Vanilla flavored ice cream is considered to be plain to some. To those others, vanilla happens to also be their favorite. Personally I find it good, but its not for me. Of all the possible flavors available why would I chose plain vanilla when I can have vanilla with sprinkles, nuts or some kind of topping. Maybe even Rocky Road.
That’s how I feel about photography filters. You know the ones that with a click of a button it makes pictures vintage. Personally I’ve never been a fan of buying photography filters, plug ins or presets. I mean why buy these filters so that your pictures can look just like everyone else. I find those filters, plug ins and presets to be like vanilla. Don’t get me wrong I’m all about using presets just as long as its something that I created. The power of presets are such a time saver, but that’s not what this blog post is about.
I shared this picture in a Facebook group among other creatives and in one of comments asked with what Photoshop plug-in / filter was used on this picture. To their surprise no filter or plug in was used in toning this. Just a curve layer with some dodge & burning. If you’re new to dodge & burning be sure to check out an old blog post of mine, Dodge & Burn Like a Makeup Artist.
By all means if you don’t know how to tone or color grade a picture then these Photoshop filters will be of some value to you. But don’t expect your pictures to stand out in a sea of others flooding the Internet.