Sometimes it is about more than the camera


For those of you who have been following me for some time know that I love editing photos. I’ve never been one to think that the image I get in my camera is anywhere near the final image. I never quite know what will happen when I start editing,

This is a beginning of something I am going to try doing here and on other platforms. I am going to develop a workshop on editing for people. I’ve mentioned it to you before, but now I am going to start doing some posts, giving tips and advice. I’m still working on the logistics of it and it is an idea that is developing. I hope you will come along with me.

Another thing is reviewing and sharing information. Now that I am a self hosted blog I can do this without WordPress caring or threatening to close me down.  Here is my first one, not a review, but something that could be good.

On1 Software Announcement

On1 is a software editing alternative to the usual ones, and they are developing some software to process RAW images. It is called On1 Photo Raw. It is still in the development stage, but they are asking for people to make suggestions on what they would like to see it do. It is a great opportunity for all of us to let them know what is important to us and what we would like to see.

Here is the link for you.




See what you think.  I’m going to be trying out the software and will be posting photos that I have done using it.  I’m hoping to give a lot more reviews on editing tools and anything else that is relevant in editing photos.

An image that has had quite a bit done to it.

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  1. Hi Leanne I suspect that the photos above are either Malmsbury or Elphinstone station on the Castlemaine Line in Victoria. We lived there for about 8 years prior to 1995 and there are many Historic Bluestone buildings in the region. We would love to say hello to you sometime maybe you could drop me a line how to contact you on my private email. Regards Ron

    1. Close Don, it was taken at Newstead, or very close to there. Yes, I’ve seen lots of them, must explore it a lot more. Sounds like a good idea Ron.

    2. It is a great region Leanne, Lots of photo opportunities, Also loved the one you took of the Malmsbury mill some time ago. Crackerjack bakery in Malmsbury too. Regards Ron

    3. It is, I love it around there, Malmsbury is fantastic and Castlemaine, I really want to explore there more too. Yes, the bakery is good too. Thanks Ron.

  2. You said:

    “WP won’t let you advertise on your blog or take money for sponsored posts. If they think you are making money in that respect they will shut you down”

    They won’t let you advertise your own business or advertise for others? As a photographer (currently trying to bloom again after a period of dormancy), my blog is a way of marketing myself by providing examples of my work and showing my personality and style. I sometimes create promotional pieces to post, which is advertising. Is that wrong in WP’s eyes?

    1. You can advertise yourself, but you can’t say, take money from Canon to put an ad on your blog, or to pay for a post, a sponsored post. If you do promotional pieces and do it because you like it, and want to then that isn’t a problem. It is only if you get paid for it. I hope that helps Sheila.
      This might help, explains it more, and it seems they have changed some things.

  3. Thanx for your answer Laura, I do understand tho, besides that our archives are soon full, it is almost like walking into an ancient library. can you smell the miffy books too 🙂

  4. On1 would not run properly on my computer. They finally returned my money. I would have preferred it work, but it crashed me every time. It may be something specific to this model computer or maybe it’s my graphics card. Topaz and NIK filter both work fine, but not ON1. Go figure, right?

  5. As you know, Leanne, I love your edits, and this is no exception! I love editing my photos too, but need to grow my skills and practice much more…looking forward to your tips and advice.

  6. Hi Leanne Love both the photos on this page. You are very fortunate to have close access to the docklands for still water night shots. For us it is a four hour trip each way so love to see your shots.

    1. Thank you Ron, I am lucky, though I’ve been photographing so much lately that I’m a bit over it, lol. If you come down some time maybe I can meet you there for a coffee and some photos.

  7. I am the same opinion. What goes to the screen needs more contrast than what comes out, and that is just the beginning. In fact, I’ve been cropping for 16/9 screens for a long time now. All screen are this size now, and barely anything gets printed.
    About Raw … I don’t see much difference, perhaps my camera’s processor thinks the way I think. And yes, When needing slowly changing light, like in the sky, raw 16bit is better. But I did a lot of experiments, and in what I do, I really don’t see a difference; perhaps I only select what is already good enough, and reject what could be improved by RAW-preprocessing.
    I seem to use about 40% of all available GIMP options, but I could always use a tips-n-tricks area. Unfortunately, most people prefer Photoshop, and I don’t want to use it, probably excluding myself from a tips-n-tricks forum.
    … just some random ideas …

    1. I’m surprised you can’t find a difference with RAW, I do, it is supposed to have a lot more information about the image too. I love working with RAW now. I don’t use GIMP I found it too frustrating, especially after PS.
      Thanks Bert for your thoughts.

    2. Perhaps I need a 4K screen, or perhaps my linux engines do a better job with PNG than windows. But on those occasions that I really thought it was worth trying to get an overexposed image straight, it didn’t work. 🙂 But I will try again, I don’t give up easily.
      Gimp is something strange. For me it gets the job done, but I can imagine that it is not what people expect. I’m waiting for their next major release.

    3. I don’t know Bert, I do know with my camera I can see a difference between the jpeg and the raw, the jpeg is better looking, but only because it has already had some things done to it, unlike the raw image.
      Good to know, giving up too early is not good.
      Yes, I can understand for somethings that GIMP would be fine, but I do some complicated things and I can’t do them with GIMP, then again I haven’t used it for a while.

  8. I can’t wait to read you tips and advice posts. at the moment can only do some basic editing and some photos i am quite happy with the result but some i am not. i know that this is because of lack of knowlege so i am looking forward to it! 🙂

    1. That’s great, I’m not sure when they will be available, but soon I hope. I working on some ideas now. We all start out that way. Thanks.

  9. Hi Leanne,,, what software do you usually use to edit your images? I use photoshop and sometimes Lightroom. Your images are beautiful

  10. I love reading other photographers tips and advice on editing photos. I have my own style of editing but it always nice to read about others to pick up ideas. Looking forward to future posts.

    1. Vampires are very in vogue here, and they probably are in Australia, too. At least they have been. I’m not a real vampire type, but what I love are the swirly clouds. It’s a gorgeous picture. 🙂

  11. You did a terrific job editing this image. You turned into a very nice fine art piece suitable for hanging on anyone’s wall.

  12. I’ve been using On1 for many years now. Not sure them adding Raw capability will add much to their product, but I’m open to checking them out.

    My current workflow is Lightroom/On1/Lightroom. The other product I use with some regularity is the DxO OpticsPro which purports to specific editing tweaks based on the individual camera/lens combination.

    I use DxO for very fine adjustments, but my go-to tool is On1 because I have so many presets already saved for all sorts of shooting situations. Still, like I said, I don’t envision chucking Lightroom from my workflow.

    My worry with On1 adding Raw capability is that with every release they have been getting more and more bloated, and at some point they will cross the threshhold I have for post-processing speed. You can have all the capability you want, but if it takes minutes to process each photo, the tool will sit unused (and yes, I have a high-end machine). That, by the way, is the problem with DxO OpticsPro. I think their post-processing tools are more powerful and useful . . . but too slow for the number of photos I post-process.

    The same is also true for some of the Topaz plugins; some work amazingly quick, but some of the plugins are very slow, so they don’t get used very often.

    That, and the fact that Lightroom keeps making improvements to their capabilities, the processing speed, will determine if I will invest in yet another On1 upgrade. I’m very happy with their current product, and will be happy with stopping there and forego upgrading to their Raw offering if there is a time penalty associated with their new engine.

    1. Perhaps they want to add it so people don’t have to use Lightroom??
      I think at this stage it could be a good alternative to people who don’t want to get into the cloud thing with Adobe. I meet many like that.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Disperser, good to hear from you.

  13. What a wonderful idea! I’ll definitely be following along. I’m making myself get on the computer more, especially since business has been picking up lately! 😀

  14. There’s a gap between camera output and thephotographer’s vision. And especially his or her mind’s eye. Kudos to photographers being true to themselves.

    1. There is and it is something I would like to help fill. I’m thinking from the camera to the computer and developing your style, or something like that. I agree, it can take guts to tell people to bugger off if they don’t like your work. I have had my detractors, but I love what I do and I don’t care if people don’t like it. Thanks.

    2. Confession time… I’ve never progressed into being a RAW shooter. Partly due to equipment (fuji x series) as my saving grace. Would you have a place for us jpeg shooters in your workshop?

    3. You aren’t alone there. A lot of people only shoot with jpeg, but there is still lots you can do. So yes, there is a place in them.

  15. hi Leanne, love this photo, the sky and clouds are awesome! I have a couple questions…. first, is it ok to Pin your photos? they are watermarked or whatever with your name right? next, what would WP have to do with anyone sharing info? that puzzles me thanks, Debi

    1. Thank you Debi, done quite awhile a go, but still one I love. Yes, it is okay to pin them as long as people know they are mine. Yes, they should have watermarks. WP won’t let you advertise on your blog or take money for sponsored posts. If they think you are making money in that respect they will shut you down. You have to be so careful. I was getting approached a lot, but always had to say no, whether I was interested or not. I hope that clears it up for you Debi.

    2. boy! that’s an Eye Opener. not that I’m close to doing any of that yet, but I assumed I could advertise, promote, sell, and make money on my WP site. fascinating info. Thanks Leanne.
      I did see the share button on your site that said Pinterest… but, I just wanted to double check with you 🙂

    3. I think it is okay to advertise what you do, but not okay to take money to advertise others. Yes, the pinterest button, I don’t seem to be able to get rid of it unfortunately. Thanks Debi, appreciate it. 😀

    4. goodness, they are picky! 🙂 if I see a photo to pin I’ll doublecheck its got your name on it very clearly!!

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