Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Image Making Post Processing with Topaz Impressions
By John D. Roach
During the past few months, I have been experimenting with more and more post processing techniques. One of those techniques involves the use of Topaz Impression a software created by Topaz Labs that offers photographers the opportunity to create images that go beyond the usual camera capture and tonal renderings achieved within the camera or in more traditional post processing techniques.
Topaz Impressions gives the photographer an opportunity to make painterly images with a set of adjustable presets that can make an image look like a pencil sketch, water color, pastel or a variation of a famous master such as Cezanne, Turner, Hopper, O'Keefe, Degas, and many more. Sometimes I see an opportunity to create a "new" and creative look from an image I have previously created as a quite good traditional photograph. Additionally, I have also found Topaz a useful post processing tool to occasionally create an alternative image for an image that had rather lackluster exposure or tonality into a photographic work of art.
Here are some examples:
Afternoon at the Lagoon (Original Infrared Image)
Afternoon at the Lagoon (in the Style of Van Gogh)
Chicago (Pencil Sketch)
Chicago (Original Exposure)
Hyacinth and Lily (Original)
Hyacinth and Lily (Watercolor)
There are option! It is fun to discover possibilities and create something new. So grab your camera, capture some images and then take a look at software options to create your digital dark room!
Copyright August, 2015
John D. Roach