Hi all! I’m now a contributing writer for the Alien Skin website via their blog (read HERE), and this article was my first published tutorial showcasing a simple trick to add drama to any image. It is a very cool, very easy and arguably effective trick to use for just about any type of image that might benefit from a little contrast based depth and drama. I’ve employed this trick for as long as I’ve been using Exposure which has to be going on about 6 years now, and it is one of my go to’s whenever I want a bit more edge in my images.
C’mon in and follow along…
Rounding out our Exposure Trifecta is our ISO. We discussed Aperture here, Shutter Speed here and with ISO we finalize this three pronged, exposure equation.
Understanding when and how to manipulate your exposure might be a little tricky to fathom at first, but I’m hoping that after this series, you’ll have a very good grasp on how these three factors can be used to capture an image in any situation.
We’ll look not only at ISO specifically, but we’ll tie in all three and explain how, why and when to adjust them in concert to achieve proper exposure. C’mon in…
Alien Skin is offering 35% off everything this week, or over 50% off of the whole Photo Bundle! Their sale runs through Valentine’s day and if you’ve been thinking about picking up Exposure 7, Blowup 3, Snap Art 4 or even Eye Candy 7 for those designers out there, now may be a good time to check them out. The current discounts bring these programs down as follows:
Exposure 7 – $96.85 (normally $149)
Blowup 3 – $64.35 (normally $99)
Snapart 4 – $64.35 (normally $99)
or all three in the Photo Bundle for $129.35 (normally $299!!!)
Eye Candy, which is not included in the Photo Bundle, is on sale for $83.85 (normally $129). I’ve not used Eye Candy, so I can’t personally speak about it, but if it is anything like the other programs, I’m confident that it does what it does well.
Visit Alien Skin’s website HERE. Unfortunately, my discount code (tysonrobichaud) won’t give you an extra 10% off, but this is a far better deal anyway :) I just recently reviewed Exposure 7 which I love. Feel free to read a bit more about it HERE if interested.
I’d suggest downloading free trials via the same link above to test them out, and if you do like them, buy ’em before this sale ends. The whole bundle going for less than Exposure alone is pretty cool.
Welcome to part 2 of our Freebie Photography series where we are exploring the Exposure Trifecta. In our first installment, we discussed the aperture of a lens and how it affects both the light through a lens, and the depth of field when adjusted. If you missed it, you can read Part 1 HERE.
Today, we’ll go over the second of our three primary exposure functions, our shutter speed.
What can one add when it’s all been said before, other than to perhaps reiterate how much they enjoy a perfect harmony of fashion, function and execution.
I’ve been a long time user of Alien Skin’s Exposure software. Of all the film simulation programs I’ve used, none has suited me, my style or my workflow better than Exposure has. Whenever I shoot events, or any personal project series, it has always been my go to program for a replicated filter allowing me to quickly and easily tailor fit and create a variety of final looks. I really benefit from being able to take one particular film preset and adjust the same filter to allow me to quickly get a consistent color profile while accounting for little exposure tweaks for different lighting or the like.
Having purchased and personally used Exposure from version 3, and recently beta testing the last couple, I have also been invited into the Alien Skin family which enables me to offer a personalized discount code along with gaining a sales commission for any referenced sale. While I have long shilled for Alien Skin from my own personal place of use and enjoyment, I now get to sell out a little bit, but with good conscience, because trust me when I say that even if I didn’t make a small commission for sales of this software I’d still be reviewing and talking up this brilliant program just as I have multiple times over the years. If you’re interested in trying it out, upgrading or purchasing Exposure 7, Click HERE to download Exposure via Alien Skin’s website (use code “tysonrobichaud” in the coupon code field to get 10% off any and all Alien Skin Software at checkout).
Come in to hear my thoughts, and see what’s new in Exposure 7.
Halloween is upon us. We’re only a week away from discounted bags of little candies and the beginnings of Christmas decorations adorning every retail outlet. With Topaz currently offering their cool photo enhancement plugin Topaz Clarity at 25% off until this Friday Oct 31st (Click HERE and use code “octclarity”), I thought it would be fun to use it as part of a little tutorial. Last year, when Topaz ReMask went on sale, I used my jack o’lantern as my muse and replaced my head with it. After fielding inquiries about my penchant for replacing my head with pumpkins, cameras and various other objects over the last couple years, I thought I’d take the opportunity to show you how easy it is, while creating a fun family portrait in the meantime. I’ve set up links to download free trials of all the plugins used if you’d like to try it yourself. Come on in…
Alien Skin is a company focused on producing very high end and useful software plugins. Two of my favorites from Alien Skin have always been Exposure for the remarkable film emulation filters, and Bokeh for the focus control. Now, Alien Skin has chosen to merge both of these into one super plugin in Exposure 6. Continue reading