Alien Skin Software https://www.alienskin.com Simple Tools. Simply Beautiful. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:59:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shooting Tethered with Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/shooting-tethered-with-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/shooting-tethered-with-exposure/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:00:49 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=27335 Folder monitoring in Exposure enables tethered shooting workflows. You can preview images on a large screen, cull, edit, apply presets and more, immediately after taking the shot. Watch this video to learn how.

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Folder monitoring in Exposure enables tethered shooting workflows, which can significantly streamline studio photo sessions. When shooting tethered with Exposure, you can display images on a large screen as your camera captures them, enabling you to immediately cull them, verify precise focus, analyze your lighting, study each photo’s details, and show them to your client. Additionally, Exposure can automatically assign organizational keywords and apply your favorite presets to your images as your camera records each shot, saving you lots of time and enabling you and your client to decide on the right look during the shoot.

Watch this video and learn how to use Exposure for tethered shooting. We’ll demonstrate the entire process from plugging a tethering cable into your camera and setting up a monitored folder, through shooting, culling, and applying edits. You’ll learn how to make Exposure automatically assign creative presets or a set of keywords to your images as you click the shutter, and more.

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Our Daily Photo Feature https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/our-daily-photo-feature/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/our-daily-photo-feature/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:02:06 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=27338 For a chance to be featured in one of our daily Instagram reposts, use our #myexposureedit hashtag on the best work you create using Exposure. Learn more about submitting, and see some of our favorite posts using that tag.

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In April 2017, we launched our #myexposureedit Instagram hashtag, and since then we’ve reposted a feature image that uses that hashtag nearly every day. Recently, the #myexposureedit tag hit a huge milestone of over 16k posts!

Do you follow Alien Skin on Instagram? If you don’t already, pay us a visit at instagram.com/alienskinsoftware/ and see all the inspiring work we feature.

If you would like to have your work considered for our daily feature posts, use the #myexposureedit on images you’ve edited in Exposure. Please avoid posting images with borders, because they can look incomplete when they are automatically cropped for our grid. And please consider that we have a diverse audience, so we only repost family friendly photos.

Our reposts always include the original post and tags to provide credit. We thank the photographer on their original post, and usually create an Instagram Story featuring the image. Additionally, we share the #myexposureedit posts at different times of day to accommodate our fans all around the world.

Check out some of our favorite shots shared using the #myexposureedit tag:

 

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Thank you to everyone who has used the #myexposureedit hashtag! Please continue to use the hashtag on the great work you make with Exposure and even mention us in your IG stories, too.

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Toggling Dock Visibility in Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/toggling-dock-visibility-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/toggling-dock-visibility-exposure/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:00:11 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=27321 In this quick tip video, we show you how to control the visibility of Exposure's docks with keyboard shortcuts. This enables you to quickly hide controls that you aren't using, so you can see more of your image.

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Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to streamline your photo editing and organizing processes in Exposure. The key combinations to open and close the docks are particularly useful. They eliminate the need to move your mouse to the edges of the screen to show or hide docks, providing you instant access to changing your view. Hiding the docks enables you to view your photos larger, which helps you stay in the creative editing zone. These keyboard shortcuts can be used at any point in your workflow.

Watch the video and see how to control docks in Exposure using the keyboard. We’ll show you several shortcuts that close and open individual docks, or all of them at once. You’ll see how they help you effortlessly change between photo editing and organizing tasks.

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Migrating from Lightroom to Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/migrating-from-lightroom-to-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/migrating-from-lightroom-to-exposure/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:00:26 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=27307 Exposure’s migration tool makes it easy to transfer large Lightroom libraries to Exposure. Watch this video to learn how it works.

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Exposure’s Lightroom migration tool enables you to easily transfer images, keywords, collections, and other metadata from your Lightroom catalog into Exposure.

The migration tool includes the essential metadata for each image in your photo library, like culling and naming info. It converts your Lightroom library folders into Exposure bookmarks, so your organization system remains the same. There are useful migration options, such as only copying keywords you’ve applied to images in your library, or including your entire library of keywords (which includes parent/child hierarchies). The process of migrating from Lightroom to Exposure is fully automatic and easy to use.

Watch the video and learn how to transfer your Lightroom catalogs to Exposure using the migration tool. We’ll show you which metadata options you can select to bring forward, such as keywords, copyright, name, address, collections, collection sets, and more.

For further information about what Lightroom metadata is recognized by Exposure, read this article.

The Lightroom migration tool was introduced in Exposure X4. Earlier versions do not have a migration tool. If you own an earlier version of Exposure, you can manually move your work and data from Lightroom. This article shows you how.

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Exposure’s Informative Histogram Tools https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposures-informative-histogram-tools/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposures-informative-histogram-tools/#respond Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:00:16 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=27283 Our latest video demonstrates how Exposure’s Histogram panel tools can give you additional information about the tones in your photos, which can help you make creative decisions when editing.

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The tools in Exposure’s Histogram panel provide you with helpful information about the tones in your images. These tools include clipping warnings, which highlight the areas where highlight and shadow detail is lost in your photos so you can adjust your edit to compensate. Exposure’s clipping thresholds can easily be customized to include more of the brightest or darkest tones in your images. And you can use Exposure’s display of the RGB values of a sampled area in your photo to scrutinize the colors carefully.

Watch this video and learn how to use the clipping warnings to guide your editing adjustments. You’ll see how you can modify the clipping thresholds, and how to closely-examine sampled tones in your photos with Exposure’s RGB display.

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In Search of the Perfect Image Look https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/in-search-of-the-perfect-image-look/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/in-search-of-the-perfect-image-look/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2018 14:00:23 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=27260 Michael Schnabl relies on Exposure to get the most out of his Fujifilm RAW photos and to help create the final looks for his portraits.

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When I started to work intensively on image editing about twelve years ago, I quickly realized that a cool color look or first-class black-and-white conversion is enormously important for the first impression of a picture. A favorable first impression is what leads viewers to take a longer, more careful look at an image.

Let’s consider that every day, hundreds of millions of images are uploaded to social media, photo communities and photo agencies. We have to deal with hundreds, even thousands of images we see every day. And then think about it, how many of them can you still can remember the next day? One, two, or maybe three. Average photos have absolutely no chance. An image that remains in our memory must have something special. This can be a breathtaking landscape, a particularly beautiful or striking person, or even provocative image content. A beautiful color look or an impressive black and white conversion support the image statement and increase the impact enormously.

So we must find tools that help us achieve this level of impact.

Lightroom and Photoshop very quickly became my constantly used tools in image editing, but I was always on the lookout for software that could better support my desire to create perfect, memorable images. I bought several different plugins, downloaded tons of presets for Lightroom, but I could not quite reach the classy look I imagined. Color Efex, Viveza, and Silver Efex from Nik were already a huge step forward and my pictures improved quite enormously through the use of these three plug ins. In 2012, Google took over Nik with the negative side effect that, at the time, the software was no longer developed any further. I do not need to explain what this means in a time when the digital world is spinning faster every day.

I think it was early 2014 when Alien Skin’s Exposure was recommended to me by a friend. He used the software in all his pictures to give them the finishing touch and was really excited about it. I did some research and quickly realized that Exposure was being used by some of the top photographers I followed. Many of these photographers had exactly the color look in their pictures that I liked so much. So I downloaded a trial version of Exposure 5 and started experimenting with it.

I quickly discovered that Exposure combined the functionality of multiple plug-ins while being well-arranged and easy to use. It was soon very clear to me that my search had come to an end and I finally had a plug-in with Exposure that enabled me to produce exactly the color looks I wanted.

In contrast to Color Efex or Silver Efex, Exposure has been continuously developed since that time, and the currently available Exposure X4 is now an excellent RAW developer and organizer with countless presets in color and black and white. But Exposure can do a lot more, replacing a whole range of programs and plugins that were needed in the past to achieve something similar. In addition, Exposure is very intuitive and has a very attractive price-performance ratio.

Exposure is particularly recommended for users of Fujifilm cameras because it clearly gets more out of Fuji RAF image data than Lightroom.

The extensive functionality of Exposure, which also includes layers, makes Photoshop superfluous in many fields. You will probably find Exposure to be an all-in-one program that leaves nothing to be desired.

RAW development with Exposure is really intuitive and the image quality you get out of your RAW files is amazing.

My Exposure Workflow

I’m currently in the process of completely switching my RAW development to Exposure, making Lightroom unnecessary in the future.

After copying the pictures from a shoot to my hard drive, I open the folder with the browser in Exposure. I rate the top pictures that I want to edit with five stars, so that I can quickly find them later. Anyone familiar with Lightroom will find themselves comfortable with Exposure immediately, as the basic structure is quite similar. The big difference is that Exposure does not create catalogs, but uses the folder structure of the operating system via browser, as it is known, for example, from Bridge. This is a point many will welcome who could never make friends with catalogs.

With the RAW development, I’m only interested in adjusting the white balance and making some minor changes in saturation, colors, and exposure. The final color look or the black and white conversion I make only at the end.

First, I send the picture from Exposure to Photoshop as a TIFF, for some beauty retouching features that go beyond Exposure. These would be the liquify filter and also advanced retouching methods such as the frequency separation to obtain even skin. In addition, I usually insert a different background in Photoshop, preferably a texture from my Fine Art Textures Collections.

For skin retouching, I still use Photoshop for some advanced techniques that aren’t currently in Exposure, but you will also find some great retouching tools in Exposure, like skin smoothing, blemish removal, and eye and teeth enhancement.

After this work, the image goes back to Exposure where I create the final color look or alternatively the black and white conversion. This switching between the programs works absolutely seamlessly and quickly.

In Exposure, I love the possibility of quickly comparing the effects of different presets and one of the biggest advantages over Lightroom is being able to adjust the opacity of the presets or to combine several presets. When it comes to achieving the final image look, there is in my opinion currently no program that comes even close to the variety that Exposure provides.

For the final look I use Exposure again, where I combine presets in Exposure’s layers.

Since I discovered Exposure, I have gradually uninstalled one plugin after the other, which makes post-production much clearer. Exposure is the only program I use in addition to Lightroom and Photoshop, and the final look of almost all my pictures bears the unmistakable signature of this ingenious software.

I particularly appreciate being able to quickly compare the look of different presets.

Here are some of my images with the final look made with Exposure. I hope you enjoy them, and find that they stand out.

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Exposure X4 is now Available! https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-x4-announcement/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-x4-announcement/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:00:32 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=27042 Exposure X4 is now available! It's the newest version of our award-winning photo editor and organizer and includes powerful new features and a giant leap forward in RAW processing.

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I’m excited to announce the release of Exposure X4, the newest version of our award-winning photo editor and organizer. Powerful new features and a giant leap forward in RAW processing quality make Exposure X4 the best choice for creating beautiful photos.

Among the new features are the following:

RAW Processing Enhancements

Improved shadow and highlight recovery enables you to extract the maximum amount of detail from your RAW images, and faster photo processing times speed up your editing.

Fully Adjustable Light Effects

Exposure’s high-quality light effects are now fully adjustable, so you can rotate and place them anywhere in your image, enabling a whole new level of creative possibilities.

Transform Tools

Exposure’s new transform tools enable you to easily correct tilted or skewed perspective, such as keystoning of buildings.

Smart Collections

Exposure now helps you organize your photo library by automatically populating collections based on camera data and metadata criteria that you apply. Shutter speed, keywords, ratings, and color labels are just some of the metadata that Exposure queries to build a smart collection. It’s a great way to speed up your photo library organization, helping you quickly find specific images in your collection.

Monitored Folders for Tethered Shooting

You can now edit, cull, and share your images in Exposure with a client or subject during a shoot thanks to Exposure’s new monitored folders that support tethered shooting. You can even have Exposure automatically apply one or more of its gorgeous presets to your images immediately after you take them.

Speed Enhancements

Image rendering is now up to 30% faster, file exporting is now up to 60% faster, and launch times have been reduced by a third, thanks to improvements in Exposure’s rendering engine.

Additional Features

  • Support for new cameras and lenses
  • Print presets for easy printing straight from Exposure
  • Lightroom migration tool helps you move your workflow from Lightroom to Exposure
  • Expanded workflow options that improve image copying and exporting

Visit the Exposure features page to see a full list of the new features.

If you purchased Exposure X3 on or after July 1st, 2018, we’ll be sending you a free upgrade to Exposure X4 soon. If you purchased any version of Exposure before July 1st, you can use your license code to upgrade to Exposure X4 for the upgrade price of $99.

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Improved Shadow and Highlight Recovery in Exposure X4 https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/improved-shadow-highlight-recovery-exposure-x4/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/improved-shadow-highlight-recovery-exposure-x4/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:00:41 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=27014 Watch our preview video and see how you can recover more details from deep shadows and harsh highlights with Exposure X4’s improved Highlights and Shadows controls.

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Exposure X4 is right around the corner, and it will bring powerful new options for editing your images. One area in the new version where Exposure has greatly improved is in recovering lost detail from shadows and highlights in RAW images. These refined controls help you transform under or overexposed shots into gorgeous, striking photos.

Watch our preview video to see how Exposure brings back detail from deep shadows in underexposed areas of an image. You’ll see how Exposure’s outstanding RAW editing quality can elevate your photos to another level.

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Transform Tools in Exposure X4 https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/transform-tools-in-exposure-x4/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/transform-tools-in-exposure-x4/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:00:47 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26993 See how you can easily make corrections to lens perspective and keystone distortion with Exposure X4’s new transform tools in our feature video.

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Exposure X4’s new transform tools are a great way to correct for lens perspective and keystone distortion in your images. This new functionality enables you to correct tilted or skewed perspectives easily.

Watch this video to see Exposure’s new transform tools in action. We’ll show you how to quickly correct a keystoning effect, which typically happens when you shoot upward at a tall building. By the end, you’ll see how Exposure makes optical distortion easy to fix by giving you tons of control over image perspective, scale, position, and more.

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Using the “Ask” Custom Text Option when Naming Files https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/using-ask-custom-text-option-when-naming-files/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/using-ask-custom-text-option-when-naming-files/#respond Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:00:50 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26931 Learn how Exposure’s “Ask” custom text option can prompt you for text to use in file names. It can be used to streamline copying, renaming, and exporting photos.

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Exposure’s “Ask”’ custom text option simplifies file and folder naming. It eliminates the need to update naming templates each time they are used. When you begin importing, exporting, or renaming files, the “Ask” option prompts you for the text to use in file names. You can set other naming components in Exposure, such as the date the photo was taken or a numeric sequence, to operate in conjunction with the “Ask” option for more versatility.

Watch our latest quick tip video and see real-world applications of integrating the “Ask” custom text option into your workflow. We’ll show you how it can help you organize images when copying files from cards, and how to include it in export profiles to quickly export files for different uses.

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Enhanced Light Effects in Exposure X4 https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/enhanced-light-effects-in-exposure-x4/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/enhanced-light-effects-in-exposure-x4/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2018 15:00:50 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26907 Control light effects like never before with Exposure X4’s new enhanced light effect options, which you can freely move and rotate to the perfect position in your images.

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Exposure X4 will be here soon, and it will bring loads of new functionality. One enhancement to get excited about is the expanded control over Exposure’s high-quality light effects. Light effects are a great way to elevate your photos with a new level of creative options. With Exposure X4, you can precisely position and rotate light effects, enabling impressive new creative looks.

Watch the video to see the creative freedom Exposure X4’s enhanced light effects provide. We’ll show you how to customize the look with adjustments to overlay opacity, blend mode options, position, rotation, and more. We also show you how to protect areas in your images from light effect overlays.

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Smart Collections in Exposure X4 https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/smart-collections-in-exposure-x4/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/smart-collections-in-exposure-x4/#comments Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:56:56 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26911 Save massive amounts of time managing photos with the powerful new smart collections functionality coming in Exposure X4.

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Exposure X4 is on the way, and we are excited to tell you about the addition of smart collections. Smart collections organize photos automatically using criteria you specify. You can now populate collections using keywords, ratings, flags, or camera data like exposure time, shutter speed, or ISO. Exposure will instantly update the smart collection with any images on your computer that match, freeing you from the task of manually adding and removing photos.

In this video, we demonstrate how to easily create a new smart collection for a stock image project. We show you how to define collection criteria using keywords and star ratings. Exposure’s smart collection then automatically includes the appropriate photos, saving you a lot of time.

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Exposure X4 Is Coming Soon! https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-x4-is-coming-soon/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-x4-is-coming-soon/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:00:29 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26885 We are delighted to announce the upcoming release of Exposure X4. It's the latest version of our award-winning non-destructive RAW photo editor and organizer, and it includes lots of helpful new features.

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Exposure X4

I’m excited to announce the upcoming release of Exposure X4. It’s the latest version of our advanced photo editor and organizer, and it brings with it powerful new capabilities. Photographers of all genres will find Exposure X4 to be the only app they need to create gorgeous images and master their workflow in a fast, intuitive way.

Here’s what you can look forward to when Exposure X4 is available:

  • Improvements to Exposure’s RAW processing system
  • Perspective and keystone correction to minimize or eliminate optical distortion
  • Enhanced light effects that you can move and rotate freely anywhere in your image
  • Smart collections
 that automatically populate based on photo criteria that you choose
  • Faster file exporting and launch times
  • Lightroom migration tool that brings your Lightroom organizational metadata over into Exposure
  • Monitored folders that support tethered shooting workflows
  • New printing presets
  • Support for new cameras and lenses
  • Expanded workflow options for image copying and exporting

We’ll be announcing the release soon, so watch our blog and social media for news. We’ll also be sending out free upgrades to Exposure X4 to anyone who purchased Exposure X3 on or after July 1st, 2018. If you purchased any version of Exposure before July 1st, your current license code qualifies you for an upgrade price of $99.

If you don’t already own it, now is the perfect time to buy Exposure and take a giant leap forward in your photo editing!

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Black and White Portraits Photo Contest Winner https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/black-and-white-portraits-photo-contest-winner/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/black-and-white-portraits-photo-contest-winner/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:51:12 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26861 Wedding and portrait photographer Elena Morgado won the grand prize for our B&W Portraits photo contest with Tim Grey Learning.

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Congratulations to Elena Morgado for her winning submission to our B&W Portraits photo contest with Tim Grey learning! The grand prize for this contest is one copy of our advanced RAW editor Exposure X3 and a one-year subscription to the GreyLearning Ultimate Bundle. Elena submitted her photo by including the contest hashtags #alienskinphotocontest, #blackandwhiteportraitsphotocontest, and #alienskinexposure.

You can join our next photo contest by submitting your work using the contest hashtags on Instagram and Facebook. We make announcements on all our channels when our contests begin. Keep watch here on the blog or on social media for all the details.

Winner

After completing her collegiate studies in Photography and Cinema and working for several professional photographers, Elena began working as a full-time photographer in 2010 at her own business in Madrid, Spain. A few years later, she moved her wedding and portrait photography business to South West London, England, where she then worked for prestigious photography production companies.

Recently, she opened a photography editing and post-production outsourcing company with a few of her photographer colleagues. Their core values are tailored service and excellent quality.

About the Winning Shot

We asked Elena to tell us about her photo. She said, “I took this picture years ago. I was playing with this lovely little girl trying to improve her grumpiness. At some point, I just started shooting. I really like this picture because it is absolutely natural and reflects the good vibes we shared. I originally edited this picture ages ago with another program but I gave it another go with Exposure. It was taken with natural light very close to a window, which made very intense highlights and shadows. The first thing I did with Exposure was to convert it to black and white. Then, I used a tone curve to increase the exposure, keep the highlights down, and punch the shadows up a bit. I reduced the noise slightly. And I give a push to the reds color sensitivity slider. That was all. I really like how Exposure deals with the highlights, I think it’s more delicate.”

Runners-up

The great-looking photos below are the top tier of submitted shots from the contest. The photographers who took them also win a copy of our advanced, non-destructive RAW photo editor Exposure X3. Great work, everyone who entered!

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Streamlined Exporting with Exposure’s Export Profiles https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/streamlined-exporting-with-exposures-export-profiles/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/streamlined-exporting-with-exposures-export-profiles/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:00:10 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26847 Watch our latest quick tip video and learn how to speed up your exporting workflow using Exposure's export profiles.

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Cruise through your photo exporting workflow with Exposure’s export profiles. They eliminate the need to manually set up export options each time, which greatly speeds up the export process. You can easily define export profiles in Exposure to save images for particular purposes like printing, social media, or client proofs for your website. Export profiles are a great way to specify where you save your images, what size, what file type, what metadata options, and more.

Watch our latest quick tip video and learn how to create, customize, save, and use export profiles in Exposure. We’ll show you how to incorporate this remarkably useful, speed-saving feature into your workflow.

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Exposure From Day One with Denise Chastain https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-from-day-one-with-denise-chastain/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-from-day-one-with-denise-chastain/#comments Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:00:17 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26812 Former professional film photographer Denise Chastain explains some of her favorite aspects of analog film photography and how Exposure gives her access to them.

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Denise began her career as a professional film photographer. When digital cameras took over the industry, she had to give up what she knew and relearn photography using a radically different workflow. She wasn’t too happy about the long and cumbersome post-processing workflow of digital photography. She discovered Exposure soon after moving to a digital camera and fell right at home using it. She tells us why she has loved Exposure from the first time she used it in the article below.

Exposure Gave Me My Film Back

In photography, film was king for a long time. During that golden era of film, chemicals, enlargers, and paper were so popular they could be found almost everywhere. The thought of film disappearing was unthinkable in the late 80’s. Digital cameras eventually overtook the popularity of film equipment, and slowly even basic film resources grew scarce. I knew the change was here when labs I worked with for years retired.

When I moved over to digital photography, the new workflow had a steep learning curve, which made post-processing particularly difficult. It was radically different than processing film, and the software at the time wasn’t very user-friendly. That is until I found Exposure.

Exposure was like a dream come true. It was an exciting discovery that made my photos look great, and it cured my post processing headaches. The first version, back in 2005, gave me instant access to the look and feel of the films I loved using. Exposure enabled me to give my digital photos the organic soul unique to film photographs.

I have been a fan of Exposure since the first time I used it. One specific aspect of Exposure I appreciate is the consistency of the effects. I want to give my photos the look I’m after, every time. I don’t want the look to change, unless I choose to modify it, of course. The presets I used in the first version of Exposure gave my images the same great looks I achieve using the latest version, today.

Resurrected Lab Methods

Push processing was a lab technique used for increasing the speed of films with chemistry. Pushing film would enhance the visibility of grain, and it would strengthen the image contrast. I always had film labs push my photos a half stop to give them more presence and make the grain pop.

I can do this exact technique in Exposure, and it even out-performs the same processing technique with analog film. In Exposure, I have absolute control over the behavior of grain placement, visibility, size, and more. Further, I can make adjustments to contrast or exposure, independently of the grain settings.

Access To My Favorite Darkroom Processes

Burning and dodging was something I did all the time in the darkroom. I learned about dodging and burning when I took photography in high school, and since then it’s been an integral part of my workflow. I massage each print I make with burn and dodge effects to some degree. Exposure gives me access to this staple of my analog film workflow. And it makes improvements to doing things by hand in the darkroom.

Precisely replicating an image when you do a lot of burning and dodging work in the darkroom is a challenging task. Saving your dodge and burn effects as presets in Exposure solves this workflow problem beautifully. All of my developing notes, which I used to scribble in my development notebook, can be easily documented right within the preset. Saving your presets ensures that you always have an accurate reference for the looks you apply to your photos.

Unique Analog Looks

I genuinely enjoyed experimenting with combinations of cameras and film in analog photography. I used to disassemble Polaroid cameras to cobble together a more versatile version. For example, I would mount a leaf shutter lens to a Polaroid pack film camera. The leaf lens came from an older model that used heavier glass. It gave my instant photos a clean vintage look. This camera and lens combination provided me more flexibility when shooting on location.

Exposure gives me this same type of flexibility in post-processing. I can use one of the gorgeous Polaroid presets, such as my favorite preset Polaroid 669 with Creamy Blown Highlights to recreate the look of the film. I can apply a preset, and I have lots of options for adding sharpening, realistic blurring effects, and other creative tools to recreate a look with a vintage feel.

Exposure provides access to film options that I used and loved. It makes it easy to instill the soul of analog film in my photos, and it encourages me to experiment with creative options to take my work to exciting new places. For those who appreciate the look and feel of film photography, I highly recommend Exposure.

Learn more about Denise on her website, or follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Creating Spot Color Effects in Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/creating-spot-color-effects-in-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/creating-spot-color-effects-in-exposure/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:00:21 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26798 Watch our latest quick tip video and learn how to apply spot color effects to your photos in Exposure.

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Exposure’s advanced layers functionality and brush tool provide a great way to create spot color effects. Spot color or selective color is a powerful method for directing the viewer’s attention to the subject of a photo. Spot color converts a color photo to black and white, leaving a select area of the image with its original coloring.

Watch our latest quick tip video and learn how to create a powerful spot color effect in Exposure. We’ll show you how to convert your image to black and white, how to control the application of the effects with brushing, and more.

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Exposure X3 Workflow Webinar with Kevin Mullins https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-workflow-webinar-kevin-mullins/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/exposure-workflow-webinar-kevin-mullins/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:00:32 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26764 Join us on July 26th at 5PM EDT for an Exposure X3 photo editing workflow with accomplished photographer Kevin Mullins. Kevin will be demonstrating his full workflow and answering questions. Space is limited, so sign up today.

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Update: If you missed this webinar, you can watch the archived recording on the FujiLove page.

Watch Here

We’re pleased to announce our upcoming webinar with accomplished documentary wedding and family photographer Kevin Mullins, and we invite you to join us. On July 26th at 5PM EDT, Kevin will be walking us through his Fujifilm RAF editing workflow with Exposure X3, our advanced photo editor app. He’ll also be answering questions.

This is a great opportunity to see a talented professional photographer’s editing workflow in action, as well as see firsthand how Exposure can transform your photos.

We’ll be co-hosting this webinar with FujiLove, a community for Fujifilm enthusiasts. There will be a lot of useful information no matter what camera you use!

Sign up soon. The sign-up deadline is July 26th, 2PM EDT, and is limited to 500 participants.

To see Kevin’s award-winning work, visit his site.

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Split Toning in Exposure https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/split-toning-in-exposure/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/split-toning-in-exposure/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:00:12 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26755 Watch our Split Toning video and learn how to apply split toning effects to your images in Exposure, and see how to control their effect and placement.

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Exposure’s split toning tools enable you to easily introduce color tone effects in your photos. They can be used to create emotion or to replicate vintage film processing techniques. Exposure’s robust selection of split toning presets provides you with quick access to toning effects like sepia or cyanotype, or you can create your own from scratch. You can easily experiment with different creative looks in Exposure, and you can build custom toning presets to make your workflow more efficient.

Watch our latest video and learn how to apply split toning effects on your images, how to control their effect and placement in your photos, and how to save your own versions for use in the future.

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Andrea Livieri’s Photo Makeover Workflow https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/andrea-livieri-photo-makeover-workflow/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/andrea-livieri-photo-makeover-workflow/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:00:58 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26659 Andrea Livieri shares his photo makeover workflow from start to finish on a submitted RAW image from Carl Valiquet.

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Thank you to everyone who supported our photo makeover project by spreading the word and submitting photos. There were lots of excellent RAW images shared with us. As a quick recap of the project, we invited everyone to submit a RAW, unprocessed image for a chance to have it edited by portrait and landscape superstar photographer Andrea Livieri. In the article below, Andrea shares his full start-to-finish editing workflow on one of the submitted photos. Thanks for being part of this photo makeover Andrea, Carl, and everyone else who submitted!

Andrea’s Analysis and Advice

I chose to edit photographer Carl Valiquet’s DNG image. It was captured using a Leica M 240 camera, and an Elmarit-M f/2.8 21mm ASPH lens.

What first drew me to this photo was its excellent composition. All of the main elements in the image have a pleasing balance. I like the angled crescent shapes in the foreground. They create clear leading lines that direct the viewer’s eye into the center of the photo. These features of the image give it a strong presence. Additionally, the balanced composition and features give lots of opportunities to enhance the image with editing.

When shooting in a backlit situation like this, it’s important to consider how much detail the camera can capture before you take the shot. The shadows are exposed well in this photo, but the highlights don’t have as much crisp detail as they could. Shooting bracketed exposures, or using gradient filters would ensure that the camera can capture a higher amount of detail.

One thing to be aware of when you recover areas of missing details in a shot, like the sky in this photo, is that it’s critical that you don’t try to bring back all of that detail. Having some areas without detail in your image is okay. This is especially true it there is a bright highlight in a sun flare like this photo has. Recovering all the details can lead to the image’s tones reading muddy.

Original, unedited Image. Click for a larger view.

As I began editing this RAW photo, the first thing that I thought to use was Exposure’s layers functionality. Layers give me a lot of flexibility to make adjustments to each aspect of the effects I apply. Because this isn’t one of my images, I knew I would likely do more adjusting of each element of the look, so I wanted to build in as much flexibility as I could.

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  • The first thing I did was to remove distracting objects in the photo with the spot heal tool. There is a blue flag in the lower right corner that had to go. Also, on the Tone Curve panel, I raised the black point to give the image a faded feel, I decreased the white point to dial back the intense bright white glow on the sun, and I added a gentle ‘S’ curve to contrast.

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  • Next, I applied burning to the right corner of the sky using the Brush tool. I also increased clarity and added contrast to this layer. The combination of clarity and contrast gave a nice pop to clouds.
  • I added additional burning effects to the lower left and the lower right. These effects were applied in their own layers so I can manipulate them independently. The detail in both lower corners was a little too strong, so I brought the brightness down to help direct the viewer’s eye to the leading lines in the foreground.

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  • I then applied a Kodachrome 35mm (1936-1962) preset to the entire photo. The Kodachrome preset warmed up the color temperature, and it also enhanced the photo with some additional mood.
  • Next I added dodging effects to a few areas in the foreground. This was to help create more separation from the background. It also enhanced the leading lines on the left and balanced the highlights in the trees on the right.
  • I applied a second preset, Kodak Portra 160NC at a low opacity. This added a controlled, balanced contrast across the whole image and further enhanced the mood.

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  • I added some detailed dodge effects to the green in the leading lines. There were harsh shadows in a few spots. Removing those dark areas makes the leading lines read more clear.
  • In a new layer, I brought the mid tones down a touch to add a bit more density.
  • The region near the sun was a bit dull, so I used a local adjustment layer to pop up the sun and rebalance the zone where the sun shines brightly in the shot. I did this by raising the Whites slider and by lowering the Shadows slider.

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  • Next, I did a little burning to a bright section in the foreground of the shot. This was to remove a distracting bright area on the bottom edge of the photo.
  • In the next layer, I used the HSL panel controls to make the yellows more orange. I also increased the color saturation in those tones. This helped make the foreground more warm.
  • I added a second layer for the sun. I moved the white point left on the Tone Curve, and I dimmed the mid tones slightly.

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  • I added red coloring to the highlights using the Tone Curve. I increased the mid tones on the red curve slightly, and then I brought down the red channel highlights. On the blue channel curve, I slightly raised the mid tones and highlights.
  • I applied dodging to tame the reflection highlights. They easily overpowered the sun in the shot.
  • I also added a vignette. When I apply vignettes in Exposure, I like to turn the Amount slider very high so I can see the vignette effects easily. After that I will make adjustments to blend the vignette with the image, and then I decrease the amount until it looks right to my eye.

Lens flare before and after viewed at 200% magnification.

  • I added a layer to fix the lens flare. I needed to desaturate that small area significantly to blend it with the rest of the photo. This also makes the tones blend with the background.

I love working with moody landscape scenes, and this backlit shot is very nice to work with. Since it’s not one of my own images, I can’t use the same creative process that I do on my own work. I had to experiment because I didn’t know where to take the photo with editing. This is where Exposure excels. Experimenting with Exposure’s presets enable me to visualize what mood goes well with the image. This is one of the many aspects of the software that makes Exposure stand out as my go-to creative tool.

The final edited image. Click for a larger view.

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Photo Editing with Virtual Copies https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/photo-editing-with-virtual-copies/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/photo-editing-with-virtual-copies/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 15:00:38 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26652 Our latest quick tip video shows how to use Exposure’s virtual copies to easily create multiple versions of your photos for different uses.

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Exposure’s virtual copies enable you to make multiple versions of your images without filling up your hard drive. Incorporating virtual copies in your workflow encourages more creative experimentation and is useful in lots of post-processing scenarios.

Watch our new video and learn how easy it is to work with virtual copies. We show you how to create multiple virtual copies of your photos cropped for different uses, and how to apply various looks to them.

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Black and White Portraits Photo Contest with GreyLearning https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/black-and-white-portraits-photo-contest-with-greylearning/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/black-and-white-portraits-photo-contest-with-greylearning/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:00:05 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26635 Join our Black and White Portraits photo contest with GreyLearning on Facebook and Instagram. Use #blackandwhiteportraitsphotocontest, #alienskinphotocontest, and #alienskinexposure to enter. Submit before August 3rd.

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Our next photo contest is here! We are delighted to announce our Black and White Portraits photo contest. From now until midnight on August 3rd, you can submit your very best black and white portraits for a chance to win. The grand prize for this contest is a copy of our award-winning RAW photo editor Exposure X3 and a one-year subscription to GreyLearning.com.

How to Enter

  • Edit your best black and white portrait image in Exposure.

  • Post it to Facebook or Instagram with these three tags:

    • #alienskinphotocontest
    • #blackandwhiteportraitsphotocontest
    • #alienskinexposure
  • Submit your entries by August 3rd.

  • If you don’t own Exposure yet, you can use the free 30-day trial to create your contest entry.

Prizes

The grand prize is a copy of our advanced RAW photo editor Exposure X3 and a one-year subscription to GreyLearning’s Ultimate Bundle. The winning photo will be featured on our blog and all our social media channels.

Entries are judged based on originality, creativity, technical merit, and adherence to the contest theme.

A yearly subscription to the GreyLearning Ultimate Bundle gives you access to all of the educational content for photographers in the GreyLearning video training library. That includes 62 courses, in over 1,300 lessons, totaling over 100 hours of educational content.

Tim Grey is one of the top educators in digital photography and imaging. He teaches through photography workshops, seminars, and at photography events around the world. He’s known for offering clear guidance on complex subjects through his writing and speaking.

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Photo Makeover with Andrea Livieri https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/photo-makeover-with-andrea-livieri/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/photo-makeover-with-andrea-livieri/#respond Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:00:30 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26589 Submit your RAW photo for a chance to have portrait and landscape photographer Andrea Livieri bring your work to life with Exposure.

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If you have ever wanted to see how an experienced pro would edit one of your images, this photo makeover project is just for you.

It is an excellent opportunity to learn more about bringing your work to life with Exposure’s editing capabilities. You are invited to submit a shot you’re proud of that you would like to see edited by accomplished portrait and landscape photographer Andrea Livieri. From now until July 2nd, we are accepting entries. All genres of photos are eligible.

How to Enter

Everyone is welcome to submit their work. To enter, simply include your favorite unedited RAW image via the form belowPlease provide your full name and an email address when you submit.

Good luck!

What happens to my photo?

We will feature the winning photo in the blog article that demonstrates the editing workflow. We’ll also share it on our social media channels where we mention the article. If your shot is chosen as the one we feature, we will share the final Exposure settings with you, so you can recreate the look, learn from it, and make modifications to have it match your style. Andrea will demonstrate the editing workflow right here on the blog in early July.

About Andrea Livieri

Andrea Livieri is an exceptional photographer, educator, musician, and a spirited adventurer. He started exploring the photography medium by capturing images of fellow musicians, their families, and other friends and acquaintances in the music industry. As he continued honing his craft, he merged his love for photography and exploring the outdoors, enabling him to amass lots of gorgeous photographic work of delightful scenery, rugged mountainscapes, and exhilarating terrain. He also leads workshops to teach other photographers his methods.

Andrea’s work has been published in Landscape Photography Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Photo Plus Magazine, and Popular Photography, among others. You can learn more about him on his website, or follow him on Instagram or Facebook.

Why Andrea Uses Exposure

Andrea has been a long-time fan of Exposure.

“Ever since I began my career in photography I’ve processed every single portrait through Exposure. It has been one of my favorite post-processing tools since the first release when Exposure was a film simulation plugin for Photoshop. Exposure’s tools and presets give my work a look and feel that I can’t get elsewhere.”

Thank you for your interest, but the project is now closed.

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Creating an Ethereal Black and White Look https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/creating-an-ethereal-black-and-white-look/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/creating-an-ethereal-black-and-white-look/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:00:42 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26583 Our latest Exposure quick tip video demonstrates how to create a compelling black and white infrared film effect from start to finish.

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Exposure has accurate emulations of analog B&W Infrared films that provide striking ethereal looks for your photos. The presets work great on their own, or they can be customized using Exposure’s full range of artistic tools. Applying a preset and then making editing adjustments on your image enables you to easily create a unique mood in your style.

Watch our latest quick tip video and learn how to transform a color shot into a stunning black and white with dream-like qualities. We’ll walk you through a technique for customizing an infrared look to emphasize atmospheric characteristics in your photos with delicate blurring, a ghostly glow in the highlights, and more.

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Blow Up Image Enlargement to the Rescue https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/blow-up-image-enlargement-to-the-rescue/ https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2018/blow-up-image-enlargement-to-the-rescue/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:00:35 +0000 https://www.alienskin.com/?p=26557 Raleigh-based wedding and portrait photographer Christopher Nieto recounts the times Blow Up’s crystal clear image resizing came to the rescue.

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With the gigantic sensors in today’s digital cameras, you’ll often find yourself searching for more hard drive space than you will enlarging photos. But there are times when photo enlarging can come in handyespecially for shots you can’t recreate. Unfortunately, increasing the size of a photo usually means a loss in quality. Blow Up is a great solution to tackle this problem. With Blow Up, your photos stay crystal clear during enlargement. In this article, Raleigh-based wedding and portrait photographer Christopher Nieto shares examples of how Blow Up came to the rescue when shoots didn’t go as planned.


Blow Up Rescued a Wedding Shoot

Before starting to shoot a wedding, I confirm my own gear and the gear with my second shooters to double-check all our camera settings are correct. I always want to capture the largest RAW images possible, so that’s the first thing I verify. Some camera systems have small and medium-sized RAW format options, which are easy to miss. The small size in particular doesn’t record a large enough file to do any cropping and still have a large enough file to print. It’s still RAW format, so it’s understandably easy to mistake as the proper format when you glance at the display window. That’s exactly what happened to my second shooter at this wedding.

The resolution difference between small, medium, and full-sized RAW images.

After the wedding, I returned home late at night and downloaded the cards. I thought something was going wrong with my computer because I wasn’t able to zoom in on some of the images, but I dismissed it thinking I was just tired from the day of shooting. The next morning I realized what happened. It was only my second shooter’s images that weren’t allowing me to zoom in because they shot small-sized RAWs. At that point, there was nothing I could do. I had to edit the event just like I would regularly.

I have been using Blow Up to enlarge photos for wedding albums for a number of years. Parents of the bride and groom often send baby pictures or a snapshot of someone’s grandparents to include in the wedding album. Blow Up always performed well when I used it on low-quality photos, so I knew it could handle it.

After the editing was complete, I ran the smaller photos through Blow Up to match their size with the others in the set. Enlarging a bunch of shots in batches makes the process quick, so it only lengthened my post-processing workflow by a few extra minutes. The software is deceptively easy to use. I simply typed in the size I wanted the photos to be and pressed OK. The best part about using Blow Up is the quality of the resized imagesit does a remarkably good job at keeping the images clear. The finals blended perfectly with the rest of the set, even though they’d been enlarged several times over. If I look back over the wedding today, I can’t tell which photos were resized and which ones weren’t.

Click to view full resolution image after it was resized with Blow Up.

…and then Another

A few months later, the same thing happened to me again. This time, the stakes were much higher. A local wedding vendor, who I’ve worked with plenty of times before, asked me to photograph their daughter’s wedding. There was a ton of pressure to perform well for this client. I booked a more experienced second shooter that I’ve worked with for over three years. I trusted that photographer much more, so I didn’t shoot extra to compensate for rookie mistakes. If I couldn’t use any of the images they took, there would have been a massive gap in coverage.

Click to view full resolution image after it was resized with Blow Up.

Once again, they had been shooting using the small RAW format, so the photos they delivered were only a fraction of the size I expected. Blow Up came to the rescue again, and it totally nailed it, like always. The wedding set turned out great! And no one can tell that some of the images were resized.

Click to view full resolution image after it was resized with Blow Up.

Blow Up Helped Rebuild a Client’s History

Not all my clients are celebrating the union of marriage. Later in the same year, I was contacted by a funeral home that had recently burned down. In the original building, there were prints hung on the walls of the owners and of their families from previous generations. The photographs ranged from the 20’s, 30’s, and all the way up to the current day.

Cell phone snap of original prints

The fire would have destroyed those memories, forever. Luckily, they found cell phone snaps of each of the photographs from the funeral home employees. I was able to clean up all the images, merge them, remove flash reflections, rebuild them, and then enlarge them to replace all the ruined prints. That client couldn’t be happier with how the enlargements turned out.

Blow Up greatly increased these small cell phone pics to be large enough to print at the same size as the originals.

I have been very pleased by the quality of the resizing effects since the first time I used Blow Up. It’s like magic. How is it even possible? Aside from the fabulous quality you get, one of the very best things about Blow Up is how easy it is to use. And it only takes seconds. I can process batches of images all at once, and it doesn’t slow me down. The speed of my editing workflow hasn’t changed much at all. It’s the perfect solution for all my image resizing needs. I tell photographers all the time to get Blow Up because eventually they will need it, and there’s nothing else out there that comes close to what it can do.


 

Thank you, Christopher for telling us about your experiences with Blow Up. You can learn more about him on his website, or follow him socially on Facebook and Instagram.

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