition, the great thing about using these presets is that I can tweak them once applied to get the exact look I am going for.

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While there are several Fujifilm presets and preset variations to choose from in Exposure, I’m going to take a look at some of my favorite presets here that are listed in the Fujifilm Simulation folder pictured above. Just a note: The in-camera JPEG shots are displayed with factory settings and are not adjusted in the camera settings menu, (shadows/highlights/etc.). All photos in this article were shot with the Fujifilm X-T2.

Provia In-camera JPEG

The image above is a JPEG shot straight from the camera. This was shot with the in-camera Provia film simulation. I really like Provia as it works well in almost any situation. It’s not over-saturated, but still gives great tones and colors. It doesn’t really add much contrast to the scene, so it works well should you want to adjust the shadows and highlights a bit.

Exposure X3 Provia Std Preset

This is the same shot, but with Exposure’s Provia Std preset applied to the RAW file, which as you can see, looks similar to the in-camera JPEG. This preset gives you similar overall tones with the same great colors, but not overly saturated. It offers nearly the same level of contrast as well.

Astia In-camera JPEG

Astia is great choice for portraits in that it renders nice, soft skin tones. It’s a little less saturated than Provia, but still has a great color profile. Pictured above is an in-camera JPEG straight from the camera. The skin looks nice and soft.

Exposure X3 Astia Soft Preset

The shot above uses Exposure’s version of Fujifilm’s Astia film preset, which as you can see, like Provia, it looks very similar to what you would get inside the camera. They’ve really knocked it out of the park with this one! It looks fantastic. Same great skin tones and colors within this preset with very little image editing done other than just applying the preset and adding a sun flare overlay.

Exposure’s Overlays panel is located on the right. For this particular shot, I added the Corner 1 light effect overlay in the Sun Flare collection. You can also adjust the strength and opacity of the effect to your liking with the controls on this panel. Additionally, I set the Protect Location and adjusted the slider to control how much of the image the overlay affected.

Black and White Presets

For the next example, I wanted to start off with a Provia photo straight from the camera and then apply a black and white film preset to show the contrast between the two images. I really tend to favor the Fuji Neopan 1600 preset for a lot of black and white photos given Exposure’s amazing grain science. Just a note: The FujiFilm Simulation folder does not contain these particular presets. There are several variations of Fuji Neopan 1600 available in Exposure. The easiest way to find them is by using the text search at the top of the preset panel.

Exposure Fuji Neopan 1600 Preset

As you can see in the photo above, this preset produces great black and white tones and adds some fantastic looking grain to the image, being especially apparent in the clouds. Even if my intention is to print an image in color, I find myself applying this preset to many landscape and street photography images during editing just to see what it looks like.

Speaking of Printing

While a little off topic and before we get to our next example, I’d like to mention printing the images after applying Exposure presets. I bring this up now directly after the Fuji Neopan 1600 example because I wanted to make a print with this preset that I had applied to a lighthouse photo I had recently taken. So often we look at our images on a screen of some sort, be it a phone or laptop/desktop, but those images don’t always make it to print to see what they actually look like on paper.

With that, I decided to print this lighthouse image out with the same Fuji Neopan 1600 preset. I also applied minor adjustments to the image on the basic panel. The printed image turned out great. The tones and the grain look amazing on paper!

Velvia In-camera JPEG

This film simulation really punches up the colors and contrasts. While I do use Velvia during sunset photos and the occasional landscape, I generally won’t use it for portraits. Let’s take a look at the in-camera Velvia JPEG. In this photo, I feel it works well with the beautiful greenery that Hawaii has to offer. My intent for this photo was to emphasize the bare, white tree in the middle of the scene. Velvia works well for this situation because it really brings out the colors and adds quite a bit of contrast.

Exposure X3 Fuji Sim Velvia Vivid Preset

This is Exposure’s Fuji Sim Velvia preset added to the RAW file. It takes the contrast and color a step further as you can see. The greens are boosted as is the contrast. Of course, if this is a little too strong to your liking, all it takes is a small adjustment to the saturation or contrast sliders to bring the image back down to levels that may be more pleasing to your eyes.

Many More Options

In closing, I’d like to mention that there are several more Fujifilm preset options in Exposure, as well as plenty outside of Fujifilm, which vary in tones, overlays, borders, and effects. As mentioned, once applied, they can be modified further using Exposure’s editing panels. There are a lot of possibilities to be had using these presets.

Exposure X3 takes what I love about shooting Fujifilm JPEGs and experimenting with different in-camera film simulations and expands it even more by offering many great-looking variations of those presets, as well as many of Exposure’s standard Fujifilm presets matching closely to what I get in camera.

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Adding Metadata Info to Your Watermarks https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/adding-metadata-info-to-your-watermarks/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/adding-metadata-info-to-your-watermarks/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 15:29:07 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26349 Indicate how you captured the shot by incorporating image metadata in your photo watermarks. Learn how to add more to your watermarks in our latest Exposure Quick Tip video.

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Exposure’s flexible watermarks enable you to render text or graphics on a photo when printing or exporting. You can add more than a photo copyright or your business logo in Exposure watermarks. You can also display image metadata such as ISO, focal length, camera model, and more.

Watch our latest quick tip video to learn how to build a watermark that includes these camera settings, how to save it as a custom preset for use in the future, and how to apply your new watermark during the export process.

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Using Exposure’s Film Presets to Tell Your Subject’s Story https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/using-exposures-film-presets-to-tell-your-subjects-story/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/using-exposures-film-presets-to-tell-your-subjects-story/#comments Thu, 17 May 2018 15:00:41 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26316 Dana Goldstein uses Exposure’s film presets to help her portraits express a complete, authentic story about her subject and their creative environment.

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My curiosity for people helps me get to know my portrait subjects personally. Building this strong connection with them translates into photos that have an authentic, natural feel. My fondness for creative environments has led me to take on an ongoing project named ‘Creative Workspaces,’ where I profile artists of various disciplines in their studios. The article below discusses how Exposure’s presets help my photos tell a complete story about my subjects and their creative environment.

Shake any Fujifilm photographer awake at 3 a.m. and ask him or her why they choose to shoot with Fuji, and they will invariably respond dreamily, “The colors… Oh the Fuji colors…” But there’s more to it than just “color,” isn’t there? I’d like to talk with you about how I see the role of color (and sometimes, its absence) in photography, and why I use Exposure in all my work. This isn’t about workflow per se. Let’s discuss, instead, the “why” of Exposure in the digital darkroom. I’ll share examples from two recent shoots from an ongoing personal project as well, shot on the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format, along with the “why” behind my choices of film emulation for each of them.

As photographers, we constantly strive to express not merely how it looked, but how it felt. A slow shutter speed can help us communicate the blur of constant motion on a Manhattan street corner, or the sense of peace on a still pond. We use light to emphasize the lines of wisdom on an elderly face, or to wrap a bride in the glow of love. Our color palette is just as powerful a tool in this expression, and this is where Exposure comes in.

Think about the last lens you purchased. You probably solicited opinions online, such as fellow photographers on FujiLove’s page. You searched by lens on 500px. You read reviews. You watched YouTube videos. You got a sense of who was using the lens most, and under what circumstances it shone. In other words, you did serious research. Exposure’s emulations are a lot like that: you’ll see familiar names, and you’ll also be introduced to new ones. Go deeper with an emulation that catches your eye and look it up: What time frame was it in use? Is it strongly identified with a particular style of photography? Is there a Simon & Garfunkel song about it?

Do you know one of the most important tools we have as visual creators? The power of daydreaming. Now there are fancy terms for this, such as previsualization — we used to just call this “being prepared” — having a mental sketch of what we hope to create. I believe this process extends past the shoot itself, right into the digital darkroom, and for me, Exposure is essential to it.

Before I make my selects, before I begin adjusting any sliders, I take a little walk through the possibilities that the software offers me. It soon becomes clear that certain stocks just weren’t meant for certain images, and that’s fine. Inevitably, a few candidates emerge, the ones that I recognize as how it felt. I’m a big fan of Exposure’s “Audition Presets” feature, which allows me to compare up to six emulations of the same image against each other, helping me narrow down to my final choice.

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And while I have returned to certain emulations many times (and reference them in my Favorites collection), by no means do I limit myself to them or feel as though I “have” to use them to maintain a consistent style. Photographic style includes many things: how you approach your subject, lighting, composition, lens choice, as well as the color or black & white palette. Your style can be expressed in many palettes, each one appropriate to its subject. I don’t shoot every subject with one formula, and I’m sure you don’t either. The many options in Exposure widen my view of the possibilities. From there, I have complete freedom to add, change, or remove grain; change tonal values; adjust the colors of the shadows and highlights; etc. With the recently-release Complete Workflow Update, the program, and how I use it, has only gained in flexibility and precision in both artistic (fine color detailing) and practical (keywording and metadata) features.

Now let’s look at a couple of examples of shoots from a project I’m working on, an editorial series on artists in their workspaces. As I’m based in the Hudson Valley area of upstate New York, I’ve been able to reach out to many working artists in the thriving creative communities that the region is famous for.

The minute I walked into metal and woodwork artist Randolph SanMillan’s basement studio, I knew that I wanted my final images to be in black & white. The strategically- but dimly-lit space created expressive shadows on the varied surfaces of SanMillan’s pieces, and the bronze pieces in particular glowed. I set my Fujifilm GFX 50S to Acros simulation, to help me concentrate on only the play of shadow and light in the EVF. Though I shoot in RAW, I find the Fujifilm simulations very helpful guides as I’m working. As we shot, we had a wonderful discussion of how he created his artwork, his influences, and what he intended to communicate with the pieces.

Later as I began my “daydreaming” in Exposure, I thought about the straightforward yet profound man of strong convictions I had just met. I’m a very big fan of French photographer Robert Doisneau (1912-1994), who photographed the daily laborers of modest means with whom he shared both social background and philosophy. In particular, his work in the now-demolished Parisian market district of Le Halles is a touchstone of ordinary people presented with dignity and grace. I wanted my images of SanMillan to share this quality.

While I’ve often used Exposure’s Pantomic-X black & white emulation, this time I was looking for something with a bit of a glow to the highlights, a fine grain, and a more cinematic feel. Scrolling, I landed on T-Max 100, and there it was: how it felt. The heroic, silvery quality that T-Max provides is an important part of why I consider this set of final images so successful.

As I pulled away from the home and studio of ceramist and sculptor Marie Mastronardo, I wasn’t sure that I’d quite nailed it. At age 86, she lives in what she concedes is a “half-finished” home that she has shared since the early 1970’s with the enormous artistic output of six decades. She had recently enjoyed a major retrospective of her career, which included an association with the renowned Art Students League in New York during the 1950’s.

The pieces that had returned to her cement studio were everywhere. Windowless and fluorescent-lit, the studio did not lend itself to photography, or to showing individual pieces effectively. Yet, as we spoke, I saw a life at the center of the art world, when New York had become the haven for a generation of European artists escaping the Nazis. Despite the cement and cold light inside, how it felt was warm and soothing: she was surrounded by the figures she had created and the memories of what had led to them.

This time, my “daydreaming” turned to a photographer of artists: Alexander Liberman (1912-1999), the artistic director of Vogue and later, over all of Condé Nast publications. His seminal volume The Artist in His Studio visits the preserved homes and studios of the Impressionists, as well as artists working into the 1950’s and ’60’s. Shot over decades, the images reflect the artists as individuals comfortably at home in their creative environments, much as Marie is in hers. In Mastronardo’s images, I wanted to emphasize the textures and warm base colors of her clays, and the wisdom in her expression, which my GFX 50S had captured in medium format detail and tonal range.

To my surprise, the Exposure emulation that suited this perfectly was one I’d never given a second thought: Ansco’s GAF 500. A color slide film known for extremely large and colorful grain, it was considered a rough, poor stepchild to the more finely grained films being used for 1960’s fashion work. This changed when French photographer Sarah Moon (b. 1941) began using it for such clients as Cacharel and the Pirelli Tires calendar. Its preternatural warmth gave her work an ethereal quality. Applied to my images, GAF 500 brought out the warm tones of the sculptures while not “colorizing” the cement studio surrounding them. The contrast of warm and cool was preserved. I removed the famous GAF grain, however, in order to keep the detail in the finished artwork. It was the right choice for this shoot, and Exposure’s grain engine made it possible to style it to my needs. The final images express both the artist, and the art.

I hope these examples encourage you to explore Exposure for yourself — for the first time, or with new eyes. Embrace the history of our amazing medium, and let this program help you fulfill your goal: to express how it felt.

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Quickly Compare Exposure Presets https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/quickly-compare-exposure-presets/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/quickly-compare-exposure-presets/#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 14:00:36 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26308 Watch our latest quick tip video and learn how you can quickly compare multiple presets side-by-side using Exposure’s preset audition ability.

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Exposure’s preset audition enables you to visually compare up to six presets at once. This ability makes it easy to quickly find the perfect look for your images. It’s especially helpful for comparing presets from the same family, such as Exposure’s variations of film emulations like Kodachrome, or Fuji Pro.

Watch our latest quick tip video to learn how it works. We show you how to enable audition mode, change the number of comparison images, select and swap auditioned presets, and more.

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Building a Stunning Orange and Teal Look in Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/building-a-stunning-orange-and-teal-look-in-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/building-a-stunning-orange-and-teal-look-in-exposure/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2018 17:17:24 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26264 This tutorial video demonstrates techniques for building a custom Exposure preset with a beautiful orange and teal look.

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Emphasizing the colors orange and teal is a look used by some Hollywood movies. Color grading with complementary hues can enhance color contrast in your work and give your images more punch.

Watch our new Orange and Teal video and learn how to build your own Exposure preset with a cinematic feel. This is an update of a previous video. We updated it because the new color adjustment sliders that we added in the Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update give you a powerful and even easier way to accomplish this effect.

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Image Edit Copy Options in Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/image-edit-copy-options-in-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/image-edit-copy-options-in-exposure/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 18:49:48 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26260 Watch our latest quick tip video and learn how you can reuse adjustments you’ve made to a photo using Exposure’s ability to copy and paste image edits.

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Exposure’s ability to copy and paste image edits is a great way reuse adjustments you’ve made to a photo. This saves you from having to start the editing process from scratch on each image.

Watch our latest quick tip video to learn how to copy and paste your photo edits. We’ll show you how to quickly choose which adjustments to copy to the clipboard, and how to apply them to other photos.

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Exposure X3 Feature Improvements and Expanded RAW Support https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-x3-feature-improvements-and-expanded-raw-support/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-x3-feature-improvements-and-expanded-raw-support/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:27:14 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26254 We’ve released several minor updates to Exposure X3 that include feature enhancements such as new export workflow options, expanded camera and lens support, and more.

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We have released several minor updates to Exposure X3 since the release of the Complete Workflow Update last month. These updates are free to anyone who owns Exposure X3.

You can check to see if you have the latest version of Exposure right in the program. Choose Check for Updates from the Help menu. If an update is available, Exposure will provide you with a link to download the update installer.

Feature Improvements

Included in the latest updates are several feature enhancements:

  • Live font preview for text and metadata watermarks
  • Improved visibility of the vignette placement indicator
  • A new option to choose your export folder destination at the time of export
  • Creation time of exported photos now matches the original image capture time
  • Performance optimization for large keyword libraries
  • Stability improvements

Camera Support

The updates add support for these cameras:

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
  • Fujifilm X-H1
  • Hasselblad X1D
  • Olympus Stylus 1s
  • Panasonic DC-G9
  • Sony A7 Mark III

Lens Support

The updates also add support for these lenses:

  • Fujifilm
    • GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR
    • GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR
    • GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR
    • GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR
    • GF 110mm f/2 R LM WR
    • GF 120mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Macro
  • Panasonic
    • Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0
  • Sony
    • FE 12-24mm f/4 G
    • FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS

Your Feedback

Many of the enhancements we make to Exposure are in response to user requests. Thank you for taking the time to connect with us and for telling us about the features you need. Your feedback helps us continue to make Exposure the fastest way to bring your vision to life.

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Black and White Editing in Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/black-and-white-editing-in-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/black-and-white-editing-in-exposure/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:27:53 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26231 This tutorial video will show you techniques for converting color images into stunning black and white photographs using Exposure.

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Converting your color images into black and white opens up a world of new creative possibilities for your work. Exposure provides you with complete control over the process of converting them. You can use Exposure’s fantastic black and white presets, or you can build a black and white treatment using Exposure’s editing tools.

Watch our Black and White Editing video to learn how to convert your color image to a compelling black and white image using Exposure. You’ll learn useful tips to enhance the subject matter of your photos with tonal edits, vignettes, sharpening, and more.

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Exposure’s Gradient Tools Quick Tip https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposures-gradient-tools-quick-tip/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposures-gradient-tools-quick-tip/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:15:36 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26193 Watch our latest quick tip video and learn how you can control and seamlessly blend any of the effects you apply in Exposure using the gradient tools.

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The gradient tools in Exposure provide a great way to achieve a blended, seamless combination of effects in your images. The radial, planar, and half-planar shapes are an easy and powerful way to specify where effects are applied to your image.

Watch our latest quick tip video to see Exposure’s gradient tools in action. We’ll show you how to darken an overexposed sky, how to apply a preset to part of an image, and more.

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Enhancing Your Photos in Exposure with Dodge and Burn https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/enhancing-your-photos-in-exposure-with-dodge-and-burn/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/enhancing-your-photos-in-exposure-with-dodge-and-burn/#respond Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:23:15 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26148 Dodge and burn is a particularly valuable post-processing technique. Exposure’s efficient dodge and burn tools help you work quickly at a detailed level.

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Since the early days of film photography, photographers have used dodging and burning to enhance their photos. Simply stated, dodging lightens and burning darkens the areas where you apply the effect. The terms themselves are based on the darkroom technique for controlling the exposure of an analog print by exposing some areas more, and some areas less. Dodging and burning can be used to rescue areas with under or overexposure, or to manipulate photos creatively and give them more punch. This article shows you how to perform non-destructive dodging and burning in Exposure.

Dodge and Burn Effects in Exposure

Exposure’s layers and local adjustment tools enable you to apply dodge and burn effects to your images with precise control. You will need at least two layers since dodging and burning are separate effects. One layer is needed for the dodge effect, which increases the exposure values of the area it’s applied to. And one layer is needed for the burn effect, which decreases the exposure values of the area it’s applied to. Each layer has its own opacity slider, which enables you to seamlessly blend the effect with your image. If you have any questions about using Exposure’s layers, check out our Non-destructive Layers video.

Exposure’s brush tool enables you to quickly create precise selections for your dodge and burn adjustments. To speed up the brushing process, you can set different brush parameters for two brushes to make brushing faster. For example, you can set up a large brush for applying adjustments quickly, and define a smaller brush for fine-tuning details. For dodging and burning specifically, we recommend you use a brush with a low Flow amount. This enables you to slowly and accurately build up effects with numerous brush strokes.

Another option to apply an effect to part of an image is with Exposure’s gradient tools, which enable you to make seamless, natural fades between effects. You can combine several gradients on a single layer, and you can use them in conjunction with brush strokes. Using brushing and gradients together enables you to selectively apply effects with a natural fade and with detailed placement. To learn more about using Exposure’s brush and gradient tools, watch our Local Adjustments video.

Common Dodge and Burn Scenarios

Because dodge and burn are creative techniques, the results you achieve are only governed by your creativity and imagination. One rule of thumb when creating these effects is that subtle dodge and burn effects are more forgiving, and will appear more believable. Below are three real-world dodge and burn examples to learn from.

Use Case 1: Emphasis and Balance

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In this photo from Jay Cassario, dodging enhanced the bright light pouring into the scene from the window, while burning on the right brought balance to the composition.

dodge and burnExposure’s efficient workflow enables you to process large volumes of images at a remarkable pace. This is especially useful for wedding and event photographers who can have thousands of images to edit from a single event.

Use Case 2: Subtle Sculpting

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This example from Andrew Foord demonstrates how a subtle application of dodging and burning the model’s contours give her more of a pop.

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Dodging and burning are useful tools for enhancing portraits. Consider the contrast of the main features, such as the hair, eyes, and skin. Each feature will require a different treatment in order to look its best. Dodging and burning gives you that fine control over the tonality in small concentrated areas.

Use Case 3: Creative Contrast

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In this image by Dave Brosha, dodge and burn effects give the finished photo more dimensionality. Dodging increased the brightness in the layers of fog, and burning deepened the shadows in the lines of trees. The added contrast between the dark and light elements in the photo enhance the illusion of depth.

after dodge and burnThe linear aspect of this image’s composition made it a good candidate for using Exposure’s gradient tools. Several gradients were applied to the dodge and the burn layers to create the effect. Each gradient has an individual opacity slider in Exposure, in addition to the layer opacity control. These combined controls enable you to make very fine adjustments to the effect strength.

Dodging and burning originated many years ago in the darkroom with analog film. In today’s digital photography, the principles remain remarkably useful. Whether you are a seasoned pro, or brand new to photography, dodging and burning are techniques you should consider using in your workflow for putting the finishing touches on your photos. Exposure’s tools help you efficiently complete your dodging and burning.

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Customizing Exposure’s Workspace https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/customizing-exposures-workspace/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/customizing-exposures-workspace/#respond Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:48:35 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26134 Customizing your workspace in Exposure can make your photo editing more efficient. This quick tip video shows you how to configure Exposure’s panels to match your workflow preferences.

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Customizing your workspace in Exposure is a great way to improve your editing efficiency. By manipulating the arrangement and visibility of Exposure’s panels for your specific workflow, you can put the tools you need at your fingertips, and hide any panels that you won’t use. Doing this will help you stay in the creative editing zone as you work.

Watch our latest quick tip video and learn about the customization options available to you in Exposure’s user interface. You’ll hear advice about how to configure Exposure’s panels, such as using Solo mode when editing on a smaller monitor. Regardless of your editing scenario, you can structure Exposure’s workspace how you’d like it to be. Check out the video and learn how to make Exposure’s layout perfect for your editing needs.

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Exposure’s New Printing Capability https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposures-new-printing-capability/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposures-new-printing-capability/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:00:35 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26124 Printing capability is among several new features available in the Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update. Watch this tutorial and learn the foundational principles of making prints, or preparing your photos for print, using Exposure.

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The Exposure X3 Complete Workflow update provides powerful new functionality, including printing. In this tutorial video, you will learn the basics of printing, and preparing your images for print, using Exposure’s new print capability.

Exposure’s print dialog provides several helpful tools that make the printing process especially flexible. You can easily apply integrated watermarks and use Exposure’s ability to print a grid of images as a contact sheet. This video shows you how to set the output size of the images you’re printing, and how to adjust spacing and margins, even when printing more than one photo per page. Additionally, Exposure’s output sharpening feature helps your prints look crisp regardless of the type of paper you print on.

Watch the video to learn all about printing photos in Exposure.

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The Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update is Here! https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-x3-complete-workflow-update/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-x3-complete-workflow-update/#comments Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:00:43 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=25951 A substantial new update to the Exposure X3 creative photo editor is now available. The Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update provides new features that greatly enhance your ability to create beautiful images and master your workflow. And it’s free to anyone who already owns Exposure X3.

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Introducing the Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update. Powerful new features enhance your creativity and make Exposure able to handle additional steps in your workflow.

I’m excited to announce that a substantial new update to Exposure X3 is here. The Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update is the latest version of our award-winning creative photo editor, which greatly enhances your ability to create beautiful images and master your workflow. This update is free to anyone who already owns Exposure X3.

If you own Exposure X3, open the Help menu and choose Check for Updates. Exposure will then provide you with a link to the correct update installer.

Here are the new features and enhancements:

Greater Control over Color and White Balance

New HSL tools enable you to adjust the hue, luminance, and saturation for each color. In addition, you can easily target specific colors in your image for detailed adjustments using Exposure’s new targeted adjustment tool.

If you’re editing RAW images that record white balance data, you can now specify precise Kelvin values to correct for lighting conditions and unwanted color casts. New white balance presets give you a quick way to set the Kelvin temperature for a specific type of light.

Printing

You can now print your photos directly from Exposure. Apply watermarks, print a grid of images as a contact sheet, and apply sharpening appropriate for your paper selection. Additional settings and an image preview window make it easy to adjust your print parameters exactly as you want them.

Collections and Keywords

When you copy photos from a card, they are now automatically added to a Last Copy from Card collection. Further, you can add images to a collection you choose when copying from a card. You also have more flexibility when working with keywords — you can more easily remove them from your image, add and remove them from a keyword set, and import keyword sets from other photo editors such as Lightroom.

Watermarks

Any of your image metadata can now be applied as a watermark. If you choose capture time as your watermark, you can set your own custom format. It’s also now easier to place your watermark precisely in your image thanks to new keyboard shortcuts.

Exposure’s Export menu now displays a visual preview of how your watermark looks on your image.

Side-by-Side View

In response to customers who wanted to view even more images on-screen in side-by-side view, you can now view up to six images at once. We’ve also made it easier to see which presets you’ve selected when in Audition Preset mode.

And More

You can now make backup copies of your images directly from Exposure’s Copy from Card window. Exposure now supports a greater number of Canon, Fujifilm, and Sony cameras and lenses. The update also adds 15 new presets that mimic the in-camera film simulations in Fujifilm cameras.

Exposure Bundle Updates

We’ve also updated the Exposure Bundle to include the Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update as its central app. The bundle integrates all of our award-winning photo apps: Exposure, Snap Art, and Blow Up.

The Fastest Way to Bring Your Vision to Life

Exposure is the creative photo editor that enables you to quickly bring your creative vision to life. Its creative tools and fast, intuitive approach increase the creativity of your post-processing workflow. Plug-in support is included, so you can use Exposure’s advanced editing tools in Photoshop or Lightroom.

If you haven’t tried Exposure before, you can download a free, fully-functional 30-day trial.

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Overall Intensity Control Quick Tip https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/overall-intensity-control-quick-tip/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/overall-intensity-control-quick-tip/#respond Thu, 08 Mar 2018 19:08:09 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=25967 This quick tip video is all about Exposure's overall intensity slider. You can use it to adjust the strength of Exposure's combined effects with a single slider adjustment.

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This quick tip video shows you several different ways to use Exposure’s Overall Intensity slider. It’s an important control parameter positioned at the very top of Exposure’s right dock. With this single control, you can adjust the blend of most of the edits you make to your images, including any effect layers, all at once.

Watch the video to see how the Overall Intensity slider behaves when you’re editing color photos vs. black and white images. And you’ll learn which edits the Overall Intensity slider will make adjustments to and which edits it will exclude.

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New Features for Color Photo Editing in Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/new-features-for-color-photo-editing-in-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/new-features-for-color-photo-editing-in-exposure/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:47:10 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=25963 The Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update is coming out soon. Learn how you can easily make major enhancements to color in your images using new tools coming in the update.

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The Exposure X3 Complete Workflow update is almost here, and it brings several new feature upgrades. The update is free for all owners of Exposure X3. In this tutorial video, you will see some of the new color editing functionality in action.

Color Temperature

Exposure’s temperature slider measures the color temperature of an image in Kelvin units, which is useful for removing color casts from a photo. When shooting in conditions where the color temperature of the light is known, adjusting the white balance manually can produce better results than a camera’s automatic white balance adjustment.

Color Adjustments

The majority of your color editing workflow in Exposure takes place in color panel. The video shows you where and how to make broad color tweaks in that panel such as adding a color filter or gentle cooling or warming effects. You can easily take your workflow further by making detailed color adjustments using Exposure’s new Hue, Saturation, and Luminance controls. In addition, Exposure’s new color targeted adjustment tool enables you to make enhancements to color with precision and ease.

 

Watch the video to learn about Exposure’s new color editing tools, and stay tuned for our release announcement this month.

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Exposure’s Keyword Speed Quick Tip Video https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposures-keyword-speed-quick-tip-video/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposures-keyword-speed-quick-tip-video/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:39:22 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=25893 This quick tip video demonstrates several techniques for using Exposure’s keyword features to speed up your photo organizing workflow.

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Want to learn some helpful workflow techniques for photo keywording in Exposure? This quick video will show you how to become more proficient in using keywords. Learn how to fast track the process by applying keywords automatically at the beginning of your workflow when copying photos from camera cards. Learn the benefits of using parent/child keywords, and how they can provide additional time-saving speed when you’re searching for photos. Tap into the power of keyword sets, which is especially beneficial if you photograph different genres. This quick video shows you how.

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New Enhancements Coming in the Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-x3-update-new-enhancements/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-x3-update-new-enhancements/#comments Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:10:07 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=25884 The Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update is coming soon. Learn more about what to expect in the update by watching our New Enhancements video.

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A major update to Exposure X3 is coming next month. This video shows you many of the new enhancements included in the Complete Workflow Update, so take a look to learn what’s new. This update is free for all owners of Exposure X3.

HSL Tools

Among the most exciting enhancements are new HSL tools that will enable you to adjust the hue, luminance, and saturation for each color. In addition, you’ll be able to target specific colors in your image for detailed adjustments using Exposure’s new targeted adjustment tool.

Color Temperature

If you’re editing RAW images that record white balance data, you’ll also be able to specify precise Kelvin values to correct for lighting conditions and unwanted color casts.

Printing

Printing is another new addition in this update. You’ll be able to print your photos directly from Exposure. You can apply watermarks and print a grid of images as a contact sheet. Additional settings and an image preview window make it easy to adjust your print parameters exactly as you want them.

And More

Watch the video to learn more about these and the other enhancements, and keep an eye out for our release announcement next month.

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Guide to Making Custom Photo Presets in Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/guide-to-making-custom-presets-in-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/guide-to-making-custom-presets-in-exposure/#comments Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:00:10 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=25857 This informative video guide provides lots of useful tips for making and customizing Exposure presets.

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The video above teaches you some best practices to follow when you create custom photo presets in Exposure. Building your own signature looks in Exposure is a simple process. Custom presets can significantly speed up your post-processing workflow while making your photos consistently show your unique style.

After watching the tutorial, you will know the best way to get started, how to keep your presets library organized, and what things to consider while you’re building custom looks. You will hear advice for which photo to use when making presets to get the best results. And there are suggestions for what order to make slider adjustments to keep your workflow efficient. Learn all this and more in our video guide.

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Batch Edit Photos in Exposure Quick Tip https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/batch-edit-photos-in-exposure-quick-tip/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/batch-edit-photos-in-exposure-quick-tip/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:29:25 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=25860 This quick tip video demonstrates how Exposure’s accelerated workflow enables editing batches of images simultaneously.

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At Alien Skin, we like to keep things fresh, so we’re launching a new series of tutorials called Quick Tips. These videos are intended to cover a specific editing or workflow technique.

The workflow in this video starts with unedited images. It has two simple steps. First, basic adjustments are made to give all images from a session consistent exposure. Then, one of Exposure’s presets is added in a separate layer. Separating the preset from the other adjustments enables you to make independent modifications to each portion of the look. In Exposure, you can make changes to all the photos you select at the same time, which is a great way to maximize your editing efficiency.

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Creating Gorgeous Grain Effects in Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/creating-gorgeous-grain-effects-in-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/creating-gorgeous-grain-effects-in-exposure/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:00:01 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=25785 Learn techniques for applying grain effects to your images in Exposure.

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The tutorial above teaches you how to create and control grain effects. If you love the aesthetic of grain, or if you are drawn to the nostalgia of analog film, then Exposure’s creative options are just for you.

After watching the video, you will know what grain actually is, develop a strategy to visually break grain effects down into basic components, and know how to apply and control grain effects in Exposure. Additionally, you’ll learn how to get the most out of applying grain effects to your images, such as using grain to enhance a noisy image or what size grain works best with specific photography types.

Exposure features an extensive array of grain controls, which enable you to modify grain effects with high precision or create your own unique grain looks.

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Metadata Keywords Best Practices https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/metadata-keywords-best-practices/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/metadata-keywords-best-practices/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 21:02:15 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=25721 The more information you add to your images using keywords, the more potential value your images have. You can easily find the precise image you’re looking for in Exposure using keywords.

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Keywords are a descriptive form of photo metadata. They are used to contain information about the visual content of the image, such as a headline, title, or captions. Keywords assign or tag meaningful words to your photos. Similar to how Instagram uses hashtags, they enable you to sort images quickly and with pinpoint accuracy. In this article, we’ll talk about how you can benefit from using them in your workflow.

The speed of using metadata keywords can add value to your photo library, for example, you can find the perfect shot to submit to a photo contest, or you can build a bespoke collection of your work for commercial inquiries in hardly any time at all. The more information you add to your images using keywords, the more potential value your images have.

Keep keywords organized

There are lots of ways photographers use keywords to tag images in Exposure. One word of advice when applying keywords is to be methodical. There are tools in Exposure that can help you keep your keywords organized. Keyword sets help organize your keywords, and they can help avoid problems caused by inconsistent keyword use. A keyword set is a collection of keywords under a common category.

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You can build detailed sets in Exposure that include keywords you associate together. In this example image from Kate Hailey, the keywords set ‘Animals’ contains the keyword ‘Owl.’ This enables you to search your photo library using the broader parent term ‘Animal,’ to find images for the specialized term ‘Owl.’

Pro keyword advice

Educator, photographer, and avid traveler Kate Hailey uses keywords for her organizing. She believes that the more keywords you use, the better. Kate suggests that you apply keywords liberally. The more time you spend at the front end of your workflow tagging images with unique combinations of keywords, the easier it is to sort through them in the future, which saves you a lot of time in the end.

Kate summarizes it this way: “I find it easiest to apply keywords immediately. Mostly because if I don’t add them at the front end of my workflow, I’ll forget. So I recommend that to anyone out there. Take care of the organization of your images, immediately.

I have about 1,500 keywords in my photo library. That includes tags like the film cameras and film types I shoot with because films scans don’t have any metadata of their own. I also tag the type of gear I shoot with, so I can find images shot specifically with a Yongnuo speedlite, for example. Keywords give me a way to narrow my image library down from 200,000 images to 60 images, fast.”

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When applying keywords, include conceptual terms, such as the keyword ‘nutrition’ Niall Benvie used when describing this photo.

Photographer, designer, and writer Niall Benvie has developed a thorough system for keywording his extensive photo library. His keywording methods make sorting through his work to find specific photos lightning-fast.

In Niall’s words, “Keywords are central to simple image management. Digital images without keywords are the equivalent of shoeboxes full of negatives. That makes it very hard to find what you are looking for. In my system, every image gets keywords. This enables me to find any image I want in no time by simply searching with them. Lots of photographers organize their images using folders, but a folder system can’t contain as much information as keywords can. I start my workflow by applying keywords to the entire shoot, and then I select subsets of photos with similar features and add more specific information.”

Kyle Ford includes descriptive keywords for what you see in the image, such as Utah, Hike, and Zion National Park. He also assigns descriptive terms how the image was made, such as listing the camera gear he used, the names of people in the shots, and other general info like the image orientation.

Seattle commercial, lifestyle, and adventure photographer Kyle Ford religiously uses keywords for all of his work. He heavily depends on keywords as the backbone of his photo organizing structure.

When talking about using keywords, Kyle said, “I use keywords on everything — and I do mean everything — I shoot. I will add keywords for general information such as the location and type of shoot, weather, camera, year, name of person, job, etc. I do this for weddings, elopement sessions, portraits, landscapes, commercial, and even my own personal work.

My reasoning for using keywords on everything is simple: no one knows what the future will bring. I first started using keywords because they used to translate straight to Flickr keywords, which was an important part of my workflow at that time. Now they can be used for SEO purposes, so it’s a good habit for me to keep doing. Maybe even Instagram will use metadata keywords automatically, someday.”

 

By taking the time to add keywords to your images in Exposure, you can make finding images in the largest photo libraries a quick and easy task. Check out our Organizing with Keywords video to learn more about using keywords in Exposure.

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