I really enjoy playing around in photo editing software to achieve different effects. I am especially a fan of the ready-to-go ones because I don’t have the patience (or time) to sit and go through 45 steps to achieve something. Having said that I generally tweak things here or there after applying an action or effect because it doesn’t work for every photo.
I have recently started exploring the various filters and effects in Lightroom and I really like the one I have used for this photo. It is called Colour Creative Aged Photo – but I have turned down the exposure and brightness because these photos came out very white when the effect was applied as it. What I like most about it is that it creates a sort of sepia feel without flattening the image. I have yet to find a black-and-white filter/action/effect that I really like – the photo are either too flat or the tones are too blue. That is one area of photo editing where I would really like to improve. Suggestions are most welcome.
My favourite iPad app for editing has to be Pixlromatic – it is free and comes with a great range of effects that can be applied. Of course I love instagram too – a social network with only photographs? What’s not to like?