A couple of years ago, Nik was acquired by Google and the cost of the set of LightRoom/Photoshop plugins dropped from $500 to $150. I immediately jumped on board and never regretted it. In recent months, filters have faded away from my typical post-processing workflow but I still think that they are tremendous tools to explore various looks and for inspiration.
If you’ve been on the fence yourself, Google have just made it that much easier for you to fall on the fun side of it by dropping the price to zero. Yes, you can now download the 7-plugin set for free. While the long-term perspective (no maintenance) is probably not what current users would hope for, it’s great news for those who have been holding back. Have fun.
For those preferring a more authentic way of creating mood, why not consider tintype? According to this 2 minute video, there are no negatives to this ancient polaroid-style process. Does this mean film or pain?
And, since I’m pouring a few links into this post, here’s one I find interesting for those who enjoy cinema and photography: 10 Movies About Photography Every Photographer Should Watch. The title is pretty explicit and the selection is indeed very nice. Not focused enough ? Why not try Four Awesome Photography Videos That You Should Watch ASAP on Fstoppers.
Last but not least, let me end this round-up with an interesting piece from Creative Bloom: Artist merges photography and art to create beautiful impressionist landscapes. Typically, this sort of initiative falls somewhere between oh-hum and tacky but artist Stev’nn Hall achieves something that’s not an easy copy of Monet’s work and goes well beyond “simple” appropriation. While I’m not (subjectively) convinced by all his mixed media, those involving water are stunning. The juxtaposition of realistic tone and impressionist colours really grabs me. There ain’t no Nik filter for that, just yet 😉
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