Sunset Grad Filter
All 'special effects' filters should be used with caution but with a bit of thought and planing they can result in some interesting images. Take this sunset which I shot using a tobacco grad filter for example.
Have you ever been somewhere and thought it'd look great with a sunset - but the sun won't set where you ant it to? But don't just think you can pop on a sunset filter, take the pic and it'll look great!
You still have to think about the light. If for example you're at a great location around the middle of the day the shadows will be short and downward and the photo will look all wrong because of that. Even with a filter you still need good light.
There's no disguising that this was shot with a filter, but when I took this photo the sun was setting off to my left and some of the lovely red glow was lighting up the house and side of the boat which makes it look more natural than doing it when I found the place at mid day.
I got Lightroom as part of my Photoshop package and had no idea where to start. Without 7STWM I would have left it languishing on my computer unused. Now I can organise my photos and know exactly where everything is. It has also helped me keep just the keepers instead of having hundreds of pics I know I'll never look at let alone use. As always like you have managed to simplify a very complicated subject.
- Kay Gill -