Category Archives: Topaz Software

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

Yup, it is that time again, so here are the deals I recommend and there are some really good ones!

Have you been waiting to pull the trigger on the Topaz Complete Collection? NOW is the time, with 50% off utill Nov 30th. Follow this link http://bit.ly/1FkCnpJ and use the code BLACKFRIDAY16 at checkout. This makes the entire collection, all 17 programs, including the amazing new Texture Effects, just $250! And, if you already own any Topaz products, you will get 50% off of your already discounted upgrade path! Simply log into your Topaz account and follow the path to upgrade and use the same code. This is a no brainer.

FLYPAPER TEXTURES – Until the end of the month click this link and then use the code briefly to get your 25% discount on any of their wonderful textures.  

PERFECTLY CLEAR –   Click this link to get Perfectly Clear Complete for $99!

TOTALLY RAD This sale ends tonight.  50% off of any of their software with the code HOLIDAY2016.  Their film looks are very good.  Dirty Pictures is still a great program, especially if you don’t need all of the extra’s in Topaz Texture Effects.  And, at $29 it is practically free!

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I’m Still Alive!! An update…..

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I apologize for the lengthy delay in posting to my blog.  My wife and I decided it was time to “right size” our home.  As you can imagine, my time has been consumed with preparing for sale, getting rid of years of clutter and then buying and moving. I’m no spring chicken and boy oh boy was it a lot of work!!  I am happy to report that we love our new home and feel great about the move.

Next, I am sad to report that my dear friend Dan Sniffin has decided to retire from doing photo tours with me.  Gosh, I hope it wasn’t something I said!  Many of you know and love Dan and I can assure you he will not be gone for long.  He has emeritus status and will show up unannounced on future tours as a special guest.  Dan has been a wonderful mentor to me as well as being my friend.  I will miss him dearly on these tours, however, I look forward to partnering with other great photographers as I move forward.

I just finished my 22nd Webinar for Topaz Labs.  This means you are entitled to a 25% discount on any Topaz Products.  Use the code BARCLAYWEB22 for the savings.  This code is valid through this Sunday October 16.  Remember, this code can be applied to and upgrade path too.  This means if you already own a Topaz product(s) you need to log into your account to see the already discounted upgrade to the suite offer.  Then add the 25% on top of that!  That is great deal!!

I just returned from co-leading back to back workshops with the great Betty Wiley on Cape Cod.  Betty is amazing in her ability to get us to the right places at the right time.  She is an amazing photographer, artist and friend.  Such an enjoyable trip!  The Cape is like going home for me.  I vacationed there every summer as a child.  Betty and I will be doing the Cape again next year.  Stay tuned for a “Cape Cod Experience Week” announcement.  We will be doing 7 days this time with 5 full days of photography!!  Very excited about this new offering in October of 2017.

A bit about the posted image.  This is from our last morning.  The winds from the hurricane had arrived after a day of heavy rain.  The winds were a steady 35mph with gusts up to 45mph!!  We stayed in our cars because it was cold, very dark and gloomy, but, we were on the edge of the storm!!  This is always a great time to be out and prepared.  Right about the time the sun was to rise, we saw patches of blue sky, gathered our gear and headed out to face the wind!  And then THIS happened!  I think I shot 200 plus images on this morning as the conditions were changing so quickly.  It was MAGICAL!  What a blessing and tremendous way to end two marvelous trips.  It always pays to SHOW UP!!

Next on the list is a weekend workshop at PEEC and then on to the glorious SMOKIES with the incomparable RAD DREW.  Very excited to partner with this amazing iPhone artist and all around good guy.  We are full, but, will be doing the Palouse together in the spring.  Please consider joining us.  

Speaking of workshops.  I have a few spots open for next spring on the Charleston and Smokies tours.  More information on my workshop page here. 

 

 

 

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Cape May – B&W

I was thinking about one of my favorite b&w photographers and friend, Chuck Kimmerle the other day. How his eyes must be in pain from all of the oversaturated color in my last few posts. I hope his monitor is okay after he threw his mouse at it. I decided, I must get my monochrome on. So, here ya go Chuck.

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My next Topaz Webinar has been moved up to August 16th.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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What is it? Does it matter? Do you care?

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Once again, I’m having fun playing with older images that I’ve not spent enough time with. I don’t know about you, but, I find that I come back from a shoot, pick the “winners” or “keepers” and then move on to the next shoot leaving the last behind. And doesn’t that fit with the want it now, need it now, show me the next best picture now state of things? Here I am trying to be more mindful about my photography, yet oft times I am not mindful about the images I’ve captured. Rather, I feel compelled to run out and capture the next “keeper” when I likely already have one. I just haven’t taken the time, mindfully, to evaluate what I captured. 

Both images are from the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. The lead image was duplicated then flipped and mirrored into a new image and then converted to b&w.  I used the TKActionsv4 luminosity masking panel in Photoshop to fine tune the black & white conversation.  Pretty powerful tool, but, there is a learning curve. I suggest Sean Bashaw’s excellent videos if you are interested in learning about them. The image below was fine tuned with my go to plugin, Topaz Clarity. Yes, there is a clarity slider in Lightroom but this is a much more powerful tool with so much more control.

Having just presented another webinar for Topaz, I am allowed to share my 25% discount code for any Topaz product good through March 27th.  Just click this link and then use the code BARCLAYWEB18 at checkout to save 25%. This includes any upgrade path as well. So, if you own one or more Topaz products, just log into your Topaz account and look for the already discounted upgrade price and then ADD the 25% off.  Makes for a very nice price!

 

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The Silhouettes From the Hideout Ranch – Topaz Webinar

The Wranglers at the ranch were amazing. For the first shot, we were photographing in the other direction, however,  when I looked behind me to see what the sky was doing, Daniel and Ramon were sitting there waiting for us to recognize the wonderful photo op they set up. The others were done in situations where we specifically set up the possibility of silhouettes.  Such fun!

The recorded version of my most recent Topaz Webinar is available to watch here.

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Topaz Webinar Covering Texture Effects on Thursday

My friends at Topaz have announced a new plug-in, TEXTURE EFFECTS. The price is $69.99, but with the code TEXTUREFX, you can save $20 until November 20th and pick it up for just $49.99. Click this link to take you to the page to learn more or purchase.

This week on November 19th at 5:00PM EST, I’ll be doing a webinar which will cover this great new software! To sign up click this link.

With Texture Effects you are able to add your own or purchased textures. I’m a big fan of Flypaper Textures, and love being able to use them in this program. Use the code JBARCLAY to save 15% on any purchase of their wonderful textures.

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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This image was made in the front yard of the agraturismo where we stay in Tuscany. We had just returned from a long day. It looked like the shooting was over so we headed “home.” Then, as we came to dinner this happened! Needless to say, dinner took a backseat for about a half hour. Even the owners of the agraturismo said this kind of situation does not happen too often. It was pretty special. Both the light and the double rainbow.

A reminder about my Topaz Webinar next Tuesday June 30th at 5PM est.  You can sign up by clicking this link.   I hope to see you there!

 

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Topaz Webinar Today 5PM EST.

I will be presenting another webinar for Topaz today. At the request of many, I will work on fewer images. This will allow me to cover more detail as to how I use Photoshop along with Topaz Plug-Ins. I will spend a bit more time covering layers and layer masking which allows me to add or remove an effect that I have created in Topaz.

I will cover B&W Effects 2, the new Impression (Image below created with Impression) and Clarity.  I will also introduce the brand new GLOW!

I hope to see you there. 

There is still time to sign up today, click on this link.

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More Black Friday Madness from Topaz and Totally Rad

Topaz is jumping into the BLACK FRIDAY game with a crazy 42% off of their entire collection!!  Click the link and use the code BLACKFRIDAY2014. The deal is good from November 28th to December 1st.
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Totally Rad is doing 35% off of any of there tremendous plug-ins.  I love and use their Dirty Pictures texture plug-in all the time!  Use BLACKFRIDAY2014 for their discount too. The discount is only available on Friday the 28th.

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MacPhun is also in the game with $80 off of their Creative Kit Plus and you get a $25.00 Amazon or Apple iTunes gift card with your purchase.  

Details: Creative Kit Plus includes 4 award-winning Mac photo software products worth $210 (if purchased separately) for JUST $129.99. Nearly 40% off (an $80 savings). Plus, customers from the United States get a $25 gift card of their choice from the Amazon or iTunes stores with purchase of the Creative Kit Plus.

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And of course as mentioned in my last post, don’t miss the great deal on Perfectly Clear! Because I’m an affiliate, I am able to offer an additional 5% off of their already great deal of 40% for Black Friday. Click on THIS LINK and then use the code BARCLAY at check out for the extra savings.

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Topaz Webinar Follow-up – Discount code

Thank you, to the almost 2,000 people that signed up for my Topaz Webinar on Tuesday afternoon. From the feedback, it seems to have been successful. My friends at Topaz have made the special webinar discount code available to share on my blog. If you want to save 30% on any Topaz products including the new Impression (which I love) or the full suite, use the code barclayweb13 at check out. The discount code is only valid through Saturday, November 1st.

The blog image below from Childs Park in PA, is one where I used Topaz Clarity in my demo. Clarity allowed me to add subtle local contrast adding “pop” to this image. It also gave me the ability to add vibrance and saturation to the colors making them look as I recall when shooting it.

 

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