Hallo and welcome to pietro pazzi photography blog. I have been asked many times to share my knowledge and experiences with fellow photographers and followers of my work. Well, I finally got the time and a platform that can help me do so.
My intention is to share with you current projects, images, photography and lighting techniques, photoshop and lightroom tips and much more. In fact, whatever you ask for I will share. At times I may also revert to shoots previously undertaken to share some practices. So, if you would like to know anything about any images, feel free to email me your questions and I will do my best in answering them in a blog.
A mix of DSLR and iPhone pics.
For a long time I preferred to use my knowledge of and skills with Photoshop to edit my images. Then I started to experiment with plug-ins and add-ons. Two worked particularly well for my landscape photography i.e Nik software and Raya Pro. They helped with speeding up and simplifying my workflow.
I recently received an invite from Sleeklens.com to try out their products. They offered me the landscape action package for PS. I was skeptical at first particularly with me previous experience with actions, which did not deliver what I wanted. So I hesitantly agreed to give it a go.
Well, to my surprise Sleeklens actions work really well. What I really appreciate is that each photoshop tool used in an action remains available for further adjustment and tweaking.
In the final analysis, these actions have now joined Nik & Raya Pro as a key ingredients to my landscape workflow. The image below contains a couple of the SleekLens Sunset actions.
Sleeklens offer products for different genres of photography. Take a closer look at what Sleeklens have to offer by following the links below.
Other links to Sleeklens and its services:
The three key post processing tools I know use for my Landscape photography - Nik, Ray Pro and Sleeklens.
More on Sleeklens in my next post.
It is only when I got into Landscape and Adventure photography that I started to value the necessity to work with luminosity curves or masks. I used to do it the traditional way, the way we all learnt to do it in Photoshop, using "Channels" to create masks.
A while ago I came across Jimmy McIntyre's Raya Pro (see first image below), which not only simplifies working with luminosities but also wish blending images of different exposures.
Jimmy recently introduced InstaMask (see second image below) for PS CC which really makes it simple to create and perfect a luminosity selection.
Using Jimmy's tools, together with Nik software, not forgetting PS as a whole, I feel I am starting to create the landscape images I have been searching for, and doing so quicker and easier.
Click here to check out Raya Pro and InstaMask
Earlier this year Google announced that it would no longer support further development of Nik Software, a software solution I incorporated into my post processing work flow for many years. It is and remains one of my favorite tools. You can image my surprise and concern when Google made the announcement.
The good news is that a french company called DXO have purchased Nik and will continue to support it.
Learn more at Nik at DXO.
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