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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Developing a Workflow with Topaz (39:07)

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Join Blake Rudis, creator and host of everydayhdr.com, as he takes you through several workflows that incorporate DeNoise, Detail, Adjust, BW Effects and more. Blake will offer tips on how to simplify the guessing process during a workflow while demonstrating various techniques to add creativity, mood and atmosphere with Topaz software.

Blake is a 3 time self-published author and the founder of EverydayHDR.com & HDRInsider.com. He has recently developed Zone-Edit.com. This site is devoted to his Photoshop post processing technique that utilizes the limitless potential of the Zone System and the power of Photoshop to capitalize on the contrast in any image.

How to Quickly Reduce Shadow Noise (11:04)

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Do you struggle with shadow noise in your images? Are you afraid that your noise reduction process will soften important detail?  If so, you won’t want to miss this session as Nichole Paschal demonstrates how Topaz DeNoise can quickly and effectively reduce shadow noise without losing image detail.

Eliminate Banding Noise in Seconds (12:04)

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Banding noise appears in images as colored lines that extend for various lengths across an image and is known as a very challenging type of noise to remove.  Join Nichole Paschal as she demonstrates in two simple steps how easily Topaz DeNoise removes horizontal and vertical banding noise from your images.

Quick Guide to Removing High ISO Image Noise (16:06)

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Learn the steps to eliminate distracting high ISO image noise while keeping important image detail.  Join Nichole Paschal as she demonstrates that even if you’re shooting in low light, using fast speeds, or encountering other noisy conditions, Topaz DeNoise gives you the peace of mind to know that you’ll end up with a clean, clear, and noise-free result.

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