Jim LaSala shares with us two images that he enhanced using Topaz Adjust and Topaz Detail.

Check out the before images on the left and the Topaz’d images on the right, and the read below to learn how they were created.

Jim’s Workflow
These images were taken using an Elinchrom Octabank as the main light.
The camera was a Nikon D3S

Shot in the doorway was with a:
Nikon 70-200 2.8
Shutter: 125
Aperture: f22

Shot by the window:
Nikon 24-70 2.8
Shutter: 200
Aperture: f16

Workflow start with importing the images into Lightroom.
Any slight adjustments are done here.

Export to Photoshop CS5

Making a duplicate layer (I hoping that Topaz will eventually do that for us), I bring the image in.
One of my favorite plugin’s would be Adjust 4 which has so many features.
I continue to experiment with different combinations.
For these two images I used:

Exposure Correction in Adjust 4 I adjusted the Adaptive Exposure Slider, and then dialed in the Strength and Boost.
With my workflow, I tend to go a little heavy on the technique knowing that I will control the amount and area that I want to enhance the image once
I get back into Photoshop by using layer masks.

I then went back into Topaz using Featured Enhancement in Detail 2 and adjusted the detail sliders and once again controlled the effects with a layer mask.

About Jim
Jim LaSala is a New Jersey based photographer born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Specializing in digital manipulation, portraits and fine art photography, Jim’s artistic approach coupled with his unique style and perspective have garnered local, regional and national recognition.

Jim holds several degrees including: Master of Photography, Master of electronic imaging, certified professional photographer, craftsmen.

His awards include: 8 Fuji Masterpiece awards, Kodak Gallery Award, 8 Loan Collection images, 3 ASP awards from the American Society of Photographers, Epcot Image award, as well as numerous state awards.

To learn more about Jim and see more of his work visit: http://www.jimlasala.com

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