This is the new FREE extended 2017 version of the original fine art DxO Preset Series Dark City, created by Julia Anna Gospodarou.
Some of you may be familiar with the images featured here and with the first edition of my Dark City DxO presets. Μany fine art photographers have been already using for a while the original version of these presets and they created outstanding fine art photography with them. I am using them myself extensively in my work.
After numerous requests, I am now making available the extended 2017 version of this preset collection and I hope they will inspire you to create great work.
FREE FINE ART PRESETS – WHY AND HOW
The presets are FREE and you can use them for as long as you like, while also receiving free updates whenever I add new presets to the collection.
To receive them subscribe to the website below and activate your subscription afterwards in the confirmation email. Once you activate it you will receive the presets download details. Even if you are already a subscriber, please introduce again your email below so you can receive the material at that specific email.
The intention behind creating these presets was to make a series of fine art black and white and color presets that can be used as a quick way of creating fine art photography using the DxO plug-ins, alone or combined with Lightroom or Photoshop.
These presets can be a tool giving the photographers using them a simple modality of exploring different looks and moods for their image without needing to invest a large amount of time in this process.
The presets are not necessarily meant to be used as final images. You can keep exploring and experimenting with them and you can see them as a starting point in your post-processing workflow, giving you ideas about how to work on your image to create a result that is as close as possible to your vision. You can increase or decrease the intensity of the preset, or even change it completely through a creative approach.
Do not be afraid to play with different looks, as this can release your creativity and make you find original solutions.
The presets in their simple version (the original series of 5 presets) were launched in 2014 and included in the Elite version of DxO FilmPack plugin. The new extended version of the series adds 7 new presets to the existing 5, so now the series has 12 presets. The original 5 presets were updated and enhanced to cover a wider range of images and to create a more expressive image of the specific concept. So if you own the original series you will have an even more refined version of the presets, plus many new ones. The descriptions of the presets listed by the DxO software were also updated and enriched.
You cannot find these presets in the off-the-box version of the DxO plugins, so the only way to use them in your work is to import them yourselves in the software after downloading them on your hard drive from the provided link.
DARK CITY SERIES PRESETS
The series contains the following presets. You have an extensive description of the presets in the material you will download.
- Dark City
- Dark City Strong Contrast
- Dark City Stronger Contrast
- Dark City Selenium
- Dark City Soft
- Dark City Soft Blur
- Dark City Intense Black Infrared
- Dark City Blue
- Dark City Color
- Dark City Color Dream
- Bright City
- Bright City Soft Blur
EXAMPLES – IMAGES CREATED EXCLUSIVELY WITH THE DARK CITY PRESETS
(more examples in the downloaded material)
Above you have an example of what you can create using exclusively the preset “Dark City Soft Blur” and below you can see more examples of work created using only the Dark City presets, without the help of other software.
You can get even more creative than this by tweaking the preset or even combining the looks. Also, refining the image further in DxO or in Photoshop can give a higher level or subtlety to your image and create an even more original look.
Houston Texas – Chevron Ring – Preset Examples
Bay Bridge – San Francisco – Preset Examples
You can find more examples of images I created with the DxO Dark City preset series in the download material, as well as read a detailed description of each preset and how they were created step-by-step so you can understand what each effect does and how you can use it also individually.
Understanding the creation of a preset is a great learning experiences that always adds to the refinement of the technique of a photographer. This way you can be in control of your own photography and get creative with these presets and your software in general.
More Fine Art and Black and White Photography Resources
To learn more about how to create fine art photography, both black and white and color, I am recommending you two study resources, where I go in plenty of detail about the theoretical and practical side of creating fine art photography, of creating (en)Visionography.
This resources are:
My best-selling book with co-author Joel Tjintjelaar:
From Basics to Fine Art – Black and White Photography – Architecture and Beyond
My new video tutorial and eBook describing my processing workflow:
Long Exposure, Architecture, Fine Art Photography – Creating (en)Visionography
If you want to study everything with me personally you can take a private workshop or a mentoring course with me.
Julia Anna Gospodarou – (en)Visionographer
Julia Anna Gospodarou is an internationally acclaimed photographer, author and educator, teaching workshops and lecturing around the world. Founder of (en)Visionography™ and Photography Drawing™, co-author of the best-selling book From Basics to Fine Art, with high distinctions in the most important photography competitions worldwide, published internationally in numerous books and magazines, Julia is passionate about art and striving to spread it into the world.