Posts tagged ‘news’

Topaz Labs “Detail” – (The Lucis Killer) a new photoshop plug-in

Howdy folks….

Sometimes there is a lot of news going on, sometimes theres not… 

A couple of days ago I received an email from Topaz Labs.  The email stated that they had released a new Photoshop plug-in called “Detail” that is supposed to manipulate image detail and sharpness without increasing noise.  After trying out the fully functional 30-day trial version, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the best product they have released yet to create the effects also rendered by LucisArt.  The software only costs $39.99 instead of  the $250 or more you would pay for Lucis!  Even better – you can pick up this amazing piece of software for $20 if you buy the product before August 31st and use the product code: “SODETAILED“.  

In a couple of previous posts, I mentioned a couple of Topaz Labs other products.  Here are the links:

One of the Must Have Plug-ins

The Best HDR Tutorial I Have Found


There’s 3 kinds of blogs…and then some…(a list)

As far as I can tell, there are three kinds of blogs.

  1. News (news to you) blogs
  2. Educational blogs
  3. Journal (news to me) blogs

News blogs are great, but require tons of new constant updates.  Three of my favorites are:, and  between these three I can usually find a wealth of new photography related content.  The other big three that I read are: Gizmodo, Digg and Canon Rumors.

If you are looking for an educational blog for tips, tricks, techniques as well as projects, I recommend the Strobist, Digital ProTalk and for photography as well as the general site: Instructables.

Finally, there is the journal blog which pretty much is just about what someone has been up to.  Of all of the major blogs that I follow, I have found that Joe McNally’s blog fits the description best.  It’s not a bad thing, I enjoy reading it, but that’s just what it seems to be.

Two other blogs (just in case you’re not tired of reading my list yet ;-}  ), PixSylAted is a hybrid between news and education but a very good read.  Probabably my favorite for content – I especially like the regular post of “lessons I didn’t learn in Photo school”.   The other is one that most everybody already knows about (just like most of this list)  PhotoshopInsider.  It is a combination of news and journal – the author (Mr. Kelby) has plenty of other outlets for providing educational content.  One great item worth noting about this blog is “guest wednesday”. It is a section where a guest author writes for the blog and provides a lot of great content. It is kind of a who’s who of blogging special honor to be invited to write for this column.

That’s it, my list (not a complete list- just some of the big ones) of blogs by category.

Hardware Lists and a little entertainment

On my main website –, I have added two sections in the hardware category (cameras and computers). They are listings of manufacturers, some retailers, and a few review and news sites. I have also added a couple of links in the entertainment section. One is for a web comic that deals with photography and the other couple of links are for photography related t-shirts, clothes and other merchandise.

Also, I added a book – The Complete Guide to Light and Lighting in Digital Photography– to my essential reading list page on this blog as well as a couple of magazines that I consider indispensable.