Starting something new – Looking at processing images

I know I have been hinting at changes here and that is why I got the new theme, but it is time to actually start talking and doing some of those changes.

As you may have guessed I’ve decided to start showing how I process some of my photos. I’m not sure how far I will go, but I thought it might be fun to begin looking at processing and what is possible.

Now I’m not an expert, but I have been doing it for a long time and it is something I love. It is always interesting seeing what people do and how they do it. I’ve learned a lot from others by watching what they do.

I usually use Photoshop with a little bit of Lightroom, but I know many people don’t want to subscribe to those so I am also going to be using ON1 Photo Raw 2023 as well. That will be interesting as I haven’t used ON1 for a few years now.  So I will be learning it all over again as I teach you.

I tried approaching other companies for software but I would have had to pay for it. I didn’t want to do that.

I will also have an affiliation with ON1 so if you buy it I will get a kickback. I don’t know how much, and I haven’t quite worked out how it works, but we will get there.

The other thing I want to do is start selling textures. That is the real reason I wanted a new theme. I need to be able to have a shop to sell them. I won’t be selling them for a lot. I was thinking of around 20 textures for $5. It would be like buying me a coffee. I’m working on the shop part and it will be available soon.

With the processing, I will also show how you can use the textures in your own work. Should be fun. I’m not ready for that yet, but it will be coming soon.

Today we are looking at the following image.

It is another image from Coober Pedy. I showed some photos of this a couple of posts ago.

When I was thinking about what photo to process to show you, I thought it would be good to show this one being converted to black and white and then monochrome.

It seemed like the perfect subject for it.

I recorded me editing it. That is something I will have to work on as well. I have uploaded the video I made of it to YouTube and you can see it there as well.

I did use Photoshop for this image, but I might have a go in the first days and try it with ON1 and see what results I get.

Not every post I do will be like this, but I want to start including more and I hope it is something that you will want to see.

I won’t be writing tutorials as they take so long to do. I will work on my presentation in the videos though. Let’s see where we go.

Now if there is something you would like me to do or show you let me know and I will do my best to try it. I hope you like this new addition to my photography blog.

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23 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your editing process Leanne. It was really insightful to watch. If you do not mind me asking, what did you use to screen record your editing session?

  2. Leanne this is a nice blog post, I am glad that you enjoyed using this video photography edition to produce a black and white image, that bus image looks old and like it i found in a scrap yard. I am also glad that you are eager to learn what other people do, I am familiar with Adobe Photoshop but I use Illustrator much better for designing my posters and cards. All the best with that textile business you plan to open soon🙏

    1. Thank you, I’ve been processing photos for so many years and I thought it might be time to start showing some of what I do. I have never used Illustrator, not really something I have ever needed.

  3. I love both the B&W and colour images of that bus. It’s always interesting to see how someone processes their images, I look forward to your future videos.

    1. I have to admit, I like both as well. I agree, I’m looking forward to seeing what I can share, I have ideas. Thank you Rob.

  4. Great addition to your blog, Leanne. As you said it is interesting watching other photographers’ process and you learn from it. Thanks for doing this.

    1. Thank you Chris. It is going to be fun I hope. I love watching and seeing what others do and then seeing if I can apply it myself.

  5. Great instruction Leanne. Looking forward to more. I’ve been using NIK Silver Efex for black and white conversion. Mainly because I don’t have the creativity and like to use their presets and work from there. Also Photoshop still scares me!!

    1. Maybe I can help you be less scared of Photoshop. I love it. I haven’t used the Nik products for years. When you had to purchase them I decided not to do that. I don’t think you always need a lot of creativity. Thank you Anne.

  6. This could get interesting. I used to use Gimp which is a lot like your software. I’ve never used ON1. I do use Capture 1. Have you considered using a before and after tool so we can see what it was compared to what it has become? Brian

    1. I used GIMP before I used photoshop. I just found it too limiting and I got so frustrated with it so I went to Photoshop. I haven’t used Capture 1, though I have heard of it. I realised after I finished that I should have done that. It is easy to do in Photoshop, so I will try and remember to do that next time. Thank you Brian.

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