I know you all have heard me talking about Topaz stuff lately, and there’s a reason for it. The one good thing that has happened during the shelter in place order in my state for purposes of defeating COVID 19, I have actual spare time on my hands. And that means going over my old images and seeing if there’s anything I missed in my first culls or anything I liked, but didn’t think worked for some technical reason.

Well, here’s today’s shot and proof that there is a bright side to everything.

I photographed this bald eagle in the Cook Inlet of Alaska from a moving boat. The weather, and light were iffy. I was reacting to him swooping by and I slightly under-exposed him by about a third of a stop. (When photographing eagles I have to be careful to hold detail on the white feathers, which is difficult given the broad dynamic range between those feathers and the black feathers on the same bird.)

I have been using a new sharpening tool called Topaz Labs Sharpen AI. This tool works as either a plugin or a standalone program and in my opinion, offers the best sharpening I have ever seen.

It is now on sale – $59.99 (regularly $79.99)

’ve decided to put together a guide to sharper images. Please note this is not a scientific guide or a white paper. It’s got more information in it than my typical blog posts, but it’s not EVERY SINGLE THING you can think of when it comes to sharp photos. It does contain just about everything you really NEED to know. It’s a thesis based on my own decades of experience trying to both understand what a sharp picture is all about, and how to go about getting one. It’s written with one goal – to help you get sharp photos.