I have been a professional photographer for thirteen years, and I have seen trends come and go.  From an extreme cross-processed look to a faded, vintage feel, post-production has cycled through too many styles to count.  From the very beginning, I have worked hard to create a style that doesn’t rely on post-production trickery.  Actions, presets, and filters are fun to play with, but I never wanted to base my photographic style on something that I had to achieve in post-production. There is no Photoshop filter that can focus your images for you, no filter to make beautiful light, and no preset to create a moment where one doesn’t exist. Teaching new photographers to rely on software to make their images does our beautiful industry a huge disservice.

Enter my friends at Alien Skin.  Since 1993, they have been creating software to help photographers enhance their images.  What I love about the Alien Skin products is that they don’t promise to make something out of nothing.  You still have to start with a beautiful capture, but Alien Skin allows me to subtly compliment the work I’m creating, not obscure it.  It’s been wonderful collaborating with them, and I wanted to share how I use Exposure 6 with you.  If you’re interested in purchasing anything Alien Skin for yourself, they’ve extended a discount code to you for an extraordinary 30% off through October 31st.  Just head on over to Alien Skin’s website and use the discount code of  SSM1410 at checkout for the 30% discount – enjoy!

Here is a tutorial that I recorded on my YouTube channel to show precisely how I use this software to enhance my images.

Exposure 6 Bokeh
This image uses Exposure 6’s Bokeh feature. I chose the Nikon 300mm at f/5.6 setting and lowered the strength of the bokeh filter so that the effect is subtle, enhancing the already beautiful Nikon bokeh.
Alien Skin Black and White
The black and white film filters are really superb. This image was taken with the Nikon D810 at ISO 10,000 and processed using Exposure 6’s BW Tonality/Brighten Highlights filter.
Exposure Alien Skin
The filter options for portraits are also really subtle and incredible. This unretouched image, taken with the Nikon D810 and 85mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.4 was processed using the Color Focus/Soften/Diffuse Glow/Moderate filter.
Alien Skin Ilford Delta
The black and white film emulations are extremely well done. This image was processed with Ilford Delta 100 for a really true black and white film look.
Alien Skin Color Film
For those of you with a passion for vintage and low-contrast film, there are many, many options for you. This was processed with Kodacolor 1941-1953. I love the attention to detail with every single filter.
Kodak Portra 160NC Alien Skin
The color film options are also very subtle, honest, and beautiful. This was shot with the Nikon D810 and 85mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.4 and processed with Kodak Portra 160NC.
Alien Skin Exposure 6
I do not believe in adding light where there WAS no light, but I love the art of enhancement. This image, shot with the Nikon D810 and 70-200mm f/4 lens at f/4, looked like this right out of camera.
Exposure 6
This is the same image using the Light Effect, Side 5, with the zoom and opacity dialed down.



** This post was sponsored by Alien Skin.  All opinions, images, and feelings are my own, per usual.