Alien Skin: Film Grain Effects for Digital Enthusiasts

https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2017/film-grain-effects-for-digital-enthusiasts/

“… When I add grain, it is solely through Exposure. One of the main reasons I add grain is because I want the image when viewed onscreen to have that touchable, tactile, textured quality. I think about it like it’s a sheet of fine-grit sandpaper. I want the completed work to evoke the idea of a printed picture when you view it. So I usually make the grain small, add it most in the shadows and least in the highlights but still across the whole image….”

Link:

Advertisements

Alien Skin: Improve Your Color Grading Workflow with Jeremy Chan

https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2017/improve-your-color-grading-workflow-with-jeremy-chan/

“… As photographers, color grading is a crucial part of what we do. It’s everywhere in the process of creating images. It includes pivotal creative decisions such as the wardrobe selection, the scene background, and whether or not to incorporate lighting gels for more punch….

… In most cases, it’s hard to replace the color within the photographs, but we can definitely change the tints, tones or shades to create the mood or increase the story factor within the photograph. One thing to note is that the mixing of two colors will produce a slightly darker, less saturated new color. Because of that, you may also want to increase the exposure to compensate…. “

Link:

Alien Skin: Using Exposure As Your Fujifilm RAW Image Editor

https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2017/using-exposure-as-your-fujifilm-raw-image-editor/

“For the past few years, I’ve been using Fujifilm cameras for the majority of my portrait and travel work. I’ve grown to love these cameras. They are compact for travel, they have fantastic lenses, and they record photos with impressive quality….

… I have very few complaints, but there are some challenges. One issue in using the Fuji lineup is that some software programs don’t offer the same support for Fujifilm cameras as they do Canon or Nikon. This applies in particular to lens correction….

… One of the other reasons I really dig Exposure is the huge selection of film emulations and presets. I have a handful of looks that are my go-to choices. For instance, if I want to convert an image to black and white, ninety percent of the time I start with B&W Films – Fuji Neopan 100 Acros….”

Link:

Alien Skin: Exposure X2 Update – Portrait Touch Up Presets and More

https://www.alienskin.com/blog/2017/exposure-x2-7-update/

“We just released the 2.7 update to Exposure X2 that introduces several great new features. …

… One new feature is the addition of several new portrait touch up presets. These help you quickly refine your photos. The presets add several portrait retouching layers in a single mouse click. Each covers the fundamental touch ups you’ll need – soften skin, enhance iris, and whiten teeth – and two add additional refinements: deemphasize background or red eye removal….

… We’ve also added new features to Exposure’s layering that make layering even easier to use. You’ll find the layer opacity slider in the panel control area, above the layers. This streamlines Exposure’s user interface. New visual drop indicators provide visual cues that make it easier to drag and drop layers, and to drag and drop presets onto layers. Similarly, brushing pins now have the same Show options as Exposure’s Spot Healing tool, giving you more control of how brush pins appear onscreen….”

Link:

Affinity Photo Update 1.5.1 Adds Camera and Lens Profiles, Focus Merge, HDR Merge, Batch Processing and More

This year, 2016, has been stellar for new raw processing and image editing software and updates to well-established products like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and up-and-comers such as Macphun Aurora HDR 2017 and Luminar, Serif Affinity Photo, DxO OpticsPro 11, Capture One Pro 10PixelmatorAlien Skin Exposure X2 and soon-to-appear On1 Photo Raw by On1, Inc. And let’s not forget Photolemur, currently in beta. 

Affinity Photo raw developing with lens corrections applied.
Affinity Photo raw developing with lens corrections applied. Photograph made with Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 camera and Olympus M. 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R lens.
Affinity Photo 1.5.1 has an excellent HDR merge function and a set of presets including this one, Detailed. Three-bracket HDR image merged from raw files shot on Fujifilm X-T2 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R lens.
Having been developed from scratch without years’ worth of legacy code and concepts to build upon, Affinity Photo is fast, contemporary and contains features not usually seen in more traditional image editors. For example, a video-editing vectorscope view. Photograph made with Fujifilm X-T2 with Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.

Serif has just released its version 1.5.1 update for Affinity Photo and the subset of additions and improvements in its full feature list is a doozy, and too long to cover in depth here.

Affinity Photo’s photographically-oriented additions and improvements include camera and lens profiles for raw processing, HDR merging and 32-bit photo processing, panorama image stitching, focus merging for deep-focus still-life close-up photography, 360-degree editing for immersive interactive images, dust and scratches filter, batch processing, live perspective projection and more.

As Affinity Photo is made for graphic designers as well as photographers, it contains a host of design-oriented features too including close integration with Affinity Designer, Serif’s vector graphics application and the coming Affinity Publisher, its offline and online publishing software.

Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are made for the Mac and Windows.

Postscript

I have noticed some queries on online photography fora about Affinity Photo’s support for lens and sensor profiles. The folks at Affinity kindly sent me these links:

I am pleased to note that the list of Serif Labs-supported cameras includes the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X-T2 flagships as well as a vast array of other digital stills and video cameras. The Lensfun list of supported lenses includes seven Fujinon XF zoom and prime lenses, a good start that I hope will grow to encompass all of Fujifilm’s interchangeable lenses.