How to Create a Vintage Matte Look (5:27)

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A washed out effect with crushed blacks and lessened contrast, the matte look was first developed in antique film processes and is popular in today’s digital photography.

opacityWhile you can purchase film packages and actions that have replicated this vintage look, the secret to how this effect is created is all in the curve tool. Follow along to learn how you can easily create your own custom matte look using the curve tool in Topaz B&W Effects.

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Editing Newborn and Baby Photos (45:08)

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Join Nichole Paschal as she demonstrates a full workflow blueprint, covering common newborn and baby portrait issues like red skin and blemishes. Photoshop CC and multiple Topaz programs including Clarity, B&W Effects, Lens Effects and Clean will be used for this editing tutorial.

Crafting Your Images with Topaz Plugins, presented by John Barclay (45:17)

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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.

Perfecting Images of People, presented by Joel Wolfson (1:03:38)

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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.

Fine Art Nature Photography by Tony Sweet (46:43)

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Tony Sweet’s inspiring session on how he uses Topaz plug-ins in his fine art nature photography workflow.

Tony is a highly-recognized professional nature photographer whose work has been published worldwide in every medium. Tony is a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, lecturer, co-owner/operator of the Visual Artistry Workshop Series and is represented by Getty Images. He is also the author of 5 books in his Fine Art Photography Series and co-producer of 5 instructional DVDs.

Quick Tip Thursday – Defining Regions in Topaz Adjust & B&W Effects

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Topaz Adjust and B&W Effects have the ability to quickly add localized contrast and higher dynamic ranges to an image.  This is made possible by the Regions slider, which determines how your Adaptive Exposure selection is disbursed across your image.  So how are regions determined and what exactly do they do to an image?  Join Nichole Paschal for a quick, yet informative session on the important regions slider.

Crafting Your Images with Topaz Plugins, presented by John Barclay (44:10)

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We are happy to welcome back John Barclay, pro photographer and workshop leader, who will demonstrate how he is using Topaz Adjust, Clarity, B&W Effects, ReStyle and more in his current creative workflow.

John is an award winning freelance photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader based in Bucks County PA.  He is also an inspirational speaker who has been presenting his program Dream – Believe – Create to audiences around the Country.  John’s work has been published in a number of magazines and books and is treasured by a number of private collectors.

Photography Drawing™ (PhtD) with Topaz B&W Effects

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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.

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Developing a Workflow with Topaz (39:07)

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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.