September 8, 2010

Giveaway! Topaz Labs Plugins for Photographers (Winner Announced!)

Time’s up! The winner of the Topaz Plugin Bundle is entry #848, Maureen Henry! Congrats Maureen! I’ve sent you an email! :)

P.S. Guess what! Topaz has offered Kevin & Amanda readers a special discount! Use the coupon code kevinandamanda to get 15% off all Topaz products.

P.P.S. Did you know you can download the Topaz plugins for a free trial to try out and make sure you are 100% happy with it before you buy? :) Go ahead.. give it a try! :)

Topaz Photoshop Plugin Bundle Giveaway

Hey guys! I am beyond excited to share this giveaway with you today! The Topaz Labs Plugin Bundle is one of my favorite photo editing tools. I use it often in my day-to-day photo editing to add some serious WOW factor to my photos! :)

Just look what I did with one of my recent Chicago photos…

Topaz Photoshop Plugin Bundle Giveaway

Here’s the original, SOOC (straight out of camera) photo.

Topaz Photoshop Plugin Bundle Giveaway

To use Topaz in Photoshop, just click on Filter from the menu bar, and you’ll see all the Topaz plugins you can choose from. Here I’m using Topaz Adjust. There are so many fun options to chose from! :) For this pic, I clicked Exposure Color Stretch. You can see a preview before you apply. If you like what you see, click OK…

Topaz Photoshop Plugin Bundle Giveaway

And just like that, I had this! I am so in love with these vibrant colors!! And it was seriously that simple! :)

The Giveaway!

There’s so much you can do with all the Topaz plugins. And today, the seriously fun & talented folks at Topaz would like to offer one Kevin & Amanda reader their entire plugin bundle suite!! ($179.99 value)

You’ll get…

Topaz Adjust – optimize image exposure, color, and detail for stunning image results! Just see above! :)

Topaz Simplify – add creative simplification, art effects, and line accentuation to your photos for easy one-of-a-kind art.

Topaz Detail – enhance details, add depth, and achieve unbelievable crispness in your photos.

Topaz DeNoise – instantly remove noise and preserve details. I never have to worry about shooting with a high ISO. I know any noise/grain will be taken care of by DeNoise!

Topaz ReMask – Okay, so cool! Have you ever taken a picture, but the background was so-so? Use ReMask to easily crop out your subject and paste it on a different background! :) How fun!

Topaz Clean – create some seriously fun photos with textures and detail manipulation!

Topaz DeJPEG – Ever taken a photo with your cell phone or a point & shoot and you could just *tell* how low-quality it was? It looks all pixely? DeJPEG will fix that up in a second!

Click the links above to see the incredible before and afters you can do with each plugin.

And the best part is that Topaz is compatible with a number of platforms and programs. You can use it on Windows and Mac, with Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom, Paint Shop Pro, iPhoto and more!

How to Enter

To be entered to win this incredible package from Topaz, all you have to do is leave me a comment right here! :) What’s your favorite photography subject? Do you prefer scenery? Portraits? People? Pets? Food??! :) Shout it out! :)

Contest ends Thursday, September 9th at 8pm CST. Winner will be selected by Random.org and notified by email! :)

Good luck!!! :)



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1
Leslie September 8, 2010 at 8:04 am

I prefer to photograph my beautiful baby girl. She is the best subject that I can find! I would LOVE to win this!!!

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Louisianamama September 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I enjoy taking pictures of my TWO girls!

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Evil Pixie September 8, 2010 at 8:04 am

My favorite subject is definitely nature. It doesn’t matter if it is a landscape, flora, fauna, or animal – I feel at home photographing nature.

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Amber Herrmann September 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

People are my favorite thing to photograph. Giggles and smiles from my nephew are THE best! : )

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Janna September 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

I’m so excited.. I hope I this. I enjoy photographing people the most.

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Krissa September 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

i love people…. photography with people… capturing expressions and feelings! LOVE!

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Julie @SavvyEats September 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

Food is my fave thing to photograph!

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Eileen Francis September 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

For me it’s people. I have boys, so it’s often Sports and Kids. Amanda thanks for sharing how you boosted that photo – the Chicago photos were lovely!

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Holly September 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

I love taking landscape photos,patriotic scenes and portraits. Would seriously like to take a photography class and have some major scrapbooking to catch up on!

Thanks for considering me!

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Allie September 8, 2010 at 8:08 am

WOW! Your Chicago pictures are AMAZING! I can’t believe the difference.
My favorite photography subject is anything outdoors, especially in the Fall in New England. The leaves, birch trees, mountains are awesome.
Thanks!!!!

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Melody Steiner September 8, 2010 at 8:08 am

I just started doing photography as a side business (I’m a stay at home mom) and I have to say photographing people really is a passion for me! I love taking pictures of couples in love, families,and children (especially my own)!

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Jen W. September 8, 2010 at 8:08 am

I love taking pictures of my kids but it’s easier said than done because they never want to sit still!

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Jennay September 8, 2010 at 8:08 am

I love to photograph my niece and nephews, of course! I love landscape photograpy and love to take pictures of nature-flowers, mountains, the ocean, etc!! Such a fantastic giveaway!! =)

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Erika Moore September 8, 2010 at 8:09 am

Simply amazing! I love photographing sports of any kind, & people.

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Ellie September 8, 2010 at 8:09 am

My fav. subject lets just say I’m my kids paparazzi. They are the best subjects to photography because I’m yet to take the same picture twice EVEN if I tried.

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Keri McCarthy September 8, 2010 at 8:10 am

I love photographing children. I love capturing their moments and expressions!

Thank you for all the fabulous giveaways!

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Deirdre Courtney September 8, 2010 at 8:10 am

I just started my photography business in May, and this would save so much time on the after process.

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Stephanie September 8, 2010 at 8:11 am

I love to photograph scenery and people, but scenery doesnt move or need to smile all the time! Its just beautiful as is! I would really love that editing program, it looks fun to use !
Stephanie

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mike September 9, 2010 at 7:03 am

And scenery won’t stick two fingers up behind the head of something when you’re trying to get a serious picture D-)

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Crystal September 8, 2010 at 8:11 am

Pets are by far my favorite!

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Angelamhiere September 8, 2010 at 8:12 am

I love taking pictures of my pet dogs, beautiful things like flowers, places that we visit, food, myself and of course, people who are dear to me… ^__^

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Jami September 8, 2010 at 8:12 am

My favorite subject is my children…..when I can get them to hold stil for 2 seconds :). Thansk for the awesome giveaway! I would love to try these, your photos are always so beautiful!

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jackie September 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

i love to photography people! :)

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Jewels September 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

People. I love to photograph my little one.

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Krystal R. September 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

This is a great editing software, I’ve never heard of them before. But I love taking pictures of food. Whatever I find or am eating at the moment, I’m taking a picture of it!

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Tammy September 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

I love playing with the hue and brightness of photos. So does my daughter. Thanks for the opportunity!
~Tammy

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Charmel Jacobs September 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

Pictures of my grandkids!

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Shantell September 8, 2010 at 8:17 am

Eeeeek! This is so awesome! I am a photography student at University of Houston. I lurrrrve shooting night shots & experimenting with light. I am shooting a carnival this weekend @ night, and looking forward to the outcomes!

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Whitney C. September 8, 2010 at 8:18 am

While I enjoy shooting landscapes, my favorite subject is my 18 month old daughter. In about 4 weeks her brother should be here so we’ll be taking lots of pictures. I’d love to win this!!

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Sarah J. September 8, 2010 at 8:18 am

I love taking pictures of my husband and daughter.

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Colleen Broach September 8, 2010 at 8:18 am

Oh the food I could photograph with this!!! Pick me!!!

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Erika P. September 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

This is an awesome package! I like to photograph anything that stands still long enough for me to shoot (and even stuff that doesn’t sit still). Currently I’m spending a lot of time laying on the floor taking shots of our new puppy who is just too cute for words!

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Darla September 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

I love to photograph people and I also do a lot of photography of cards that I make.

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WyldPinky September 8, 2010 at 8:20 am

I love nature photos, especially fall when all the trees start changing colors!

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Wendy September 8, 2010 at 8:21 am

My Kids… Definitely my kids…At 8 they are so conditioned to me with my camera that they don’t even acknowledge it anymore unless I say “cheese” Great for candid shots…

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Catina September 8, 2010 at 8:21 am

HI Amanda,

I love your site and talk about it with my friends all the time:) I have used some of your recipes and look for ideas on many things from decreating to taking pictures… I have been using your tuturials to take pics with my easy shot cannon exprimenting with the av and shutter speed settings.. before I only used auto. I love to take all kinds of pictures…my favorite subject is my three year old little girl.. she is the life in of my photos. I love capturing her little spirit and building a story of her life through pictures!

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Lori September 8, 2010 at 8:21 am

If I don’t have anyone lined up for a shoot, I will sometimes just take my camera out and find things to photograph! It has taught me to look for cool and interesting things in even the most blah places!

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Rhonda H September 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

I love to photograph children! Especially those shots of the unexpected, but everyday life with little people. What a fun giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Hannah September 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

I love to photograph anything actually! I enjoy using the macro lens on my camera to pick out the detail on animals or plants and catching the ‘action’ of a shot when there are people. My favourite thing of all to photograph are weddings! :-)

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Crystal September 8, 2010 at 8:24 am

I love to photograph children and nature. Even better if the children are in nature. :)

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Julie September 8, 2010 at 8:25 am

My children! Seriously, they’re very cute! A friend directed me to your site last week, and I’m so thankful to have found it! I’ve already raved about you on facebook and sent other grateful people your way. Thank you!

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Leigh Anne@Your Homebased Mom September 8, 2010 at 8:25 am

I love to photograph pretty things – flowers in my garden, food, just about anything pretty I can find!

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Elaine Kirby September 8, 2010 at 8:25 am

I love capturing moments when the kids or friends are not looking into the camera-just doing what they are doing. I also like doing scenery shots. I am self-teaching the many things I can do with my camera.

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Jessie September 8, 2010 at 8:26 am

I like recreating old fashioned pictures of people.

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Kimberly O. September 8, 2010 at 8:26 am

I think the “easiest” to photograph would be nature (mountains, flowers) but I prefer to take pet pictures. :)

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SimplySarah September 8, 2010 at 8:26 am

Honestly, I will take a picture of anything in my line of sight…lol. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE taking pics. I guess if I had to choose one thing though, I love food shots. Strange, huh?
I would absolutely positively do a back flip (figuratively speaking, of course) if I won these. Thanks for the chance Amanda and Topaz!

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Abby September 8, 2010 at 8:26 am

my baby girl! oh and buildings and unique views of cities when we go on vacation. just got a new camera and would love to have this!

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Karie September 8, 2010 at 8:27 am

My boys :-)

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Kayla September 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

Oh my goodness! How awesome would that be?! Thanks for the chance to even dream of great photos!

I take lots and lots of people shots, mostly my two girls. My older one is perfectly posed in every shot and I can get 50 great pics in a matter of seconds. The little one is fast as lightning and I have maybe 10 decent pictures of her total. It would be nice to edit out the blurs! :) hahah

Thanks K & A!

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Maureen September 8, 2010 at 8:29 am

People; my two boys are the perfect subjects!

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Marissa September 8, 2010 at 8:31 am

I love to take pictures of people. I have taken some amazing shot during prom season, but have struggled with what photo editing software to use. I will definately look into the Topaz software. I am hoping to find a software that if I was shoting my daughter and she was holding a flower I could make the picture black and white but make the flower the brightest of colors. This is soooooo exciting!

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Lynda September 8, 2010 at 8:31 am

Wow, what an awesome giveaway!! I love to shoot scenery, people, nature, and FOOD. I hope I am lucky enough to win!!

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Melissa Lail September 8, 2010 at 8:32 am

My favorite subject is definitely my dog, Mia! She never has a bad hair day, so she makes it easy ;)

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Adrienne September 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

OH I would love love love this amazing prize!! Great giveaway!! My favorite thing to photograph is people in love! Sappy I know, but so true! : )

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Brittaney September 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

My favorite photography subject would have to be children! They’re so much fun to photograph and change so quickly that it’s important to capture every moment!

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anita September 8, 2010 at 8:35 am

How awesome! My favorite subjects are my two Yorkies. I just love ‘em! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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AmandaD September 8, 2010 at 8:36 am

Awesome contest! My favorite photography subject is travel!

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Karmen September 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

I love landscapes. The beauty of God’s creation always gets me.

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luanne johnson September 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

Wow great give away! I love people, action and landscapes!

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Kim September 8, 2010 at 8:38 am

Right now, my favorite thing to photograph is my daughter’s high school marching band! But also love to take pictures of my sweet kids—-and really, just about anything! My camera is always around my neck!

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Kaylea September 8, 2010 at 8:38 am

Love it!
I love taking pics of friends kids.
Love how it made your photo pop!

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Jaclyn F. September 8, 2010 at 8:38 am

I prefer to do portraits or just people in general :) thanks for the chance at an awesome giveaway!

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Robyn September 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

Pets are my favorite to photograph…but I love doing landscapes too! :)

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FerrisWheelGirl September 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

It is all about my kids right now! But I do love taking pictures of flowers, too. :)

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Regan Huneycutt September 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

Oh my goodness! What an amazing giveaway. I just started my own photography business about 6 weeks ago and this would be a huge asset to me! I prefer portrait photography. I love making people happy by giving them beautiful images of the people they love. My job is so rewarding!

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Linda September 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

I like landscape and macro floral photos–thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!

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Caryn September 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

I love photographing faces. No two are alike (unless they are identical twins!), and every moment I can capture different expressions.

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Sara September 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

Wow! What a neat giveaway! I enjoy photographing my sweet baby boy, and my 2 silly pups.

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WENDY September 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

My favorite subject is my beautiful four year old daughter!!!

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Sher September 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

Wow! It’s amazing what Topaz can do! Love landscapes and taking pictures of family. Thanks for the opportunity to win Topaz.

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Laser September 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

My favourite photo subjects are my grandchildren. Also love scenes down at the lake where we spend the summer. They would be awesome with some Topaz tweaks!

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Jessica September 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

Children and babies, both portrait style and candids–LOVE the stuff they do and the expressions they make!

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Jaime P. September 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

I always love your giveaways…but this one rocks! I love photography and would love to win this amazing set of editing software!!! My favorite thing to photograph…hmmm…that’s hard. Most likely my 6 year old daughter but I’ll take pictures of anything! Thanks for the chance!!

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Sarah September 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

I love to take pictures of my dogs and of kids. They are both so unpredictable and you never know what kind of pictures you will get =)

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Kelli Dietrich September 8, 2010 at 8:41 am

WOW what an awesome package! I have never heard of it before and think that it is AMAZING! I have followed your blog for a few months now and absolutely LOVE it! I think my all time favorite photography work is people. I don’t do the normal portraiture type photography but like more “unusual” shots. For example, a baby that plops their foot in their birthday cake, a toddler walking away down a nature path, etc. However, I have been getting into some nature photography lately and absolutely LOVE working with different lighting effects at different times of the day.

Thanks for sharing your blog with the world!
Have a great day!

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Ronda September 8, 2010 at 8:42 am

Landscapes are beautiful, pets are adorable, but nothing compares to capturing the expressions of people (especially children)! Priceless!

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Jodie Smith September 8, 2010 at 8:42 am

I like to take pics of my kids & my cakes! This program would be so awesome, it would help me take more professional looking pics of my cakes for my cake business! :)

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Kim Bell September 8, 2010 at 8:42 am

My son and his pug Milo are my favorite subjects, but I live so close to the Adirondack Mountains, that I really want to get more photos of the beautiful scenery there. I got a new Canon SLR camera this past Christmas and have not used it to its potential yet. P.S. I love your blog!!

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Cara September 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

My three-month-old, Hudson, is the subject of most of my photos lately, but I do love scenery shots and up close foodie shots too!

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Natalie E. September 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

I love to photograph my 3 little monkeys! These look super cool!

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Cara September 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

I love beach shots and animal and pet photography!

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CJ September 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

Favorite subject is my granddaughter, and after that I’d have to say outdoor nature shots.
Thanks for the chance to win!

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janel September 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

My favorite thing to photograph has to be faces…..especially of little children, but since all my little ones have grown up, I am enjoying taking photos of Nature. Living near the Rocky mtns makes it a joy.

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Beth September 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

People are my favorite but taking cool city pictures are pretty awesome too!! Love it!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway

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Michelle Wallace September 8, 2010 at 8:44 am

What’s your favorite photography subject? Do you prefer scenery?

Vintage, anything girly, playing dress up! I enjoy photographing baby girls to classy ladies; portraits that capture the fun female spirit, and the personality of that individual.

I love using nature and the environment as my backdrop, using the sun and clouds as my lighting.

I love to hike too, be adventurous! Taking pictures of flowers, waterfalls, trees, and mountains.

“A mixture of High Fashion and the Great Outdoors!” -Michelle

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Elaine September 8, 2010 at 8:44 am

My Boston Terriers are my favorite subjects to photograph, then butterflies and flowers!

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Andrea September 8, 2010 at 8:44 am

I really love photographing families. There are so many unique poses to use when you have 4-6 people! It sure is tricky to get them all to look and smile at the same time though!

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Mandy Ford September 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

What an exciting giveaway! My twin boys are my favorite photography subjects, but I also love nature shots. :)

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Denise September 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

My sweet boy!

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Cathy Tautkus September 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

Love to take candid shots of people and close ups of plants/flowers. I have only had my Canon Rebel T1i for a month. It is my first SLR. Just got a 60 mm macro lens. So much fun to take pictures with this camera. Anxious to learn all that this camera can do and then enhance those photos with tools like Topaz.

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amanda September 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

Well, considering that I own an Old Time Photography studio, one would assume that my favorite subject to photograph is people… but it’s not. Aside from my beautiful baby, that is :) I LOVE taking photos of landscapes… travel photography is my absolute favorite. I’m such a shutterbug when I travel… and I love it!

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Vanessa September 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

My dogs are my favorite subjects to photograph. Not only are they always available for photo shoots, but it’s pretty much impossible to take a bad photo of an adorable little puppy.

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Shirley September 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

These plug-ins look wonderful! I also loved your tutorial about learning to use a DSRL. I hope someday I will get one and use your tutorial. THANKS for all you offer on your site!
Hugs,
Shirley

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Kathy J. September 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

What an awesome prize! I love people….I prefer families. I love to see how everyone interacts. Each group is different, but the one constant is LOVE. It always amazes me how everyone shows their love, because it’s always just a bit different….but it’s always there!

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Julie B. September 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

Friends and family are my favorite subjects! My kids and our vacations are a big fave too!

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Bella{blue} September 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

wow! those are amazing! and that shot of Chicago is gorgeous.
my favorite subjects are my boys. i love photographing kids. thanks for the chance to win!

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Jan September 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

I love photographing my family. The photos become priceless treasures.

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Leslie B September 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

What a nice effect!

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Carie September 8, 2010 at 8:47 am

my favorite subject is my sweet little boy.

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Bridget September 8, 2010 at 8:47 am

Great question, hmmm as much as I love to photography my boys, who wouldn’t they are all handsome ;) , I think I love taking pics of the great outdoors.

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Kristin Kneupper September 8, 2010 at 8:48 am

That’s easy: my kiddos!

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Becky September 8, 2010 at 8:48 am

I try to remember to capture my family’s life-those times that are special occasions and those that are ordinary but become extraordinary in our memories. This looks like a wonderful set of software tools!

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Beth Trestrail September 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

My favorite subjects are people, closely followed by flowers, and last but not least, my cats. But I’ve been known to take pictures of red peppers, trees, and clouds. And whatever else wanders into my focus! Salivating to try out this software.

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