The Holy Grail of Digital Photography
29 Aug 2009
I was and still am a diehard darkroom enthusiast yet recently caved in, succumbed, broke down and took the digital plunge. I went big. Nikon D700 with a variety of lenses, flashes etc. I have been going through bouts of guilt from time to time wondering if people like me go digital, who will shoot film? It was my daughter, however that pushed me over the edge as I needed pictures of her fast and film just wasn't cutting it. (She's only 15 months old but never stops moving.)
Lets face it, digital photography is the future. Yes film will always be around but we live in a fast paced world where a man like me with a full time job and a young child has difficulty finding time for the darkroom. Enter Color Efex Pro. I don't want to sound presumptuous, but if you don't have this software you are truly missing a world of fun and creativity, in other words eating a dish with no seasoning. Seriously, anyone can shoot a good image, but with digital photography 50% of the art is what you do after the shot is taken. Sure there are great compositions but what I've found is that you need that extra something to give your image some edge.
Color Efex Pro has 52 filters with over 250 effects. Each filter is customizable. The software works seamlessly with the major editing programs like Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and Capture NX2. Some of the effects used in this story are; Pro Contrast, Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, Polaroid Transfer, and Old Photo. For example in the Old Photo filter there are 6 black and white and 6 color options. Not only that you can adjust grain and brightness to your liking. Once you go Color Efex Pro, you never go back. You'll never use another image straight out of the camera again, trust me. I can not live without this software. Sure there will be times when I just want to go out with my Holga and some Tri-X, but with Color Efex Pro I don't mind a little digital. The photos in this story were all taken on a trip to Chicago this summer with a Nikon D700 and Tokina 28-70mm F2.8 lens.