Winifred Whitfield’s Nik Software Recipes
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I am passionate about the creativity and quality I bring to my images. However, I cannot accomplish this through sheer will alone. Color management is critical to producing images which have the color and density which I envision and can see on my monitor. X-Rite for all of my color management needs. Likewise it is essential to use software which supports my creativity. I use Nik Software. I use Nik filters to enhance paintings and photos alike.
By using X-Rite color management tools, I am able to create custom white balance for my camera, a custom camera profile consistent with specific lighting conditions to optimize the colors in my images. For this, I use the Colorchecker Passport. I use the i1 Pro Photo to calibrate my monitor, projector and printer. If I am traveling, I use the ColorMunki Display to calibrate my laptop or a projector if I am conducting a workshop. The ColorMunki Display is a simple to use wizard driven device and it is indispensable. If you print, I would recommend the ColorMunki Photo as a simple way to create custom profiles which will match your display to your printer.
On November 16th, I will conduct a live webinar sponsored by Nik software and X-Rite to discuss how I use Color Management and Nik filters in my workflow. I will post the webnar link as soon as it becomes available.
I traveled to London January 12, 2011 to conduct workshops at the annual Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers Convention and trade show.
Exciting enough as that was, it was also the day that I finally closed on the sale of my Poulsbo, Washington farm. It had been a 3 year process.
I guess London was what you might expect – beautiful and raining. On this trip, however, I ventured
a bit further from the convention center than I had the prior year. This trip was special because
Michelle Rumney met me and guided me on my adventure. Michelle is a fine artist painter and has a coaching business
Room at the Edge. She currently lives in London.
Portrait painting of Michelle Rumney, lit by natural light coming from the courtyard of the Westminster Abbey,
London. January 13,2011 She ask me what I wanted to do. I told her that on this brief trip, if I could only visit
Westminster Abbey, I would be happy. So, that was our point of destination.
Armed with my Canon G9, I also set about taking photos like any self respecting tourist.
It was painful to be in the magnificent Westminster Abbey and not be allowed to take photos.
Hence, I tried to soak up the experience with my thoughts, my feelings – my soul.
It was special at the end of our tour and headed out of the Abbey to see this long row of
school children in uniform eating their lunch.
I knew instantly that ti would make for a interesting fine art image.
An image of a big red London bus was a must have. The vivid colors were inspired by
a workshop I took from fine art digital artist Marilyn Sholin – which is one of her trade marks.
I saw thss display in a small park and was fascinated by it. these figures are made of stone and
the display is called SILENCE
You have no idea just how high this ferris wheel loomed in the sky. it was stunning!
As I returned from London, I was in the Vancouver BC Airport when suddenly before me
was a large tank of brightly colored Jellyfish. I think they were performing a ballet.
I also got to visit with other friends in London, David Hunt, a very talented internet media designer and
It was s solidly good trip which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Port Ludlow Art League – January 19, 2011
Corel Painter is professional digital software engineered to simulate painting with traditional paint media.
On January 19th Winifred displayed many of her large painted canvas portraits and
demonstrated how she used Corel Painter to paint then.
Winifred solicited the assistance of Derick Gundy, who paints in several media, to experience painting digitally. Using a stylus and WACOM tablet he created an image.
There was a great deal of interest from both photographers and traditional media painters following this demonstration. Winifred was ask immediately if she would be available for a second presentation.
This was part of Winifred’s art work on display for the Port Ludlow Art League
NEW YORK | SEATTLE | KITSAP COUNTY
Winifred Whitfield, along with Patrick Ciatto, co instructor, conducted a two day, hands on training session in Seattle/ Poulsbo area, May 11th and 12th. Day One included camera and lighting fundamentals taught by Patrick. Day Two, Winifred introduced Adobe Photoshop camera raw work flow and creativity tools. The day was sunny and warm and we had two beautiful women as models. It was one of the most content rich photographic workshops which has taken place in the Seattle area.