Dramatic Contrast with Topaz Adjust

collage adjust

Topaz Adjust is the Photoshop plugin that I always recommend to people who don't own any plugins yet because it has the most variation in styles and the most versatility. You can use it to add all sorts of effects to your photos. Everything from colour toning, creating dramatic contrast and clarity, making your photo look like an HDR image, or even a painting! There … [Read more...]

Noise Reduction with Topaz DeNoise

Nelson Ghost Town by Anne McKinnell

Topaz Labs has a great deal on their noise reduction plugin, Topaz DeNoise, this month, so I thought this would be a good time to share a bit of information about what noise is and how I get rid of it. (Spoiler alert: I use Topaz DeNoise!) Causes of Noise One of the biggest advantages of digital photography, as opposed to film, is that you can change ISO on the … [Read more...]

Get More Than Black and White with Topaz B&W Effects

Bandon Beach Seascape by Anne McKinnell

One of my favourite plugins, Topaz B&W Effects, is on sale this month, so I thought you might like to see some examples of photos I have made with it. Not only does it do regular black and white conversions, like this classic example, but it does lots of other nifty things too - things using colour, which you wouldn't expect from a plugin called Black and White … [Read more...]

Topaz Clarity Loves Me Back!


My friends over at Topaz Labs have chosen one of my images to show off my favourite plugin: Topaz Clarity! Now on the Topaz Labs home page you can see before and after versions of my image Southwest Blue. I absolutely love the subtle and natural look you get by using Topaz Clarity to adjust colours and contrast in an image, so I was delighted when they asked to use … [Read more...]

Sony NEX 6 Digital Camera Review

Sony NEX 6 digital camera review

If you're still asking yourself whether or not you should go mirrorless, check out last week's post to find out why this trend is here to stay and if it's the right answer for you. The fact is that today you can wield as much creative control with a mirrorless camera as you can with a DSLR, in a smaller package and at a smaller price. So the question becomes which one? … [Read more...]

Mirrorless Cameras – The Answer to our Woes?

DSC06223 by Vernon Chan on Flickr

If you've been following technology advances in camera equipment, I'm sure you've been hearing a lot of buzz about the new mirrorless cameras. But are they really the answer? The first mirrorless digital camera was introduced in 2004, but they've really only come into their own in the last couple of years. With the recent success of the Sony NEX, Olympus PEN and … [Read more...]

Learn How 20 Inspirational Photos Were Made in the Latest Issue of Fotozaar

Fotozaar Cover Volume 2

You may remember a couple of months ago I was featured in the first issue of a new photography magazine called Fotozaar. Well ... I'm so excited that the second issue of Fotozaar is now out and it features two of my images! One of the best ways to learn photography is by studying great photos, and that's what Fotozaar is all about. Each issue of this gorgeous … [Read more...]

Topaz Restyle Photoshop Plugin Review

Metal Warehouse by Anne McKinnell

I'm a big fan of Topaz Labs and one of my favourite plugins in their collection is Topaz Restyle. This plugin has over 1,000 presets that allow you to easily add different colour effects to your images. When I first tried the plugin, my first impression was that it is a bit overwhelming to browse through 1,000 presets to find one that is perfect for your image. It takes a … [Read more...]