Halloween is upon us. We’re only a week away from discounted bags of little candies and the beginnings of Christmas decorations adorning every retail outlet. With Topaz currently offering their cool photo enhancement plugin Topaz Clarity at 25% off until this Friday Oct 31st (Click HERE and use code “octclarity”), I thought it would be fun to use it as part of a little tutorial. Last year, when Topaz ReMask went on sale, I used my jack o’lantern as my muse and replaced my head with it. After fielding inquiries about my penchant for replacing my head with pumpkins, cameras and various other objects over the last couple years, I thought I’d take the opportunity to show you how easy it is, while creating a fun family portrait in the meantime. I’ve set up links to download free trials of all the plugins used if you’d like to try it yourself. Come on in…
I love photography. I love the journey that photography has taken me on, and I continue to enjoy exploring the possibilities available to appreciate the fruits of my photographic labor.
Last month, I tested and reviewed MacPhun’s Tonality Pro black and white conversion software (click here to read more on that). I really enjoyed talking with Alex and Kevin from MacPhun about their software, and getting some insight into both the software and the people behind it. Long story short, I consider it the best black and white conversion software I’ve personally used. Upon finishing my review, I was referred to one of their partners in Digital Silver Imaging, a unique print lab specializing in black and white printing. DSI offers a variety of printing solutions, but one in particular was fascinating to me. Using a laser enlarger, they convert and project your digital image file onto light sensitive, silver gelatin, black and white photo paper which is then processed in black and white photo chemistry. Why, and what benefit might this have for those of us that have moved into the digital realm? Come on in for more information about the process, and why I think it might be the best way to archive your favorite black and white, digital images.
Ever since Topaz Clarity came out last year, I’ve fielded inquiry upon inquiry about my thoughts on it, and if I knew when it would possibly go on sale… Well, come on in for a few of my thoughts, and yes, it’s on sale now through the end of October for 25% off HERE via Topaz Labs (use code “octclarity ” at checkout to get 25% off making the normal $49.99 a paltry $37.50). If you want to see what Clarity offers, why not try downloading the full, free trial via the link above. It’s a good one… Continue reading
As photographers, lovers of light, appreciators of detail, and constant observers of the world we wander through, I think many of us fall into a category of people who gravitate toward other artistic professionals. While I’ve no doubt come across artists (photographers and otherwise) who see creativity in others as a threat, I’d say on the whole, creative people enjoy and are inspired by other creative people.
Every eye is another vantage, every vantage another opportunity to see from a different angle and from a variety of those angles, the more easily it is to be inspired and grow our individual craft as well as our appreciation for the craft of others.
Allison is one such creative whose skill is equalled only by her amazingly light and vivacious personality. Her joie de vivre is evident as is her penchant for the rock and roll shadings playing to a slightly darker luminosity along that spectrum. No one says you can’t have both, and Allison embodies and ties those two points together beautifully in her work. You can tell when someone loves what they do, and you don’t need to go much further in conversation with her than hello to understand that about her. Come on in for more shots of Allison’s cryptic and beautiful, wearable artwork.
“Sgrunt!” by Giovanni Tabbo
Thanks to last month’s winner Giovanni Tabbo, we have our theme for the month of October which is “Street Photography.” From Giovanni’s recent trip to Sicily, he has given us an inspirational example image as seen above.
Our monthly themes are open to interpretation and can be submitted to our Flickr theme threads specific to each month’s theme. Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons along with myself have teamed up to build a greater community of photographers to help inspire and challenge each other. At the end of the month, Heather, Mat and I choose our three favorites and open them up for a vote via both our websites with the winner choosing our next theme, and gaining entry into our 6 month giveaway. It’s easy, it’s free and it’s fun.
Join us by submitting your image to our Flickr Threads:
TRP Flickr Group HERE
Mirrorlessons Flickr Group HERE
There we have it. Shoot, share, live, learn and maybe win some cool free stuff.
Happy shooting everyone, I’m excited to see what we can come up with.
“Mezzogiorno” by Giovanni Tabbo – see more from Giovanni HERE
Congratulations to Giovanni, who is now a second time winner for our monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge. Make sure to stay tuned to find out what Giovanni chooses as our challenge theme for October, and go check out his beautiful photo stream!
Our monthly challenges are an easy (and free) way to get inspired to get out and shoot. All you need to do is submit your image into our Flickr group theme threads for that particular month, and that’s it! Heather, Mat and I choose our favorite three and open up a vote. The winner chooses our next theme, and gets submitted into our semi-annual giveaway champions vote.
Thanks to all who submitted this month, to Mat and Heather for being awesome and to everyone who visited to vote.
I get a lot of email trying to promote, or sell me stuff daily. Deals on this, or sales on that. Discounts on memory cards, or steep cuts on camera kit prices. Normally, I quickly scan them and toss them as my time and energy is pretty minimal these days.
As any readers will know, my enjoyment of the Topaz plugins run deep, and although I only started to use ReMask last year, it has been a revelation for me, especially when it comes to meticulous selection tasks, like hair.
Imagine my surprise when up pops an even simpler hair masking tutorial from our friends at Topaz Labs showing that you can turn a task that without ReMask has taken me up to an hour or more into an even more remarkably time saving step of about 3-5 minutes at the most.
Seriously. If you use photoshop, and you ever have had to select something like hair, you’ll know how tedious it can be even with the best techniques in Photoshop.
Oh yeah, and on top of this killer tutorial, they’re offering ReMask for 20% off (click HERE to download the free trial, or buy ReMask on Sale using code: “hairmask20″)!!! It’s a little, unofficial sale that I didn’t see coming.