25th May 2011 | 1 comments
There isn't much that I can say about Kubota that plenty of other photographers haven't already said before. Yes, it's basically awesomeness in a box, ready to leap out and squeeze the best out of your photographs. Of course, there isn't much that even Kubota can do if your pictures are horribly under or overexposed, but for everyday editing, I doubt there's much out there that can beat Kubota's presets. I myself own the Kubota Essentials Pak, but the Kubota Viva La Vintage + Pow Wow Combo Pak is not far down on my list of things to spend my hard-earned money on...*ahem, dear husband, hint!* I don't want to bog down this post with words, so I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
This pic would've been a challenge to edit without the help of Kubota. The bride's shoulders are quite a bit brighter than the flowers, so if I'd just used Photoshop, I would've had to spend a long time creating layers so as to expose the whole picture correctly. But thanks to Over X helper paint in, all I had to do was paint slightly over her shoulders and that's it, I was ready to start adjusting the colors in the picture as a whole!
- Over x helper paint in
- Fuji Snappit 15%
- Daily Multivitamin 30%
- Magic Sharp
Similar problem with parts of the image not being correctly exposed. Once again, Over X helper paint in to the rescue!
- Over X helper paint in
- Daily Multi Vitamin 25%
- Magic Sharp
Sometimes I just need a little bit more of a punch...
- Punch Drunk 35%
- Magic Sharp
I love me some of that daily multivitamin!
- lighten via SCREEN 1 third stop 40%
- Daily Multivitamin
So what is Kubota? It's basically Photoshop and Lightroom action sets. Yes, you can create your own Photoshop action sets, but believe me when I say that I have tried, oh Lordy have I tried, and my efforts have resulted in hours and hours of anguish, poring over my images, wondering why they end up looking worse than before I started messing around with them. I just can't spend that kind of time trying, and failing, to come up with what Kubota can do with one click of the mouse. Like Jasmine Star says, "I'm a photographer, not a Lightroomer." Of course, she was referring to herself sending out her pictures to a professional editing company to process so she has more time to focus on what's important to her: taking the pictures. But for those of us who aren't quite there yet, Kubota is something that will save us hundreds of hours so we spend less time in front of the computer editing and more time behind our cameras clicking away. I hate that I'm sounding like a Kubota spokesperson, but I feel pretty confident saying these things because Kubota offers a 30-day free trial of their products, so it's not like you actually have to take my word for it. ;)