Street photography, while exciting and spontaneous, can also be intimidating and awkward, seeing that strangers are usually the subject. If you are interested in or new to street photography, you’ll love this video! Nichole Paschal covers some basic tips and ideas on how to capture intriguing moments on the streets.

Originally posted to YouTube on Apr 9, 2012. With over 312,000 views, this is our most popular video ever!

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 I have found that ReMask can be a more effective way to create clipping paths in Photoshop (versus dozens of clicks with the pen tool). After going through my normal masking workflow with ReMask, then making a few additional clicks back in Photoshop, I can quickly and easily create a clipping path from my cutout.

Clipping paths are neat selections because they can be retained with your saved image file – which is great if you offer masking/clipping path services or if you need to share your image project with a colleague!

Follow along, and see how easy it is to incorporate this in your workflow.

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Digital noise is a very common occurrence (especially in night images) and tends to have undesired tradeoffs with your image detail when trying to remove it. Topaz DeNoise is able to achieve higher levels of noise reduction than existing methods while still keeping your photo looking sharp, detailed and natural.

As you know, checking for and removing digital noise is one of the most important things to do before starting your post processing. The presence of noise in an image can have negative effects on any additional adjustments that you make to your image. I would always suggest cleaning your image before starting any color, detail or other creative enhancements – especially with night shots.

Shooting at night usually means low light, higher ISO’s, long exposures and inevitably: digital noise.

Another side effect of shooting at night is that your image can often be left with a red or blue color cast. Additionally, any image will naturally have more noise in darker, shadow areas. DeNoise makes it easy to remove the noise, retain your details and create a stunning nighttime image.

Nichole Paschal, our Marketing Specialist, has prepared a Quick Tip Webinar on Managing Noise in Night Images with Topaz DeNoise to show you some tricks on improving your night images.

For additional tips check out the Topaz DeNoise Workflow Tips tutorial.

This post was originally posted on March 18, 2011

Topaz DeNoise 5 is powered by a leap forward in noise reduction technology – IntelliNoise™ – which was developed in-house by Topaz Labs after years of research into image processing. The goal of the project was to discover a noise reduction solution that was actually capable of recovering detail as well as removing noise. The effort was spearheaded by a Ph.D in Computer Vision with twenty years of experience in the field, and the culmination of that effort means that the IntelliNoise™ technology exclusively powers Topaz DeNoise 5.

The big benefit of IntelliNoise technology is that it allows higher levels of noise reduction than existing methods while still keeping the photo looking natural. The idea is to make your ISO1600 photos look exactly like you shot it in ISO100 on a tripod. Compare the DeNoised ISO1600 and ISO100 below, and roll over for the original ISO1600 photo.

The DeNoised ISO1600 photo has the exact same amount of noise as the ISO100 photo, yet looks natural and unprocessed. Note the preserved detail and sharp lines with none of the telltale signs of blurriness or blotchiness. It’s as if you shot the photo at 100 ISO to begin with, just without any of its disadvantages like a longer shutter speed or smaller depth of field! This is not currently possible with any other technology.

This post was originally posted on March 17, 2011

If you’re looking to quickly create HDR-like images (without the busywork) then Topaz Adjust may be right for you. So, let’s explore the idea of HDR a little!

If you don’t own Adjust, don’t worry! We offer a 30-day free trial. No credit card info! So, try it for free.

What is HDR?

Have you ever come across an image that was so surreal with it’s perfectly colored, detailed features? Well, that’s HDR in a nutshell. HDR, or High Dynamic Range, captures the full range of luminosity between lights (highlights) and darks (shadows) in a scene. That means that you get a more brilliant and dynamic range of color and detail in your image.

Traditional HDR (processing) is a multi-step process that requires taking a series of images at different exposures, known as bracketing, and combining the multiple exposures during post-processing. This gives you a perfectly exposed image with an attractive balance of highlights, shadows, and details. The downside is that the process of creating HDR can often be tedious and time consuming, not to mention difficult to those that are new to HDR.

How can I quickly create HDR-like Images?

Creating HDR-like images with Adjust simplifies traditional HDR processing by eliminating the excess shooting and processing steps. Topaz Adjust is unique in the fact that it allows you to take a single image and enhance the highlights, shadows, and details in just a few clicks to create a dynamic image. If you are new to HDR processing, Adjust can help you achieve the same look with less work. If you a seasoned pro you might even use Adjust to further enhance your traditionally-processed HDR images for some added WOW!

Check out the images below to see how easy it is to create HDR effects with a single image. The Adjust-Lite image was processed once through Topaz Adjust and features dynamic color and detail. Adjust-Strong was processed twice through Adjust to give it a stronger, bolder, and more detailed HDR-like look. When processing your images, you can apply the effects as strong or as subtle as you’d like.

HDR with Topaz Adjust

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Learn how to create stunning HDR-like image using Topaz Adjust, demonstrated by professional photographer and BetterPhoto.com instructor, Deborah Sandidge. If you don’t own Adjust, don’t worry! We offer a 30-day free trial. No credit card info! So try it for free and then follow this tutorial.

Don’t forget to check out Topaz Labs on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram and see what other users are creating. We also offer free Webinars and have a great Discussion Forum if you’re interested in learning more!

This post was originally posted on March 4, 2011