Perfecting Images of People, presented by Joel Wolfson
Presented by: Joel Wolfson Software covered: BW Effects, Clarity, Clean, Detail
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
Presented by: Darcy Wheeler Software covered: Clarity, Detail, ReStyle
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:
Equipment 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!)
Photography Drawing™ (PhtD) with Topaz B&W Effects
Presented by: Julia Anna Gospodarou Software covered: BW Effects, Clarity, DeNoise, Detail, ReMask
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.
Selective image sharpening with Topaz Detail’s Effect Mask
Presented by: Topaz Labs Software covered: Detail
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:
- 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.
Transform Your Landscape Photo in 3 Simple Steps
Presented by: Topaz Labs Software covered: Adjust, Clarity, Detail
Check out this easy to follow workflow that has proven to effectively enhance landscape imagery whether it be a seascape, mountain range, forest or any other geological part of earth and land.
Quick Tip Thursday – Flower Photography Basics
Presented by: Nichole Paschal Software covered: Clarity, Detail, Lens Effects, Misc
One of the most consistently popular subject choices among photographers are flowers. Join Nichole Paschal as she covers some “How-To” tips on both capturing and processing that will help you make the most of your flower photography.
Developing a Workflow with Topaz
Presented by: Blake Rudis Software covered: Adjust, BW Effects, DeNoise, Detail, Misc
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.
Rescuing the Details
Presented by: Topaz Labs Software covered: Adjust, Clarity, DeNoise, Detail, photoFXlab
Here are the steps on how to recover shadows and make an image more vibrant with the Topaz Lab’s plug-ins.
Quick Tip Thursday – Selective Detail Enhancements
Presented by: Nichole Paschal Software covered: Detail
Topaz Detail separates an image by detail size, tonal region and color, allowing for precise and powerful detail and sharpening adjustments. And with the ability to mask in or out detail adjustments, Topaz Detail is the most advanced and powerful detail enhancement program available. Join Nichole Paschal for a quick and thorough explanation on the several different methods of selectively controlling image details.
Understanding Creative AND Output Sharpening
Presented by: Nichole Paschal Software covered: Detail
A sharpening workflow can be broken into several stages: capture sharpening, creative sharpening and output sharpening. Topaz Detail is the best program when you want to apply BOTH creative AND output sharpening during your image processing. Join Nichole Paschal as she explains and demonstrates a thorough and effective sharpening workflow, focusing in on the creative and output sharpening stages.