Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

Light beams shining through a window or breaking through clouds. What could be more ephemeral and as photographers sometimes we have just a second or two to capture the moment. That’s usually the time I have my camera switched off or I’m driving along a road where it’s not safe to stop. For the camera,... Continue Reading →

Topaz Glow

Over the last month I have been beta testing a new product from Topaz Labs called Glow. The software works either as a standalone program or as a plugin for Lightroom or Photoshop. Topaz Glow uses fractals to get some interesting results, very similar to Redfield Fractalius. Topaz have released a short product video showing... Continue Reading →

Digital Art

Way back in the dim and distant past I used to create a lot of images like this using backgrounds I had created and photographed. I would then add the subject such as the lighthouse and blend the two together. In this one I have used a stock image from Fotolia and then blended in... Continue Reading →

Topaz ReStyle

It’s no secret that I am a Photoshop user and that I will enhance my images. In my opinion that’s what the digital age is all about. I’m a great fan of Topaz Labs plugins for Photoshop and I have their Complete Collection installed on my computer. Recently I did a beta test of Topaz... Continue Reading →

52/2013 Week 24

I wouldn't exactly say this is one of my best shots as required by the weekly challenge. In fact it was a desperation grab of an idea I had been playing around with. During Week 24 I had been really busy with little or no time to get out and about for some photography. Just... Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

Many of my photographs are taken using the Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle lens fitted to my camera. With a wide-angle lens I can fit more into the frame, especially usefully if I am working with wide open landscapes or the cramped interior of a church as I often do. The downside of a wide-angle lens though is... Continue Reading →

Photomerge Exposure

  The HDR community has been talking a lot about using Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom to create HDR images which look much more natural.[1] Just recently I read an article by Andrew Steele in HDR One, the online magazine dedicated to HDR about this very process.[2] The idea is that you use the Merge To... Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

  Interesting challenge this week considering that only last week I was talking about Digital Art. I'm going to walk you through some of the steps I took in creating a Vintage Travellers Diary, which involves using Photoshop Brushes and merging in many photographs to create the final image. Each of the elements that you... Continue Reading →

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