Remember that really cool feeling of camping out in the dark room, focusing and projecting your image onto photo sensitive paper? Watching your creation materialize before your eyes in the developer as you lightly rocked the chemicals back and forth, only to see your final image come to life for the first time? I do. It’s what sparked my love affair with photography, and if you never got to experience that, I think you should try to find a local community college or community space that still has enlargers, and give it a try. Now, fast forward… Do you remember me telling you about Digital Silver Imaging and their unique, digital silver gelatin printing process? To quickly summarize, DSI (find them here) has a process that takes your digital files, and exposes them like a negative, onto photo sensitive paper, and develops them in photo chemistry producing a beautiful, museum quality, archival print. The beauty and depth of a digital file, with the organic analog feeling of a silver gelatin print, is a very cool, very harmonious and nostalgic thing. Well, I’ve been back in contact with those fine folks, and after some delightful conversation surrounding the next step in actual mounting of said beautiful prints, this is what came back to me…
Have you used Topaz Glow yet? If not, please go to Topaz’ website HERE and download the full free trial of the newly updated, and not quite yet publicly available Glow 2. It’s okay, we’ll wait. Free upgrade (as is Topaz’ awesome policy on every update they offer) and available on sale for 30% off using code “GLOW2” at checkout for new users (normally $69.99 on sale for $48.99). There are a few effects in the digital photography realm that are instant attention grabbers. The Glow effect is one of them.
Glow 2 will not be officially released until Tuesday the 16th, but as a Topaz affiliate, I’m able to share the release with readers early. Go HERE, and you can either try or buy Glow 2.0, 5 days early.
I was a giddy fan when Glow was originally released, and it provided me with a true (and superior) alternative to Fractalius, being a Mac user. So much so, that my original article Fractalius for Mac needed to be updated to replace my designed effect through Topaz Clean 3, to Topaz Glow to replicate the effect for us Mac OS users. Since then, I’ve had a ton of fun with Glow, and find even more pleasure using the free update in Glow 2.
C’mon in to see more…
Summer is upon us, and so too are the deals and updates showering us with their bounty. If you’ve been around for a little while, you may have seen my article written after getting to beta the original Topaz Impression. (spoiler: I loved it). Now, Topaz has released Impression 2 with new tools and filters, and get this, it’s free for those of us who bought the original Impression. If you’ve not yet updated, or you’d like to give it a free trial, you can go directly to Topaz Labs Website HERE. If you’d like to buy it, use this link, and input “2IMPRESS” at checkout to get the normally priced $99 program for 40% off ($59.99!).
If you’d like to see more from me, and read more about why I love Impression, c’mon in…
Hello dear friends. Long time no see! I’ve been so wrapped up with the launch of the Nauti Straps stuff (and all the work from the ‘real’ job) that my blogging has suffered. For that I am sorry. Good news though! For those who’ve been waiting for a sale on Exposure X, Alien Skin has been working toward combining all of their photo apps into one super monster of a program, for a while now, and it now lives in the Exposure X Bundle. First it was a beautifully integrated Bokeh module into Exposure (while Exposure stayed the same price), and now, with the release of the Exposure X Bundle, it has added Blow Up 3 and Snap Art 4, all as a super group of software. You can see more info on all, download free trials or go for the gold and buy it over at Alien Skin software’s website HERE.
I’ve certainly shilled at length for Alien Skin in the past, but c’mon in for a little on why I use, and don’t ever want to get by without, Exposure X.
Hello friends! I’ve been working tirelessly (well, okay, that’s a lie, I’ve been fairly delirious actually) over the last couple months to put together a new home for the camera straps that I’ve been building for the last few years. With a new, grown up name and site, I give you, NautiStraps.com
Along with the tried and true Cascade and Vector wrist straps, I have introduced two new, shoulder straps as well. The Speed Sling is a pared down version of the Speed Holster Strap that we launched through Mettle Cycling (available directly soon), and the new Regatta Strap which utilizes a very high performance, dual braid yachting line for a comfortable, and very strong option.
Many of you found my blog through the wrist straps that I’ve been building and selling. Thank you for the support over the years. If you’ve enjoyed them, I’d greatly appreciate any buzz you can help me create for these. My wife and I are the dual proprietors of this new venture, and instead of kickstarting or asking for money up front, we’d rather try to build on the reputation I’ve worked so hard to create over time and have already invested in the material to actually make these. No need to pledge, you or a photog friend can get one whenever you want. So a tweetmyfacestagram, repost or even a comment here would be awesome. As always, I’d love to hear about your experience with them, and you can get to me through the Nauti Straps site, or contact me HERE.
Pricing stays the same as it has always been, the only differences are that product and shipping are separate on the new site, and I can now take credit cards directly through the site along with PayPal. As a thank you to all my friendly blog readers, I’ve set up a discount specifically for anyone that would like to try out a new Nauti Strap. Use code “TRPBLOG” at checkout for 15% off any and all straps this week.
Finally, if you have an Instagram account, I’d love to connect there as well. You can find us @nautistraps and follow for promos, giveaways and photo fun. We’re a follow back kind of couple too🙂
Stay tuned here on the blog which I’ll keep updated with new releases and designs as we launch them. You can still find us through the Camera Straps Page HERE as well.
Thanks all, happy shooting and #getnauti!
I’m sure you’re getting sick of seeing me ramble on about Topaz plugins, so let’s try something new here… My friend and fairly frequent contributor, Billy Burg has shared with us, some of his results using a couple of his favorite Topaz plugins and insight into his process.
It so happens that Topaz is running a couple of pretty substantial sales right now as well. As mentioned last week, Glow and Impression are available individually for 25% off by using the code “TOPAZART” via Topaz Labs HERE, which runs through the end of May, but now Topaz has decided to go full bore and offer the complete collection, yes all 17 products, for 40% off (normally $499, now $299) using the code “SPRINGSUMMER2016” at checkout via Topaz’ website HERE!
Now, here’s another cool tidbit for those of us who’ve already invested in various plugins, if you sign in at Topaz Labs with the email address/account you created to download software, your account will automatically deduct the plugins you’ve already purchased from the complete collection price, and using that same SPRINGSUMMER2016 code, you can get the remaining plugins for 40% off! Of course, you can always download full, free trials via the link above too, and give any or all of these killer plugins a try before deciding to buy or not. This sale runs through Sunday May 22nd, so you have a couple of weeks to try them out and decide.
Come on in to see more of Billy’s befores and afters.
Need a little artistic inspiration? Try running one of your images through Topaz Impression, a beautiful paint and mixed media plugin and/or Glow, Topaz’ deliciously surreal fractal effect plugin. These two offerings are both on sale for 25% off right now by using the code TOPAZART at checkout over at Topaz Labs HERE. As always, Topaz offers full free trials for those interested, and I’d highly suggest checking them out if these effects suit your style. You can download those free trials directly from Topaz HERE. If you like them, jump on this sale before it disappears.
Come on in to see some more examples and thoughts on how and why I use these two awesome pieces of software in my own work.