If you missed it, Topaz is offering their popular plugin Adjust for half off through the month of August. I’ve already shilled for it, but this morning I got the Topaz newsletter which included 20 new, free presets for Adjust users. I’ve downloaded and played around with them and they’re a great bundling of retro/vintage filters. I ran this portrait through each of them and I’m impressed with more than a few. If you’ve not yet checked out Adjust, you can download the full trial for free HERE(click on ‘buy adjust’ and find the trial link at the bottom of the page). If you want to purchase it, you can do so HERE and enter “augadjust” to get it for 50% off (now $25 through the end of the month). If you do choose to buy it, or already have it and didn’t get the newsletter, might I suggest going to the Topaz Newsletter HERE to download the 20 new, free filters (button at the top right) and follow the easy instructions to add them to your library of filters for Adjust (at the bottom of the article). Come on in to see more versions, showing a few more of these cool filters.
Months ago, I sat down with my fellow ELK Collective cohort, Ms Erin Cry, to whom I’m also somewhat of a life coach for reasons unknown, and we discussed fun concepts with which to entertain ourselves. As conversation continued, and as concepts began to amalgamate, we found ourselves diving deeper and deeper into morbid, soul scaring territory. I blame the drinking.
Luckily for us, earlier on in the evening, we discussed ideas centered around obsessive tendencies. If I remember correctly (and largely going off of what I assume my chicken scratches/”notes” translate to), crazy cat lady, secret identity and leopard rocker turned into what you see before you. C’mon in to see more.
Topaz keeps offering deals. This month, it is Adjust which is probably the marquee plugin for them. A little bit of everything from toning filters to sharpening and contrast boosting filters. With the new release by way of version 5.1, Topaz Adjust has further streamlined the interface to fall into line with the other recent updates and releases. Download the free trial or buy Topaz Adjust HERE. Enter the code “augadjust” at checkout through August 31st to get 50% off (normally $50, now $25!).
Come on in for a bit more insight into this affordable and cool detail enhancement plugin…
Welcome to our 6th monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge. For those new to the family, in collaboration with Heather and Mathieu from MirrorLessons, we have facilitated a monthly, photographer driven challenge where the winner each month gets to choose the next theme. The theme this month, as chosen by last month’s winner Graham, is “Animals.” Interpret that however you would like, use whichever gear you would like to capture an image with, and submit that image to the theme threads in both the TRP Flickr Group thread and the Mirrorlessons Flickr Group thread.
Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, August 31st at which time Heather, Mat and myself will choose our three favorites and put them up for a vote.
This being our 6th challenge, we will be taking all 6 monthly winners (this current cycle included) and putting them up against each other for a Champion of Champions giveaway with the image receiving the most votes getting something sent to them on behalf of myself, Heather and Mat for all the participation and inspiration we’ve seen generated through these last 6 months.
So get to it! Everyone is invited to submit an image to both flickr groups with the winner showcased on both this site and Mirrorlessons as well.
All three images chosen this month were beautiful. Samuel’s had a dark and uncertain serenity speaking to the unknowns associated with isolation in the vast expanses of the open ocean at night making for both a calming and unnerving aesthetic. tvhow balanced various elements in ambient nighttime landscape, gelled flash and hand spun, flame laden steel wool in a composition all bisected by a mirroring of the composition in reflection. Graham’s image of the Bay Bridge, with traffic fleeing the perspective of the viewer and traveling to an etherial yet gothic cityscape balanced and contrasted tones and space in the warm glow of traffic leading us to a cool horizon through and over the dark sea below.
Great shots all, and thank you to everyone who submitted their shots as well. Each month the bar continues to be pushed, and hopefully this helps to motivate us all in upping our game.
While we wait to hear back from Graham on his decision for the theme for this month’s challenge, visit Graham on Flickr HERE. Graham has been entered into our 6 month giveaway which will take place after this month’s challenge.
To enter into this month’s or any future month’s challenges, all one needs to do is to join the TRP Group HERE and the Mirrorlessons Group HERE, and submit your image to the discussion thread for the corresponding month as they’re posted.
Check back in to see what the future holds, or find me on Facebook and Twitter to get alerts as they are posted.
As a normal, male human being (arguably anyway), my relationship to reality TV has been close to nonexistent over the years. Sure I watched a couple early seasons of Real World when I was a kid, but I feel it was as much to do with the lack of choices back in the day (I didn’t have the internet to keep me company) as it was with an actual interest in watching people spurred into arguments or uncomfortable boundary pushing for the purpose of entertainment.
As a photographer, I will admit that I enjoy shows like Project Runway (and Next Top Model) because I do enjoy watching creative people actually create. Having dabbled in fashion photography myself a little bit, I’m always interested to see the industry from the inside out, plus Mrs Squeeze loves this stuff, so it’s much easier to get her to watch TV with me.
Enter season 13 of Project Runway. Okay wait, let me take a couple steps back. Years ago, I met Korina at an annual Portland Fashion Show founded and run by Erin Cry (now a cohort of mine at the ELK Collective) and her friend Elizabeth Mollo, called Doom Town. Korina was going to school at the time, involved in the show, and I’d been asked to photograph said show. A little while later, Korina asked me to shoot her senior collection. Being that I’d just started to wade into photography in a serious way, it was an awesome collaboration and experience (hopefully for the both of us and the awesome ladies who modeled). Korina moved from Portland to Brooklyn to pursue her fashion career, and wouldn’t you know it, while shooting with our friend Erin this last week (more on this shoot coming to a blog near you soon), she told me that Korina was a contestant this season! Pretty awesome, and may I say that those of us back in Portland are very excited for her. Get it girl.
Alright, another month done, dusted and another great round of beautiful images. Here are our three finalists for this month’s theme, Long Exposure. Vote down below and make sure to visit Mirrorlessons to vote there as well.
Voting is closed, even though I can’t disable the poll. Totals as of Wednesday morning are:
Highway of Lights: 18
Fire and Ice: 10
Just Right: 8
which sees Graham edge out tvhow by one solitary vote and Sam by 3 votes!!! This is the closest result we’ve yet had. Great shots everyone!
Voting will run through August 5th, so vote for your favorite both here and over on Mirrorlessons. The winner will get to choose our theme for August’s challenge and we begin the process again! Each month’s winner will also be entered into our 6 month giveaway where we will take the winners from our first 6 months worth of challenges and vote on our overall favorite, so keep an eye out for your chance to win future challenges.
Thanks to Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons and everyone who has continued to provide us with beautiful, inspirational imagery and stay posted for next month’s challenge! Our photography family continues to grow with each month, and that my friends is awesome. Keep being inspired and push that creativity.