Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tiffen Dfx for Image Enhancement

In Santorini, there is a beautiful village called Oia, located on top of a volcanic cliff, high above the Aegean Sea. Hundreds of people come for the view, yet it's well after sunset that village comes alive with light and color. Most people leave after sunset, and miss the show! 

For this image, Tiffen Dfx Gold Diffusion/FX 4 from the HFX Diffusion category was added for a soft glow and overall golden tint. This creates a romantic and more glamourous look to the city at the edge of twilight. This filter effect works well with portraits, however it's very elegant with cityscapes too. Below are two screenshots, a close up of the ethereal look the filter can produce, and another of the easy to use interface of Tiffen Dfx. The interface can show before and after variations, so you have a good comparison of the direction you are taking the photograph.

An overall soft gold diffusion can create a more picturesque look with an image. You are not limited to diffusion, Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite can produce a variety of effects that their glass filters produce, along with film and photographic effects. This is just one of many creative effects you can experiment with to enhance your photography.

Tiffen Dfx is available as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements and Aperture and also as a standalone application. It makes use of layers and layer masks which helps with ease of the workflow. With over 2000 filters and effects, you might get lost in an afternoon of image enhancing bliss!

Tiffen Dfx is available as a free trial, and you can use the promo code DEBDFX for 10% off with the exception of bundles. If you are a film user and want to use Tiffen DFT (Digital Film Tools), enter the code DEBDFT.