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Fall Sale Begins, All Individual Topaz Products 25% Off

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This week here at Topaz Labs we begin our Fall Sale, offering 25% Off Individual Topaz Products*  with coupon code “Fall25“. What does this mean for our Topaz Studio fans? The ability to add to your image editing toolbox at a great discount![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text](*does not include the “Complete Collection” or “Pro Pack”, which are already 50% off everyday. Promotion ends 10-30-17)[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

WAIT…I thought Topaz Studio was FREE?!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]It IS free! Topaz Studio is our free, powerful, and easy to use image editing platform. Intuitive and remarkably full-featured, Topaz Studio is becoming the standalone platform that photography experts and enthusiasts use FIRST, worldwide.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrGHWjLm43s” align=”center”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Well, then what’s on sale?!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]ALL of topaz Labs’ individual professional plugins and adjustments! These are the powerful and creative tools that run inside Topaz Studio, allowing even MORE creative options to your workflow.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

For example…Impression In Studio!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]One of our most popular adjustments, Impression in Studio, allows the user to turn any digital image into a work of art by adding brush strokes, textures, and more. (25% Off, Coupon Code: FALL25)

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And the completely unique…Detail In Studio!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Detail in Studio is another unique and powerful add-on to Topaz Studio. (25% Off, Coupon Code: FALL25)

Most image sharpeners apply global sharpening to the entire image, causing undesirable halos or artifacts. Detail in Studio is different. It identifies small, medium and large structures in the image, and allows you to manipulate their sharpness separately, with fewer side effects.

The result? Naturally sharp images other photo editors can’t reproduce, and limitless style options for your image. Complete control and flexibility.

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And for that contrast *POP*…Clarity In Studio!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Clarity in Studio is all about depth and contrast. (25% Off, Coupon Code: FALL25)

Unless you get perfect images out of your camera without ever touching an editor (we sure can’t!), Clarity in Studio’s microcontrast technology emulates a skilled retoucher’s method of selectively brightening and darkening parts of your image…meaning far better results in far less time.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=zQGhPfbZS10″ align=”center”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Hope you enjoy filling your image toolbox this week, at a discount![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Thanks for Reading!

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Free Download

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Topaz Featured Submission: John Adams

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Topaz Labs recently introduced the Topaz Blog Submission Program, enabling users of our products to share with us their creations and workflows. Winners selected are then featured on our blog and social channels, and win the entire suite of professional plugins![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Today we’re featuring John Adams from Adams Views Imaging as our first submission winner! John used Topaz Studio to bring amazing color and emotion to an image from his recent trip to Rockport, TX. Some of you may recognize the name of that town, it was ground zero for Hurricane Harvey which hit just two weeks after his visit.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”134702″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]John wrote, “Topaz Studio does such a beautiful job it has now become my new go-to tool for my final image processing and I am looking forward to putting together some more winning effect combinations with it!”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”135706″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]You can view John’s workflow here, and make sure to follow Topaz Labs on Facebook to discover new submission winners and workflows![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Thanks for Reading!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]That’s all we have for today! If you’ve been inspired, feel free to comment on this post or share your own thoughts with us on one of our social media channels you can reach us on Instagram with @topazlabs and Twitter with @topazlabs. We’re also on Facebook and YouTube! We look forward to sharing the rest of Alister Benn’s year in the very near future, but until then![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Free Download

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Behind the Facade by Alister Benn

Behind the Facade

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Who am I?

Who am I?

Am I a suit and a clean pair of shoes, punctual and articulate, or am I sleeping in the rain under a bridge in Glencoe? Am I Scottish, British or European? If I drop some money into the cup of a homeless person does that make me compassionate, or do I do that to appear compassionate? Does wearing black make me boring, or daring, a rebel or unimaginative? – Who am I? – You tell me, your perspective of these things defines who you think I am.

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Lost in Paradise

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Why ask yourself these questions?

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I make photographs for a living, and I ask these questions because as soon as we share a photograph, it and us get judged. Other people rate our work, they critique it, they make suggestions for improvement based on their perspective of our perspective and on the most basic level they make a decision of “I like that,” or “I don’t like that.” Judging is endless in photography: Is it photoshopped, is that real, that’s not a photograph, it’s a digital creation, if it’s not film it’s not a photograph etc. Much of contemporary photography is a popularity contest, which leads people to make images that in all likelihood will be popular, following the lowest common denominator principle. Judging is a fundamental of human nature – we do it all the time, usually with our first impression, which people refer to as their gut. “I always trust my gut, it’s never wrong!”

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We choose the bits we want to show.

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In my mind however, I believe photographs, like words can be a facade; something we choose to show someone else with our intention as a desired impact. Whether they represent the honest opinion of the photographer or the whole story is immaterial. For years I called landscape photography “lying by omission” as we choose to isolate the bits we want to show to tell our stories. How often do we compose the washed up plastic on a beach in our seascapes? There is no guarantee of truth in photography, only the contents of the frame.

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Land of Giants

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Photographers are storytellers.

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I would say the photographers I admire are great story-tellers, taking me on journeys, both literal and metaphorical, emotional and tangible. Do their images give me an insight to their personalities, or their true self? Perhaps, but not necessarily. I try not to judge! I can say I don’t like something, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. What is important for me when I view an image is “how does this make me feel?”

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The Promise

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How does it make them feel?

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When people view our work what type of words are they going to use to describe how they feel? “I love the mood, the energy, the emotion, the mystery, the drama, the sense of adventure” are all adjectives. Only photographers occasionally use technical language in these descriptions, but you don’t often get “I love the fact you used ISO 64 to make this photograph!”

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Magnetic Fields

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We should put those feelings into our work.

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If people are going to use adjectives to describe the impact of your work on them, it stands to reason that we should put those adjectives into our work at the front end during capture and/or processing. When I am working images I make a decision on what I want to say. I use adjectives like the ones listed above to make creative decisions on how the final image will look and feel. Is this based on reality of the event? Sometimes, or partly, or not at all. It purely depends on the facade of the day. The physical geography of the landscape remains unchanged, it is a graphical template on which to dodge and burn my expressive artistic intention.

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Who am I?

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Am I a suit and a clean pair of shoes, punctual and articulate? – yes, if I’m going into a negotiation.

Am I sleeping in the rain under a bridge in Glencoe? – yes when I was discovering Scotland’s landscape as a teenager.

Is our artistic intention to make people feel happy, sad, lonely, inquisitive, motivated, inspired, challenged? – yes, sometimes. We are a sum of many parts, changing with the seasons and each passing breath. We have the right to change our minds and be influenced by others.  We have the right to say one thing and do another! The facade may or may not represent who we really are.

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Gallery

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About Alister Benn

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Thanks for Reading!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]That’s all we have for today! If you’ve been inspired, feel free to comment on this post or share your own thoughts with us on one of our social media channels you can reach us on Instagram with @topazlabs and Twitter with @topazlabs. We’re also on Facebook and YouTube! We look forward to sharing the rest of Alister Benn’s year in the very near future, but until then![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Free Download

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