The Skiy is on Fire by Jim Harris

Welcome to another post from our Topaz series, Behind the Lens! Today we’ll be learning more about photographer Jim Harris. Learn how Jim got started and learn about timed exposure, hear about creative challenges, and see a gallery of breathtaking images! Read more of Behind the Lens with Jim Harris…

Behind the Lens with Jim Harris

Under the Creative Influence

I come from a family of talented artists. My Mother dabbled in painting but my Uncle, Marty Gunsaullus, was one of my earliest and main influences. He has made his living as an artist in Los Angeles his entire life. Marty is mainly a painter but he did do a lot with black and white film photography back in his early days. That truly inspired me.

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If you’ve ever used Topaz DeNoise for high ISO noise reduction you might have noticed a posterized effect occur on certain images. Often this posterization isn’t evident until you increase the auto-brightness, where you then see the unnatural swerving of tone gradation going this way and that.

Baffled by this effect, like a scientist I sought to figure out how to get rid of it, mixing the sliders up every which way until…eureka! To get rid of posterization all you have to do is increase the ‘Add Grain’ slider and bam! Posterization depleted.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 9.52.19 AMPosterization
Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 9.52.34 AMGrain added – No posterization

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In our newer updates to Topaz Adjust, Topaz Detail, and Topaz ReMask, we’ve used an plug-in user interface that was rebuilt from the ground up. Hopefully this interface is both easier to use and easier on the eyes than the old one. However there were some kinks that we had to work out:

Some users have experienced a drastic difference between the colors of the previewed image and the result when using the newer versions of Topaz Adjust and Detail. Other users have experienced crashes when using the new Adjust, Detail, or ReMask. We’ve been hard at work solving these issues, and today the patch is ready for download. This should solve both the color management problem and the crashes.

To apply the patch, re-download and re-install the appropriate software at the following link. (Windows users will have to first uninstall their old software using Add/Remove Programs and then install the new version.)

Topaz Downloads

This only affects Topaz Adjust 4, Topaz Detail 2, and Topaz ReMask.

If you still have issues, feel free to post a comment or contact us from our support page. Apologies for any inconvenience caused, and as always thanks for your support!

This post was originally posted on March 15, 2010