Saturday, August 22, 2009

Reality Leaves a Lot to the Imagination

"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." – John Lennon

When we remove some of the color from an image, or change the color in an image, we remove some of the reality.

When we add noise (grain), we remove some of the reality.

When we remove some of the sharpness, we also remove some of the reality.

When we remove some of the reality, our pictures can (but not always) look more artistic and creative.

Plug-ins help us remove reality quickly and easily. Here I used the Old West effect in onOne Software's PhotoTools, and then added a camera frame in onOne's PhotoFrame Professional.

Have some fun today removing the reality from an image with plug-ins. Many plug-ins offer free trials.

Check out the poll on the right. What's your favorite plug-in?

Wanna save some $ while feeling creative? You can get a discount on several plug-ins at The Plugin Experience.

Explore the light,
Rick

3 comments:

Rob Knight said...

Nik Software's Silver Effects Pro is my favorite plug-in right now. Especially now that it works with Lightroom... I love it!

Kitty said...

You mention Topaz Adjust a lot so I decided to try it. I had several old snapshots of sunsets in my photo box so I scanned them and used Topaz Adj. on them.

I really liked the outcome and can't wait to try it on more photos.
Thanks!

{ said...

I was wondering when we shoot with film or used older cameras without plug in use was there no reality being captured?