When you’re too lazy or not inspired enough to figure out your own post-processing like a man, you click a magic button and let the machine inject talent into your pathetic work. Probably to share with your pathetic friends on a pathetic social network.
When you’ve run out of variety, Instagram refreshes your social life by creating a bunch of other shadings, vintage looks and neo-something color pop with ridiculous names just like online gaming platforms release new levels frequently enough to keep addicts addicted a little longer. And that keeps you going.
Phew, even I won’t dare use a preset again, now. That stings.
Sad, ’cause I love presets. If Dylan hadn’t stolen the show, I’d have voted the creators of Nik software Nobel Prize for something artistic.
There’s nothing like clicking a few buttons to view instantaneous mood swings on screen. When 3 or 4 stick in your mind, you’ve a direction to start abusing pixels with a compass setting.
Sad, and ironic!
Because in a recent 80 minute webinar on advanced Photoshop, I was just taught how to: save actions corresponding to elaborate filter settings and display them in such a way that they’re always accessible in a single click of a button. So as to seamlessly switch between favorite processing scenarios, without having to redo all the work over and over again. Clever!
So … missing thumbnail-preview notwithstanding, what the most advanced Photoshop users, the elite club of photography post-processing, are creating for themselves are … presets! Right?
Maybe it’s time to give presets a chance and understand them as a tool for exploration.
All creation process starts with an exploratory phase, where possibilities multiply, and continues with a deliberate pruning. Presets are brilliant for freehand brainstorming and exploration. Personal values, projects, experience, goals and context take care of the culling. All in harmony.
I love presets 🙂
Great Monday Post from Pascal. My (PP that is) two pennyworth?
A shot from my wander around Strand with fellow Cape of Storms (FaceBook group) member Basil Parker last Thursday. We debated this shot for several minutes. The ratty looking door was interesting, but the sunlight really sold me. Holding it all together is the yellow/black chevron on the stay cable.
For the technically minded, this was a Leica M9 shot, with a 35mm f2 Summicron. OOC DNG file processed in Apple’s Photos with the newly released Luminar plug-in. Not a bad software solution.
On later inspection, Luminar’s lack of lens correction (promised Real Soon Now) has left the left edge of the building very soft and quite a lot of CA to deal with. Re-processing the image in Lightroom, turned out a cleaner, but no better overall solution. I hope Macphun (Luminar’s creators) are as good as their word regarding updates and feature additions.
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