Friday, April 20, 2018

Topaz Spring sale, 40% off Storewide!

Most of you know that we just love the Topaz plugins! We use Clarity, Adjust and/or Glow on many of our images. We also love Detail, LensEffect, and StarEffects even though we do not use them as much. Remask is awesome for selecting subject and for compositing. heir Noise Reduction plugin is the BEST, it reduces noise just as well as other noise reduction software, but without making the image soft.


Topaz Spring sale, 40% off Storewide!
There's no need for users to enter a coupon, it will automatically be added in their cart to give every purchaser the discount before they confirm their purchase.

From Tuesday April 24th through Monday May 7th, Topaz is offering 40% off STOREWIDE
That's about $200 off the Complete Topaz Plugin Collection and over $100 off of the Go Pro Adjustment Bundle in Studio!

Click here to purchase Topaz Plugins (my favorite) Complete Topaz Plugin Collection

Click here to purchase Topaz Studio 40% off until 5/7

What is the Collection?
With the addition of Topaz Texture Effects 2, Impression 2, and Glow 2, the Complete Collection includes all 17 of our plugin products, which individually would cost over $1000. We normally offer the Complete Collection at 50% off the price of buying the plugins individually. However, until the end of this sale you can take an additional 40% off the Collection and Collection upgrades.

What is a Collection upgrade?
If you've already purchased an individual product (or several products) from Topaz in the past, our system already discounts the collection upgrade price. As long as you're signed into your account, you can get an additional 40% off your custom collection upgrade pricing through the end of the Spring sale. Whether you're just starting or looking to expand your collection, there is never a better time to buy!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Two light painting 2018 workshops -- Old Car City and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery AT NIGHT

  • November 2-3 2018 Old Car City Light painting at NIGHT with THREE instructors
  • We are excited to be pairing up with Mike Moats for Light Painting at Night at Old Car City!! 
    • By pairing up with Mike we can offer three instructors at Night and make this unique opportunity more affordable! http://tinyurl.com/OCC-Cuchara
    • Old Car City is amazing during the day -- but at night it has even more WOW  
  • Tom and I have been to Old Car City a bunch of times so we will help direct you to make the most of your time there. Want to learn Macro photography, HDR capture, Creative in-camera techniques. Price includes entrance during the day Friday and Saturday too.  
  • Questions? please email us at LisaandTomphotography [at] comcast.net
  • Check out some of our images of cars at night here http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Cars-at-Night/
  • You can view a few photography from a previous trip to Old Car City here:   http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Car-City/
  • Register here for Old Car City
  • See Suggested Night and Light Painting Gear below

    Suggested Night and Light Painting Gear:


    • Come and light paint with us! Light Painting is fun and creates some images with saturated colors and interesting shadows...
    This image (top) was flat light from the camera, 
    while the bottom was the same light but from the side. 
    Come and learn to light paint -- and have fun! 

    Upcoming classes/workshops/tours:
    • November 2-3 2018 Old Car City 
      • We are excited to be pairing up with Mike Moats for Light Painting at Night at Old Car City!! By pairing up we have been able to make unique opportunity more affordable! Old Car City is amazing during the day -- but at night it has even more WOW
      • Tom and I have been to Old Car City a bunch of times so we will help direct you to make the most of your time there. Want to learn Macro photography, HDR capture, Creative in camera techniques, 
      • You can view a few images from a previous trip here: http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Car-City/
      • Register here for Old Car City
      • http://tinyurl.com/OCC-Cuchara
      • price includes entrance during the day Friday and Saturday too. 
    • FYI, If you do not wish to join the Meetup system we use for our RSVPs please email us at LisaandTomphotography [at] comcast.net and we can send you an invoice that you can pay with your credit card.

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    We purchase our Gear from Hunts Photo. A pdf file containing links to the gear and software that we use, as well as discounts, can be downloaded here : http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-gear


    We purchase our photo gear from Hunts Photos – they are big enough to have what you need but small enough to help you and answer your questions (and they stand by their products). Contact Alan Samiljan (asamiljan@huntsphoto.com or 781-462-2383) and let him know that you attended a class or a program or workshop with us (or read our blog) and he will give you discounts on the gear that we use.  Hunts Photo 100 Main St. Melrose, MA 02176 (781-662-8822). Hunts will work with you for your photographic needs. If any code does not work then please call Alan and he will help you place your order over the phone. Hunts always works with you for your photographic needs!! FYI, we only list items that we personally use and we do not receive a commission on items ordered thru Hunts. 

    Saturday, March 31, 2018

    Presentations, Topaz, etc.

    It has been a fun two weeks. We presented at the Mass PPA convention, and then the Dynamic Images Photos conference in PA and then the NY PPA InFocus convention, followed by Charter Oak -- Whew, what a ride! Greater Lyn and NEIPP are coming up this week.

    We love presenting -- and teaching and inspiring. Each of the events was great, with lots of friendly eager people! We talked about Night photography, Rust, Urban Exploration, Fine Art photography, Topaz, the value of personal projects, and The Creative use of Blend Modes.

    Upcoming classes/workshops/tours:
    • November 2-3 2019 Old Car City 
      • We are excited to be pairing up with Mike Moats for Light Painting at Night at Old Car City!! By pairing up we have been able to make unique opportunity more affordable! Old Car City is amazing during the day -- but at night it has even more WOW
      • Tom and I have been to Old Car City a bunch of times so we will help direct you to make the most of your time there. Want to learn Macro photography, HDR capture, Creative in camera techniques, 
      • You can view a few images from a previous trip here: http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Car-City/
      • Register here for Old Car City
      • http://tinyurl.com/OCC-Cuchara
      • price includes entrance during the day Friday and Saturday too. 
    • FYI, If you do not wish to join the Meetup system we use for our RSVPs please email us at LisaandTomphotography [at] comcast.net and we can send you an invoice that you can pay with your credit card.
    A couple of images that we include in our presentations were composite images, taking models from our studio and putting them into abandoned places. We use the awesome Topaz Remask for this endeavor. Save 20% on Topaz ReMask through this weekend.


    "With ReMask you can create the best quality selections with minimal input. By using ReMask’s intelligent technology, you have the power to quickly and easily extract the toughest elements from your photos, — even hair, fur, foliage, and transparent materials. "

    Save 20% on Topaz ReMask through this weekend.

    Discover the tool that photographers use to make masking a breeze. Topaz Remask creates precise selections in your images effortlessly.

    Saturday, February 17, 2018

    Come join us at a Macro, Closeup, Creative photo setup workshop

    Come join us at a Macro, Closeup, Creative photo setup workshop
    Saturday, February 24, 2018 12-4

    Come join us a Photo Hi-Jinx (photo setup) Workshop. All sorts of photographic opportunities: 
    Flowers, Feathers, Fruit, Still life, Double polarizers, Water droplets with flowers in them, etc.

    Bring your camera, tripod, cable release, polarizer (if hyou have one), LED light -- We purchase our Gear from Hunts Photo. A pdf file containing links to the gear and software that we use, as well as discounts, can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-gear 

    Please feel free to ask Tom and me questions about your camera, exposures, etc.

    Lenses: a regular 24-105 kit lens works well, bring a macro lens if you have one, bring macro filters if you have them, bring extension tubes if you have them, bring a 75-300/70-200 lens if you have one, if you do not have a macro lens you can put an extension tube on your 75-300 type lens instead.

    Hope you can join us ! ** You must pre-register, no walkins that day :-(

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Save 20% on Topaz DeHaze

    Save 20% on Topaz DeHaze

    A 20% discount on the Topaz Studio Dehaze Adjustment with code: "Dehaze20" from February 12 - February 18th

    Unlike the competition, DeHaze has the ability to recover contrast and saturation without the addition of artifacts and color fringing.
    Most DeHaze tools simply boost contrast and saturation to combat haze. Topaz DeHaze builds an atmospheric profile of the haze in your image, including estimation of the depth of your subject to accurately reverse the effects of atmospheric haze, smoke, fog, or light pollution in your image.

    Topaz Studio - DeHaze Adjustment

    Get Topaz Studio Free!
    Get started with this awesome adjustment completely free for 30 days!

    • We just love, love, love their products. We use Clarity or Adjust on the majority of our images.
    • Enter the discount use code breaphotos for 15% off Topaz products
    • http://tinyurl.com/topaz-cuchara

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    Car details

    Sometimes when you see an interesting subject you first take the wide angle and then you are compelled to capture the details.


    After taking a few photos of this taxi. I wanted to capture some details. The headlight/grill composition was my favorite.


    This taxi driver had been driving us around for most of the week in a different car. Tom showed such an interest in his car that he eventually communicated with us that he would bring his older more special car out on the 25th Feliz-i-dads. What a treat to be able to ride in these old cars!

    From that front headlight/grill image I duplicated the layer and flipped it, and then made it square



    Then I applied filter, distort, polar coordinates


    and then duplicated that layer, flipped it and changed the blend mode


    and with that version I saw faces, pareidolia galore...




    Sunday, January 7, 2018

    Storytelling

    Sometimes when we come upon a scene we are lucky enough to be granted a sequence -- and we can capture a series of photos to tell s short story.

    One (of the many) things that was really endearing about Cuba was the baskets. Most of the "casas" require walking up/down several flights of stairs. So when the doorbell rings the owners look out their window or over the top of their terrace and see who is there, and then they will lower down a basket or a rope to let their guest access the key. These baskets are also used to buy bread and flowers and such from vendors walking the streets. The last photo with the shadow is one of my favorites...


    For this second series, I decided to ask the subject to move into better light, which in this case was a challenge since my spanish is very very limited. I pointed to my camera and sort of mimed and used Italian (my hands) to indicate that I wanted to take their photo "over there" LOL I smiled amd mimed and hand gestured alot to make up for my poor command of their language.

     
    I loved watching them but the light was just too contrasty...