22 October 2013

Kubota Creative Tools Lensbaby Pak

Kevin Kubota is a photographer, with a long relationship with Lensbaby products. His friendship with Craig Strong, allowed him to follow Lensbaby evolution since the first prototypes into the worldwide company that it is nowadays. 


Kevin Kubota and Craig Strong.                                                 photo from Jules Cafe



Lensbaby inventor and CEO, has participated in two editions of the Kubota Photographer Ignite, that runs annually.  
 

 
Recently, Kevin made an appearance as a guest on the newly launched Lensbaby Radio, you can listen to his guest appearance at this link, via itunes.


Kevin Kubota, also runs Kubota Image Tool, a company that among other things, creates plugin actions for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. One of those plug ins, is dedicated to Lensbaby, named Lensbaby Pak. The action pack available for Photoshop, runs through Action Dashboard (which is free and includes 50 free actions) and allows you to make a smooth, easy to use and quick post-production on your Lensbaby shots.


The Kubota Lensbaby Pak feature fifteen actions that covers pretty much all the optics (except the latest two, Sweet 35 and the Edge 80, but the actions featured on the pack, works well with photos in which those two optics were used), allowing you to enhance your photos in a matter of seconds with its actions:
    Bollywood Intensity: The pop of color in this action will have you singing and dancing.
    BW Lensbaby Oh Baby: True deep black and clean crisp white.    
    Dads Old Camera: Rich, old gold tones with a hint of darkness.
    Double Glass Lens - Krispy K: Boosts contrast, clarity, and sharpness as needed based on the characteristics of this lens.
    Faded Memories: A light vintage effect.
    Fisheye Lens - Spectacle: Boosts contrast, clarity, and sharpness as needed based on the characteristics of this lens.
    Kubota Lensbaby Vintage Film: A soft wash of vintage-y goodness.
    Love Child: Golden vintage feel with bright colors.
    Original Lens - Equalizer 1: Boosts contrast, clarity, and sharpness as needed based on the characteristics of this lens.
    Pinhole ZP - Zippy: Boosts contrast, clarity, and sharpness as needed based on the characteristics of this lens.
    Plastic Lens - Fantastic: Boosts contrast, clarity, and sharpness as needed based on the characteristics of this lens.
    Single Glass - Vitamize: Boosts contrast, clarity, and sharpness as needed based on the characteristics of this lens.
    Soft Focus Lens - Snap Up: Boosts contrast, clarity, and sharpness as needed based on the characteristics of this lens.
    The Kicker: Kick it up a notch with The Kicker. Pops on the light.
    Wake Up Call: Sharpens everything up.


This tool is a really time saver when it comes to post production, no more manual tweaking parameter by parameter, trying to make it look perfect, take the actions as a starting point (in most cases you wont need more edits or tweaking by my experience) and your Lensbaby photos will be boosted instantly. The interface is easy and friendly, just scroll and pick the action you want to and its done. Besides that, you can apply the usual Photoshop techniques and set the opacity of the action if you want a mix of "as captured" plus the enhanced version.




Pros: Easy to work with, time saver and the actions designed for each optic characteristics does work great. Its instant magic.

Cons: None... just wish that it was Lightroom compatible, since im a Lightroom user.




Heres a few examples of photos, straight off camera and after using Kubota Lensbaby Pak:

Optic: Double Glass Optic
Action used: Dads Old Camera
Photo by Nuno Caldeira




Optic: Edge 80
Action used: Wake Up Call
Photo by Nuno Caldeira





Optic: Edge 80
Action used: BW Lensbaby Oh Baby
Photo by Nuno Caldeira



Optic: Edge 80
Action used: Original Lens - Equalizer 1
Photo by Nuno Caldeira






Optic: Sweet 35
Action used: Love Child
Photo by Nuno Caldeira






Optic: Single Glass Optic
Action used: Single Glass Vitamize
Photo by Nuno Caldeira 





Optic: Sweet 35
Action used: Single Bollywood Intensity
Photo by Nuno Caldeira




Optic: Pinhole
Action used: Pinhole ZP - Zippy
Photo by Norbert Fürst  

Optic: Zone Plate
Action used: Pinhole ZP - Zippy
Photo by Norbert Fürst






Optic: Plastic
Action used: Plastic Lens - Fantastic
Photo by Norbert Fürst  





Optic: Soft Focus
Action used: Soft Focus Lens - Snap Up




You can purchase and find more info about Lensbaby Pak at this link.