Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Beauty is in the Details

Several months ago, I wrote an article on the Ice Hotel near Quebec, Canada for travel expert Peter Greenberg's website.

At the time, I was pleased with the photographs. Today (and I mean today), however, I was playing around with Topaz Adjust and I'm loving the new and improved images - images with a lot more color and detail, as illustrated by this before-and-after pair of images.

Now that snow season is coming to the Northeast, I think I'll be working and playing with Topaz quite a bit.

When shooting in the snow: don't forget your polarizing filter. Also watch your histogram to ensure a good exposure - because you really can't trust the image you see on your camera's LCD monitor; the image killers are overexposed highlights. And, keep your camera and extra batteries as warm as possible.

Click here for info on Topaz.

Explore the Light,
P.S. Tons of travel tips in my book, Exploring the Light.


JVL said...

Wow - some great detail in the ice there. Like having a polarizer built into photoshop. Maybe I've been holding off on the Topaz plugins long enough!

Rick Sammon said...

Hi JVL.. Don't hold off. Topaz is too much fun. Other examples on

Rob Knight said...

Topaz is a great tool. You can make significant changes to the color and contrast, while retaining a realistic look to your image. I'm really glad you turned me on to it Rick!

JudgeDanny said...

speaking of details, is "Detials" supposed to be spelled like that?

Rick Sammon said...

Judge..thanks. I'd hire you as my proofreader, but I don't think I can afford you :-) :-)