So maybe I was a little bit of a sucker. But I bought something the other day – it was only $20 so I figured what the heck? Even if it’s really just a toy – I can spend $20 on a toy.
I bought Topaz Stars. If you’re interested the coupon code is “TopazStars” to get $10 off – good through 2/15/12. Now I know how to make stars, or flare, in camera. Set your aperture at f/18 or higher and go for it. But I remembered that I had this one picture from my Chicago trip that for some reason did not create the flare I was looking for.I had really been hoping to get some sparkle from the lights beneath Trump Tower instead all I picked up were some street lights near the Wrigley Building (far right). But with my new toy I was able to create this:
Now I know some of you purists out there probably frown on software such as this – that’s fine. Like I said – it’s a toy. I’d prefer to get my shots the way I want them just using my skills and the camera. But that doesn’t always work and sometimes I just want to monkey around and see what I can create. This seems like it’ll be fun software for doing just that.