Topaz Simplify – Demo

Topaz Simplify – My Demo

I decided to test out Topaz’s Simplify plug-in. I thought I might try my hand at more of a painting look.

Below are the before (RAW conversion) – RAW imported into Lightroom and exported with a watermark and a version that I imported into Lighroom  and made a few corrections, processed with Photomatix for HDR, a little Photoshop for spot removal (had a nasty sensor), then processed with Topaz Simplify. Finally, I brought the image back into Lightroom, added a vignette and exported it with a watermark.

I’m ok with it as my first attempt. I’ve got 30days to decide if I like it enough to buy it. I purchased DeNoise and Lens Effects from Topaz and really like DeNoise for noise removal. I purchased Lens Effects before I had Lightroom so I don’t use it that much anymore.


RAW conversion

RAW conversion


HDR + Topaz Simplify

HDR + Topaz Simplify



Day for Night

thought I’d share this.


My mom fell in love with this picture I took in 2011. We were on the family beach trip to Myrtle Beach and I wanted to try my hand at some long exposure shots. I had no idea what I was doing (still don’t). This came out pretty well I thought and she just fell in love with it. My dad had it printed out at 24×36 at Snow Photo in High Point.  Here’s a link to it on flickr.

Time: 10:22pm in August of 2011

Tech specs: Single image HDR shot in RAW with Canon 20D, f/3.5 @ 30sec, 18mm, iso 100

Processed: Photomatix & Photoshop

Nothing new…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Haven’t really had anything to post. Here’s a few photos I’ve played with over the last few months. They’re nothing I’m super proud… just some that have given me a little something to do.
I’m hoping to acquire a new camera soon. I’ve been debating whether I should get the Canon 7D or 60D. I’ve shot with the 7D and like it a lot. What I don’t like is the fixed screen.  That’s where I like the 60 with it’s articulating screen. What’s pushing me more to the 7D is the 8fps bursts  vs. the 5.3fps bursts of the 60D. I’m all about getting the image and sometimes you gotta be really fast to get it. The 7D has more focus points (19) vs. the 60D with 9. The other feature that pushes me towards the 7D is the processor (dual digic 4) vs. the 60D’s single digic 4. I like the SD card feature of the 60D over the CF of the 7D.