If you’ve ever used Topaz DeNoise for high ISO noise reduction you might have noticed a posterized effect occur on certain images. Often this posterization isn’t evident until you increase the auto-brightness, where you then see the unnatural swerving of tone gradation going this way and that.

Baffled by this effect, like a scientist I sought to figure out how to get rid of it, mixing the sliders up every which way until…eureka! To get rid of posterization all you have to do is increase the ‘Add Grain’ slider and bam! Posterization depleted.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 9.52.19 AMPosterization
Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 9.52.34 AMGrain added – No posterization

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In Search of Creativity by Alister Benn

The Ultimate Guide to Discovering Your Personal Photographic StyleI am certain that a detailed survey of every reader of this article would demonstrate very clearly one main thing: We are all unique. We may share many things in common with each other; race, nationality, ethnicity, profession, interests or temperament to name a few, but the special mix of your personality and everything that has ever happened in your life, combines to make you absolutely unique on this planet. Nobody does being you, better than you!

I don’t know about you, but I find that quite satisfying! I’m the best in the world at being Alister Benn. (Smug face!)

In this article it is my goal to highlight the importance of expression and individuality in contemporary photography.

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Guest article by Joel Wolfson

Beyond Realism: From Real to Surreal in 10 StepsAbout the author: Joel is published internationally and his roster of notable clients include Newsweek, Elle, Seventeen, Houghton Mifflin, and corporate clients such as Apple, AT&T, 3M, United Airlines and Pillsbury. His technical articles on digital imaging have been translated for use in more than 30 countries. Yet he is best known for his artistic images and unexpected views of everyday places around the globe.

Normally I go to great lengths to capture and present my subject as I saw it. This approach is based on realism when communicating the experience; whether the awe of a beautiful landscape, the intrigue of ancient architecture, or conveying the essence of a person in a portrait.

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The Best Image Sharpening Trick for High-ISO PhotosYou’ve probably run into this issue at one point or another – how to sharpen an image with high-iso noise without worsening the noise artifacts.

It’s the epitome of a Catch-22 scenario. By applying noise reduction, you sacrifice detail. But by sharpening the image, worsened noise is a result.

So how does one go about resolving this?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. As first instructed by Gabriel Fontes, this image sharpening technique he invented allows you to effectively sharpen an image, leaving the noise untouched.

Try it out yourself to be amazed.

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