Recently my wife and I went on perhaps our most epic photo trip ever to places we have always wanted to visit… 16 days, 4328 miles of driving, 8 states, 6 National Parks, 2 National Monuments, 1 National Battlefield, 1 National Wildlife Refuge, 2 National Forests, and 1 National Grassland. We experienced dramatic weather, wonderful scenery and magnificent wildlife!
I will be using some of my favorite Topaz tools and techniques that I use everyday (including the recently upgraded Texture Effects 2) to demonstrate how easy it is to create wonderful art and memories, hoping to show you just a sample of the enhancements you can achieve using this incredible software!
Texture Effects 2 Community Exclusive effects are back! Fall Scrapbook photo effects are now available in the Community. With this collection of borders and stickers, it’s easy to make fall themed photos to share with family and friends! Don’t have Texture Effects 2? Download a free 30 day trial to see what it can do! Running Windows? Click here! Have a Mac? Click here!
Photography. I don’t know of anything that has so many people across the world so deeply enthralled. Creating imagery is a beautiful way to express ideas, emotions, themes, and more. With the advent of digital photography and iphoneography, the power to create is in everyone’s hands. With access to knowledge and the ability to continuously learn, the sky is the limit with making images. But, photography practice is imperative.
Why do we get stuck in our creative ruts and lose momentum? How do we break out of the predictable style we’ve come to rely on and continue to practice so that we grow as artists? How do we continue to develop our skills as photographers and as artists in a medium we’ve been using for years? The simple, short answer is: we must practice the art of practicing! Growing as a photographer is a continuous process and being able to deal with the wrong equipment at the right time, embrace not having a vision, and try new workflows to open up the creative flood gates and prepare for future creative opportunities.
New Mexico’s Vanishing Ghost Towns by Gary Lamott
Continuing Our Adventures: My wife and I are continuing our adventures here in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, traveling the highways and byways to some of the more than 400 ghost towns, some of which not only died, but vanished! You can still find a few hardy souls that live in some of them, as well as some old buildings that are still standing. Starting in the late 1800s, these towns blazed in a moment of glory, then died in a sudden flame. Many were mining towns, where men lusted after the earth’s riches – gold, silver, turquoise, copper, lead and coal. A few were farming communities that flourished for a time and mysteriously fell silent. Some were water stops for the steam locomotives, their usefulness gone with the advent of the modern diesel engines that ride the rails today.