OV3: An Ensemble in Dramatic Tone

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Olympus Viewer 3 Dramatic Tone tool

An Ensemble in Dramatic Tone

An ensemble of images enhanced with the Dramatic Tone art filter effect, edited from *.orf (Olympus RAW Format) files on Olympus Viewer 3.

The art filter highlights the lighter parts of the image while simultaneously darkening the darker aspects like shadows, making the image more contrasty and foreboding. The effect also washes out the colors slightly, giving it the retro feel.

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This art filter effect can be used for a variety of photographic genres, it can even surprise you with its unpredictability. You can use this art filter effect to create a more edgy feel to an urban environment or to emphasize the shapes and contours of the buildings in cityscapes. Landscapes, especially in wooded areas, can be made more moody and spooky if you are going beyond black-and-whites.

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While I shoot in RAW, I have not gone far enough to experiment the Dramatic Tone or any other art filter effects in-camera. I have always used in during post-processing while managing and editing the images using Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), my desktop image management and editing software suite. The suite gives me a wider range of tools to work with which I can do at a more leisurely pace.

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Do not just stop there. Do a project with other filters that are available as well. Among these the one I find exciting to work with are Pop Art - which super-saturates colors, creating brighter, more vivid photographs; Pin Hole - which mimics shooting with a pinhole camera; Grainy Film - which produces a gritty black-and-white film quality; and Cross Process - which mimics an effect shooting color transparency film, but processing it in color negative chemistry (and vice versa).

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If you are experimenting with these filters in-camera, one of the better options is to shoot both in RAW and JPEG. If the camera is set to capture the image in JPEG, then the image will be captured in JPEG only, with the art filter effect applied. On the other hand, setting the camera to RAW+JPEG will let the camera to record a RAW file version of the image as well, which can be preserved or edited later on OV3.


Resource Links:
Olympus Explains How to Use the Dramatic Tone Art Filter & Other Art Filters in Combination with the P/A/S/M Modes: To Enliven Your Photos
Using "Dramatic Tone" On Your Olympus camera

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