Creative Essentials with Topaz Plug-ins PLUS The Official Introduction of Glow 2, presented by Joel Wolfson (50:09)

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Ever ask yourself what are the best plug-ins to use for this image? And what is the best way to use them? Join internationally published photographer and imaging expert Joel Wolfson as he shows you how he integrates some of his favorite Topaz plug-ins with Lightroom and Photoshop to create the extra touches necessary for outstanding images. Joel will show you how he uses the new Topaz Glow 2, Clarity, Adjust, ReMask, Detail and more to a creative end.

Joel conducts photo workshops worldwide from his native Southwest to Italy, France and other locales. His roster of notable clients include Newsweek, Elle, Seventeen, Houghton Mifflin, and corporate clients such as Apple, AT&T, 3M, United Airlines and Pillsbury. His technical articles on digital imaging have been translated for use in more than 30 countries. Yet he is best known for his artistic images and unexpected views of everyday places around the globe.

Be sure to stick around for the giveaway at the end of the webinar to see if you’re one of the 2 lucky winners of Topaz Glow.

Disarming the Debate of Photo Manipulation (44:04)

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We hear it all the time, if you manipulate a photo it is no longer a photograph. Or better yet, the proud that claim, “I took this shot, straight out of the camera with no processing!”

So what is the big idea behind photo manipulation and is it something to be ashamed of? Join us with Blake Rudis as he disarms the debate of manipulating your photographs in Photoshop.

Blake is a 3 time self-published author and the founder of & He has recently developed 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.

Be sure to visit Blake’s website to download a free Action pack from the tutorial! And be sure to subscribe to Topaz Labs on Youtube!

Perfecting Images of People, presented by Joel Wolfson (1:03:38)

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Although most of us shoot lots of photos of people, often they’re without the advantage of a studio and professional models. You can still make them outstanding! Join internationally published photographer Joel Wolfson as he walks you through the steps of optimizing images of real people shot in a variety of conditions from candids on the street to informal portraits. Joel will show his techniques using some of his favorite Topaz plug-ins including Clarity, Detail, B&W Effects, and Clean.

The 3-Step Flower Enhancement

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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 EnhancementEquipment and settings for this flower image are as follows:

  • 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 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.

Here’s what I did in Topaz Labs. (Follow along by downloading the original image or use your own!)

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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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Selective image sharpening with Topaz Detail’s Effect Mask

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Image © Robyn Aber

To obtain a crisp and clear photo, image sharpening in Topaz Detail is an applicable solution as it can emphasize texture, bring out details and add depth to your image. However, image sharpening shouldn’t always be applied globally or to the overall photo. Common areas to be cautious of sharpening include:

  • Skies
  • Water
  • Human Skin
  • An out of focus background (bokeh)
  • Areas with evident high ISO noise
  • Areas of constant/flat color

Masking is a valuable tool as it allows you to pinpoint exactly where you want the sharpening adjustments to be applied. For instance, emphasizing a model’s eyes without sharpening the fine lines in her skin would involve masking.

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