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The “Secret Sauce” for Fine-Art Image Processing

Nik Collection plug-ins have been my "secret sauce" for creating images with impact after processing RAW files in Lightroom.
Nik Collection plug-ins are my “secret sauce” for creating images with impact after processing RAW files in Lightroom.

Photography, like any other medium, is a craft. In woodworking, you produce a finished product through a serial application of sandpaper, working from coarse to fine. The best finish is only obtained after using the finest-grit sandpapers, sometimes even between coats of lacquer. So it is, too with photography.

Your camera settings apply the foundation of the image, but they cannot refine the image in the same way your editing software can. Even seemingly small adjustments can be the difference between a snapshot and a gallery print. For years, my “secret sauce” has been to finish images with the “Big 3” Nik Collection plug-ins (Color Efex/HDR Efex/Silver Efex).

For a limited time, my collection of PDF guides to the Nik Collection by Google are available for only $9.99 each. Or, you can purchase the set of three guides for only $24.99. No coupon code necessary!

Each PDF guide is user-printable and also includes a set of installable custom presets for the Nik Collection plug-ins.

Nik Collection PDF Bundle
Includes all three guides listed above

*Special Note: These products contain multiple files and are delivered as a ZIP archive.  To download the files to an iPad, you will need  a free ZIP utility, such as iZip for iOS. Android users should consider using WinZip. Otherwise, download and extract the files to a Mac or PC and then transfer them to your tablet device.

Long exposure eBook: Table of Contents now online

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still working on finishing up my newest eBook, Stretching Time.

Until then, here’s a chance to get an early preview of the topics by viewing the table of contents (click the image to view a PDF version)

Preview what's coming in my soon-to-be released eBook, Stretching Time. Click image to download a PDF version.
Preview what’s coming in my soon-to-be released eBook, Stretching Time. Click image to view a complete  PDF version.

Progress update: New eBook coming soon!

Stretching Time eBook Cover
Look for my newest eBook guide to long exposure photography, coming September 2015!

If I’ve seemed quiet lately, it’s because I’ve been making steady progress on my latest eBook. Stretching Time: Mastering the Art of Long Exposure Photography will be released by the end of September, and is a complete guide to the art and artistry of long exposure photography. This book covers exposure, composition, field techniques, and post-processing. It’s an end to-end guide for enthusiasts interested in capturing long exposure images.

I’ve been busy adding in all kinds of tidbits based on customer feedback from classes and workshops. I wanted to make sure I incorporated the kinds of details people are interested in, like creating cloud stacks in Photoshop and noise reduction settings.

Today I got my ISBN assignment and finished the cover artwork!

Look for Stretching Time: Mastering the Art of Long Exposure Photography soon at Luminescence of Nature Press

How to photograph the night sky

Master the art of night sky photography with the complete guide by Jason P. Odell
Master the art of night sky photography with the complete guide by Jason P. Odell

For anyone who wants to know how to photograph the night sky, I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of a new photography guide. The Night Sky Photography Handbook is the complete tutorial for photographing stars and the Milky Way with a digital camera. This complete guide is applicable to anyone who wants to create creative landscape photographs of the night sky. This comprehensive guide includes information on gear, composition, and post-processing night sky images, including star trails.

The Night Sky Photography Handbook by Jason P. Odell is available as a digital download as a printable PDF file. Full product details and ordering information are available at Luminescence of Nature Press.

Master the art of HDR Processing in Lightroom CC

Work on RAW HDR images directly in Lightroom and get natural results. Check out my video tutorial to learn more!
Work on RAW HDR images directly in Lightroom and get natural results. Check out my video tutorial to learn more!

The newest version of Lightroom, called Lightroom CC (released May 2015), now offers photographers the ability to merge images to HDR. Until now, if you wanted to do HDR tone-mapping, you had to batch TIFF images to an HDR plug-in, like Photomatix or HDR Efex Pro 2, or use Photoshop. Now, you can work directly on high dynamic range images in Lightroom. Continue reading Master the art of HDR Processing in Lightroom CC