Lenscraft in Focus August 2019 Newsletter
Welcome to the Lenscraft in Focus August 2019 newsletter.
New Lenscraft Content
I’ve been busy again this past month adding new tutorials and rewriting old ones. Here are a few you may find interesting.
How to Remove Lens Flare in Photoshop
Following last months Landscape Photography Quick Tip, I decided to develop this supporting tutorial. In this I show two images; one with lens flare and the other with no flare but showing my finger blocking the sun. The tutorial explains how to combine the two into a single image with no distractions. The tutorial uses Photoshop, but you can easily apply it to any photo editor supporting layers and masks. There’s also find a video example of the processing in the tutorial.
Affinity Photo High Pass Sharpening
Over the past couple of months, I’ve published a few different sharpening articles. This is another technique you can use but it’s quite different from the other methods. The High Pass filter (which is also in Photoshop) isn’t the most intuitive, but it can be effective. This tutorial explains how to create and control the sharpening effect using the High Pass filter. It also includes a video demonstration using Affinity Photo.
RAW Format Photography for Maximum Image Quality
In this tutorial, I explain RAW Photography and discuss reasons why you may want to shoot RAW. More importantly, I look at a problem you’ll face if you’re trying to achieve maximum quality; not all RAW converters work well with all RAW files. The tutorial includes a short video on I previously published on YouTube demonstrating the issue.
Capture One Soft Proofing
Last month I announced that I’ve switched to using Capture One to process my Fuji RAW files and appears to have caught peoples interest. The article received a lot of comments and a lot of people have asked for more tutorials explaining Capture One features. This first tutorial tackles Soft Proofing which seems to cause a lot of problems. The process is different from Lightroom but once you understand what’s happening, it’s easy to work with and very flexible.
Landscape Photography Quick Tip
Using a polarising filter.
Back when I first became interested in landscape photography, one frequently dispensed piece of advice was to use a polarising filter. At the time I couldn’t understand this, but every time the sun came out, I would pop on a polariser. With a quick twist, I would send the sky deep blue and the white clouds would pop.
But this isn’t what those giving the advice intended.
The effect of the polarising filter on a blue sky is well known. It’s also probably the best documented as it’s the most vivid as well as possibly overused. But the other effect that’s often overlooked is that of reducing reflection and can’t you replicate it digitally.
Frequently we forget to try the Polarising filter, but the effect can be wonderful.
For example, it allows us to see beneath the surface of a still lake or river to the pebbles below. Compare the two images above. In the image captured using a polariser the foreground rock looks larger and we can see through the surface of the water. Now rather than a large negative space in the frame we have additional detail and interest as well as better colour. We aren’t used to seeing the natural world around us in this way, so it captures our attention.
The polarising filter is also great for reducing the glare of bright light reflecting off the foliage. In the UK, this is often the case when shooting in wooded areas when the foliage is wet. By reducing or removing bright highlights the colours of the landscape can become intensified.
Next time you’re out photographing the landscape, remember to pop on a polariser and check the effect.
Camera Club Presentations
My next presentation will be the 19th of September when I’m at Lytham St. Annes Photographic Society. I’ll be delivering my “Lessons for Landscape Photographers” presentation. If you’re in the area and would like to attend, please contact the club through their website.
Photographers You May Not Know – Perri K Schelat
I’ll be honest, Perri Schelat is a new name to me but I suspect at least a few of you will recognise her work. If you don’t, I really recommend you visit her website to enjoy some of the stunning photo galleries. Her work is excellent in terms of composition, technical control and post-capture processing. The images have a distinctive and dreamy feel to them. I particularly enjoyed browsing the “Natural Abstract”, “Landscape” and “Waterscape” galleries.
If you like her website, don’t forget to let her know. It’s always encouraging to receive nice feedback.
Book, Course & Video News
Learn about the courses and books I’m currently developing.
The second draft of Essential Photoshop CC is now complete and in final review before proofreading. It’s taken longer than initially envisaged, but I have changed from rewriting to publishing a new book. Some of the tools are the same as the earlier Essential Photoshop book, but this latest book explains additional features introduced in Photoshop CC. There are also new chapters covering Adobe RAW as well as Black and White Conversion. Supporting the book will be high-resolution image files which you can download from Lenscraft. These will also include the Photoshop PSD files and their layers. These are the files I created when writing and illustrating the book, so you can compare your editing with mine for many of the exercises.
The book will launch during August, and I’ll continue with my usual affordable pricing policy.