It has been suggested that I should bring my photographs into the 21st century. It is true that I am pretty much mid 20th century. I do manipulate images but I have only used the standard software programs. But today it’s all about HDR and “actions/scripts/filters.” I have resisted using filters because it seems that the photographer is giving over a great deal of the creative control to whoever wrote the action. Also, if I am going to argue that there is more to photography than documentation then I am going to have to argue that the action needs to add content to the photograph and that can be difficult to do.
They bill it as a tool that makes the professional photographer’s job faster and easier—I would beg to differ and frankly can’t imagine a professional photographer getting a lot out of these actions but I suppose some do.
Anyway, I have downloaded a trial of Nik’s Color EFX and am trying to decided if it is worthwhile to blow a hundred bucks for the product key. Here is a few of the ones that I have done so far. Some are not far from the original but some are substantially changed.
None of these are a single filter and all have had additional work beyond simply applying a filter. Not all photographs respond well to filters. I determined a long time ago that the best photographs for manipulation were the ones that were not well done to begin with. I think the same thing applies to adding filters. I have always thought that filters were mostly used to salvage less than stellar photographs and having worked with them for a couple of days I have decided that the less than stellar photographs are the ones that take to having filters applied. I was very pleased with almost all of the photographs originally shot with the Lensbaby. Dark photographs do not work as well and of course I like dark photographs. I found that the photographs that I had not previously processed genearlly worked bettern than the ones that I had not for that reason. I was seldom impressed with just applying one filter and even after multiple filters some took additional work. It's a fun process and it probably won't hold my attention for very long, but for the time being I'll play.