Weird title post!
On the continuing recommendation of UK Black+White Photography magazine columnist Tim Clinch, I’ve bought myself a copy of Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 to supplement Lightroom (LR). I felt it was time to move away from Silver Efex Pro 2 and get away from tweaking presets for my monochrome work. I’m very pleased with the results so far; it’s a very intuitive program, which can be used as a plug-in for LR/PS/PSE or as a stand alone package. There’s a wealth of simulated “film emulsions” from monochrome through colour print and slide and finally Polaroid. There’s some unique settings, too, the most useful being a bokeh tool for those portrait and macro shots – it’s a very customisable.
This image was taken a few weeks ago on a photo walk in Liverpool and has been processed using LR and Exposure 7. Correcting converging verticals, white balance and conversion to mono was undertaken in LR before loading into Exposure where Fuji’s ACOS ISO 100 “emulsion” was added. The image was then adjusted until the above result was achieved. One thing I found of extreme interest was that the infra-red tool in Exposure works very well on boosting contrast and other parts of the image using one of the last three pre-sets in the IR section. Once you’ve set a base, you can tweak the settings to get the desired effect.
A recommendation? Well, I’m still learning Exposure 7 from the videos posted on You Tube by Alien Skin’s team and users but I can see a long and happy association with the tool. I will keep you up to date on my progress as well as developments with Exposure 7.
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Footnote: You can see more about Tim Clinch by clicking on the following links: main site – Tumblr – Twitter – Tim’s a very fine food and travel photographer who hosts workshops in both Spain and Bulgaria.