Fine Art Nature Photography by Tony Sweet (46:43)

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Tony Sweet’s inspiring session on how he uses Topaz plug-ins in his fine art nature photography workflow.

Tony is a highly-recognized professional nature photographer whose work has been published worldwide in every medium. Tony is a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, lecturer, co-owner/operator of the Visual Artistry Workshop Series and is represented by Getty Images. He is also the author of 5 books in his Fine Art Photography Series and co-producer of 5 instructional DVDs.

Transform Your Photo into a Surreal Work of Art

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In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to extract a subject (in this case a tree) from its background using the Color Range brushes in Topaz ReMask.

We’ll then apply selective adjustments by bringing out the tonalities & exposure in the tree using Topaz Clarity, followed by enhancing the tree’s edge texture using Topaz Clean.

To finalize the image, we’ll bring the background into Topaz Lens Effects to create an abstract, dreamy background.

So if you’re tired of your same ole editing workflow and looking to try something new, download the image to the right (or use your own) and follow along!

Don’t own the plugins used in this tutorial? Download a free 30-day trial here.

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Creative Sky Replacement with ReMask

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The conditions of outdoor lighting and nature can be sporadic. Mother Nature may not always grant you the most ideal weather when on a photo shoot; a flat, cloudless sky reflecting nothingness into the water beneath it may not be something you want to put in your portfolio or share to Facebook & Instagram (as compared to a magnificent painter’s sunset). Enter sky replacement with Topaz ReMask!

Creative Sky Replacement with ReMask 4Knowing when the sky will be a beaut isn’t always easy to detect. Usually post-storm or pre-storm skies can produce interesting lighting as the sun sets, however there is no particular device (to my knowledge) that tells you when the sky will be brilliantly filled with vibrant colors.

Luckily, you can use masking tools, like Topaz ReMask, to replace a boring sky with a more interesting one!

Topaz user Gary Lamott has shared his method for replacing an average sky & water reflection using ReMask, Clarity and PaintShop Pro. So follow along and learn how to transform a plain sky into something worth displaying on your wall! (download example image to the right – photo for personal use only please.)

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The 3-Step Flower Enhancement

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Spring is a time of new life as everything becomes green again. There isn’t a more perfect time to practice macro photography and absorb all the new life that is quickly growing around you. Topaz Labs advanced technology can help you emphasize the intricate details, bring out color, and remove distracting background subjects in all your springtime images. This tutorial uses Clarity, Restyle, and Detail. If you don’t already own these 3 Topaz products, download a free 30-day trial!

About the Image

It was a warm summer afternoon in Texas, when I spotted a row of beautiful sunflowers and decided to snap a few photos including this one:

The 3-Step Flower Enhancement

Here are the equipment and settings for this flower:

  • Camera: Canon Mark III
  • Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm F/4.0
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure: 1/640 sec at f/4.0

It wasn’t the most ideal shot as the sun was directly in front of me, however if you find yourself in this sort of situation where the image is underexposed or something doesn’t feel quite right, do not fret! I always have in the back of my mind that I can correct it in Topaz later on. Just a friendly remember, it’s better to have an underexposed photo where details can be recovered, than an overexposed one where details are lost and cannot be recovered.

Before we get started, if you noticed that there is a distracting element in your photograph, check out this tutorial, Enhancing Macro Photographyon how to remove it, then head back here to enhance your flower image! If you wish to follow along, you can download the original image or use your own!

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Crafting Your Images with Topaz Plugins, presented by John Barclay (44:10)

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We are happy to welcome back John Barclay, pro photographer and workshop leader, who will demonstrate how he is using Topaz Adjust, Clarity, B&W Effects, ReStyle and more in his current creative workflow.

John is an award winning freelance photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader based in Bucks County PA.  He is also an inspirational speaker who has been presenting his program Dream – Believe – Create to audiences around the Country.  John’s work has been published in a number of magazines and books and is treasured by a number of private collectors.

Photography Drawing™ (PhtD) with Topaz B&W Effects

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Guest tutorial by Julia Anna Gospodarou

In this tutorial I will make a demonstration of how I use the Topaz plugins in my Photography Drawing™ (PhtD – in short) workflow and what I consider as the best plugins and features to use when processing a B&W image, a long exposure architectural photograph in my case, so you can get the results I’m getting in my work and that brought me numerous awards and distinctions.

The image I will demonstrate my workflow on is Fluid Time II, from the series Fluid Time which is an image of the Prudence Plaza building, shot in Chicago using a Canon 5D MKIII camera and a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt-shift lens. The image was shot with 8.5 degrees tilt at 45 degrees rotation of the lens, so to create the characteristic tilt-shift blur on specific portions of the image (upper and lower side of the image, diagonally disposed), and it was realized with the technique of long exposure (121 seconds exposure). To create the long exposure effect I used two stacked ND filters –  10+3 stops in total, the Formatt-Hitech ProStop IRND Joel Tjintjelaar Signature Edition.

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4-Step HDR Workflow Revealed (50:44)

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Download Blake’s presentation and sample bracket images here: http://www.everydayhdr.com/the-4-step-creative-hdr-process/

Join Blake Rudis, creator and host of everydayhdr.com, as he demonstrates his 4 step creative process for making stunning HDR images. Blake will cover tips on getting good bracket images, how to tone map images, and his post processing of the image using DeNoise, Clarity, Adjust and ReStyle.

Since 2010 Blake has been publishing written and video tutorials on Everyday HDR, and was awarded “The Best HDR Blog of 2012” by the readers of HDR One Magazine. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware in 2006 and has since channeled his passion for the arts into his love of HDR photography! In addition to his successful HDR blog, Blake recently self-published Exploring HDR: Photoshop, Photomatix & Topaz Adjust

Crafting Your Images with Topaz Plugins (50:27)

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We are happy to welcome back John Barclay, pro photographer and workshop leader, who will demonstrate how he is using Topaz Adjust, Clarity, ReStyle and more in his current creative workflow.

John is an award winning freelance photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader based in Bucks County PA. He is also an inspirational speaker who has been presenting his program Dream — Believe — Create to audiences around the Country. John’s work has been published in a number of magazines and books and is treasured by a number of private collectors.