Processing Options – DxO FilmPack

I recently downloaded DxO Optics Pro 9 to see how it compared as a RAW processor with Lightroom and Aperture, they also make a couple of other interesting products and I have been playing with the DxO FilmPack as well. It provides excellent reproductions of a wide variety of film looks and plenty of control to tweak them as well. I went back to some shots I took a few months ago to see how they would work out. I liked the polaroid touch and some of the B&W options as well.

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

New SmugMug Update

A quick update, I believe I have fixed all the issues I currently know of and there is a new beta available. This fixes crashes when creating galleries and galleries not being available for selection in the drop downs. If there are any other issues please let me know. I will release an official version in a few days after some more testing.


SmuginProForAperture Update

Feeling a bit under the weather this week, not much photography unfortunately. A quick update on the current state of my Aperture export plugin SmuginProForAperture is all I have!

I am currently in the process of testing a new update which supports multiple accounts, I have released the first beta and another should be out this week with a few tweaks. If anyone wants to give it a go and send me some feedback that would be appreciated. If I feel a bit more alive later this weekend I’ll try and get a more interesting post up!

Oh, I did get a new soft box and grid to play with, seems to work well but I need to feel more like playing with it to work out how to use it properly.

Tests 2012 08 07 21 48 06 DSC5647 ©RichardLaing 2012

SmuginProForAperture 1.5.2 Released

After a few last minute issues my Aperture to SmugMug export plugins have been updated. This should have been a plain old 1.5 release but issues with the server API resulted in a quick update to back out some changes, unfortunately I missed a bug in my haste to get something out. Apologies to anyone who had issues, everything should be working now. If not please take the time to let me know.

You can get details of the Aperture plugins on my nzwidgets website. The main changes are:

  • Updated to use Oauth authentication.
  • Added a new option to automatically resize very large images.
  • Bug fixes.

iPhoto users have not been forgotten, version 1.1.2 of SmuginForiPhoto has also been released.

  • Updated to use Oauth authentication.
  • Reduced size of window for use on MacBook Air.
  • Bug fixes.



Processing Options

For the last few days I have been playing with the post processing of some images. I have a variety of told and plugins to choose from, probably more than enough. My normal process is to use Aperture for my basic processing, and often this is all I do . If I want to go to monochrome then my plugin of choice is SilverEfex Pro II which is completely brilliant. However I thought I would give a few other options a go and see what I got.

A trip into Papanui yesterday took me past a church with an old graveyard and I took a number of images which leant themselves to different post-processing.


Processed with TopazAdjust, this plugin can generate some quite interesting and extreme effects. There are lots of sliders to play with, a good selection of presets and a random option which is quite fun.


A very different take using SilverEfex Pro II, I quite like this.


Not the same image but processed with another of my favourites, ColorEfex Pro. I really like the Tonal Contrast filter.

Today I was taking some macro shots in my garden of the spring flowers and again looking at different processing options.


This was processed only with Aperture, I really like it, quick and easy too.


The same tulip processed with Color Efex Pro 3


And finally processed with Silver Efex Pro II.

What did I learn? Nothing very helpful I suspect, I like all the options so I will continue to use them all more or less on a whim. Occasionally I don’t like the results but generally all these plugins provide very good and interesting effects which can enhance an image adding punch and drama.

Since I couldn’t really decided which version I liked most I thought a triptych would do instead.

Flowers_2011-09-25_10-15-18_Flowers_ Triptych_©RichardLaing(2011)

A Quick Update

A very quick update on what is happening with SmuginForAperture and SmuginProForAperture. SmugMug updated their API a few weeks ago and I am busy working on supporting the new API in my Aperture plugins. The biggest change will be to use OAuth authentication, no more user name and password entry.

Moving to the new API should allow new features to be added so look out for a new beta in the coming weeks. Now if only there was an Aperture SDK update as well.