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Lenscraft in Focus April 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the Lenscraft Newsletter April 2018. It appears my efforts to further develop the newsletter have been well received. Thank you for all the feedback I received, and I hope this issue is equally as helpful.

Let’s start with an article about Color Grading, a technique used to enhance the sunset scene below.

Lightroom Colour Grading for Sunset Images

Recently I published a YouTube video demonstrating how to use Color Grading in Lightroom to enhance a sunset image. A few people subsequently contacted me to say the video is great, but could I also provide a written tutorial.

Below is the original video in case you haven’t seen it. And below that, is the written description of the technique. The written description isn’t quite the same as the video and provides as few more options and control over the finished image.

If you haven’t subscribed to my free YouTube channel, here’s the shortened link (https://goo.gl/GCZq33). I publish a new video each week.

Continue reading this article on Lenscraft

Nik Doesn’t Work With…

I’m receiving quite frequent emails from people saying that Nik doesn’t work with the…  “latest version of Windows”, or “Photoshop”, or “Mac OS”. There are also lots of rumours circulating around the internet that the software is no longer compatible since DxO bought it from Google. Or that DxO are refusing to provide the download etc.

I don’t think any of this is accurate and here’s why…

Recently I had to wipe the hard disk of my Mac after which I needed to reinstall the Nik Collection. That’s when I realised I didn’t have a download of the software. I went to the Google site which redirected me to DxO. Whilst it wasn’t immediately obvious what to do next, I found a page with a link to request the software. About 30 minutes later I had an email with the link to download the Nik Collection.

Now for those other rumours about the Nik Collection not working with the latest versions of different platforms.

Currently I use a PC running Windows 10 and the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud. I also have a couple of Mac’s that run the latest version of High Sierra and Adobe Creative Cloud. The Nik Collection works fine on all these.

BUT I am aware of some bugs in the Nik Collection which may be causing people to say it doesn’t work.

If you look back to the earlier versions of the Nik Collection, you see a lot of small inconsistencies in the way the software work. Inconsistencies such as holding down Ctrl to see masks as you move Control Points. With some filters this worked but others it didn’t. I think Google started to correct some of this but in the process, other problems started to surface.

But let’s get back to the problem. Why does the Nik Collection crash when people launch it in the latest versions of Photoshop?

There could be several reasons but the most common I have encountered is that people launch the software from the Photoshop Filters menu. I have experienced this myself on my Mac, although following the rebuild it appears to be working again.

If you experience this problem, the easy solution to appears to be launch the filters using the Nik Selective Tool. This is the floating panel that appears in Photoshop.

If you can’t see the Selective Tool when you open Photoshop, you can redisplay it using the menu options “File | Automate | Nik Collection Selective Tool…”.

This “fix” has worked for everyone who has contacted me so far.

From Around the Web

Interesting Photography

These abstract images from Paula Cooper may not be to everyone’s taste but I love them.


I also found this lovely set of images sand pattern images from Harris Steinman that I like very much.


Reworking old Images for Adobe Stock

Some time back I would frequently submit photography to stock libraries. It’s an interesting “pastime” because the results aren’t what you might expect. You could create wonderful artistic work which fails to sell. Equally you might see an image of a grid or a lamp post become a huge seller.

Then along came Microstock which changed the game. The old traditional libraries needed to respond and fast. Some of them buried their heads in the sand, some went bump, some evolved and others set up their own Microstock agencies, Getty for example established iStock.

I did try Microstock for a while but there were lots of small operators springing up and I decided to stop whilst the market settled. At the time, one of the new companies that seemed to be doing well was Fotolia. Now a few years on, the market seems to be maturing and changing again. Some of the small companies have grown large are doing well. Prices and increasing and so too is demand for images.

Interestingly, Adobe has also stepped into the market with Adobe Stock. Some of you may think this is Adobe setting up a new venture but it’s not; they have taken over Fotolia. (Interestingly I can’t find out what has happened to my images that were on Fotolia, but that’s another story). When time allows, I hope to return to doing some stock work. After all, what else am I going to do with all my images.

If you also fancy giving stock photography a try, I found this article on FStoppers about reworking your images for Adobe. It’s interesting to see how tastes in images change over time.


And if you want to know more about the various stock libraries and how they compare, try this article.


Keep your locations secret

Many Landscape Photographers tend to keep their favourite locations secret. Personally, I don’t hold with this and am always happy to share a location. Sometimes though this can backfire on you as this video shows.


After I watched this, the question I had wasn’t why someone did this. No, the question I have is why so many people follow a tree?

Camera Club Presentations

Last month I forgot to mention that I was speaking at Wilmslow Guild Photographic Society on the 28th March – oops. This month I have two further engagements. I’m at Bacup Camera Club on the 18th April and then Sale Photographic Society on the 19th April.

After these, I’m taking a break from speaking until September when I’m back at Llandudno Photography Club. I will try to remember to publish details of speaking events in future newsletters.

Book & Course News

Books on Lenscraft

I have updated Lenscraft Creative Store to include other formats as well as PDF. Now when you purchase you can choose from PDF, ePub and Kindle MOBI. There’s even the option to receive all three formats in a zip file. All formats are the same price, even the zip file containing the different versions.

If you have already purchased the PDF version directly from me and would like the other formats, please email me and I will send you a link.

I regret that I can’t make this offer for purchases made on other sites such as Amazon, Google, Apple etc.

I Hear You, Print Books Rock

Although eBooks are popular, and I can keep the cost down, a lot of readers still want the convenience of paper. I know I often prefer a paper book over my Kindle, especially when I want to study something. To help meet demand, I have published a further two of my existing books in print format on Amazon.

In addition to “The Photographers Guide to Lightroom’s Develop Module”, You will now find:

I will continue to convert and release books as time allows.

Courses Coming Soon

When I published the video course “Mastering Photoshop Channel Masking” a lot of Lenscraft Members wanted to know if there would be a Luminosity Masking course. The good news is that it’s very nearly here. I expect to be able to announce the launch in April, so keep an eye on your in box if you are interested.

The next Newsletter will be published on the first Saturday of May.

Robin Whalley

Landscape Photographer

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