I am a Photoshop® guy; most of the photos that I post here have been through some adjustments, however minor, in that program. However, I have so far avoided the many commercial add-on filters that one can purchase for Photoshop. Recently, however, I have seen various comments and photos using Topaz® Adjust, so I decided to give it a free, 30-day trial. Based on early result, I think this program will be a keeper.
Topaz Adjust comes with many presets, and I’ll cite which I use for each photo below, but in most if not all cases I then adjusted the preset to suit my own … ahem … artistic taste.
Following are five photos that I played with yesterday; other versions of the first three have been previously presented on this blog, but I am not going to do a before/after viewing today.
There are various opinions about using software to adjust photos. Some believe that you should be true to what comes out of the camera. My problem with that school of thought is that the camera doesn’t necessarily see the scene the way that the photographer sees it because cameras don’t work the same way that eyes do. Also, almost from the getgo, even back in the early days, the darkroom has been very important in the photographic process. Darkroom techniques can bring you closer to what you saw when you took the photo or in many cases closer to what you wish you would have seen.
Cropping is a good example of how one can enhance the content of the photo that the camera produces. Amateur photographers often don’t have the time or the bagfull of lenses required to take the perfectly composed photograph. Above, you can tell by the size of the photo that my BIL has been cropped. In this case, there was nothing wrong with the original composition, but I decided that I liked the tighter cropping when I tried it. If I recall the window had to be straightened slightly but wasn’t cropped as such. The two river picture weren’t cropped or straightened at all, but the light was a little flat, so I decided that it needed a boost.