Boris FX, a company that builds software for the entertainment industry has recently released a version of its software aimed at Photographers. Its a bit pricy, $9.00/mo or $99/year, but for those wanting to add more zing to their images, or need to do complicated background knockout and masking, this might be something to consider.

Some info from their website:

Optics is the definitive digital toolbox for photos. Created by professional feature film VFX artists, Optics is designed to simulate optical camera filters, specialized lenses, film stocks and grain, lens flares, optical lab processes, color correction as well as natural light and photographic effects. Take your images to the next level, try Optics.

If you scroll to the very bottom of their web page, you can see about 140 of their filters. The product is more than filters, the masking is pretty incredible. And want to try out their gobo lighting feature (adding lighting that appears to be the shadows of a window or object).

The good news is, if you are a HoustonPhotowalks member, you can receive a 15% discount. Boris FX has joined the HoustonPhotowalks Member Perks program, providing special discounts for our local photographers. To receive the 15% discount, use coupon code houstonphotowalks-2020 at checkout.

I’m going to play around with it myself and post some pictures for you to check out. Meanwhile, have a look at their web page and videos and let me know what you think.

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