The 3-Step Flower Enhancement
Software covered: Clarity, Detail, ReStyle Difficulty level: Beginner
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
Software covered: BW Effects, Clarity, DeNoise, Detail, ReMask Difficulty level: Beginner, Intermediate
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
Software covered: Detail Difficulty level: Intermediate
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.
Create a preset from scratch with ReStyle
Software covered: ReStyle Difficulty level: Beginner
Within Topaz ReStyle you’ll find hundreds of presets, commonly referred to as ‘styles’ or ‘looks’. Each of these presets was created from a source image; the technology within ReStyle identifies the dominant colors within the source image and records that data into a preset, listing the colors from primary to the fifth most dominant (some presets will only have 3 or 4 dominant colors).
Interested in creating your own preset in ReStyle? Follow these simple steps to learn how to create a custom effect based on your image’s color data.
Transform Your Landscape Photo in 3 Simple Steps
Software covered: Adjust, Clarity, Detail Difficulty level: Beginner
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.
Rescuing the Details
Software covered: Adjust, Clarity, DeNoise, Detail, photoFXlab Difficulty level: Intermediate
Here are the steps on how to recover shadows and make an image more vibrant with the Topaz Lab’s plug-ins.
Enhance your imagery with Adjust, Simplify and Detail
Software covered: Adjust, Detail, Simplify Difficulty level: Advanced
Enhance your Topaz workflow as John Barclay introduces Topaz Adjust, Detail and Simplify, then demonstrates how he uses each within his own workflow to help create stunning imagery. John is an award winning freelance photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader. He is also an inspirational speaker who has been presenting his program Dream – Believe – Create to audiences around the country.
Awaken the artist within
Software covered: Adjust Difficulty level: Intermediate
“I truly believe that every photographer, and that includes you, has an artist within – an artist that can be awakened in the digital darkroom by using creative plug-ins. An artist that can make your time sitting at your computer, processing your images, more fun. One of my favorite plug-ins is Topaz Adjust. With a click of your mouse and a swipe of a slider, you can transform your pictures into more creative – and professional looking – images.” -Rick Sammon
Intro to Topaz Adjust
Software covered: Adjust Difficulty level: Beginner
Topaz Adjust makes it quick and easy to create stunning and dynamic enhancements that will instantly make your images pop with detail, color and depth. From subtle and corrective enhancements to artistic HDR effects, Topaz Adjust is your one-stop post processing shop. With intuitive and powerful adjustments over exposure, detail, color and noise, Topaz Adjust is the easiest wasy to make your photos pop. Join Nichole as she introduces Topaz Adjust and just some of the creative possibilities within the plug-in.
Intro to Lens Effects
Software covered: Lens Effects Difficulty level: Beginner
Audience: This presentation is geared toward those that are unfamiliar with or new to Topaz Lens Effects.
Topaz Lens Effects simulates realistic lens, filter & specialty camera effects. With new interface features and a simple method of creating effective depth maps, Lens Effects makes it easy to emphasize your focal point, create beautiful bokeh effects and have creative control of your image after the shot.