Category Archives: Topaz Software
I (we) had the good fortune of accidentally running into Michael Kahn, a wonderful B&W film photographer, specializing in boats and seascapes. I had just seen his work at the Focus Gallery in Chatham and was very impressed. We were shooting in Chatham, when he and his wife stopped while riding their bicycles to engage our group and enquire as to what we were doing. What impressed me most about Michael, was his humble demeanor. What a wonderful, engaging, and nice person. Before we knew who he was, someone had asked if he was a photographer too. His reply was something like, “yes, I like to make photographs” No bragging about being in the high end gallery or anything like that. Just that he too loved to make photographs. He shoots with 4×5 and medium format film cameras and prints all of his prints in a wet darkroom. They are a sight to behold in person!
I purchased his terrific book “The Spirit of Sailing” at the gallery and was inspired to make the image presented in my post today. Yes this is the same yellow Dory that I’ve posted previously. If you like sailing or boats, I highly recommend his book which can be purchased at the Focus Gallery online.
My friends at Topaz Labs have released a wonderful new product called Impression. Impression is a faux painting program and is quite good. If you purchase before the end of the month you’ll save 25% using the code SEPIMPRESSION at checkout. Click this link to take you to the site. If you like a painterly look to your images you’ll like this new product.
Athentech the makers of Perfectly Clear have just released version 2.0 of their fine software that I’ve been using and blogging about recently. With the new release, they have lowered the purchase price and if you click this link you’ll save an additional 10%.
Thank you to those who attended my Topaz Webinar yesterday. Just a reminder that you can save 30% on anything in your CART by using the code barclayweb12 at checkout. Or you can save 50% if you are just buying Topaz Adjust by using the code barclayadjust. 30% off of the entire suite of plug-ins is a really great deal. The codes are only valid through 9-1-14 so don’t miss out.
The blog image is from one of our favorite stops in the Palouse! We call it Auntie Em’s house.
It’s that time! BLACK FRIDAY! At least you’ll not have to fight the lines at the stores for these great deals!
Fuji X-E1 – 55-200 lens – Cape Cod.
From 11/28/13 through 12/2/13, Topaz will be offering a crazy good deal for their complete collection. Normally $379.99 it will be just $199.99. Just click the link and use the code blackfriday2013 to get the special price. This is a NO BRAINER!!
Everything Totally Rad will be on sale, 35% off on November 29th only. Click this link and use the code BLACKFRIDAY2013 at checkout.
The all new Perfect Photo Suite 8 has been released TODAY! Use the code BARCLAYPHOTO and save 15%.
Still my favorite textures and they are having their first ever BLACK FRIDAY SALE. Starting on Friday the 29th through the 3rd of December, save 25% with the code JBARCLAY Check out their newly released pack that works with Nik Color Efex Pro 4.0
The best memory cards on the market. Hoodman just introduced a new H-line of SD cards and of course their now collapsable HOODLOUPE 3.0 is indispensable. Use the code JBP10 for a 10% discount.
ALIEN SKIN SOFTWARE
The new Snap Art 4.0 is out! I’ll be doing a video tutorial in the near future. All things Alien are 10% off with the code JBW1321
My friends at Topaz have asked me to help them introduce their brand new ReStyle. Next Thursday, (Time TBD but probably 5 EST) I’ll do just that with a webinar.
The two images below were ReStyled with Topaz.
It is a fun time in the photo processing world, so many good and FUN tools being introduced. It sure makes for super creative fun! Click the flashing picture above and use the code restyleit to save 50% until 8/31/13.
I’ve just passed 101,000 views on my blog. I think that deserves a big thank you and a bit of a celebration! Thanks to all who are regular visitors. I appreciate your interest, comments and loyalty. Thanks also to those who come to my blog via the webinars I do for my friends at Topaz. And thank you to the great affiliates that I represent. I appreciate your support as well.
Today’s image is from Ireland. I’ve posted a similar image before, however, this time I ran it through Topaz Clarity. WOW! I love this piece of software. It makes this image almost three dimensional on my screen. I’m including the original “finished” image below for your comparison. If you have not yet purchased Clarity today is the last day of the $29.99 price. After today it goes to $49.99. Click this link and use the code claritynew to get the special price.
Topaz Clarity is here. Click this link and use the code claritynew to get it for $29.99 (regular price will be $49.99) through May 31st. The image below is from Fonthill, some of Henry Mercer’s wonderful tile work. Processed with Topaz Clarity and Detail 3. As I said in my last preview post about Clarity, its gonna be a game changer. Good stuff! Way to go Topaz.
I have great news to share! Our friends at Topaz will be releasing the brand new CLARITY sometime late next week. I have an advance copy and WOW, Topaz has done it again. So, what does it do? It adds POP (contrast) to your image in a VERY NATURAL way with abundant control. Different than Detail and more refined than Adjust. It also has an HSL (Hue Saturation Luminosity) tab which allows tight control of the color in your image. Lots of presets too. Trust me on this, CLARITY will become your go to program for adding color and POP (contrast pop) to your images moving forward. Why, because of the new proprietary algorithm written just for this program. It is what makes the adjustments look so natural. No halo’s or over-affected look. Check back later next week for details about the price and release here or on the TOPAZ LABS WEBSITE.
BALL-HEADS FOR SALE A friend has asked me to sell two back-up ball-heads. I have both in my possession and they are both in brand new condition. One is the Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR, the other the coveted Arca Swill B-1 which is hard to find. The price for the BH-55 LR (lever release) is $360.00 plus $15.00 for shipping. For the Arca Swiss with screw type plate (not quick release) $300 plus shipping. Two great ball-heads for about $100 less than new and in new condition.
The first image here is processed with CLARITY and finished with Detail. The image below this one is the before image with just RAW processing applied.
One more from Death Valley. For this image I felt a panoramic crop fit best.
An update on workshops and tours…..
There area just a couple of spots left for the Fall New England tour.
There are just a few spots open for Cape May and Cape Cod later this year.
Details can be found by clicking on the WORKSHOP and TOURS links on the menu bar at the top of the page.
As the cold settles in, I decided to warm up with a look at some old flower images. This particular image is a favorite that I’ve used for presentations. This time, I used different processing techniques, learned watching a recent Nik Webinar. I used filters I’ve not used before in Color Efex 4.0. I really like the soft glow I was able to add while keeping the center sharp. For final detail work I used the new Topaz Detail 3 which is just wonderful. Today is the last day to get 40% off of all Topaz software. Click on this LINK and use the code topaz2012