This is the NEW FREE extended 2022 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. Others may be familiar with the subsequent versions of these presets.
Thousands of photographers have been using the previous versions of these presets to create outstanding fine art photography. I am using them myself extensively in my work.
Because they became so popular and after numerous requests, I decided to update the presets and add some new ones. The last version also comprises the preset version for DxO PhotoLab in addition to those for DxO FilmPack, and you can use these presets in Lightroom and Photoshop too via the DxO FilmPack plugin. You will find indications on how to do that in the documentation that comes with the presets. Be sure to read that carefully
I am now making available the extended version of this preset collection and I hope they will inspire you to create great work.
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FREE DARK CITY FINE ART PRESETS – WHY AND HOW
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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 software, 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.
The presets are fully adjustable and you can change the intensity of all the effects applied. They are not LUT style (a certain color grading style that is applied as is) but are fully editable.
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 plug-in. The new extended version of the series adds 9 new presets to the existing 5, so now the series has 14 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. If you work with the presets in DxO FilmPack you also have available the description of every preset. These descriptions have also been updated and enriched in the latest version.
You cannot find the presets in the out-of-the-box version of the DxO software, so the only way to use them in your work is to import them yourselves into the software after downloading them on your hard drive from the provided link.
DxO PRESET SERIES DARK CITY
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 Contrast Selenium
- Dark City Soft
- Dark City Soft Blur
- Dark City Intense Black Infrared
- Dark City Blue
- Dark City Color
- Dark City Soft 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 FilmPack, DxO PhotoLab, Lightroom or Photoshop can give a higher level of subtlety to your image and create an even more original look.
Houston Texas – Chevron Ring – Preset Examples
Frankfurt – Germany – 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 documentation material you will receive when you download the presets. You will also find 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 experience 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.
I hope you will enjoy working with these presets and they will give you the inspiration to take your photography to the next level. If you enjoy them, share your impressions in the comments and spread the word, so others can be inspired too.
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Learn more about how to create fine art photography, from vision to processing and the final image in my book From Basics to Fine Art – Black and White Photography, in my video course From Vision to Final Image – Mastering Black and White Photography Processing and in my video tutorial Long Exposure, Architecture, Fine Art Photography – Creating (en)Visionography, or by attending one of my workshops.
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Julia Anna Gospodarou is an internationally acclaimed award-winning photographer, an architect with a Master’s degree, a best-selling author, and a highly sought-after educator, teaching workshops and lecturing around the world. Founder of (en)Visionography™ and creator of Photography Drawing™, author of the best-selling book From Basics to Fine Art – Black and White Photography, multiple times awarded in the most important photography competitions worldwide (Two-Time International Photography Awards IPA Photographer of the Year 2016 & 2021, World Photography Awards SWPA Top 10 Finalist, and Hasselblad Masters Top 10 Finalist, as well as 100+ more awards), widely published internationally in books and magazines, Julia is passionate about art and photography and striving to spread the ideas of fine art photography and (en)Visionography all over the world.