Edwin Jones Photography: Blog http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Edwin Jones Photography edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:41:00 GMT Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:41:00 GMT http://edwinjonesphotography.com/img/s3/v26/u761272219-o353641833-50.jpg Edwin Jones Photography: Blog http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog 90 120 Copyright Theft How I got £500 for the Illegal Use of my picture. http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2017/3/copyright-theft-how-i-got-500-for-the-illegal-use-of-my-picture  

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Copyright Theft How I got £500 for the Illegal Use of my picture. A Guide for Photographers and a Warning for Businesses

It is amazing that there are many people and even businesses which should know better who think that because a picture appears on Google Images it is free to use without paying the photographer. These people are also ignorant of the substantial damages which can be payable for doing this. In this case I came to an agreed settlement after a few emails without taking it to court of £500. A London based business had used my picture copied from the Internet as one of a number of images rotating to form a banner on their website. I am not going to name them or give away any information which could lead to their name. Incidentally the picture taken was listed on my website as in my top 10. On Flickr it has had 23,000 views, 350 favs and 120 comments so it was a particularly annoying one to have stolen.

What many Photographers and people taking images may not be aware of are the increasing availability of tools which can detect the misuse of picture easily and simply. In the middle of last year I signed up an organisation at https://pixsy.com/. You give them a link to say your Flickr account and they automatically search for any matches to your picture found online and do it for free. You can get them to pursue a claim for you and they charge 50% of the damages recovered. They are fairly new and have a limited capacity so you sign up and ask for an invitation. They found the misuse of the picture by the London firm but I did not use them to recover damages as I knew what to do in UK law. They have a limited number of countries they will make claims in and do not expect anybody to help with Websites in Russia, China and the far east.

The other free and easy way to find your stolen images is by a Google Reverse Image search. Just go to https://images.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl and click the camera icon to upload your image. The result will show all cases where your image has been used on the Internet. Another resource is https://www.tineye.com/ which does Reverse Image Searches though I found Google brought in more results though true with only one check.

There has been a recent important change in the UK which makes it much easier for Photographers to bring straightforward and relatively small claims for Copyright Infringement without risking large legal fees All Copyright Claims are brought in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court (IPEC) in London. The important change is that they have introduced a Small Claims Track for simple claims under 10,000. No legal costs can be claimed and it is a simplified procedure. The Defendant can object but it is then up to the Court to decide which procedure is involved. For small claims if both parties agree the case can be decided just on the documents without a hearing.

It is much better to settle a claim for less than the full amount than take it to Court. For this you need to know what you are talking about and be able to prove it by giving links to relevant law. I had an advantage in my case in that I used to be a Solicitor (Attorney for American readers) before retiring early and getting into Photography The following is not in any way legal advice and I am way out of date and never knew anything about copyright law. I am passing on information I found on the Internet about the relevant UK law which may or may not be accurate.

It is vital that when you first find a misuse of your picture that you take screenshots of the Website with your computers clock showing the date included and also print it out, again because this shows the date. This is because as soon as you make a claim the picture will be taken off the website removing your evidence. You can also go to https://archive.org/web/ which is called the Wayback Machine. They take snapshots of Websites over the years which will show the use of your image. This is important because how long it has been used affects the amount of damages. Not all websites are on the Wayback Machine. If you used pixsy.com their results will show the first detected use of the image.

Go to https://www.whois.com/whois/ enter the web address and usually get full details of whose name and organisation the website is registered in. These details can sometimes be hidden in which case it will say. This search can produce details when there is nothing on the Website.

If the business is a company do a search at https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/ This will give you full details including Accounts which will indicate if they are worth pursuing. For a limited number of companies those with a sole Director and the same sole shareholder there have been recent cases ruling that for copyright only the Director can be liable jointly with the company, see http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/IPEC/2014/3762.html

The essential next step is to work out what the correct amount of damages is. First it is not the lowest Stock Photo Website price provided you have not sold your images on that sort of site. The courts will look first at the price the Photographer has put on that particular image for that particular use eg in my case Website use as a banner. If the picture has not been sold for that use the courts can look at general guidelines. In my case I do not sell images for Web Use only for printed use. General guidelines include the NUJ suggested prices for various uses of photographs. Another one is the Getty Images search for Rights Managed Photos. In my case the Business used my photo on their website for 9 months. For the NUJ Rates see http://www.londonfreelance.org/feesguide/index.php?&section=Photography&subsect=Online+use+of+photos

For 9 months at full page width the NUJ rates for the 9 months use come out at between £675 and £850. You can check Getty images at  http://www.gettyimages.co.uk   if you sold stock photos which is the Royalty Free system you would get between £150 and £275 or rather Getty would get that and you would get 15% of it. I have never sold stock so could say to the court that damages should be assessed  on the Rights Managed system which depends on the exact use. On a similar image using the Getty Custom calculator for the custom usage it came out at £995. The business which took the image might say that they would never have used the image at that kind of price. However so far as the Courts are concerned that does not matter, by taking the image they deprived the photographer of the right to negotiate so it comes down to market rate

In addition to market rate the courts will also award additional damages for what is known as flagrancy. This comes down to them taking the picture when they  knew or ought to have known that it was in breach of copyright. Some flagrance will usually be assumed in the case of a business. Additional damages can be awarded of 2 or 3 times the market rate. For a business it highlights how much there is to lose by getting it wrong. The quality and originality and rarity of the picture is also relevant. In one UK case the misuse of a picture of a celebrity which was copied from social media assuming it was free resulted in an award of £5000.

I offered to settle my case for the reduced amount of £500 in my first email. The response was to take down the image, say sorry and that they didn’t have to pay anything. The main response was that they did a Google image search for  for a commercial use free to use image, came up with mine and used it. The problem was that somebody, probably in China did the initial theft with a screen capture and cropped out or photoshopped my watermark. Then others took the image from them. The problem for the business in London was that Google guarantee nothing and indeed mention there may be errors if the source of the image is not legitimate See their terms at https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/29508?hl=en

It is up to the end user of the image to check  that they have proper consent from the copyright holder. In my case the website where the image was obtained had retained the original title. This shows up in the Source code of the Website. To help to keep track I always use totally original titles. I think of a good title and do a search on it in Google with inverted commas for that exact wording. If it comes up as no results I use the Title. If the business had done a search on that title they would have found numerous references to my Website and Flickr account with the original watermarked image. A reverse image search would have found the same. Those are the basic kinds of checks any business should do for any image found on the Internet. If they make no checks they will be liable even if they are not the original thief. It is of course much better to find a Photographer or check a Stock Photo Agency.

For some official guidance on using Photos found on the Internet see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/copyright-notice-digital-images-photographs-and-the-internet

A useful web page for photographers giving more guidance and draft letters to write and taking a claim to small claims court can be found at http://www.epuk.org/the-curve/the-infringement-pathway-a-step-by-step-guide-for-issuing-a-copyright-claim

For my claim my first email was at the end of February. After 2 more emails explaining the Law with quotes and links to various websites they agreed to settle and paid today 13th March. Not every case will be that quick but I would suggest it is worth a go.

Edwin Jones

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Hidden London Euston Lost Tunnels Tour http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2016/5/hidden-london-euston-lost-tunnels-tour 7Tunnel Light Tunnel Light Tunnell Light
 

On Friday 27th May I went on on one of the London Transport Museum Hidden London Tours. This one was of the secret tunnels under Euston Railway Station. These are abandoned areas of the London Underground. This Tour is a new one starting 2016 and I was on the second day they were running the Tour. First how do  you get on these Tours. It should be understood that these are 75 minute Tours of 20 people each running 4 days a week over about 8 weeks spread between a set in the spring and another in the Autumn. They sell out very quickly. It is essential to sign up to the London Transport Museum Website. They then release tickets a day in advance for subscribers. They email to give advance notice of the date and time when the email will go out releasing bookings. They did a queue system on their website. When I got on a minute after their email opened the floodgates there were 250 ahead of me and a 7 minute wait. I got in and made my booking. I checked as a matter of interest an hour later and there were 4000 in the queue and over an hour’s wait.

On the day our Tour Group met at 16 Melton Street which is the street immediately west of Euston Station. The building is on the junction with Drummond Street. The guides checked our E-Tickets and Identification and handed out high viz jackets. These were intended to help keep track of us especially in the darker tunnels and to give free access at the Underground Ticket barrier.
 

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The building at Melton Street was originally  an Underground Station entrance for the  Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway opening in 1907 and closing in 1914 when all stations were consolidated at Euston. The building only survived because it was required for a ventilation shaft. Inside we started with a side show giving some of the complex history of the competing Underground Companies in the area. Euston overground station was the first intercity railway station in London and was built in 1837 as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway. The building was demolished in the 1960s and replaced with the present building. The demolition included a great Doric Arch and provoked a big outcry at the time but too late. Ironically the railway was built to provide fast transport between London and the Midlands and north due to be repeated when HS2 is built at Euston.

Next it was on to the current Underground station where we headed for the Northern Line, Bank branch platform and disappeared into a normally closed and locked gate at the end of the Platform.
 

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The following picture of a plan on site gives an idea of where we were. The pale pink tunnels are the closed off ones. They were originally connecting tunnels between old competing underground lines and their different booking halls and platforms. These were closed in the 1960s.
 

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Within the tunnels can be seen remnants of advertisements dating back to the 1960s  providing a sort of time capsule.
 

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Some of the tunnels were quite well lit and other parts much less so requiring the use of torches by the organisers. On this tunnel we are heading towards the site of an old lift shaft.
 

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The Lift Shaft has now been opened up and is used for ventilation.
 

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Further on and photographically the lighting made this shot ideal.
 

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Next it was on to an area where a number of ventilation grills looked down on the passengers, platform and train below. Next time you go on the underground it might be worth looking up sometimes at who is looking down at you.
 

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The cost of the Tour was £35 or £30 with concession. Well worth it for a unique experience. There are a number of other Hidden London Tours including the abandoned Down Street Station and Tunnels at Clapham South. Aldwych and Charing Cross Tours are currently not available due to planned works. More details at https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/hidden-london

Edwin Jones
 

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How to Remove Tourists From Photos http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/12/how-to-remove-tourists-from-photos It can be very frustrating taking shots of buildings inside or out at busy Tourist spots choked with people distracting from your potential perfect shot. One such location is the staircase of the magnificent Opera Garnier in Paris. Take a look below at an original shot full of people.
 

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Followed by the final version after a fair amount of editing.
 

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There are 3 possible techniques to try-

1. If you are able to use a tripod try using a neutral density filter. With something like a 10 stop filter in a situation with low lighting you can readily get an exposure lasting several minutes. Hey presto, save for anybody staying stubbornly in the same place all the people disappear. The problem with many locations inside though is that they will usually ban tripods. In a  place like Opera Garnier in Paris shown in the example photo you might get as far as getting a few tripod legs extended before being swooped on by officialdom.
 

2. Trying to hold the camera in the same place take a number of shots over a period so each shot has the people in different parts of your shot. Ideally try to get about 5 shots over say 5 minutes but less can still work as will be shown here. You then need processing software which can use layers such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Paint Shop Pro. Note that Lightroom does not work for this as it does not support layers. My example image was taken in 2012 before I knew about this technique. However I happened to have taken 2 shots taken from close to the same position. The first stage is to open the images in the software as 2 separate layers. There are a number of ways to do this. The simplest which will work with any of the programs mentioned is to open the first image. Then open the second image. Go to select all for the second image and then copy. Go to the first image and click edit and paste. The second image will appear above the first as a layer.
 

The next stage is align or line up the 2 images. By reducing the opacity of the top image using the slider in the layers panel we can see the difference between the 2 images, in this case a lot.
 

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It is possible to line up the images manually using the move tool and moving around the top image. To get perfect alignment though it is better to use the auto align tool. In Photoshop elements use New-Photomerge-Panorama. In Photoshop hold shift to select both layers and then go to Edit- Auto Align Layers.
 

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Next by adding layer masks to each image we can rub out people in seconds by painting onto the mask with a black brush which has the effect of showing through the mask the other lower image without that person in it.

3. For the people still there the final technique is cloning. This could be a Blog post on its own but for a symmetrical picture like this one a hidden part of the clone tool which can be incredibly useful is the mirror function. First bring up the clone source panel by clicking Window in the main menu and then Clone Source. You will see there a label for Offset. Click the arrow to the right of it. You can now use as a source for cloning an area opposite. As an example the stairs on the left can be used to clone over the stairs on the right and will appear as a mirror image. Now just line it up and the lady taking a picture at the foot of the stairs disappears.
 

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Edwin Jones
 

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Forest Floor South Downs http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/11/forest-floor-south-downs Forest Floor Final Forest Floor Final This shot was taken in woodland to the East of the A29 road near Slindon in the South Downs in West Sussex. The shot was taken later in the morning after taking the tunnel of trees shot at Halnaker. <br/><br/>The aim of the picture was to get the fungi as the main focus but also showing the context of the woodland. To get the lowest pov I put the camera on the ground and improvised by using sticks to get it lined up right. With movement not being an issue I used f8 for a little more depth of field. The shutter was triggered with a remote release. The camera used was a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 at 35mm. This has the advantage for this sort of shot of Live View with a flexible screen.<br/><br/>I aimed to keep a natural look in the processing but actually quite a lot of work was done to it and it is particularly interesting to see the large difference between the before and after shots. See my latest Blog Entry for the processing details and before and after pictures
 

This shot was taken in woodland to the East of the A29 road near Slindon in the South Downs in West Sussex. The shot was taken later in the morning after taking the tunnel of trees shot at Halnaker.

The aim of the picture was to get the fungi as the main focus but also showing the context of the woodland. To get the lowest  pov I put the camera on the ground and improvised by using sticks to get it lined up right. With movement not being an issue I used f8 for a little more depth of field. The shutter was triggered with a remote release. The camera used was a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 at 35mm. This has the advantage for this sort of shot of Live View with a flexible screen.
 

Many purists take the view that a picture must be taken perfectly in the camera and processing is wrong. However many steps which are done in processing can also be done in camera, Examples which apply to this shot are adjusting exposure a little in the RAW file, warming up the image by adjusting White Balance in RAW or using a filter and also cropping. As long as you do not have the problem of being a purist it is a lot easier to make adjustments on the computer rather than struggling while trying to see the screen in low light while sitting on a wet forest floor.

Lets first have a look at the original image and discuss what’s wrong with it.
 

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Because the forest is shaded the auto white balance has come out too cool or too much towards blue. The image needs warming up. Next there are a lot of quite bright highlights in the background which take the viewers attention away from the main subject of the Fungi. For better composition cropping needs to move the fungi more off centre.

Next the processing used –

1)  Editing in RAW, White balance temperature increased for a warmer look. Recovery to tone down highlights, Clarity and vibrance increased.

2) Topaz Adjust for more warmth and detail and Topaz DeNoise to remove noise.

3) Topaz Clarity for more detail and then crop for better composition.

4) Topaz adjust but just using the vignette tool to darken the corners and focus attention on the Fungi.

5) Brightness contrast adjustment layer to reduce brightness on the highlights in the background using a layer mask for selective adjustment.

The final image is as follows.
 

Forest Floor Final Forest Floor Final copyThis shot was taken in woodland to the East of the A29 road near Slindon in the South Downs in West Sussex. The shot was taken later in the morning after taking the tunnel of trees shot at Halnaker. <br/><br/>The aim of the picture was to get the fungi as the main focus but also showing the context of the woodland. To get the lowest pov I put the camera on the ground and improvised by using sticks to get it lined up right. With movement not being an issue I used f8 for a little more depth of field. The shutter was triggered with a remote release. The camera used was a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 at 35mm. This has the advantage for this sort of shot of Live View with a flexible screen.<br/><br/>I aimed to keep a natural look in the processing but actually quite a lot of work was done to it and it is particularly interesting to see the large difference between the before and after shots. See my latest Blog Entry for the processing details and before and after pictures
 

Edwin Jones
 

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Monolith in the Metropolis http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/8/monolith-in-the-metropolis PillarsMetropolisFinalPillarsMetropolisFinalPillars Metropolis Final

This is a shot of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, London taken on a London day trip on the 10th August. The building was the tallest in the UK until the Shard usurped its title in 2010. Although the picture looks to be a long exposure it was actually faked in the processing . Setting up a tripod for a real long exposure would have been pointless as the Security Guards have a habit of pouncing in that area. 

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 15mm.

There was some quite involved processing using HDR, Topaz filters and Photoshop. The mono conversion was done with Topaz B&W Effects. There is a lot of detailed control possible with this once you get out of the presets and use the adjustments.

Photomatix

After saving the RAW files as tiffs the 3 images as 2EV exposure separation were imported into Photomatix and processed with a fusion natural setting with a little extra contrast added in final touches.

Photoshop

To start various adjustments were made to the original colour image with various Topaz Plugins.

First Topaz DeNoise using the RAW moderate preset.

Next Topaz Clarity was used to enhance edges with a layer mask used on the photoshop duplicate layer to exclude the sky from the effect.

Next Topaz Detail was used with Micro Contrast Enhancement II as a preset and some adjustments.

The Mono Conversion was done with Topaz BW Effects. Some adjustments first in the Basic Exposure and adaptive Exposure panels. Then the most important part was local adjustments. This is the really useful bit. By using the Edge Aware Slider and pushing it to maximum I was able to edit the sky and buildings using the dodge and burn tools to darken the sky and lighten parts of the buildings. The edge aware brush confines the brush to within edges such as the area of the sky without needing to make a selection.

The false long exposure effect was a little complicated. The obvious way to do it is with a pan blur effect. However this results in the buildings blurring into the sky as well. I got round the problem by making a selection of the sky and pasting it into a new image with a transparent background. The pan blur effect was then done in photoshop with angle adjustments to the blur getting it coming in the direction I wanted. The sky was then selected and pasted back into the original image. Further adjustments were made in Photoshop using selections and levels and curves

The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 29 amount and 29 radius with a layer mask to remove the effect from the sky. 

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original image at 0EV and then the HDR and then the final result.

Original

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 Final Image

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Poppy Field Sky Hole http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/6/poppy-field-sky-hole Poppy Field Sky Hole FinalPoppy Field Sky Hole FinalPoppy Field Sky Hole final

This shot is the last of the sequence taken at a Poppy Field just south of Falmer near Brighton on the West Sussex coast, UK. For full details of the exact location see the first image in this series at https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwinjones/18801022079/in/dateposted-public/

I was taking macro images when I saw this pattern in the sky developing and quickly switched to the camera with a wide angle lens and took some 3 shot sequences for HDR. The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20mm lens at 10mm. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Outputted in Photomatix using detail enhancer and a stronger HDR than I usually go for to really bring out the detail in the clouds. I then used a Photoshop Saturation adjustment layer to bring down the reds and blues which were excessive.

I used Topaz DeNoise and then Topaz Clarity Landscape Pop preset.

The final edit was Unsharp Mask 47 amount and 47 radius for extra contrast and clarity applied on a layer with a layer mask and highlights excluded.

The original image before all editing.

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The final image after editing

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Britain Europe Sony agriculture blue brighton clouds color colour downs dslr dslra700 england falmer field flower flowering flowers green hills june lens light nature petal petals pic picture poppies poppy red sigma sky south summer sun sunlight sunset sussex topaz uk west wild woodingdean zoom http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/6/poppy-field-sky-hole Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:01:07 GMT
3.2.1 Elevator Lift Off http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/4/3-2-1-elevator-lift-off Elevator Final3.2.1 Elevator Lift Off Final3.2.1 Elevator Lift Off Final

This is a shot of the Lloyds Building in the City of London. The inside out nature of the building extends to the elevators and at night each one has 2 red lights underneath which makes for good potential for light trails. I had tried taking this shot from the pavement and although possible it does bring in a very bright light at the top. I noticed that an open basement area extended under the elevators and unlike other areas it did not have a private – no admittance sign. Tripod was set up and I spent nearly 20 minutes tucked away under the Elevators taking pictures until a Security Guard spotted me from above and shouted out that I needed permission so I moved on.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 on a tripod with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm. The image is comprised of a 3 shot HDR with 2EV spacing. The images were opened in Photoshop first and each image saved as tiffs. HDR processing was in Photomatix using Fusion Real Estate for a natural look

Photoshop

To start Topaz DeNoise and then Topaz Detail were used on the HDR. Next each of the 3 images were pasted together in layers and layer masks used to remove the ghosts of the elevator as it moved up through the images leaving in the light trails. Selections and the clone tool were used to fill the gaps in the light trail

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original image, then the image with HDR and images layered in and then the final result.

Original

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HDR and Layered

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Final Image

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DLR Warp Speed http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/3/dlr-warp-speed  

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This view was taken on the Docklands Light Railway as the train was in the tunnel which takes it out from Bank Station under the City. The railway is automatic, no driver except a supervisor who sits in one of the front passenger seats. This gives a great opportunity as there are passenger seats at the front and back of the train. I put the camera lens flat against the window to cut out reflections.

I used shutter priority and settled on a shutter speed of 0.7 seconds for the best feel of movement.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld  in RAW. The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at =2EV and -2Ev for a “false HDR”  A Photoshop action I had saved was used to create the extra images automatically.

First Topaz DeNoise using the RAW moderate preset.

Next Topaz Clarity was used to enhance edges.

Next Topaz Detail was used with Micro Contrast Enhancement II as a preset and some adjustments.

Various colour balance adjustments were made both generally and on selections

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance. A strong curves adjustment was used.

Vibrance layer increase 62 points

Brightness contrast layer with mask used to increase brightness on the tracks.

I wanted to add some sharply defined lines going into the distance. Along the track there is a sort of ledge area with a shadowed area below it. I made a selection of the shadow with the pen tool and used a saturation layer to sharply bring down the brightness of this area. Then another selection was made of the ledge and a colour balance adjustment layer used to bring up blues in this area.

The minus 2EV image was copied as a new layer and used to bring down the intensity of the light streak.

Crop tool used for composition and to remove the wiper blade.

Clone tool used for tidy up.

Duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast (clarity effect) with 43 amount and 43 radius to the picture except the highlights.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original image and then the final result.

Original

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Metropolis at Lloyds http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/3/metropolis-at-lloyds Metropolis at Lloyds FinalMetropolis at Lloyds FinalMetropolis at Lloyds

 

This is a shot of the Lloyds Building in the City of London taken on a London day trip last Monday 2nd March.  On the left is the Willis Building. It was a very windy day though mainly sunny. While walking to this location I got a good buffeting as the wind was channelled between the skyscrapers. Setting up a tripod would have been pointless so I used a handy flat topped post to put the Camera on pointing up. I used a wireless shutter release. I used a 10 stop BW Neutral Density filter resulting in 57 seconds and plenty of cloud movement with the wind strength.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm.

The image was opened in Camera Raw and edits made there to reduce exposure and increase clarity and vibrance.

Photoshop

To start various adjustments were made to the original colour image with various Topaz Plugins.

First Topaz DeNoise using the RAW moderate preset.

Next Topaz Clarity was used to enhance edges with a layer mask used on the photoshop duplicate layer to exclude the sky from the effect.

Next Topaz Detail was used with Micro Contrast Enhancement II as a preset and some adjustments.

The Mono Conversion was done with Topaz BW Effects. Some adjustments first in the Basic Exposure and adaptive Exposure panels. Then the most important part was local adjustments. This is the really useful bit. By using the Edge Aware Slider and pushing it to maximum I was able to edit the sky and buildings using the dodge and burn tools to darken the sky and lighten parts of the buildings. The edge aware brush confines the brush to within edges such as the area of the sky without needing to make a selection.

Further adjustments were made in Photoshop using selections and levels and curves

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original image and then the final result.

Original

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Final Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) LE Lloyds London Photomatix Photoshop a700 alpha and angle architecture black britain building capital city cityscape clouds england exposure frame gb geometry lens light lights lime line london londres long metal metallic metropolis mile modern mono of perspective shine sigma sky skyscraper sony square straight street structure symmetry topaz uk up urban white wide willis http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/3/metropolis-at-lloyds Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:35:29 GMT
Vertigo at the Atrium http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/3/vertigo-at-the-atrium Vertigo at the Atrium FinalVertigo at the Atrium FinalThis is another shot taken at the Peter Jones Department Store in Sloane Square.

This is another shot  taken at the Peter Jones Department Store in Sloane Square. I had not been there before and I was surprised to find this amazing Atrium on top of the weird looking spiral staircase in the previous shot. The escalators reminded me a little of the ones inside the Lloyds building. BTW I didn’t actually feel any vertigo, just felt like the right title.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens at 10 mm.. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. The images were opened in Photoshop first and each image saved as tiffs. HDR processing was in Photomatix using Fusion Real Estate for a natural look. The software did a good job of removing the slight movement of the people between exposures

The picture was enhanced with Topaz adjust and Denoise. Further editing was done in Photoshop for levels, contrast and brightness.

Below is the original image at 0EV of the 3 brackets and then the final image after processing.

Original

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After processing

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Sloane Sony architecture atrium britain building city curve curved curves department dslr dslra700 dynamic elegant england english escalators europe futuristic geometry great handrail hdr high jones kingdom lighting lines london new peter photomatix pic range shine sigma spiral square staircase stairs steps store tonemapped tonemapping topaz uk united urban white http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/3/vertigo-at-the-atrium Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:45:12 GMT
February Spring Crocus Bloom http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/2/february-spring-crocus-bloom February Spring Crocus Bloom FinalFebruary Spring Crocus Bloom FinalFebruary Spring Crocus Bloom

 

This shot was taken on Tuesday 17th February which was very springlike with unbroken sunshine and temperatures up to 10C or 50F. The location was a small green off the Aldwick Road in Bognor Regis, UK. The crocus there were the first I have seen this year.

The camera used was a Sony A550 with a Sigma 28-80 zoom with a macro function at 80mm. Taken on a Tripod.

Taking

The 20 images were taken using manual focusing and small adjustments of the focus ring.

Photoshop

I took RAW and JPEGs but used the JPEGs and copied these to a separate folder.

The next step was in Photoshop to go to file – Automate – Photomerge. In the next window I browsed to the folder for the images. On the defaults I left it on Auto but deselected blend images together and made sure all the options at the bottom of the window were deselected. Click OK and when Photoshop is done all the images will be open as separate layers. Next select all the layers Control plus A or Command plus A on Mac. Next go to Edit and select Auto Blend Layers and from the window select Stack Images. Photoshop then proceeds to select  and stack images using the sharpest part of each image and creating layer masks for each image layer. Photoshop aligns the images automatically to compensate for small movement from the wind.

If there is more movement it might be necessary to crop a fair bit but there was very little in this case. I did though crop for better composition.

I made a selection of just the crocus and saved it for future use with layer masks. Extra detail and vibrance was brought in using Topaz Adjust HDR.

Topaz denoise to remove a small amount of noise.

Saturation yellows increased a little.

Levels used to brighten a little and a brush on a layer mask used to remove the effect from brighter areas .

Unsharp mask 24 amount 24 radius for an extra clarity effect.

The original had a good out of focus background but I used Photoshop Lens Blur applied with a layer mask to the background only to bring it down more.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original being one of the 20 images. Then the final focus stacked image.

Original

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Final focus stacked Image

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 80mm Aldwick Bognor Regis Britain England Europe February Sony Sussex UK West Sussex background blue blur brokeh color colour crocus depth of field dof dslr dslra550 flower flowers focus focus stacked focus stacking gardens lens light macro nature park photoshop pic purple sigma spring stacked sun topaz winter yellow zoom http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/2/february-spring-crocus-bloom Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:55:49 GMT
CitizenM Wooden Spiral Staircase http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/citizenm-wooden-spiral-staircase CitizenM Wooden Spiral Staircase FinalCitizenM Wooden Spiral Staircase FinalCitizenM Wooden Spiral Staircase

Sorry, yet another Spiral Staircase! This one is at the CitizenM hotel at Lavington Street, Southwark, London. CitizenM is a small chain of Boutique Hotels. The ground floor is a fairly busy cafe/bar and nobody seemed at all bothered by my taking pictures of their beautiful staircase. Light levels were very low and I could only just get a decent shutter speed at 1600 ISO. For this shot I decided to place the camera on the ground at the base of the stairs and used a remote trigger release. ISO 200 resulted in 1.6 seconds. Not having an adjustable screen and live view I took quite a few pictures to get one I was happy with.

I used a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens at 20 mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. The images were opened in Photoshop first and each image saved as tiffs. HDR processing was in Photomatix using Fusion Real Estate for a natural look.

This picture was enhanced with Topaz Clarity and Topaz Denoise. I cropped for better composition and did a slight vignette using a feathered elliptical selection and slight brightness reduction to tone down the corners.  

The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 20 amount and 20 radius.

The original image at standard exposure is below

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Architecture Brown Building CitizenM City Curve Curves England Europe GB Gold Golden Great Britain Lavington Street Lighting Lights Line Lines London Modern Orange Sony South East Southwark Spiral Spiral Staircase Staircase Stairs UK Urban Yellow banister citizen m detail dslr dslra700 elegant hdr high dynamic range hotel looking up photomatix photoshop pic planks sigma tonemapped tonemapping topaz up wide angle wood http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/citizenm-wooden-spiral-staircase Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:14:22 GMT
Smile Underground Exit http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/smile-underground-exit Smile Underground Exit FinalSmile Underground Exit FinalThis is the exit/entrance from Kings Cross Underground Station leading from the Victoria Line to Pentonville Road. The wording can be read going both ways though perhaps smiles might be more in evidence on reaching the exit especially at rush hour. The man dressed in black wearing a hoodie came along at just the right time. Thanks go to contact <b><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/turnipfarmer/with/16146138449/
">Aaron Yeoman</a></b> for this location who got it from Dan Borg who got it from ……In the original colour image the lettering is in red yellow and blue with a dingy yellowish background. I decided it looked better in a high key mono though care was needed in the mono conversion to bring up the yellows in the lettering to avoid them fading out. See my Blog for the original.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens. 3 raw images 2EV spacing for HDR. Outputted in Photomatix using fusion Real Estate for a natural look.

More detail was brought in using Topaz Adjust Clarity and noise reduced using Topaz DeNoise.

I used a brightness/contrast adjustment layer and pushed up the brightness. The mono adjustment was done in Photoshop with a mono adjustment layer giving the chance to play with the sliders to get the look I wanted.

The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 49 amount and 49 radius with a layer mask to remove the effect from the lights.

This is the exit/entrance from Kings Cross Underground Station leading from the Victoria Line to Pentonville Road. The wording can be read going both ways though perhaps smiles might be more in evidence on reaching the exit especially at rush hour. The man dressed in black wearing a hoodie came along at just the right time. Thanks go to contact  Aaron Yeoman for this location who got it from Dan Borg who got it from ……In the original colour image the lettering is in red yellow and blue with a dingy yellowish background. I decided it looked better in a high key mono though care was needed in the mono conversion to bring up the yellows in the lettering to avoid them fading out. See below the original image.

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The picture was taken handheld  with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens. 3 raw images 2EV spacing for HDR. Outputted in Photomatix using fusion Real Estate for a natural look.

More detail was brought in using Topaz Adjust Clarity and noise reduced using Topaz DeNoise.

 I used a brightness/contrast adjustment layer and pushed up the brightness. The mono adjustment was done in Photoshop with a mono adjustment layer giving the chance to play with the sliders to get the look I wanted.

The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 49 amount and 49 radius with a layer mask to remove the effect from the lights.

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Kings Cross London London underground Photomatix architecture b&w black and white center centre cites cities city england fisheye futuristic hdr high key image life light lines london londra londres metro metropolis mono municipality pentonville road people perspective pictures samyang sony sony alpha subway tonemapped tonemapping topaz train transport travel tube tube station uk underground underground station urban wide angle http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/smile-underground-exit Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:19:54 GMT
Traffic Trails to Westminster http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2015/1/traffic-trails-to-westminster Traffic Trails to Westminster FinalTraffic Trails to Westminster FinalThis viewpoint is on Broad Sanctuary Road next to Westminster Abbey approaching Parliament Square.

This viewpoint is on Broad Sanctuary Road next to Westminster Abbey approaching Parliament Square.

The picture is made up of 3 images layered using layer blend modes and some use of layer masks. The light trail on the left comes from 2 images and the one on the right from one image. Each image was 8 to 10 seconds.

The originals of the 3 images used are as follows-

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The pictures were taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 17mm. Taken with a tripod  in RAW. The image were first processed in Camera Raw with exposure adjustments, recovery of highlights and clarity.

I used Topaz HDR to even up lighting and then Topaz DeNoise. Big Ben was straightened using filter-lens correction-custom-vertical correction and crop. The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 29 amount and 29 radius

The final image after merging and all editing follows-

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Tower Bridge Exhibition View http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/tower-bridge-exhibition-view Tower Bridge Exhibition viewTower Bridge Exhibition viewThis is a different viewpoint of the Thames taken from one of the walkways linking the 2 towers of Tower Bridge high above the roadway. It is accessed as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition. One nice little touch was that within some of the windows they had little sliding windows with a camera icon next to it. Provision for Photographers instead of bans, well done Tower Bridge!!. I took the picture by putting the camera way out through the little window and guessing composition as my camera does not have live view. <br/><br/>The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Outputted in Photomatix on fusion real estate settings for a natural look for an HDR. The minus 2EV image was copied in as a new layer and masked off except for the bright areas to tone them down. <br/><br/>I used Topaz Adjust Vibrance sunset dynamic to bring more yellow and oranges into an otherwise far too blue scene.<br/><br/>I used Topaz DeNoise on a duplicate layer with a mask to apply it only to the sky. <br/><br/>The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 36 amount and 36 radius<br/><br/>For

This is a different viewpoint of the Thames taken from one of the walkways linking the 2 towers of Tower Bridge high above the roadway. It is accessed as part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition. One nice little touch was that within some of the windows they had little sliding windows with a camera icon next to it. Provision for Photographers instead of bans, well done Tower Bridge!! I took the picture by putting the camera way out through the little window and guessing composition as my camera does not have live view.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Outputted in Photomatix on fusion real estate settings for a natural look for an HDR. The minus 2EV image was copied in as a new layer and masked off except for the bright areas to tone them down.

I used Topaz Adjust Vibrance sunset dynamic to bring more yellow and oranges into an otherwise far too blue scene.

I used Topaz DeNoise on a duplicate layer with a mask to apply it only to the sky.

The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 36 amount and 36 radius

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) Bridge Britain England London Thames Tower angle architecture blue bridge capital cities color colour dslra700 dynamic exhibition fisheye hdr high light london londres metal office perspective photo photography photomatix photos photoshop picture pictures range samyang sigma skyscrapers sony structure struts sunset tonemapped topaz tower uk urban. walkway wide http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/tower-bridge-exhibition-view Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:26:44 GMT
Halnaker Downland Star Trails http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/halnaker-downland-star-trails Halnaker Stars FinalHalnaker Stars FinalHalnaker Stars Final

Last Saturday night 13th December was very clear very cold and very still. It was also the peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower. I saw at least 10 during the time I was out but only one was bright enough to show up with the exposure length used. The image was taken near Halnaker north of Chichester looking towards the South Downs. The sky glow visible is from London 60 miles to the north.

The image was taken with a Sony A700 and a Samyang Fisheye Lens using a Tripod.

I used my Interval Timer and set the camera at ISO 200 and bulb and the timer at 2 minutes at f3.5. I set the timer for 1 hour 38 minutes but did not use the first 18 minutes as it was still a bit too light so the star trails shown are for 1hour 20 minutes. I had some extra kit for Star Trails this time. First a Head Torch which was very useful for taking things down in the dark. The second bit of kit was even more useful. This was LensMuff which is a holder for chemical hand warmers which secures round the lens with Velcro. The night was perfect for a heavy dew and frost and by the time the sequence finished at 18.45 my tripod was thick with frost but the lens stayed clear of any dew or frost.

The images were stacked in Startrails.exe. It would normally be very time consuming to blend all the pictures together but there is now free software available to do it for you at http://www.startrails.de/html/software.html

With the method of stacking together shorter exposures noise is not such an issue so I turned off the Cameras noise reduction settings. If these are turned on it doubles the exposure length as a second image is taken automatically of the same length for the noise reduction process. This also causes gaps in the Star Trails if multiple images are blended. Noise was corrected later with software.

The circular pattern is formed by pointing the camera towards Polaris the Pole Star near the Plough. As the Earth turns stars more above the pole do not appear to move as much as those more above lower latitudes. I had with me an HTC Android Smart Phone with the Google Sky App. This enabled me to locate the pole star while there was still light. The foreground comprises an image taken while there was still light. With the Camera and Tripod locked in position the star trail images were taken later when the stars were out.

The Sky Glow is from London 60 miles to the north. Also I kept frames with some remains of blue in the sky which avoids any orange glow from light pollution..

The images used were taken over 1 hour 20 minutes with 40 images of 1 minutes 59 seconds  exposures each with 1 second gap between each exposure on the timer. These were stacked with the startrails software.

All the settings and equipment were as follows

- Sony A700 Camera.

- ISO 200, f3.5, 1 minute 59 seconds.

- Long Exposure and high ISO noise reduction set to off. Otherwise the Camera would take One minute and 59 seconds between each shot for its own noise reduction resulting in great gaps in the Star Trails.

- Samyang Fisheye lens 8mm.

- Tripod.

- Interval timer

- LensMuff holder for chemical hand warmers wrapped around the lens to prevent condensation.

See this post for a review of this Timer

http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2012/5/timer-interval-remote-review

Tips

- Arrive early, bring a compass or Smartphone, to help find the north star.
- Setup gear while it’s still light, get your composition and wait.
- Shoot test shots, make sure you can see the first stars.
- Wait for that perfect moment and then start the exposure.
- Bring a torch, so you can find you way and make adjustments after dark. A head torch is especially useful.
- Bring warm clothing and a snack and drink.

Photoshop

For the Star Trails the stacking software works on jpegs which are then saved as a Tiff.

After opening in Photoshop some extra detail was brought in with Topaz Adjust and Noise reduced with Topaz DeNoise.

The Star Trails were brightened using Astronomy Tools Action to select the brighter stars and contrast and brightness adjustment..

After flattening the image duplicate layers were brought up to sharpen.

For the foreground this was a standard with light still in the sky.

On the foreground image I selected the foreground using the quick selection tool. Then I copied the selection and pasted it in to the star trails image. I used the move tool to line it up with the silhouetted  foreground.  

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First one image of the stars, then the Star Trails Image after merging of the frames but before other processing and then the final result.

Single image including the meteor

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Merged Star Trails image

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Final Image

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Topaz Glow Review and Tutorial http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/topaz-glow-review-and-tutorial Alien City Travelator copyAlien City Travelator copyAlien City Travelator final

I have just discovered this new software from Topaz called Topaz Glow. It is available as a standalone program or as a plugin and for Windows or Mac. I really like discovering software which can create amazing effects in minutes rather than the hours it would take to do the same in Photoshop. Another reason to do a review now is that it is available from Topaz at an introductory discount and a price of $49.99 (normally $70) until 31 December 2014. You just need to use the coupon code -    introglow        at checkout to get the savings! It is worth taking a look with a free 30 day trial. See

Topaz Labs Glow

Review

First the basics

System Requirements

Mac OS X 10.8 or higher

Windows 7/8 x64 + Open GL 2.1

*Does not support Windows 32bit

Compatibility

Glow can be accessed as a plugin in:

• Photoshop CS4+

• Photoshop Creative Cloud

• Photoshop Elements 6+

• Corel Paintshop Pro X

• Serif PhotoPlus X5+

• Lightroom as an external editor

• NOT compatible with photoFXlab or Fusion Express

I would strongly advise taking up the free trial to make sure it works on your computer.

This is not the sort of program for you if you dislike anything stronger than mild processing of photos. This is more for a wild fantasy look. However if you prefer the effects can be dialed down substantially. If you use the software as a plugin in a program with layers the effects can be applied to just a part of the image which can look quite effective.

The main image I tried it out on was taken a few day ago getting the camera low down on a travelator. Luckily a man in a hoodie walked past and got in the frame. Hoodies are real gifts to photographers and this program allowed me to give him some seriously weird treatment, cruelty to hoodies? Possibly or he might think it quite cool. The first image shown is the original before any editing.

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Used as a standalone program you bring a picture into Glow by browsing or drag and drop. When used as a plugin open the picture in your program, do a duplicate layer if you have that facility. For Elements and Photoshop go to filters and select Topaz Glow. To make Glow available for any compatible program as a plugin all you need to do is run it once as a standalone program.

In the following picture the main screen is shown. I have selected one of the 70 presets Natural Neon 3.

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By clicking the dropdown you can narrow down the presets into categories as follows –

  • Featured
  • My Presets
  • All Effects
  • Neon
  • Graphic
  • Liquid Designs
  • Fur and Feathers
  • Fantasy
  • Afterglow

On the work screen shown the changed image is shown full size with a small inset for the original. In the top left you can choose instead side by side or one above the other.

By clicking the box with lines in it far top right you get to the nuts and bolts of the sliders to play around with the various settings to get the image looking just as you want it. First there is a the main glow settings, then secondary glow.

Further down is the colour adjustment panel where you can adjust overall or colour by colour.

Here I made adjustments to bring in more red and yellow.

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 Finally there is  finishing touches. Under this last section I find the vignette adjustment very handy.

As you are making your own adjustments you will see in the menu bar top right a plus sign. Just click this to save your current adjustments as one of your own presets. Note that this is the only sort of history feature available so if your playing with the sliders produces something you really like be sure to save it as a preset. This feature also enables you to set up your own style and preferences so if you prefer the effects dialed down just set up your own presets for future use.

The image was finished off in Photoshop with a crop and extra sharpness and clarity.

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Those who read my blog will know that I use Topaz plugins a lot. There are currently 16 Plugins available which can be bought all at once as a collection or individually. I bought the bundle a couple of years ago but the ones I use the most are in order Topaz Adjust, Topaz DeNoise and Topaz Lens Effects. Unlike some other software Topaz provide all updates of software you buy for free. This does not include new additions and I have not bought all the latest additions to the bundle as I did not think I would make enough use of them. However I have bought Glow as I expect to find it very useful for my style of photography.

Below are a few more examples using different types of images, first a sunset, then an Owl and finally a flower.

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It should be noted that the built in presets are at the extreme end towards the abstract surreal look without editing. If you want a more subtle boost to a normal picture it can be achieved easily by dialing down the strength of the effect using the slider  in the bottom left of the work screen and or using the blend modes next to the strength slider.

If you are interested in Glow remember to use the coupon code -     introglow             at checkout to get the savings until 31 December See

Topaz Labs Glow

For the Bundle and individual details of the other software/plugins see Topaz Labs

Note that free trials are available for any of the plugins.

NOTE - Fair disclosure. The links on this page are affiliate links which give me a small commission if you download a free trial after clicking one of the links and then decide to buy. This is done to help meet the costs of keeping this Blog going.

Edwin

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London Underground Like the Hair http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/london-underground-like-the-hair This shot was taken at  Oxford Circus Station on the Victoria line.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens at 10mm. Shutter Speed was 1/8 second for the train movement.

The main image was processed initially in Camera Raw. I also processed a false HDR and brought that in with a layer mask only on the 2 people in the foreground to make them stand out. The blur tool was used on the people in the background and a viginette added. The image was cropped for better composition

Below is the original image

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Next is the final image after all processing and cropping

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London alpha architecture blur center centre cites cities city color colors colours england girl hair hdr image life light london londra londres man metro metropolis motion municipality people person pictures platform red sigma sony station tonemapped tonemapping topaz trail train transport travel tube uk underground urban woman http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/12/london-underground-like-the-hair Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:35:35 GMT
Channel 4 The Eyes Have It http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/11/channel-4-the-eyes-have-it Channel4EyesFinalChannel4EyesFinalThis is another shot taken at the Open House London weekend in September. This is the Channel 4 Television headquarters on Horseferry Road. I visited this on the Sunday and it was a pre-booked only building with a though guided tour. It is similar in some ways to Lloyds of London and was designed by the same architect Richard Rogers. Unlike with Lloyds Channel 4 were easy going enough to allow the Architect to put a signature mark on the building only visible from this outside walkway

The viewpoint is looking down at the main entrance and a covered walkway.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

Outputted in Photomatrix to detail enhancer. I used various adjustments to the sliders changing the preset including highlight saturation to bring up the existing blue on the roof of the walkway. The scene is very mono and I thought of converting to mono but preferred this with the touches of colour.

Photoshop
Extra Detail was brought in with Topaz Adjust Clarity with a layer mask confining the effect to the foreground.

Various adjustment layers were used in the processing including curves and brightness with layer masks. I went to some trouble to reduce brightness at the top and cropping and cloning to remove some cars from the top. We get it drummed into us by Camera Club Judges to remove distractions from the edges of pictures, good advice.

Extra punch to the picture using the clarity effect of high radius unsharp mask, Amount 29 and Radius 29.

This is another shot taken at the Open House London weekend in September. This is the Channel 4 Television headquarters on Horseferry Road. I visited this on the Sunday and it was a pre-booked only building with a though guided tour. It is similar in some ways to Lloyds of London and was designed by the same architect Richard Rogers. Unlike with Lloyds Channel 4 were easy going enough to allow the Architect to put a signature mark on the building only visible from this outside walkway
 
The viewpoint is looking down at the main entrance and a covered walkway.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

Outputted in Photomatrix to detail enhancer. I used various adjustments to the sliders changing the preset including highlight saturation to bring up the existing blue on the roof of the walkway. The scene is very mono and I thought of converting to mono but preferred this with the touches of colour.

Photoshop
Extra Detail was brought in with Topaz Adjust Clarity with a layer mask confining the effect to the foreground.

Various adjustment layers were used in the processing including curves and brightness with layer masks. I went to some trouble to reduce brightness at the top and cropping and cloning to remove some cars from the top. We get it drummed into us by Camera Club Judges to remove distractions from the edges of pictures, good advice.

Extra punch to the picture using the clarity effect of high radius unsharp mask, Amount 29 and Radius 29.

Below is the original image before any processing.

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Below is the final image after HDR and Photoshop processing

Channel4EyesFinalChannel4EyesFinalThis is another shot taken at the Open House London weekend in September. This is the Channel 4 Television headquarters on Horseferry Road. I visited this on the Sunday and it was a pre-booked only building with a though guided tour. It is similar in some ways to Lloyds of London and was designed by the same architect Richard Rogers. Unlike with Lloyds Channel 4 were easy going enough to allow the Architect to put a signature mark on the building only visible from this outside walkway

The viewpoint is looking down at the main entrance and a covered walkway.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken handheld. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

Outputted in Photomatrix to detail enhancer. I used various adjustments to the sliders changing the preset including highlight saturation to bring up the existing blue on the roof of the walkway. The scene is very mono and I thought of converting to mono but preferred this with the touches of colour.

Photoshop
Extra Detail was brought in with Topaz Adjust Clarity with a layer mask confining the effect to the foreground.

Various adjustment layers were used in the processing including curves and brightness with layer masks. I went to some trouble to reduce brightness at the top and cropping and cloning to remove some cars from the top. We get it drummed into us by Camera Club Judges to remove distractions from the edges of pictures, good advice.

Extra punch to the picture using the clarity effect of high radius unsharp mask, Amount 29 and Radius 29.

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) 2014 4 Britain England HDR London Richard angle architecture atrium blue building channel city design down dslr dslra700 dynamic entrance external eyes four glass grey hdr high horseferry house itv lines looking metal metropolis modern office open outside perspective photo photography photomatix photos pic picture pillars range red reflections rogers shape shapes sigma sony spars symmetry tonemapped tonemapping topaz uk urban walkway wide windows http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/11/channel-4-the-eyes-have-it Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:23:52 GMT
High Key Effect Using Topaz Simplyfy http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/10/high-key-effect-using-topaz-simplyfy I came across this Underground Tunnel by chance on my last trip to London this month. It is one of the tunnels off the southbound platform of the Picadilly line at Waterloo Station. It made for an ideal base for a high key clinical and futuristic look with a fair amount of processing.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20mm lens at 10mm. 3 raw images 2EV spacing for HDR. I used ISO 1000 for a fast enough shutter speed. Outputted in Photomatix.
The minus 2 EV image was brought in as a new layer excluded with a layer mask and then brought back in just for the lights to control the highlights.

Most of the processing was done using Topaz simplify mono pencil sketch light. This was adjusted in the sliders to bring in more detail than the preset. The effect was applied in Photoshop on a duplicate layer with a mask which was used to partly remove the effect from the rails and the woman in the distance.
The picture was given more punch using a clarity effect using unsharp mask with settings of 77 amount and 77 radius.

Original Image

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After Processing

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edwinjonesphotography@hotmail.co.uk (Edwin Jones Photography) London London underground Photomatix Waterloo architecture b&w black and white center centre cites cities city england futuristic hdr high key image life light lines london londra londres metro metropolis mono municipality pencil people perspective picadilly picadilly line pictures platform sigma sony sony alpha space station tonemapped tonemapping topaz topaz simplify train transport travel tube tube station uk underground underground station urban wide angle woman http://edwinjonesphotography.com/blog/2014/10/high-key-effect-using-topaz-simplyfy Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:05:40 GMT