By Joanne West

On warm sunny days, particularly if there is any humidity, haze is difficult to avoid.  The problem is compounded if you are shooting with a telephoto lens for subjects in the distance.  Light reflects and is distorted in the microscopic water beads that make up the humidity.  Circular polarizing and UV filters can help alleviate the haze, but these are less useful with a digital camera than they used to be with film.  Topaz Labs Lens Effects has both a Polarizing and UV Haze setting that will help to restore the image and reduce that nasty haze problem.

The image I am using in the tutorial is of a sailboat in the Puget Sound on a clear warm day.  The shot was done with a telephoto lens.  Because of the time of day and year as well as  the location, there is a blue overtone to the picture.

1-Sail Before Lens Effect UV Haze

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In this tutorial, Joanne West shows how to edit an image using the dynamic sliders and  masking technique in Topaz Clarity.

by Joanne West

This is one of my favorite structures in Mariposa County, CA, an area abound with beautiful old barns. I have photographed this red barn in every way possible: front, back and side-to-side. This particular image is being used for the tutorial because it adds some complexity with the fence. I wanted to make the barn “p0p” while keeping the background and foreground in its original state. Easier said than done unless you are using Topaz Clarity!

Before:

Red Barn Before - original 2After:

Red Barn After - clarity finished 2

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