Ellen Anon

Ellen Anon

Lives in United States United States
Works as a photographer/writer/educator
Has a website at www.ellenanon.com
Joined on Aug 17, 2011

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On It's all about the details article (53 comments in total)
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Bill2975: Thank you for posting this interesting article. The examples were very clear and I appreciated reading your perspective on the tools.

Please ignore the paranoia and vitriol of the troglodytes - they're typical of any open forum we read these days. There's plenty of people who spout things on boards that they would never be brave enough to say to you in person. Isn't anonymity a wonderful thing? <grin>

I'm glad you enjoyed the article - thanks for posting!

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Father Anderson: Ellen,

I too appreciate the style of your educational article. I have been using CS5 and LR3 and was hoping to add the NIK Collection but I understand that all of the disc versions require extensive "download and upgrade" ....which is a problem on my old dial-up modenm.

Any clarification regarding "currency" of the disc-based Collection directly from NIK would be appreciated.

Also they say they "can't" use the Post Office....everybody can use the Post office except folks on the Homeland Security Watchlist....?

Thanks,
Father Bob Anderson

Father Bob, if you check the Nik website, they offer their products either as boxed products or for download. You should be able to buy the boxed product directly from them or from various resellers.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2011 at 15:04 UTC
On It's all about the details article (53 comments in total)
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thenickdude: The two Fly Geyser images were taken at different times (and the after has some quite curious cloning), which makes a before-and-after comparison a bit trickier.

For the record it is possible that I inadvertently posted the "before" version of the image taken right before the one used for the after. They are for all practical purposes identical. I don't think Lamah meant to slander me by inferring I was misrepresenting the before and after, but I do question the need to check the EXIF data of the pics rather than just try out the technique on the before image and see the results that you can get. That way you, the readers, can see for yourselves and see that the information in the article is accurate!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2011 at 13:29 UTC
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thenickdude: The two Fly Geyser images were taken at different times (and the after has some quite curious cloning), which makes a before-and-after comparison a bit trickier.

I am 100% sure these are from the same original due to the automatic file names and the way Aperture organizes images when you open them with a plug-in. The differences you note in the clouds are due to the HDR processing emphasizing slightly different aspects of the clouds and straightening the image. I apply the copyright to each version (before and after) separately when I get ready to post it, thus they are almost always in different positions. It's quite possible I cloned a few things in the final image so I apologize if that confused you. But again, for you to adamantly state that the after image was from a different file is wrong. You are stating it as fact when you're wrong. And doing so implies that you think I'm misleading people, which is why I am taking the time to respond to you in depth and in detail. I appreciate you taking the time to read and respond, and hope that beyond trying to find fault with this image, that you were able to learn something from the article.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2011 at 14:44 UTC
On It's all about the details article (53 comments in total)
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Art Guertin: I too use NIK & Topaz software. I enjoyed this article and also find that I benefit from what I consider the value added part of NIK - their webinars.
I join the webinars frequently just to refresh my memory on the use of some parts of the software that I use less often.
For me, knowledge is an ongoing quest and I appreciate anyone taking the time and effort to provide an insightful and useful article, such as this one.

Thank you

Thanks Art. I too enjoy watching the Nik webinars. Did you know that Topaz also offers some webinars on their software?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 22:16 UTC
On Article: It's all about the details article (18 comments in total)
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Stan Burman: Ellen, I love this kind of article that provides some insight on the different available software for detail enhancement. It would be great if, at some point, you would author a longer, more detailed discussion of the features of the different plug-ins. Thank you.

Thanks Stan. I'll see what I can do.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 22:13 UTC
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Kevin Hollingworth: I have another approach. I use Nik software's Silver Efex (Used for B&W conversion).
1) Select your colour image and run silver efex
2) In silver efex select the high structure predefined settings
3) Drag structure slider to 100%
4) Drag tonality protection sliders for shadow and highlight to the far right.
5) Apply.
6) Back in photoshop change the layers blending mode to luminosity.
7) Play with the layer opacity and layer masks to define how strong and where the effect is applied.

Forget where I first saw this approach but now use it a lot.

Thanks for mentioning this Kevin! This is a good approach. Or you could use Viveza 2 to add structure and apply the changes in color. I think the technique you mention was developed to take advantage of the Structure adjustment in SEP before Viveza 2 came out.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 16:06 UTC
On It's all about the details article (53 comments in total)
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thenickdude: The two Fly Geyser images were taken at different times (and the after has some quite curious cloning), which makes a before-and-after comparison a bit trickier.

Lamah, you are free to express your opinions, but please do not accuse me of cheating/lying by stating as fact that I misrepresented someting. That is slander. The Fly Geyser images are a before and after of a SINGLE image file that was run through Photomatix. Feel free to copy the before image and run it through Photomatix, adjusting micro contrast and luminosity settings among others and see for yourself. Please note that I also slightly striaghted the after file.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 15:39 UTC
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rfsIII: The author is just trying to be helpful and I thought the article was a useful overview, so don't hate on her.

Why would you expect unbiased information from a huge international corporation like Amazon.com, the owner of DPreview? The managers of the site have no ethical, legal, cultural, or moral obligation to you. The site and its management's only obligation is to the stockholders and board of directors of Amazon, they have to make their numbers or die trying.
If you want useful, less-biased information you'll have to go to a site like popphoto.com, or one of the independent bloggers. They're far from perfect, but at least their shortcomings are understandably human.

For the record, I am NOT employed by Nik. I am part of Team Nik. This means that they sometimes use some of my images for their software demos, they mention me on their website and sometimes sponsor TALKS that I give. I receive no regular paycheck from them nor do they pay me for mention in any article I write. I use their software because it works for me. However I also use and talk about other software including Photoshop, Topax, Photomatix, etc. in my articles. The idea is for YOU to choose which you think might work best for you. And I encourage you to download FREE trials BEFORE you buy so you can see what works for you.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 15:30 UTC
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Photorer: Wow! The images speak for themselves..... Very interesting.

Do you have a favourite piece of software you would recommend that does it all? I guess that would be CS5, but are there other options that are not quite so dear?

Thanks - appreciate the nice comment about the images. Honestly I'm not sure that there is any one piece of software that does everything. My personal workflow is mostly Aperture and Nik - particularly CEP 4, but I use everything I mention in the articles. What I would suggest is choosing a basic image editor, imo Aperture ($79.99) if you're on a Mac and Lightroom ($210.00) and/or Photoshop or Elements if you're on a PC. Then consider a plug-in whether Topaz or Nik. Download the free trials before you buy to see what works best for you.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 15:24 UTC
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HarrieD7000: Great. I see I do need to learn more about editing software. Perhaps have to buy some plugins, but than at least I can make some of my pictures look like I wanted while shooting.
Great pictures here.

I agree completely that you should do the best job possible while shooting. But knowing what the software can do will let you do your processing more quickly with good results.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 15:17 UTC
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Debankur Mukherjee: Nice Article.........truly we all have to spend more time with our computers then with the camera....8-))

Thanks Debankur. But honestly, I prefer to make the best possible image I can in camera. Then knowing how the various software techniques work, I can efficiently process the image to be the best it can be without spending huge amounts of time on the processing. We're all short of time!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 15:15 UTC
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Footski: To write any article based on software techniques, the author has to talk about the software they use. Whether there is a commercial link or not is irrelevant.

A good article and I have learned something I didn't know before..

Thank you!!! My goal is to have people learn something that might not have been aware of that can be helpful. And I try to present approaches from various software companies when possible.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 15:14 UTC
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Model Mike: Interesting article, but I take issue with the author's description of the Clarity control in LR. Its effects are not restricted to enhancing mid-tone contrast. It's easy see this if you apply the Clarity slider to a 16-step grayscale wedge - all contrast edges are enhanced throughout the tonal range, in much the same manner as an exaggerated sharpening tool. That's why Clarity can be so useful for 'flat' images - and also why it should be used with care.

Thanks for clarifying this Amadou, and for the comment Model Mike. Indeed the Clarity control is not restricted to the midtones, but the greatest change occurs throughout the midtone range and the white point and black point remain (nearly) unchanged.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 15:07 UTC
On Article: It's all about the details article (18 comments in total)
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DioCanon: Nik software advertising!
should be in the title.
it's a good sw though!

I am confused why you consider it Nik advertising when I describe techniques in Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom, Nik, Topaz, and Photomatix that can be used to enhance details and talk about how they operate differently so you can choose which may be the best choice for any particular image.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 14:53 UTC
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Stu 5: This article needs to be much longer. There are lots of things you can do in Lightroom/Aperture and/or Photoshop before jumping in and using a plug-in to add detail that have not even been mentioned.

Stu, you are right. This article could be much longer, and there are adjustments you can make initially in whatever software you use for most of your image editing, particularly exposure type adjustments, that can reveal more detail. But in fact this article was already roughly double the length they asked for!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2011 at 14:50 UTC
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LaFonte: Is this an advertisement for nik tools dressed as an article? The author Ellen Anon is even listed on the nik software under Team Nik so clearly this isn't just about photography but a bit about how to mention different NIK tools in each other paragraph.
NIK tools are allright, but then what did you do to the final images? Everybody has different tastes, but this sort of wet hdr procesing was so WOW and IN five years ago untill everybody started doing it to every image possible. Soon we will call it vintage look.
My vote for DPHDR instead of Photomatix, far easier to go as soft or as hard on the image for every possible taste.

LaFonte, I indicate in the article that I'm part of Team Nik and in no way try to hide that. However what I write about are the tools and techniques that I personally use and teach. I've included a discussion of all the software that I use that can create similar effects and try to include the advantages and disadvantages to each. And there are other software programs out there that you may be familiar with that you prefer - which is perfectly fine. I'm just trying to indicate in what situations one program may work better and when another may work better as a starting place for people who may be new to some of the processing. And just to be clear, Nik does not pay for any mention in any of my articles.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 21:54 UTC
On Article: Digital split ND filters versus HDR article (16 comments in total)
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mikeywiltshire: Hi
Just orderded a set of ND grads from Cokin, but they sent me a set of full ND filters!!

Should I return them or keep them and order an ND on its own, maybe a 3 stopper ????

Could I just slide the full ND filter down the holder till it lines up with horizon, or will I get an ugly line across image ??

Please help....

I would return them and get what you ordered. I assume you mean split ND graduated filters. If you try to use an ND filter slid down, you'll get a harsh line - which may be workable if the horizon has a straight line but it will be very tricky to line it up 100% accurately. The split ND filters come in graduated varieties and hard line varieties but while the graduated are often easier to use, even the hard line ones would still give a better result. The reason is that t's likely that light will bounce off the edge of the filter and cause some distortion in the image if you just slid it down.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 21:47 UTC
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bpirvali: Thank u so much for this informative article.
The one point that I have to disagree is that it is very hard using brushes to simulate a graduated filter. Brushes apply a constant setting to an area unlike a graduated filter where each pixel gets a different brightness.

I really wish lightroom's graduated ND was more flexible :(

Thanks for making a good point. I think that it would be nice to have brush controls included within the LR and ACR graduated ND tool. That would be an easier workflow.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2011 at 20:18 UTC
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increments: I don't think Aperture (without a plugin) does have an adjustment brush that would mimic a ND filter.

If I'm wrong please correct me because it would be very useful!

@ "Increments" I do primarily use Aperture 3 in my PP and I'll ask the staff at DPR if they'd like tutorial articles about it. Perhaps if others are also interested in articles like that, you might let DPR know. Meantime, I do have a book available on it that you might find helpful.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2011 at 21:02 UTC
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