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Focusing on the Vital Few

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First and foremost, thank you for visiting my photoblog where I share my images for your viewing pleasure along with background information on the image.

Previously I mentioned how I increased my overall breadth of knowledge across a wide spectrum of photography (gear, composition, image processing…) followed by targeting the “Vital Few” photographers to increase my depth of knowledge.

1st: Blake Rudis 
(f.64 Academy, PS, Topaz, On1, DZS/CZS)
2nd: Anthony Morganti
(LR, PS, Topaz, On1)
3rd: Matt Kloskowski
(LR, PS, On1)

I’ve used a simplistic photoshop technique to Recover Detail After a Filter is Applied. After a filter (Topaz, …) is added to a duplicate layer of the Background image in Photoshop, then a layer mask is added with a brush used to recover desired details to taste.  Yes, simple yet the featured image for this post shows the possibilities of adding detail back for the windows, doors and signs while retaining the Georgia O’Keefe painted look in the image.

Image 1 – No Filter Applied
Image 2 – Filter Applied and Face Detail Recovered


Here’s a video explanation of the “Recovering Details Back-in After Using a Filter, e.g. Topaz Impression” within Photoshop by Blake Rudis


Finding Your Photography Mentors

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Thank your for visiting my photoblog today.  As mentioned in previous posts I’m an Apprentice in The Arcanum and to supplement my learning, I’ve reached out to multiple YouTube channels in the past.  At first to learn my new (or wishlist) gear and now for image processing.  The latter is the subject of today’s post.

Below are sample images created using Photoshop and the Topaz Labs – Glow plug-in.  As I study a new technique for image processing, I immediately apply it to cement the learning.  Often this takes multiple practice runs as believe me it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks yet the dog keeps trying.

Blake Rudis’ video explains the above image processing technique in clear and precise terms which are summarized to lockdown the exchange between the teacher and the viewer.  This is one of Blake’s forte as an artist turned photographer turned teacher.  Thanks Blake.

VideoBlending Options within Topaz Labs Glow by Blake Rudis

Here are my sample images using the Topaz Labs Glow with its Neon “Glowing Wires II” preset.  As you double-click to assess the inter-workings of the preset,  20+ sliders appear – wow now what.  It’s a learning curve to understand what each slider does so I just throw it to the left then back to the right – okay now I understand.  In the end, adjust to your artistic taste, no right or wrong.


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So I’ve told you where I am today but how did I get here.

At first, I needed to expand my knowledge of Photography so I watched many YouTube videos being a visual-learning guy.  This gave me the "breath" of knowledge yet I lacked the "depth" to become effective.  

So I fine-tuned my YouTube channels to a few thus adding the "depth" to execute intermediate to advanced image processing.
My Breadth: Novice to Intermediate Learning Channels.
Mike Browne          Matt Granger    Julieanne Kost

Anthony Morganti  Tim Grey      Gavin Hoey
My Depth: Intermediate to Advance Learning Channels
Trey Ratcliff      Blake Rudis       Matt Kloskowski

Anthony Morganti   Jimmy McIntyre    Terry White

Dave Cross         Greg Benz         Tony Kuyper
Narrowing the Field of Focus

For the last year+ I’ve been studying the photographers / visual artists via YouTube video learning stopping at times stopping to purchase their Photoshop Course, Action Panels and/or Action Sets.

Now I’ve decided to target just a few Photographers to expand my depth in a structured way forward.

1st: Blake Rudis (f.64 Academy, PS, Topaz, On1, DZS/CZS)
2nd: Anthony Morganti (LR, PS, Topaz, On1)
3rd: Matt Kloskowski (On1)
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