When it comes to post processing and filtering, generally less is more. Simple tweaks to brighten up, add more or subtract some contrast intensity, a little sharpening, that is generally all that’s needed on a digital image if it’s a good one. Of course there can be some more specific portrait corrections, deleting distractions, adding vignettes or creating a particular look for a group of images.
But sometimes you might just want to get crazy, so when I got this Topaz email to “illuminate your photos with electrifying light” well, why not play a little. Why not let the mind wander and relax a little.
Some look really cool and some I just kept trying to make look cool but ended up exiting without saving. Below are a few recent images I’ve taken and thought I’d throw them into this trial TOPAZ GLOW blender and see what turned out. I found that on a couple of images that are too soft focus or too grainy because the ISO was too high, adding something to distract from that quality was a way to actually make the photo interesting. (that’s a nice way of saying, the photo was pretty much, “duty” but now it’s “art”)
To try Topaz Glow yourself, download the trial here and launch it from it’s own application. After you launch it once, the next time you open Photoshop you will be able to find it under the filters menu as a plug in.