Thursday, June 9, 2011

Guest Blog: onOne PhotoTools and FocalPoint Tutorial by Brian Matiash

I've invited Brian Matiash to do a little demo for you today while I’m offline teaching with Bryan Peterson at his Seattle Workshop. I hope you enjoy and would love to hear if you’d like to see more videos like these from onOne or other software companies.

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I want to thank Ron for giving me the opportunity to share this quick screencast video showing how I use two of seven products in the onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite family to elevate the look at feel of my image.

I shoot a lot of UrbEx photography and have been fortunate to get access to some pretty funky places. As you'd probably expect, most of the time, the only light that you have is either coming from your headlamp or from the available ambient light that makes its way in. Not much in terms of electricity here.

In some cases, though, the light coming in is in such stark contrast to the darkness all around that the best way to capture all of the detail is to use HDR tone-mapping. And that's exactly what I did - but I did so only to get a good representative foundation image.

From there, I used PhotoTools to stylize the image and give it a specific look. I wanted to accentuate the grossness of the scene.

Finally, I wanted to control where the viewer's eyes will spend the most time, so I used FocalPoint to create a shallow plane of focus by simulating a fast lens.

I was really happy with the end result and I hope you take some helpful tips away from the screencast.

If you have any questions, please email me at You can also visit my personal Photoblog at

Thanks again, Ron!

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