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Do you use actions or plug ins?

 
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Oct 15, 2009 14:52 |  #1

Sorry if this has been discussed or not. I tried to search both here and Post Process, and can't seem to find it.

Wedding photogs,
do you use either actions or plug ins?
If yes which ones?

I'm using both photoshop CS3 and Lightroom 2.

Right now I'm interested in either Kubota or Totally Rad.
I just can't decide. Between these 2, which one is better?


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Oct 15, 2009 15:16 |  #2

I use Lightroom for a majority of my post-processing. However, I use actions in my workflow alot more than I use Plug-ins. My favorite actions of late are:

Jeff Ascough Actions II
Totally Rad - Caffeine Jolt
Itty Bitty Actions, the sweet set.

For Plug Ins, I'm a big fan of Redfield Sketchmaster and Imagenomic Portraiture, and Alien Skin Snap Art.


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Oct 15, 2009 16:17 |  #3

I don't use actions or plugins.


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Oct 15, 2009 16:25 |  #4
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Yes. But mostly stuff I've cooked up myself.


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Oct 15, 2009 20:42 |  #5

From time to time I use a few from the totally rad! set. Not very often though. I wrote several that I use most of the time.


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Oct 15, 2009 23:33 |  #6

I do the majority of my processing in Lightroom, using presets I've created myself OR some I've downloaded for free (legal, yes). I have also created my own PS actions.


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Oct 16, 2009 12:30 |  #7

I almost don't use PS at all any more. If I could straighten the occassional crooked image in DPP, I'd use it even less. I do like TIffen's DFX application, but try to use that sparingly.


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Oct 16, 2009 12:56 |  #8

I use both :) You can see how I use them here -> San Diego Wedding Photographer (external link)


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Oct 16, 2009 13:01 as a reply to  @ Peacefield's post |  #9

I use both Presets in Lightroom and Actions in PS, but they are all ones that I have created. With the selective editing feature in LR2, I find myself editing 95% or more of my shots to completion in LR and mainly preparing images for print in Photoshop. There are some exceptions of course, like texture overlays, etc. But LR can do so much now that many things can be done with a LR preset.


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Oct 16, 2009 16:06 |  #10

I use lightroom for post processing the RAWs into colour JPG's but then its all down to actions for my colour conversions black and whites etc.

Mainly use.

Totally Rad Actions (external link)

and occasionally

Kubota Artistic Tools V2 (external link)


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Oct 16, 2009 16:14 |  #11

I use Totally Rad Actions and actions from Pioneer Woman.


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Oct 16, 2009 18:52 |  #12

No actions or presets. Just basic presets I've created for myself.

A few years ago, everybody's photos looked like they were run through Kubota's Artisic paks. They all were looking the same. Now they all are looking like Totally Rad. It's harder to be unique when everybody is using the same action packs and presets. Try to carve out your own style. It's more painful at the start but more rewarding long term.


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Oct 17, 2009 03:29 |  #13

It's not that simple though, is it? "Don't use famous actions and then you've carved your own style..." I know that might not be exactly what you're saying - but it seems like that could be what people gather.

Fact is, it's another "who the hell cares" thing, like RAW/JPG, PC/MAC, Nikon/Canon. There are tons of photographers who are awesome that use presets/actions that someone else created and just as many who make their own. I mean there are tons of photographers who's pictures look "totally rad" but there are just as many who look "simply LR'd". After that it's just personal preference mixed with standing out by having solid photography beyond the processing, isn't it?

Either way, everything's sort of been done a hundred times over. I'm quite sick of the whole be creative/unique/revolu​tionary/groundbreaking BS. Now I'm venting beyond what you've said - just so we're clear - but today I read friends' tweets sort of boasting about originality and creativity. It's all a bit ridiculous to me. I've never been naive enough to think I'm going to create anything new with my wedding photography. I figure I'll take pictures I like. Process them how I like. Show that to my potential clients. The ones who like it will want me to do it my way - win, win. If I'm overly unique/creative/origin​al as a byproduct of creating pictures, I like? Great! But I doubt I will be. Everything has basically been done...

Bobby

p.s. I thought your black and whites were a mocha preset/action from one of the kubota sets, Lloyd?


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Oct 17, 2009 03:38 |  #14

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Oct 17, 2009 08:12 |  #15

picturecrazy wrote in post #8836914 (external link)
No actions or presets. Just basic presets I've created for myself.

A few years ago, everybody's photos looked like they were run through Kubota's Artisic paks. They all were looking the same. Now they all are looking like Totally Rad. It's harder to be unique when everybody is using the same action packs and presets. Try to carve out your own style. It's more painful at the start but more rewarding long term.

I don't think you're photography should be defined by your post processing. If it's not a strong photo before you run an action, an action won't make it a good photo.


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