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DevilDiver
10-03-2008, 00:24
Looking for opinions on the best plug-ins for Photoshop....

What do you use and why do you like it?

Have you tried a plug-in that you were not happy with?

coral cowgirl
10-03-2008, 01:32
Underwater color correction action.........adds the red back. Use it often, it saves a lot of time, (if I could afford a nice fancy camera and some big strobes I wouldn't have to spend so much time in Photoshop.)

diversteve
10-03-2008, 02:35
I have the Kedaffie's Bring back the Reds filter but the output is often a little too monochrome. Pushing the Saturation sometimes helps.

The Kodak Digital ROC, SHO and GEM plugins are somewhat useful. GEM is probably the least useful of the three.

bubbletrubble
10-03-2008, 02:57
For point-and-shoot cameras like my little Canon A570IS, the internal flash will only work for macro shots. Anything farther away than a couple of feet will have a ridiculous amount of backscatter. I haven't yet made the jump to a strobe, so my flashless shots at depth need quite a bit of color correction.

The most effective UW photo processing tool that I use in Photoshop is not a plug-in per se. Like coral cowgirl, I have a Photoshop action based on the Mandrake method that I run on pictures with a washed out greenish/bluish hue. Some people will have you download a *.atn Photoshop action file and put the file in the appropriate folder on your hard drive. This doesn't always work because I suspect that the various versions of Photoshop handle action scripts differently. Go to this website (http://www.gadling.com/2005/02/11/how-to-editing-underwater-photos/) and learn how the author creates a faux red layer to compensate for a lack of red in the photo -- this is the Mandrake method. Record a new action within Photoshop as you step through his photo correction tutorial. Then, with subsequent pics, all you have to do is open the original photo within Photoshop, execute your underwater action, and voila! You're left with a remarkably enhanced photo. Below is an example of the difference that this photo processing makes. For reference, this critter was captured near the swim platform at the Catalina Underwater Park at about 60 fsw.


Original Photo
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3226/2908540161_52036113cb.jpg

After Underwater Color Correction
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3196/2907716667_939f91c2bd.jpg

bubbletrubble
10-03-2008, 13:31
Oops! I just realized that I never answered the OP's question about which Photoshop plug-ins I could recommend:

To remove noise from high ISO pics: Noise Ninja (http://www.picturecode.com/)

To sharpen better and more intelligently: Photokit Sharpener (http://www.pixelgenius.com/sharpener/index.html)

These plug-ins aren't cheap, but you should check out their free trial versions.

coral cowgirl
10-05-2008, 18:44
"The most effective UW photo processing tool that I use in Photoshop is not a plug-in per se. Like coral cowgirl, I have a Photoshop action based on the Mandrake method that I run on pictures with a washed out greenish/bluish hue. Some people will have you download a *.atn Photoshop action file and put the file in the appropriate folder on your hard drive. This doesn't always work because I suspect that the various versions of Photoshop handle action scripts differently. Go to this website (http://www.gadling.com/2005/02/11/how-to-editing-underwater-photos/) and learn how the author creates a faux red layer to compensate for a lack of red in the photo -- this is the Mandrake method. Record a new action within Photoshop as you step through his photo correction tutorial. Then, with subsequent pics, all you have to do is open the original photo within Photoshop, execute your underwater action, and voila! You're left with a remarkably enhanced photo."
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A little more involved than the action I had loaded, but the results are better and more true to life.

thanks~!

bubbletrubble
10-05-2008, 20:52
A little more involved than the action I had loaded, but the results are better and more true to life.

@coral cowgirl: What specific changes to the original photo does your action execute?

CompuDude
10-06-2008, 22:17
A little more involved than the action I had loaded, but the results are better and more true to life.

@coral cowgirl: What specific changes to the original photo does your action execute?

The Mandrake action does a bunch of stuff... tip it over and you can easily see what steps are done.

Personally, I find it a little over-aggressive most of the time, but every once in a while, it seriously is a magic bullet.

coral cowgirl
10-22-2008, 22:57
Yep, what Compudude said.

bubbletrubble
10-24-2008, 06:31
The Mandrake action does a bunch of stuff... tip it over and you can easily see what steps are done.

Personally, I find it a little over-aggressive most of the time, but every once in a while, it seriously is a magic bullet.
I have a few different "flavors" of it. If one gives poor results, I run the other ones.

Yep, what Compudude said.
@coral cowgirl: I'm a little confused now. I don't think you ever disclosed what your downloaded action does. Do you use a Mandrake-based action? If not, I'd be interested in finding out what you use. I'm always curious to learn what other UW photographers are using...

Cheddarchick
11-10-2008, 19:34
Me too...Also do they work with PS Elements???

coral cowgirl
11-10-2008, 21:17
Here's the link, the hard way.........and if you go clear to the bottom of the page...the action you can just download to your APS actions file:

Adjusting Photos in Photoshop 7.0 (http://pt010.da-kine.info/adjustments.htm)

James1010
11-10-2008, 21:20
Whats the best beginner camera out on the market? I wanted to get involved in photography and I had no idea what the best route to take is. If you have some ideas pm me. Thanks

DevilDiver
11-10-2008, 23:18
Me too...Also do they work with PS Elements???

Most of the plug-ins will work with Elements. Usually you have to purchase and they can be a little pricey.
Depending on what you are wanting to correct in your photos there are a good number of these on the market. Some are more user friendly and efficient than others, best to ask around for reviews before dropping the bucks.

I started the thread because I was contemplating purchasing Noise Ninja witch seems to be a good one.

I have no experience with the Mandrake action but from what i have seen here it seems to get good results.