I recently watched a video on YouTube by the very popular landscape photographer Thomas Heaton. The video was titled ‘AI editing will ruin photography as we know it‘ where Thomas discusses a new photo editing program soon to be released by Skylum: Luminar AI.
Google Photos is getting powerful new updates to its auto-enhance editor. The tool will soon rely on artificial intelligence, making every edit suitable for the particular photo that you work on. You’ll also be able to relight your portraits after taking them, but with a catch: it will only be available on new Pixel phones. [Read More…]
The perfect graphics tablet doesn’t exist. But you’ll eventually adapt to the weird specifications and ergonomics issues of your tablet model and make it perfect for you. This adaptation process made by your body (in regards of the ergonomics flaws of your hardware) will have an impact your health on the long run. It might also affect your pleasure to draw and paint…
Since 2002, I bought and used a lot of tablets to try to build the best setup I could. It came as a necessity to ease my full days of digital painting. Nowaday, my quest for the best graphic tablet still continues as the technology keeps evolving years after years. If you want to read more about what I used and why, read my maintained “Tablet history log” article, from 2002 to today. But beyond the choice of the hardware itself, I also studied other aspect about it. And the first one that comes to my mind is the ergonomics of my desktop position. So, let me share with you my experiences about ergonomics.
Last week, landscape photographer Nigel Danson published an interesting challenge. He invited photographers to edit three of his images, which he shared as raw files. The response was overwhelming with over 1,000 people submitting their edits! As you may assume, they range from subtle to extreme, and it’s a fantastic example how each of us has a different vision even when working on exactly the same task.
AI-based editing tools keep getting better and there’s no doubt that they can make our lives easier. But can AI do a better job than a pro photographer or a paid retoucher? Dan Watson decided to test it out. He hired retouchers on Fiverr, had a professional photographer retouch his image, and did it himself using only AI tools. In his latest video, you can see the results and see for yourself who did the best job.
With Luminar 4, Skylum’s image editing software has become more focused on AI-based features. The latest free update, Luminar 4.2 is now out. It could be a real treat for everyone dealing with composites and digital art – or those of you who would like to try it out. Of course, there are a few other improvements and features for the rest of you, so let’s dive in and see what’s new.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Lightroom, Capture One could be the solution. No matter if you’re fully switching or just experimenting with new software, it takes some time to figure it out and get used to it. But here’s something to help you speed up the learning process. Michael Comeau shares a great in-depth video for all of you who want to edit photos in Capture One 20. He shows you five portraits and his editing process for each, but I’m sure you’ll find the video useful no matter what genre you usually shoot.
Last night, I did an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on Instagram Stories and someone asked the question: ‘Do You Photoshop Your Pictures?’
My reaction was the same one most photographers have:
“Yes, just like 99% of photographers out there, I do some post-production on my pictures. Even in the film days, photographers like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn edited the hell out of their photos.”
And then I realized — that would have been the dumbest possible response.
When it comes to processing our images, there are all kinds of weird and crazy techniques out there. This is an interesting Lightroom one from Pye Jirsa over at SLR Lounge, which he calls “Dark Mode”. It allows you to quickly and easily draw a distinction between the lit areas you want to highlight, and the shadowy areas, without sending them to pure black.
It’s an approach I’d not seen before. It essentially involves bringing the exposure way down, the blacks way up to bring back the shadow detail and then controlling your contrast with the highlights. Some thought needs to be put into the shooting technique for this to work, but it looks to be quite effective if this is the final look you’re going for.