March 2016 – Tutorial Tips


For our March 2016 Tutorial Tips, I am including some tutorial which club members have enquired about. In addition, I have provided details on some most recent software upgrades.


Over the past week, two post-processing software applications were updated.  Details are as follows:

Aurora HDR Upgrade Is Now AvailableCHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE

Topaz Labs’ Denoise Version 6CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE


How To Process Raw Images The Right Way In Photoshop Elements – Many photographers prefer to shoot in JPEG format so that they don’t have to spend time processing raw images to get better colours and tones within Photoshop Elements’ standard editor. Because JPEG photos are already processed in the camera, they instantly take on the colours produced by the camera’s picture style and white balance settings.

However, a lot of the colour and tonal information is thrown away when you shoot in JPEG, so you can end up adding noise or blocky compression artefacts to the shot if you do need to edit it later. – READ MORE

Top 3 Photoshop Elements Sky Fixes – And it’s a good thing Photoshop Elements gives us so many options for improving skies. Lackluster or even pure white skies are very common in photography. Cameras can’t expose properly for bright skies and darker foregrounds together. They can expose for one or the other, and it’s better to choose your subject over the sky when setting exposure.

We you have an image whose sky just doesn’t reflect the deep color that you remember, these are the methods you can use to improve it. – READ MORE


7 Lightroom Workflow Tips For Simple, Stunning Landscape Photography – Post processing allows photographers to put their final spin on an image, creating a landscape that’s just as breathtaking as the original scene. But, editing can quickly turn into a long and tedious process, instead of a nice break from that long hike you endured to capture the shot in the first place.

Lightroom is a great tool for landscape photographers, but there’s a few tricks to actually using the program to cut back on the time spent at the computer so you can spend more time behind the camera. Here are seven ways to improve your Lightroom workflow and still get that stunning end result. – READ MORE

5 Quick and Simple Lightroom Edits to make your Images Pop –Since its original release, Adobe’s Lightroom has grown into perhaps one of the best tools a photographer can use. Initially designed as an image management tool with limited post production tools, it has blossomed into a product that can rival its older cousin, Photoshop in many aspects of image editing. It’s possible to spend hours on a single image using Lightroom’s extensive tools but the raison d’être of Lightroom is to speed up the photographer’s post production workflow. Today we are going to look at some very quick and easy edits that can dramatically improve the look of your photos. – READ MORE

How To Use Lightroom’s Graduated Filter To Improve Landscapes – Lightroom’s graduated filter is an extremely powerful tool when used with purpose. For landscape photographers there are several different things that you can accomplish with the graduated filter, and in this article we’ll look at four specific uses. – READ MORE

Topaz Labs

Top 10 Features In Topaz Adjust For Bringing Out The Best In Any Photo – Topaz Adjust includes tools that work on color, curves, detail, noise and exposure manipulation. Local adjustments can be made with brushes that dodge, burn, smooth, and mask out. In the opposing left panel, photo effects organized by collections composed of pre-made settings, or presets, can be applied to your photo; ‘Exposure Correction’ ,’Detail Light’, ‘French Countrysid, ‘Spicify’ and ‘Light Pop Grunge’ are to name a few. At the end of the workflow, finishing touches can be added, such as a vignette, grain, or border.

With an array of offered components, here are ten features that you should know about in Topaz Adjust: – READ MORE

Review Of Topaz Clarity: Boost Colour And Contrast Without Artefacts – Keith Cooper has been looking at Clarity, the latest of the image processing plugins from Topaz Labs.

Whilst we use Photoshop for image editing at Northlight, the Topaz plugins work with a wide variety of image editing packages, including Paintshop pro and iPhoto. – READ MORE

Review: Topaz Labes Glow – For years Nik Software was an innovation leader in photo editing, but ever since they were bought out by Google not much has changed. In that time Topaz Labs has really stepped forward with a fantastic line of products featuring outstanding innovation their newest products like Impression and now Glow.

Like many Topaz products which offer unique effects not found by the other major products in the photo editing industry, Glow has some really cool things I haven’t seen before. In fact, I’d couldn’t replicate most of the filters manually in Photoshop as there seems to be some nice low-level image processing happening here. – READ MORE

Creating Fog with Topaz Labs Lens Effects – Earlier this week, Topaz Labs announced a free upgrade (for existing users) to its Lens Effects plugin. One of the more interesting and useful features it offers is a simulated Fog Effect (who doesn’t enjoy a nice holiday mist? 😉 ), using either Lightroom or Photoshop as your “launch point”. Here we’ll use Lightroom, showing how simple a process it can be to enhance your overcast shots with a bit of fog or mist, once you’ve made the appropriate raw edits. Note: in order to use Topaz Labs plugins with Lightroom, you first need to install an extra “widget” called “Fusion Express 2″ during the plugin installation process. – READ MORE

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