Add Grain to Images in Alien Skin
Grain. This is something that, for me, this is powerful. Like this is it. And it's very weird because a lot of people kind of look at me sideways when they're like, Miguel, you add grain to your image? You spent all this money to get this super-expensive camera, and then you add grain afterwards? And I say, yes. Because part of the magic of film, back in the days, were the different types of grain, and the quality of the grain. And if you look at ad campaigns, and you look at images on fancy designer brands, and you see the pictures on their stores, you may not notice that there is grain that has been added to images. And for mine, I would say 95% of the images that I shoot in the studio, I add grain in post. And I do it using Alien Skin Exposure. 'Cause it's very powerful for you to be able to customize and add grain to your shot. So for this I usually look at a part of the image where there's mid-tones, highlight and shadow. Because the program actually is able to add grain to specif...
ic parts of the image. So if you wanted to, for example, this is the overall grain strength, so you can kind of tweak and customize the amount of grain that's in a particular shot. So if you click here, by the way, you can just type if you are with your pen and it's kind of hard sometimes to get like 101.05. You can just type that in. So looking at this particular shot, and I'll actually ... Let's go back here, and let me open this thing up here. And I just always make sure that I do kind of like a before and after look to the shot. So let's see. Did I switch images here? Did I just do the old okey doke? I did. All right, let's go back here. So let's go with reela, and so I'll zoom in. And looking at this particular shot, let's go back in here, sorry. My palm is touching the tablet so it's undoing everything that I'm doing here. All right, so if you look at this particular shot, If I wanted to remove the grain just from the shadows, I can kind of play with just the shadow slider. So you can see that if I go here, there's no shadows in the grain, or no grain in the shadows. Or I could go ahead and I can add a ton of grain into the shadow area. So it's very powerful, in that, I can customize where I want that grain to be. I could go ahead and increase the grain just in the mid-tones, or I could take it away. So usually in a portrait, I want the grain to be very subtle in the highlights and the mid-tones. And also in the shadows. I want it to be a very subtle-looking grain. But for your own taste, you may decide that you want to add more or less in different areas. The other thing you could do is you could change the roughness or the roughness of the grain. So if you wanted to make it more rough, so that it appears more grainy, you could do that just by sliding the roughness up or down. So these are all things that, again, the grain tool for me, in Alien Skin Exposure, is super powerful, 'cause you can customize it exactly the way that you want it. So I'm kinda cool with the way that this grain looks in this particular shot. You have infrared bokeh, which are features that I don't use for portraits. But if you wanted to get kind of a ... Let's fit this on the screen. You can get different IR looks, which, again, for landscapes and things like that, these are very cool effects to add to them. Bokeh basically gives you a blur to the image. So if you have a shot that you want to add that magical type of blur to it, they have a bokeh tool that you can actually customize the blur on an actual image. We shot this one wide open at F 1.4, so I'm not gonna adjust the blur, 'cause it's already looks pretty good with the blur. You also have the metadata tab where if you want to basically add your copyright to the photo, so people ask me about watermarks, and I don't watermark my images. Well, what I will end up doing is I'll go into the metadata, go into copyright, and put Miguel Quiles Photography. Put my name, address, email, and that will be in the file. So I don't really need to add something. Because if I add my watermark to this image, it's going to take away from the look of the shot.