Which Image Editing Plug-in Should I Use?

Which Image Editing Plug-in Should I Use?

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With so many plug-ins and filters to purchase, the opportunities for image enhancement and manipulation is endless (literally)!

Which one should you buy? How many enhancements should one do for any one image?  How should one chose the best if there are several you like!? 

Firstly I would suggest speak to some photographic friends, join a club or come on one of our courses (we will be running some 1 day plug-in / filter courses soon). Check out other peoples images on say flickr to see the type of image the plug-in creates. (You will need to look under “Groups”)

Experiment with one plug-in only. Press every button you can and see what it does. Select several different types of images ranging from a landscape to a portrait, a vase of flowers to an animal and apply the same settings to each. 

Here is an example of the problem!

Take one image 

 

Breaking wave caught during storm Imogen at The Warren Folkestone.
In camera shot simply cropped with top half removed.
Breaking wave caught during storm Imogen at The Warren Folkestone.
Enhancement 3 – LR – saturation increased further
Breaking wave caught during storm Imogen at The Warren Folkestone with Topaz Glow
Enhancement 6 Lightroom + Topaz Glow – AN INTERESTING LOOK BUT HASN’T WORKED!
Breaking wave caught during storm Imogen at The Warren Folkestone.
Enhancement 1 – Lightroom only 
Breaking wave caught during storm Imogen at The Warren Folkestone.
Enhancement 4 LR + Topaz Adjust (Sepia effect).
Breaking wave caught during storm Imogen at The Warren Folkestone.
Enhancement 7 Lightroom + Topaz Impression (Da Vinci Sketch 1) – AN INTERESTING LOOK BUT HASN’T WORKED!
Breaking wave caught during storm Imogen at The Warren Folkestone.
Enhancement 2 – LR Colour sat / vibrancy adjusted
Breaking wave caught during storm Imogen at The Warren Folkestone.
Enhancement 5 – Lightroom + Topaz Black and White
Breaking wave caught during storm Imogen at The Warren Folkestone.
Enhancement 8 Lightroom + Topaz Glow (Squiggly lines)  – AN INTERESTING LOOK BUT HASN’T WORKED!
Breaking wave caught during storm Imogen at The Warren Folkestone.
Breaking wave caught during storm Imogen at The Warren Folkestone – FINAL IMAGE

The final image after enhancements in Lightroom, Topaz clarity and Topaz Texture Effects. 

There is no such thing as a perfect image. I personally enjoy this one the best. You, the viewer might like the monochrome one the best. There are three in my opinion that certainly do not work at all. Photography is an art form and art is subjective. Follow your instincts and create something you enjoy and that excites you. If others like it as well then that’s a bonus. Have fun. Sue

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