How to Prepare for Battle with a Photograph, presented by Blake Rudis (46:01)

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When it comes to photographic post processing, strategy is an absolute must. No one goes to battle without a plan, likewise, no photo should be edited without a strategy in mind. Our featured guest, Blake Rudis, will arm you with the essential strategies to prepare your plan of attack on artistic photo post processing.

Blake is a Photoshop enthusiast with a strong Fine Art background. From painting in front of the TV with Bob Ross as a child to printmaking and sculpture he has always had a passion for anything creative. He currently has a thing for HDR Photography and you can see more of his images and Photoshop Tutorials at EverydayHDR.com.

Pure Fun with Topaz Plug-ins, presented by Joel Wolfson (47:10)

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Want to have a great time with your images in post-capture processing? It doesn’t have to be tedious and hurt your brain. Join internationally published photographer and imaging expert Joel Wolfson as he shows you how he uses Topaz plug-ins for pure fun and enjoyment with his images! Joel will demonstrate how he departs from his usual image making for delightful creations using Impression, ReStyle, Star Effects, Glow and more.

Joel conducts photo workshops worldwide from his native Southwest to Italy, France and other locales. His roster of notable clients include Newsweek, Elle, Seventeen, Houghton Mifflin, and corporate clients such as Apple, AT&T, 3M, United Airlines and Pillsbury. His technical articles on digital imaging have been translated for use in more than 30 countries. Yet he is best known for his artistic images and unexpected views of everyday places around the globe.

The Curve, The Histogram, and Topaz: The Technical Approach, presented by Blake Rudis (41:07)

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There are all kinds of ways to edit photographs. Often times we randomly edit them based on what looks good to us. However, there is a technical approach to making great images. It all starts with knowledge of the Histogram, The Curve, and Luminance values. Join Topaz Labs and Blake Rudis as they show you how to take the guesswork out of photo editing and have you well on your way to becoming a technical expert!

Blake is a Photoshop enthusiast with a strong Fine Art background. From painting in front of the TV with Bob Ross as a child to printmaking and sculpture he has always had a passion for anything creative. He currently has a thing for HDR Photography and you can see more of his images and Photoshop Tutorials at EverydayHDR.com.

Illuminate Your Photos using Topaz and Luminosity Masks, presented by Joe Reardon (49:54)

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Join photographer and workshop leader Joe Reardon for an in-depth session on using Topaz with luminosity masking in Photoshop. Joe will be demonstrating his creative workflow and how he interprets the captured light in a photograph. With the aid of luminosity masking and Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity actions panel, Joe will show how he uses Topaz Adjust, B&W Effects, Clarity, Lens Effects and more to illuminate his images.

Joe is a New Hampshire based freelance photographer, workshop leader and instructor. He is a juried artist at the New Hampshire Art Association, Plymouth Center for the Arts, South Shore Art Association, Cambridge Art Association and Rockport Art Association. Joe regularly leads workshops and software training in and around the New England area and has had his work displayed in both the US Senate and the US Congress.

How to Edit Outdoor Family Portraits (49:38)

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In this session, Nichole Paschal will demonstrate a simple portrait editing workflow without skin smoothing and then walk through a more in depth workflow including skin smoothing. Photoshop CC and multiple Topaz programs, including Clarity, Lens Effects and Clean will be used for this editing tutorial.

From RAW to Ready: A Photo Editing Workflow (55:44)

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From simple to complicated, every photographer develops their own post-processing workflows. In this session, Nichole Paschal will demonstrate a basic editing workflow from a RAW image to print ready and then walk through the additional steps taken to transform this forest river image. Photoshop CC and multiple Topaz programs, including Adjust, Clarity, ReStyle and Glow will be used for this editing tutorial.

Integrating Topaz Glow into Your Workflow, presented by Blake Rudis (48:55)

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Looking to add soft light or subtle glow to your photos? The new Topaz Glow is very powerful when used with masks, allowing you to selectively enhance certain areas of your image and add beautiful light exactly where you need it. Join Blake Rudis as he demonstrates how he is using a touch of Glow in his creative workflow, featuring Christmas, landscape and nature imagery. 

Blake is a 3 time self-published author and the founder of EverydayHDR.com & HDRInsider.com. He has recentlydeveloped 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.

Crafting Your Images with Topaz Plugins, presented by John Barclay (44:35)

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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 software, including the new Topaz Glow, 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.

The Simple Path to Stunning Images, presented by Joel Wolfson (46:58)

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Often the difference between “That’s nice” and “Wow!” is a few simple steps using my favorite Topaz plug-ins. What used to require me making complicated actions in Photoshop is now much simpler with plug-ins and a regular part of my creative workflow. Join me as I show you how I add that sense of depth and “being there” with my images using plug-ins like Clarity, Detail, Adjust, BW Effects and more.

Joel conducts photo workshops worldwide from his native Southwest to Italy, France and other locales. His roster of notable clients include Newsweek, Elle, Seventeen, Houghton Mifflin, and corporate clients such as Apple, AT&T, 3M, United Airlines and Pillsbury. His technical articles on digital imaging have been translated for use in more than 30 countries. Yet he is best known for his artistic images and unexpected views of everyday places around the globe.

Crafting Your Images with Topaz Plugins, presented by John Barclay (45:18)

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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 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.