On1 Software has recently released “Sky Swap AI”. This is a new Photoshop plug-in which allows you to replace the sky in an image with a new sky. It comes with a couple of hundred high quality replacement sky images, as well as allowing you to import and use your own.
I’ve downloaded a trial version to test it out and noticed a few points that might interest you:
- The quality of the sky detection was variable, and it struggled with some of my test images. In most cases I had to manually edit the sky mask.
- The plug-in makes a great job with some images, but it makes others look terrible. You also need to be prepared to spend time using the controls to refine the effect and the mask.
- If you have the stand-alone version of On1 Photo RAW, you already have this software. You just can’t use that as a Photoshop plug-in. Photoshop users also have access to the Photoshop Sky Replacement feature which competes directly with this plug-in.
- Strangely, I was able to achieve better results for many images when using the plug-in with Affinity Photo rather than Photoshop.
- Control of the Reflection feature in the plug-in is limited. It needs to be enhanced to allow more adjustment and refinement.
You can read more about the software on the On1 website. If you’re thinking of purchase it, be sure to download and test the trial version thoroughly first.
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The Argument Against Micro 43
I appear to have started (unintentionally) a bit of a debate about Micro Four Thirds cameras. I recently mentioned on my Lightweight Photographer blog about an image I had shared on Instagram. This attracted “criticism” from someone for being shot with a Micro Four Thirds camera. The thrust of this gentleman’s argument was that I was using an “Amateur” camera and that for “serious work” a full frame camera was necessary.
I completely disagree with his view, but my intention is not to change his mind. The reason I mention this story is that someone then shared a video from Zack Arias with me. I haven’t seen Zack’s videos before but found them enjoyable. I thought this one summed up the full frame argument well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHYidejT3KY
The only thing that it didn’t mention is the old trick of having 35mm images duplicated onto medium format film. This made them stand out on the lightbox and helped to make more sales.