Category: tutorial

How to Photograph Waterfalls

Have you ever wondered how to photograph waterfalls so that you get that silky smooth water effect? It’s not as hard as you think! Here are a few simple tips: Gooseberry Falls State Park, North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota Gear Needed to Photograph Waterfalls If you want to get that silky smooth water flowing effect, you’re going to need some gear: Sturdy Tripod Neutral Density Filters Possibly a Polarizing Filter depending on yourLearn More

Topaz Texture Effects 2 Features

If you’re looking for an easy to use right out of the box photo editing software program, look no further than Topaz Labs! Topaz Labs now has 17 different products that enhance photo images easily and seamlessly with Photoshop or Lightroom. In the case of their newer products like Texture Effects 2, they also work as stand alone programs! Check out these Topaz Texture Effects 2 features: Topaz Texture Effects 2 Features I’ve already listedLearn More

Topaz Texture Effects Basic Tour

If you follow my blog at all, you know that I’m a HUGE fan of Topaz Labs photo editing products. While most photo editing software plug-ins need to work within Photoshop or Lightroom, Topaz Texture Effects works as a plug-in as well as a stand alone program. I personally find their software very easy to use, but there are plenty of free tutorials available on YouTube if you need a little help or would likeLearn More

Add Stars To Your Photos In A Few Easy Steps

In this tutorial, I will show you how to add stars to your photos in a few easy steps using Topaz Labs Star Effects. Split Rock Lighthouse Image Preparation First, you will need to do any basic edits in your regular photo editing software. Topaz Star Effects works as a plug-in to Photoshop or Lightroom and is not a stand alone product. Edit Your Image In Topaz Star Effects When you first bring your preppedLearn More

How to Create Surreal Forest Photos in Minutes

Want to learn a fast easy way to turn “blah” forest photos into something surreal? I’m going to show you a way to get two different options out of the same “ho-hum” forest photo in just a few easy steps using Lightroom with either Photoshop for the blur option or Topaz Labs plug-ins for a super fast impressionist painterly effect. Original Forest Photo I took this during the middle of a sunny day at St.Learn More

How to Create Twirl Effect in Photoshop

If you like abstract photography, you’ll LOVE this twirl effect in photoshop! It’s fast and easy – SO easy you could create an action for it and make it even faster if you want to! Here’s how it’s done: Twirl Effect in Photoshop Start with any photo in 8 bit. This is the original: Filter -> Pixelate -> Mezzotint -> Medium Lines Filter -> Blur -> Radial Blur (slider = 100, blur method = zoom,Learn More

Turn a Panorama to a Photo Planet with Photoshop

Learned a cool technique from Ben Wilmore during Photoshop Week on Creative Live a few weeks ago: how to transform a landscape panorama into a Photo Planet! Basic Photo Preparation This was my first attempt at this technique, so it’s a little rough. I also don’t currently have an ideal shot to apply it to (you want a nice panorama) and it was taken as a jpeg with a point and shoot camera, resulting inLearn More

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