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Creating a Fine Art Black & White Flower Photo with Dan Harlacher

Posted on April 18, 2014

DSCF2278It rains a lot here in the Pacific Northwest. There are several months in the winter that can dampen the spirit of a photographer. My solution to this is to photograph flowers. It keeps your eye in tune and allows you to experiment with light in new and fun ways. One of my favorite challenges is to avoid using any fancy studio lights and use unexpected light sources like flashlights and table lamps instead. You can get away with “lighting murder” if you will in modern digital photography. You can use long exposures for low-light and remove any unwanted color cast in a click. The only special equipment you need is a tripod, which is essential. Since flowers are small you don’t need big backgrounds or light modifiers. I just use the walls in my house or sheets of paper from the craft store.

In this video I’ll demonstrate how to process this image from an out-of-the-camera to a finished fine-art black and white. The only light source in this image is a 60-watt light bulb in a desk lamp.

Perfect Inspiration: Creating a Timeless Look with Michael Corsentino

Posted on April 11, 2014

Michael CorsentinoMichael Corsentino has been a professional photographer for the past 12 years and has also presented a previous episode Perfect Inspiration here on the onOne blog.  To see his previous Perfect Inspiration presentation covering his photo editing workflow, click here.  Michael’s signature blend of photojournalism, fashion, and editorial styles have made him an in-demand lifestyle photographer.  Michael travels all over the world and is the go to photographer for so many photographers in the industry.

Follow along with Michael as he demonstrates his knowledge of Adobe® Photoshop® and Perfect Photo Suite 8 on one of his vacation photos of Venice, Italy.  Michael walks through how to create layers in Photoshop, stack photographic filters in Perfect Effects and apply a black and white conversion inside Perfect B&W.  From start to finish, Michael takes an average photo and turns it into a timeless image that captures the Venice experience.

To watch the video in high resolution, open the video, click on the gear and select 720p.

PerfectInspiration_logo-new-finalProduct Used: Perfect Photo Suite 8

Modules Used: Effects, B&W



Perfect Inspiration: Creating a Cross-Processed Film Look and Adding a Tilt-Shift Effect

Posted on April 4, 2014

Screen-Shot-2013-06-18-at-2.54.04-PMFREE PRESET for Perfect Effects 8 available below – Join Jonny Davenport as he takes a photo he shot over 10 years ago and adds a cross-processed film look and changes the depth of field to replicate as if photographed with a tilt shift lens. Jonny has been a darkroom specialist and photographer for over 30 years.  He is a local Portland photographer who specializes in film and portrait photography and is also part of the onOne Software staff.

Download the onOne free preset, Somachrome, created specifically for this episode of Perfect Inspiration!


 To watch the video in high resolution, open the video, click on the gear and select 720p.

PerfectInspiration_logo-new-finalProduct Used: Perfect Effects 8


Perfect Inspiration: Retouching a Panoramic with Hudson Henry

Posted on March 21, 2014

xifejnnwghuzuvs4qr89Hudson Henry has traveled the world shooting, doing documentary field work, and producing commercial projects. He is based right here in Portland, OR and he’s excited to share this episode of Perfect Inspiration.

Follow along with Hudson as he walks through the quick retouching of his photos stitched together in Lightroom and retouched in Perfect Effects 8.

To watch the video in high resolution, open the video, click on the gear and select 720p.


Product Used: Perfect Photo Suite 8

Modules Used: Perfect Effects

Professional Workflow with Michael Corsentino

Posted on February 21, 2014

Michael CorsentinoJoin Michael Corsentino as he walks through the Perfect Photo Suite 8 and shares his workflow.  He shares how he uses Perfect Effects and Perfect Portrait on his photos and navigates through Browse on his folders of photos from various professional photo shoots.

Michael Corsentino is an award-winning contemporary wedding, portrait, editorial and fashion photographer. A 2013 American Photo Top Ten Wedding Photographer nominee, Michael is an Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom expert as well as a Capture One Pro Certified Professional. He is author of the popular Canon Speedlite System Digital Field Guide, Canon 6D Digital Filed Guide, and forthcoming Capture One 7 Pro Official Guide.

To watch the video in high resolution, open the video, click on the gear and select 720p.

PerfectInspiration_logo-new-finalProduct Used: Perfect Photo Suite 8

Modules Used: Browse, Portrait, Effects

Perfect Inspiration: Working with Textures with Photomorphis

Posted on February 14, 2014

PerfectInspiration_logo-new-finalDoug Landreth, co-founder of Photomorphis, is well known for his richly emotional, painterly, composited fine art images. Join Doug in this episode of Perfect Inspiration as he evolves a seemingly ordinary photo into one of his signature photo illustrations.

Using Bokeh Textures by Liz LePage

Posted on October 18, 2013

Beautiful bokeh backgrounds can add a sparkle to an image that is swoon-worthy. However, having the right settings and props to create a lovely bokeh effect while you’re shooting is not always convenient.

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Shooting Your Own Textures by Liz Lepage

Posted on September 16, 2013

liza-headshot-1So many photo editing videos out there include the art of adding textures to your images, an extremely popular technique, but they rarely cover the most important topic; how do you create textures in first place?

It’s pretty darn easy to do on your own and a lot of fun to boot. The best part is having your own unique arsenal that you can use and reuse constantly, without having to hunt online for ones that suit your fancy. Alongside all of my images, I also have homemade texture packs that I can apply any time I want to spice up my images!

The first step is actually going out and taking pictures, so here are a few pointers for your journey:

•    Find the right location for you and what type of texture you want to shoot. If you’re looking for brick, grunge and peeling paint, locate your nearest warehouse district complete with crumbling buildings and dirty walls. If you prefer a more natural approach, try taking a hike through the forest, which is full of tree bark, rushing streams and funky rocks.

•    Check your local forecast ahead of time to help avoid extremely sunny afternoons. If you live somewhere that isn’t the Pacific Northwest (full of clouds, which are nature’s soft boxes), don’t be afraid to bring a fill flash with you. Keep your images as flat as possible; the less shadows, the better.

•    Bring the right equipment: leave your wide angle lenses at home and remember to pack a tripod! You’ll want to make sure the images are crisp with no lens distortion.

•    When you find a good spot, set your camera to a small aperture and high shutter speed. You want to avoid a shallow depth of field so that you’re whole texture is perfectly in focus; try keeping your aperture ƒ16 or lower. Plus, you don’t want your images to appear shaky, so hike that shutter speed up and pop your camera on a tripod; try shooting at 1/125th a second or higher.

Once you’re home, with a card full of textured joy, it’s time to edit if your image doesn’t work perfectly straight out of your camera. You can do some basic editing such as: add detail, modify your exposure and contrast, adjust your colors, and more. There are no specific instructions for this part, as so much of this editing process lies in your personal preference. The most important rule is to have fun!

Here’s a before and after example of a texture of mine. As you can see, I like my textures to be darker, richer in color and quite gritty.



Enjoy and happy editing!

Special note: Owners of Perfect Photo Suite 7.x will receive the Natural Texture Pack by Liz as part of their September Loyalty Reward – for FREE!


Creating Your Own Textures

Posted on August 16, 2013

A lot of you have shown us that you use textures when stylizing your images in onOne Software products. To give you even more texture options, here is an inexpensive and easy way to create your own set of textures and how to easily add them into the Perfect Photo Suite.

1. Visit your local arts and craft store


We drove to a local arts and crafts store near the onOne offices to look for paper that could act as a cool texture when blended with a photo. As it turned out, there was more than just paper available. Not only did we find a ton of paper styles in the store’s scrapbooking section, we found a variety of textures including rice paper, burlap, cork, and sandpaper, to name just a few. It’s amazing how endless the creative possibilities are with all of these different textures. The best part is, the textures we found were inexpensive. We snatched up 18-20 different samples for use in our texture pack for under $20.00 and we were in and out of the store in under 30 minutes.

2. Scan your textures

Once we returned to the office we started sorting through the textures. Our initial thought was to set up the onOne studio to photograph them. After chatting with Dan Harlacher, we learned the much easier way to capture them was to use a scanner. Luckily, Jonny Davenport keeps one at his desk (you can learn why from the recent Up Close Blog on Jonny).

Perfect Inspiration Episode 14 is now live!

Posted on June 30, 2012

For those of you who may not be aware of our new-ish series called ‘Perfect Inspiration with Brian Matiash’, it is a weekly episode-based feature that we are really proud of. The main goal is to help provide the most precious commodity to photographers and artists as a whole – Inspiration!

To that end, every Friday at 9:00AM Pacific/US, we will publish a new episode. Each episode contains an image (with a handy before/after slider), the anecdotal/inspirational story behind the image, a workflow video that walks you step-by-step through the process of getting the final image, and some free downloadable content.

This week’s episode involves utilizing obstacles within your shot to make it even better than if they were removed to begin with. We hope you enjoy it.

You can watch Episode 14 right over here!