Jim Nix is a photographer, photo educator, and blogger hailing from Austin, TX. Learn how to enhance your Lensbaby images with Jim’s post-processing tips and tricks.
My favorite photographic subjects are cityscapes – I find them endlessly interesting, beautiful and photogenic. The process of discovery while wandering in a new location motivates me to keep peeking around the next corner or turning down a new street. There’s just so much to see – and I do my best to consume it all!
My camera is my accomplice and co-conspirator, and it compels me to get out the door and go see something. When I go, I bring along the Lensbaby Trio 28. It’s a perfect lens for shooting in cities, especially in low light (blue hour is particularly excellent for this lens). My favorite setting is Sweet, which gives me a nice crisp center with lovely bokeh and blur radiating out towards the edges of the frame. All the sparkly lights of a city just look magical, and really come to life when captured by the Trio 28.
My editing style is expressive and colorful – it’s just how I see the world. I don’t shy away from adding some emotion or drama in post, and with today’s digital tools it’s quick and easy to do so. I use these tools to adjust contrast, light, temperature/tint and color to suit my mood. Instead of just showing how a place looks, I want my image to exemplify how it felt to me when I was there.
Combining the stylistic and beautiful output from the Trio 28, along with some basic but powerful image adjustments in post, allows me to really bring my images to life.