Found this interesting video from Dave Kelly showing how to use the B&W tool to reintroduce selective colour(s). Jump straight to Saturation sliders (ie do not convert to B&W first) as this screenshot shows.
The next of Topaz' AI offerings is a remake of Remask 5. It is not cheap at $100 but as usual there is a discount for early adopters ($70).
I've spent a few hours playing today with mixed results. It is a bit buggy still and there is very minimal instructional material yet at Topaz.
It's not a secret that I'm a keen software collector and tryer-outer. When I was putting the 2020 version of On1 Photo RAW to the test I was disappointed with how it merged a 3 photo exposure bracket from the X100T (+1. 0, -1).
So also owning Aurora 2019, Photomatix Pro 6.1.1 and Franzis HDR...
The E-M1 Mk I added focus bracketing with firmware 1.4. After tracking down a video I tried it today.
I used the Pana 20mm f1.7 and used a 22 shot bracket which was about 10 more than I needed. Experiments will continue.
I stacked the shots in Franzis Focus 4 and it did a good job on the...
I bought this lens a few months ago as a 1/2 price special from the Aussie agent. At the time I couldn't stretch to the Panasonic 20mm f1.7. I've since picked up a 20mm and can't find any love for the 30mm.
Can anyone suggest why I should keep the 30? On m4/3 it is equiv to 60mm - perhaps it...
These are hilarious.
Nothing earthshaking here but I'm very much a generalist interested in landscapes, panoramas, close-ups, family, wide-angle and fisheye, flowers and nature and infrared. Share your interests.
As per headline if you own earlier copies of Topaz Adjust, Clarity or Detail you will get a free copy. Just download, install and log in with your account details. For me this is the best of the AI based revisions from Topaz.
Link also to a Jim Nix...
On a couple of occasions on this forum I've mentioned that I have Parkinson's Disease (PD). I was diagnosed in 2013 but have probably had it for at least 10 years.
I want to share some of the insights I now have by posting here once or twice a week. My intention is to keep it pretty light.
There is a new house being built on the block behind our house. I have taken a few photos at significant stages and thought I'd continue to share them from time to time in this thread.
Unfortunately, I missed recording the demolition. Photos are taken with the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye lens set to...
If I want an infrared image to be B&W I always process from RAW. However, I set my IR camera to RAW + jpg and use a B&W camera preset.
The only reason for this is that the viewfinder is easier to see in B&W than the mostly red IR version.
The sooc images below are just for interest.
The 5 RAW images in the previous post are processed as follows:
1. In Adobe Camera Raw apply a pre-prepared camera profile which is based on a custom IR white balance.
2. In ACR use the eyedropper to set local WB from a neutral area.
3. In PS use the Channel Mixer to swap the Red and Blue...
As I've mentioned I own a full spectrum converted infrared camera so it 'sees' most of the ultraviolet and infrared range of light (deliberately blocked in a normal camera) as well as the visible spectrum. You can limit this to parts of the visible + infrared spectrum by using external filters...
This is available for a week from the link below. I own and use V 5 Pro. It will blend exposure brackets or a single file. It is German software and English support is basic but it is reasonably intuitive to use even if you just rely on the presets...
I have visited IR photography many times over the years and have previously owned two converted cameras (Oly E500 and Canon G9) prior to picking up a Pana GF1 this month with a broad spectrum conversion ( sees UV + Visible + IR). The advantage of this is by changing the external filters you can...
Released last week this new AI-based sharpening app is available from
It is free to owners of Topaz In Focus or the Complete Bundle. Apparently Topaz is emailing upgrade tokens to those eligible but I found my token in my online account.
First impressions are...
Tomorrow is Australia Day and I thought I'd add some summer cheer for our freezing northern members. Taken at a popular family spot - Point Walter on our beautiful Swan River.
The first 5 images are defished in PaintShop Pro using the Samyang 7.5mm. The remaining 8 images are from the 14-150...
I've owned the 7.5mm f/3.5 from Samyang before so was keen to add a copy as I re-enter :mu43:. My as new s/hand lens arrived a few hours ago. I found Paintshop Pro to do the best job of de-fishing, much better than Fisheye-Hemi. A few samples including a 3 shot pano not defished.
My :mu43: kit is coming together. The E-P3 is back on ebay and my E-M1 MkI and Oly 60mm macro lens were joined today by a brand new 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II. It's not optically fast but is very versatile. A couple of shots from the back patio.
Recently took advantage of my new-to-me Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the Oly 60mm f/2.8 macro. Years since I had a real macro lens and my technique needs work (not many keepers).
Think I need to resort to a tripod as my PD really effects this handheld. Anyway, enough excuses so here are a few shots...
I have 2 old film lenses that came with a pair of Zenit SLRs I bought many years ago. Neither of them rotate freely. They are :
Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 50mm f2.9 (a tiny lens with stuck focus ring).
Helios-44-2 58mm f2 (heavy lens with stuck aperture ring).
Are either of them worth...
Since venturing back into :mu43: I've tried a few old MF lenses and had most success with the Oly 50. Taken indoors at my desk and it's a rubbish photo but had to share the dof available at 1.4. This was on the E-P3 which I've already upgraded to an E-M1 (still in the post) and I can't wait to...
I've recently bought back into :mu43: with an E-P3, 14mm, 14-42mm, 60mm macro and VF-4. Being honest I'm a bit underwhelmed with the E-P3 and am now lusting after an OM-D EM-1 body (MK I). Offloading the E-P3, 14-42 and VF-4 I'd need to outlay another $300.
My main cameras are a Sony RX10 III...
I've recently bought back into :mu43: with an E-P3, 14mm, 14-42mm, 60mm macro and VF-4. I previously owned a Samyang fish eye but recently noticed the 7a version at about 1/3 the price. Any comments?
NEWYI 7artisans 7.5mm f/2.8 Manual Fisheye lens for Micro 4/3, SONY NEX E mount | eBay
Yes I've got my copy of Luminar 3 three days early. Looks like they chose the first letters in 3 continents and the rest is coming on the 18th.
It is reasonably quick to download but rather slow to install (3-5 minutes). After install it asks your image location and 'loads' the images -...
... as I try to get my latest ebay purchase sorted.
My GAS has been bubbling away to add a small MILC to my pair of fixed lens cameras. Been looking at twin lens kits and put unsuccessful offers on a Nikon 1 J5, a Pen E-PL5 and a Pen E-P3 plus a new E-PL8 (unwanted prize). Of course I was...
Took this 28 shot pano of a Moreton Bay fig tree at the University of WA in Feb 2006
Yesterday about 1/3 of the tree crashed to the ground and was captured on video by Tim Stanley who was alerted by a loud sound before this happened.
David is one of the photographer/educator/bloggers that I follow, I subscribe to his emails, and the most recent one hit a nerve with me.
I have tried to go BROAD with my photography as far as equipment, software, techniques, genres and subject matter is concerned. I've enjoyed the experiences...
“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.”
— Bruce Gilden
“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.”
— Jim Richardson
“When I say I want...
“All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”
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“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
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Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream” – Mark Twain
“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.”
“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”
— Annie Leibovitz
“I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re...
“You know how it is when you're reading a book and falling asleep, you're reading, reading... and all of a sudden you notice your eyes are closed? I'm like that all the time.”
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