Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Before and After: Garden Lilly

A picture from The Brown Family Environmental Center outside Gambier, Ohio. The little pond in the garden features lillies, gold fish, and toads. Editing was done with ON1 Photo Raw 2018.

#beforeandafter #photoediting #garden #bfec
After editing in ON1 Photo Raw 2018.

Before editing in ON1 Photo Raw 2018.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Before and After: Leaves on the River

Needs a little imagination to take a simple photo and turn it into something interesting. This picture was photographed at Honey Run Falls park just outside Millwood, Ohio. It is just a plain simple shot of some leaves just floating on the river surface. Using ON1 Photo Raw, I was able to take it to a new level. With boosting the colors, add some warmth, some light leak, a little bit of lens blur and a cool border, this simple plain photo become something that is a eye catcher!

#beforeandafter #photoediting #honeyrunfalls #on1photoraw
After editing in ON1 Photo Raw.

Before editing in ON1 Photo Raw.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Before and After: Beams Sculpture

One of the interesting things you will find in Ariel-Foundation Park are these sculptures made from steel beams and painted red. These red beams sculptures can be found around parts of the park and at the various entrances to the park. This particular sculpture can be found on the southwest end of the park on top of a hill over looking the southern lake. There are benches to sit and enjoy the view of the city park especially on a nice summer day.

#beforeandafter #photoediting #arielfoundationpark #sculpture
After editing in ON1 Photo Raw.

Before editing in ON1 Photo Raw.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Before and After: Bridge of No People

Going back to Schnormeier Gardens, the gardens are opened to the public in June once a year. Because of this and the fact the gardens are popular, a lot of people tend to come and one just seems to be unable to take a photo without people in the shot. In comes Adobe Photoshop and any other photo edited that let's you remove people from your pictures.

Starting in Adobe Lightroom CC, I did some minor adjustments starting with bringing down the Highlights and opening the Shadows. Also, I increased the Clarity and the Vibrance. Moving onto Photoshop, I first removed the people from the picture using Content-Aware and the Clone Tool. Next, I added a Curves adjustment layer to add a vignette. Then a Photo Filter adjustment layer set to Warming Filter (85) to give the photo some warmth. And finally, I added a Levels adjustment layer with a gradient to darken the lake.

#beforeandafter #photoediting #adobephotoshop #schnormeiergardens
After editing.

Before editing.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Before and After: Red Flower and Butterfly

One of the great things about visiting The Brown Family Environmental Center is seeing the busy bees and the butterflies flying from one flower to the next. I am still working on shooting bees and butterflies and I do at times get lucky at getting a good shoot like this one.

The editing was done using ON1 Photo Raw. I started with a LUTs called Elton followed by a Color Enhancer in which I boosted the reds and oranges with saturation. I boosted them even more with a Color Adjustment and added a slight S-curve with the Curves filter. Then added a Big Softy Vignette with a Light Leak 5 Texture. I applied a Tilt Shift Lens Blur and set at an angle. Finally finished it off with simple Letter Box Black border.

#beforeandafter #photoediting #bfec #on1photoraw

After editing in ON1 Photo Raw.

Before editing in ON1 Photo Raw.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Before and After: Underwater Bush

Photographed with my iPhone 6s Plus and edited in ON1 Photo raw 2018 is this cool and interesting shot of the lake at Ariel-Foundation Park. I guess that is a underwater bush. I love how the photo editing came out, it really brought out the detail from the murky water.

#beforeandafter #photoediting #arielfoundationpark #phonetography
After editing.

Before editing.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Migrating from Lightroom to ON1 Photo Raw

I finally did it! I migrated my Adobe Lightroom CC catalog to ON1 Photo Raw 2019 over the weekend. I have always been a user of Lightroom since the beginning, but I have been feeling like I needed more. This is where ON1 Photo raw 2019 comes in. Yes, I can "develop" my photos like Lightroom inside Photo Raw, but I can also go further with Photo Raw. Photo Raw offers Layers and Effects and a Portrait section, things that Lightroom does not offer. I can stay in Photo Raw and add textures and more without having to switch to another application or plugin. These days you need to add a little POP to your photos in this Instagram world where people apply some effect to their photo to make it stand out.

ON1 Photo Raw 2019

But Photo Raw is missing a few things that Lightroom has. One is that in Lightroom, I can upload photos directly to my SmugMug site or upload to Facebook. This of course does require some thinking and additional steps. Photo Raw does lack uploading to web except for Dropbox or GoogleDrive. Also missing, it the ability to import your photos as DNG files, something I been doing for many years. Photo Raw does recognize your DNG files but you can not create DNG files inside Photo Raw. Also, I use Lightroom Mobile to share photos to for example Instagram. ON1 Photo Raw I believe has a mobile app which I have not check out yet, but it requires you to have a storage site like GoogleDrive for which to upload to.

So, how did the migration go? It went pretty smooth but took hours, 8 hours is about right. But I do suggest before using the Migration Tool in Lightroom, prepare your Lightroom catalog first. ON1 has a list of things they suggest you do before proceeding with the migration. Validate DNG files, make sure catalog photos are synced, and so on. I spent roughly two hours preparing my Lightroom catalog for the migration. But, I did have issues the next day. Photo Raw kept crashing but after open a ticket with ON1 support, they emailed me a fix the next day. So far, the crashes seem to have gone away and Photo Raw is now usable. HURRAY!

Bottom line, if you are like me wanting to go beyond Lightroom or are tired of paying a monthly fee, ON1 Photo Raw 2019 might be for you. But while Photo Raw might be a replacement for Lightroom, it is not a replacement for Adobe Photoshop...yet. I do find myself using Photoshop for a few things. If you do not like Photoshop, Photo Raw will work with other photo editors like Affinity Photo. So, ON1 Photo Raw 2019 might be the application to make you take a leap from Lightroom, for me it is!

Starting the migration from Adobe Lightroom CC using the Migration Tool.
#on1photoraw #adobelightroom #migration