This review has been a long time coming, but it feels good to finally sit down and tackle the mammoth task of reviewing the Digital Film Tools plugin range for Aperture 3. So there is 4 plugins which DFT has sent me to play with and to be honest there is so many options within these plugins that it has taken me so long to go through it all and get a handle on what can and can’t be done.
So lets jump straight into the first plugin called “Light”.
The official word from DFT is: Using a pre-built light and texture library that includes windows, doors, leaves and abstract patterns, you can add realistic lighting and shadow to scenes just as if you were adding a light at the time of shooting.
What that actually means is that there are a series of textures or templates if you will, which replicate windows, doors etc… that you can apply to your photo. The example on the DFT website is actually pretty good.
What you can see above is a simple head shot with plain background transformed using a window template. There are a ton of these textures, to be precise there are 565 to use which gives you endless possibilities. The workflow itself fits nicely into the KISS mentality that I believe Aperture 3 subscribes to.
As you can see from the above image there is a series of thumbnails down the left hand side which show you different patterns or textures. Then on the Right hand side you have the controls to make it fit into the image properly. With just a few adjustments you can easily make everything look just right. The last thing you want is someone to have a look at your photo and say that was “photoshopped” in.
Would I buy this, well unfortunately I haven’t found a scenario just yet where I have needed this functionality. I have played with it and I can say it’s great however most of my shoots are on location not necessarily with a blank wall as a background. In saying that though, I’m about to go into a few months full of studio shoots and I can see myself using this plugin to bring some extra “pop” to certain images. When I do I will be sure to update you all on how it goes, it might even warrant a screencast.
If your keen to have a play with it the head over to the DFT website and pick yourself up a copy. Oh and email me some of your shots I’d be interested to see how you use it.