Friday Quick Tip – Download Topaz Studio

One set of plugins I love to use for my photography are those created by Topaz Labs... I have quite a few new... Remask, Black and White, Adjust, Texture Effects 2 and Impression as well as Detail.  And I love them.  So for this quick Tip I am going to send you in the direction [...]

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Evanescent Photography Challenge

Again we are at that point in the week where I participate in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and this week's topic is Evanescent.  And in true form.. I am two days behind. 😀 😀  Well I suppose you can't expect anything less from me at times. One meaning of Evanescent is: soon passing out [...]

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage

It is time again for the weekly WordPress Photo Challenge and this week's theme is Heritage.  Here in the UK we are steeped with Heritage especially along our shores and waterways.   A lot of our castles are now owned and maintained by Scottish Heritage and English Heritage with a few being owned by the [...]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflecting

Well the revamping of the blog is going well and I am thoroughly enjoying reworking all photographs. Well with time spare on my hands I now have the opportunity to enter this week's photo challenge called Reflecting.  Reflections are everywhere and the reflections that I love mostly are the reflections in water...  Whether it be [...]

Friday Quick Tip – Lightroom – Smart Collections

I love working in Lightroom and have to say if I can do all my processing in Lightroom without having to go to Photoshop I will.  And organising my workflow is achieved by creating collections and smart collections.  For me I use Smart Collections to tell me which photos I have labelled Green.  Green being the colour [...]

Weekly Photo Challenge Surprise

Another week and another challenge and this week's photo challenge set by WordPress is called Surprise.  Of course there was nothing like a surprise cow who wanted to make friends and taste my lens.  Within the grounds of Hole Park near Rolvenden was a field with a herd of cows in it. As we strolled [...]

Topaz Remask… just can’t believe it.

Now I love Lightroom and the majority of my work's carried out in Lightroom.  However, Lightroom does have its limitations and one of those limitations is that you can't work with layers or add textures to your images.  So Photoshop is my number photo editing software that I turn to when adding textures.  But what I [...]

Drag and Drop Panels in Lightroom

Now you all know how much I harp on about loving Lightroom, well!!  There is only one thing I wish Adobe would change.. that is the order of their panels in the Develop Module or give you the ability to drag and drop the panels as per your workflow schedule and the order you do things [...]

There it stood – one lonely daffodil…

To keep myself out of mischief today I decided to play around with a singular daffodil that was photographed in the greenhouse of Hall Place in Bexley. And believe it or not it is of a miniature daffodil. I wanted to enhance the colours of this singular daffodil to make the petals a more vibrant [...]

WPC – Dense – A field of Daffodils

Daffodils

Another week and another WordPress Photography Challenge, this week the top is Dense.  Density can come in many forms, and in various objects.  Glass can also be dense , even to the point that you can't see through it... A woodland might be dense with trees that you can't see sky. And in the photograph above this grassy [...]

WPC – Path – Wooden Bridge Over the Coe

Wooden Bridge

Whilst looking back over previous photo challenges that WordPress curates and I found one called Path. A path comes in many shapes and forms, like the image above. Which is of a wooden bridge.  A path is made by using different materials that enable a person to walk across an area with ease.  It could be concrete, decking, timber planks, [...]

Weekly Photo Challenge Wishing

Another week and another photography challenge from the WordPress Team.  And the topic for this week's challenge is called Wish.  And boy am I wishing for spring and summer to arrive early.  Last year for me was to put it bluntly horrendous.  What with not being able to go out and about. Yes, I had the [...]

On the roadside at Loch Lomond

Our holiday last year to Scotland was a little marred by my hip pain and lack of mobility.  I would have loved to walk the Highlands and go off the beaten track a little, just to photograph the amazing scenery.  But unfortunately that was not to be so most of the photos I took were in fact taken by [...]

Using Adobe’s Photoshop Mix App with Lightroom Mobile

Created using Photoshop Mix and Lightroom Mobile

For just under £10 a month, I subscribe to the Creative Cloud and Lightroom Photography Package and personally for me, it suits my needs as I get both Lightroom and Photoshop.  However Lightroom Mobile is another thing.  I do wish Adobe would give Android users the same features that are available to iPad and iPhone users.  Android [...]

Blue Rose of Belmont House and Gardens

Blue Rose

I've played around with the Oil Paint filter at times in Photoshop before.  However, due to it not working on my desktop I invested in Topaz Impression.  What I like about Impression is that the software applies different styles and  brush strokes to your image.  However, for this Blue Rose image I wanted to stick primarily to using [...]

The Iron Gate at Eltham Court Palace

Iron Gate

As I mentioned way back... I have had 3 blog posts produced on the Topaz Labs Blog.. I have felt very humbled in being asked, by Jodi Robbins, to write articles for them.   Anyway.. the post I wrote was about adding Paint Effect to Photos and I used a photograph of a gate that was taken at Eltham [...]