How to create a blurred depth of field
Software covered: Lens Effects, Photoshop Difficulty level: Beginner, Intermediate
Distracting elements like tree branches, street signs and cars are often unavoidable and can avert attention from the subject in focus. Typically a shallow depth of field is ideal in this situation. However, depending on the lens and distance from the subject in focus to the object behind it, this effect may not be achievable.
A handy tool to keep in mind is Topaz Lens Effects, which contains a custom depth map that allows you to add in selective bokeh. Bokeh is Japanese for “blur” and is defined by the aesthetic quality of the out of focus lighting. While most commonly noted as “Hollywood” bokeh, or a rounded orb, bokeh can also be classified as the actual out of focus area of light.
To achieve a blurred depth of field, an aperture of f/3-1.2 is ideal. However, if circumstances do not allow this, you can still create a digitally simulated background using the technology in Topaz Lens Effects. Follow this tutorial to learn how.
Crafting Your Images with Topaz Plugins, presented by John Barclay
Software covered: BW Effects, Clarity, Impression, Lightroom, Photoshop Difficulty level: Beginner, Intermediate
John Barclay, pro photographer and workshop leader, demonstrates how he uses the Topaz software in his current creative workflow.
John is an award winning freelance photographer based in Bucks County PA. John is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader, leading workshops and tours around the world. Recently, John was invited to join National Geographic Photographers Jonathan Kingston, Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke to co-lead the “See the Light Seminar” in Molokai Hawaii.
In addition, John was personally selected by Dewitt to be part of the www.HealingImages.org project and he was the recipient of an excellence award from B&W Magazine.
Disarming the Debate of Photo Manipulation
Software covered: Adjust, Clarity, DeNoise, Detail, Photoshop Difficulty level: Beginner, Intermediate
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 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.
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!
Correcting Chromatic Aberration with Topaz Clarity
Software covered: Clarity, Photoshop Difficulty level: Intermediate
It is not a feature that every lens is graced with. The ability to bring all wavelengths of color into the same convergence point is ideal with optics in photography, however when these wavelengths of color meet at different positions, the result is chromatic aberration (or color fringing).
Purple color fringing
Typically a result of a certain focal length or aperture setting, if you ever happen to come across color fringing in a photo you’ve snapped, here is a simple solution on how to fix it using the HSL panel and edge aware masking technology in Topaz Clarity. (If you don’t own a copy, download a free 30-day trial here.)
Masking Hair with ReMask 4
Software covered: ReMask Difficulty level: Beginner
In this tutorial learn how to extract wispy hairs from the background using ReMask’s 4 advanced masking technology. The finale of this tutorial will then demonstrate how to place the extracted image onto a new background.
Create an Impressionistic Painting
Software covered: Impression Difficulty level: Beginner
In this tutorial learn how to transform your image into a realistic-looking impressionistic painting using the stroke, color, lighting and texture modules within Topaz Impression.
Finding Your Photographic Style, presented by Blake Rudis
Software covered: Clarity, Clean, Impression, ReMask, ReStyle Difficulty level: Beginner, Intermediate
For every photographer it is important to have a specific style that is genuine to you. This really is not something you can learn…your style essentially finds you and ultimately defines you. Join Blake Rudis as he shows how you can polish and refine your artistic style with several Topaz Products.
Create a Mixed Media Look with Topaz Impression
Software covered: Impression Difficulty level: Beginner, Intermediate
Topaz Impression can be a very powerful painting tool in Photoshop. Of course, the single click presets developed by Topaz Labs are great, but there is so much more to it than that!
As many of you know I used to be a painter. One thing painters do is mix different mediums together in one piece, like acrylic paint and water color, or pastels and charcoal. You can do the exact same thing in Topaz Impression and obtain beautiful results!
Purchase Topaz Impression: topazlabs.com/impression
Perfecting Images of People, presented by Joel Wolfson
Software covered: BW Effects, Clarity, Clean, Detail Difficulty level: Beginner, Intermediate
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.