Am I a suit and a clean pair of shoes, punctual and articulate, or am I sleeping in the rain under a bridge in Glencoe? Am I Scottish, British or European? If I drop some money into the cup of a homeless person does that make me compassionate, or do I do that to appear compassionate? Does wearing black make me boring, or daring, a rebel or unimaginative? – Who am I? – You tell me, your perspective of these things defines who you think I am.
Who am I? – You tell me, your perspective of these things defines who you think I am.
I’ve been making photographs since I was a teenager, with growing aptitude and confidence. At the end of each year I reflect on the past 12 months and usually conclude that I like my most recent work the most. Why should this be? It is not always the case that I have been to the most dramatic landscape in the world, or had the best light, or upgraded to the latest camera. Instead, I have concluded that my preference for my most recent work is because it represents the best version of me, as I am today.
As we entered 2017, I made a commitment to diarize my personal and creative development and summarize it in a quarterly article. Here is my opportunity to share the little and the large revelations I feel are contributing to my own creative growth, along with some of my most recent images.
At the end of each year I reflect on the past 12 months and usually conclude that I like my most recent work the most. Why should this be?
Many times in photography, you can end up with a image that features a beautifully detailed subject and a distracting background. Even though your foreground subject is the focus, your background can take away from the focal point of the image. Here are some simple steps using ReMask and Photoshop to easily clean up distracting backgrounds and bring attention back to your subject.
So you’ve been editing images for awhile and you’ve figured out what works for your workflow to achieve your “look.” Today, we are going to enhance some images a little more non-traditionally. Whether you’ve been looking for a new interesting way to edit your images or maybe you just enjoy compositing. Either way, this tutorial can give a fun twist to images that otherwise may have been trashed.
For this tutorial, we are going to be using two programs Topaz ReMask and Topaz Impression. If you don’t own these programs, feel free to try them free for 30 days. Simply click the links above.
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Life happens. Maybe it’s a huge, life halting blemish in the middle of your forehead on your wedding day, a hotter-than-expected summer day during family photos, or maybe it’s just those pesky laugh lines from a life enjoyed. Whatever it is, there are times the camera is a little too honest. Whether you’re retouching your own photos or for a client, this easy skin retouching and restyling tutorial with Topaz Clean and Topaz Restyle will save hours of frustrating cloning and stamping in Photoshop.
I’ve included two practice images with this tutorial. I also retouched them following the same steps I outlines here. If you want to see those before and after’s they’re at the bottom of this tutorial!
Flower and botanical photography is very popular and it is easy to create romantic flower photography. It’s exciting to find new blossoms and colors to photograph and it’s a subject matter that can be found in every region and area of the world! I love photographing flowers because they are a great subject matter to practice depth of field with, they are all so very different in colors and shape, and they are versatile for making art with! Romantic flower photography is easy in this easy and quick tutorial! We’ll learn how to turn those images and snapshots into surreal, dreamy photographs with Topaz Simplify and Topaz Texture Effects premade effects.
One of my favorite Topaz programs is Topaz B&W Effects! It reminds me of my college days of being in the darkroom for hours, not knowing what results I might get, and getting frustrated to the point of tears. Wait a minute… B&W Effects is the exact opposite of all those awful things! Topaz B&W Effects is an easy way to turn color photographs into exquisite monochromatic images. It’s perfect for anyone that likes traditional black and white photography and prefers classic prints.
This beginner’s tutorial will demonstrate just how easy it can be to use such an astounding program with a unique conversion engine that emphasizes tone and texture along with Clarity, our program that delivers natural contrast. You’ll be converting snapshots, photographs, and fine art in no time!
Grab an image, anything from a picture of your grandchild to a vacation photo, and follow along in this quick 15 minute lesson!
The holidays are more than just decorations and food. The little details make each Christmas special and different than the year before. Some families like to put up the traditional tree, wrap presents in a color and patterned theme, volunteer together, travel to see family, and (of course) eat! Are you ready to add Christmas Cheer to photos?
There’s magic in the air when you’re surrounded by friends and family, when the fireplace is lit while the snow is falling, and while you’re sharing all you have with others.
I love to document the details of events and travels. The presents under the tree, the decor, the food, the gifts, and all the little things that make the holidays special are perfect subjects to photograph. But how do you capture the warmth and glitz or the perfectly decorated tree? And how do you add a little bit of holiday cheer and magic to holiday photos?
Well, I’ll share my secret with you! Check out this easy to follow tutorial on how to add color, sparkle, and vibrancy to your holiday images with Topaz Glow and Topaz Star Effects!
Perfect travel pictures are hard to get without a lot of things: ample amounts of shooting time, the correct equipment, all the professional knowhow, and more. But you can get perfect travel pictures with a little post processing and the right software!
Last March, I went to Iceland and had the trip of a lifetime! The scenery was absolutely breathtaking and there was so much to see and do. It really was a photographer’s paradise! I had a lot of photography opportunities on a day trip through the Golden Circle. We were on a pretty tight schedule to see all the stops and the sky was a gloomy, overcast grey. But that didn’t stop me from shooting away!
One of my favorite stops was Gullfoss Waterfall. I have seen waterfalls before, but never anything this big, this blue, this powerful! I made sure to get some pictures of the entire scene from up high and from down low as well as some close ups of details. I’ve lived in Texas my entire life and I had never seen a waterfall made from glacial water covered in ice and snow. It was truly awesome!
When I returned home and started to go through images, I noticed my pictures were pretty bland. I’d shot in RAW on my Nikon D300s and I had done a great job of not blowing out the whites of the snow, which was a challenge for me since I had never really photographed snow before! But I also noticed the details of the ice were muddled and the color of the water was lackluster.
What a bummer…
I decided to edit my images to add saturation, more contrast, and refine details and edges. What better way to accomplish that than with Topaz Adjust? Check out how I fixed up my images from Iceland with the use of Photoshop CC and Adjust in this easy to follow tutorial, complete with an in-depth look at the program features and tools!
You can always follow along with me as I show you my workflow, try out the program as I teach about what the sliders do, or work on your own image with tricks I am doing. If you don’t have Adjust, you can always download a free 30 day trial here!