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Anyone know how to install NIK so it works in GIMP as a plugin? This video shows it working but not how or where to install.

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How to Create Striking Photos with Google Nik Collection

Often when a photo comes straight out the camera it looks flat and not just up to our expectations or what our own experience was when we took it. Instead of leaving the photo sitting on your hard drive, you can make most images pop using Lightroom or…

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I edited this classic car photo with Color Efex Pro, luminosity masks, and a texture.  I posted a complete behind the scenes tutorial video on how I edited it, as well as the original RAW file on my website for anyone who'd like to try editing it themselves...

Help! I have the full spectrum of Nik software, but for some reason, I cannot load anything in to HDR Efex Pro.....it does not show up as choices in PS or LR?? 

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At the most recent Pint and Pixel, hosted by ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) - Oregon, I was asked how I lit this photo. In the interest of time, I gave the short answer, just quickly describing the light setup, which isn't that complicated.

Today on my blog however, I decided to share the long answer. How ambient light is a big part of it and the post processing involved.
Joel Grimes Photography was a huge inspiration for this technique and I'm sure those of you who follow his methods will recognize the similarities. However, I have departed now from doing it precisely the Joel Grimes way.

Hope you enjoy.

Thank you to the models Mathew Northway and Rod Brown. and my mother Sheryl Brown for assisting on all of these shots.
http://www.rabpad.moosephoto.com/how-do-i-light-heroic-por…/
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With the help of Nik Viveza control points (brightness pulled down) I was able to darken my black backdrop to a deep black; protected the orchid flowers and stem with other control points, all sliders set to zero.Finalized with global +10 structure.
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This image, although HDR, is a lot more found than created. As a matter of fact it would have been impossible to recreate were it not for HDR. The extreme tonal contrast and the saturated colors of the leaves and stones were created by an amber park lamp at twilight. I had just watched a video about painting with flashlights in the dark and--low and behold--here the painting was done for me. P.S. Notice the birdhouse in the upper right.
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It's amazing what's possible when you mix imagination with Photoshop's unlimited tool set.  While scouring the internet for inspiration, I stumbled across a photo of a girl peering through a wooden fence.  Over the next few days, the image stuck with me, so I decided to challenge myself to create a version all my own.  Using a photo of a blue-eyed girl, a Filter Forge-generated wood texture, and Photoshop's robust selection-making and lighting tools, here's what I came up with.  One of the things I love most about being human is our ability to imagine and create.  In today's Photoshop Workbench tutorial, I'd like to share the complete process involved with creating my "Girl Peering Through Fence" photo composite.

Watch the tutorial:
http://www.msjphotography.com/index.php/2014/10/photoshop-workbench-443-cultivating-imagination/

#photoshop   #photoshoptutorials   #photocomposite   #photocompositing  
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I've had a lot of fun with this relatively simple Wet Plate recipe, thought I'd share it. Faintly copper colored with some organic decay marks, I've found it useful for cityscapes. Push up contrast and structure in Color Efex or Viveza for better results.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-EY7tf-uSFYOWVqS0VDVlNva1U/view?usp=sharing
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