I came across this technique, posted by Digital Lady Syd’s fun photo blog. Its a great way of adding more punch to your photos rather than going down the HDR route. Using the technique produced greater details with your photos, and more importantly, keeping more a natural look. Below is an example of one of my photos taken at Honister Pass in the Lake District. I’ve cut the photo in two to show you the difference.
You can definitely see a change in the details in the rocks, and water in the lower half of the photo.
The blog How to use NIK Color Efex Pro 4 and Silver Efex Pro 2 Together to Create Fabulous Landscapes! is a great read, and would recommend it to anyone to have a go. I now use this technique in my workflow quite a lot, sometimes creating an HDR version for comparison.
This technique doesn’t soley have to be for landscapes, I use it on my Macro Photography too. In my own example below, you can clearly see the difference in the clarity and tones of the image.
The article is definitely worth a read, and once you have grasped the technique, it is surprising easy to do. Below are a few more examples of my own photos – as you can see, I have tried to keep more a natural look – hope you like some of them.
More examples using my own photographs
I took this photograph earlier this year. Originally i took three auto-bracketed exposures with HDR in mind. It took a lot of work to get it right, and you can see the final HDR Photo here.
I re-processed the original photo using this new technique and produced the image opposite in half the time.
Digital Lady Syd’s technique is great for bringing out details on all most any photograph. Just look at the sheeps fleece!