Digital Darkroom

"Awaken the Artist Within" Topaz Adjust Webinar. 4.11.11

Left Original. Right Topaz Adjust/Portrait Smooth
I truly believe that every photographer, and that includes you, has an artist within - an artist that can be awakened in the digital darkroom by using creative plug-ins. An artist that can make your time sitting at your computer, processing your images, more fun.

One of my favorite plug-ins is Topaz Adjust. With a click of your mouse and a swipe of a slider, you can transform your pictures into more creative - and professional looking - images.

In my Topaz Adjust Webinar on April 11 at 5 PM Easter Time, I'll share with you my favorite effects. I'll also take your questions.

Create a painterly look from a photograph. I'll show you how.

Topaz Adjust's Spicify Filter

I hope you can join me for the plug-in fun.

If you have never tried Topaz, click here for info. Also, you can $ave a bundle of $ when you order a Topaz Bundle. The Photoshop bundle is my favorite.

Click here to sign up! 

See you (okay, I really will not be able to see you, but I will get your questions) on the Webinar.

Explore the light,

P.S. You'll find more examples of how creative plug-ins can enhance your images in my latest iPad app, Rick Sammon's HDR Portfolio.

A Week of Plug-In Fun Starts Monday

Next week will be plug-in mania here on my blog. Each day (Monday to Sunday) I'll show an example of one of my favorite plug-ins - along with a tip.

Here's the line-up.

More Fun With Photomatix Monday

Topaz Labs Tuesday

Wonderful Color Efex Pro Wednesday

Photo Tools Thursday

Photo Frames Friday

Silver Efex Pro Saturday

Plug-in Surprise Sunday

You can recevie discounts (15% or more) on some of these plug-ins at the Plug-in Experience. Just click on the Plug-ins page.

The image here is an HDR image created with the help of Photomatix. For a realistic HDR look, keep the sliders in Photomatix more toward the left than the right. For this image I used the stand-alone Photomatix rather than the plug-in because it offers more features.

Explore the light,

Just Say No to Chromo Abs

I received soooo many emails about my HDR talk at B&H yesterday that I had to post this Photoshop tip before my usual Saturday Photoshop Mini-Session.

The emailers wanted more info about removing chromatic aberrations from HDR images – and images in general.

Well, here we go!

The top image is my original shot.

I created the middle image using Photomatix (5 exposures) and then by applying the Omaha Beach effect in onOne Software's PhotoTools. More on Photomatix and onOne at

When I zoomed in on my final image (as always), I noticed a chromatic aberration around the trunk of the tree - stroked in red in the middle image.

To reduce that effect, which does creep into HDR images, and into some high-contrast photos taken with less expensive lenses, I turned to Photoshop. I went to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction. I played around with the Chromatic Aberraton sliders until the bright red line was removed, as you can see in the bottom illustrations.

Click on the image to enlarge.

Hey, I am trying to talk my buddy Scott Bourne into doing a Photofocus podcast on HDR imaging. Like the idea? Let is know here!

Remember, I have a new tip every day (when I am not traveling). Subscribe to my blog and get the info pronto. Gotta go for some Mo Joe.