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Bring Your Photographs to Life with Topaz Plugins
Bring your photos to life with Topaz plugins which will give you photo editing superpowers. These plugins will enable you to quickly enhance your entire photograph (or just parts of it using layers and masks). 4-10 people We will use many of the Topaz plugins: (1) Adjust -- Watch your images come to life with dramatic contrast, incredible detail and vivid color (2) Texture Effects -- From high-impact grunge and contrast to soft and subtle lighting effects, inspiration is only a click away (3) Glow -- Illuminate your photos with electrifying light (4) Impression -- Turn photos into paintings like a true artist would: by intelligently applying real brushstrokes to canvas (5) Clarity -- Use cutting-edge intelligent contrast technology to create beautiful photos completely naturally (6) BW Effects -- Make great black and white photos (7) DeNoise -- Make 1600 ISO look like 100 ISO with state-of-the-art noise reduction software. Other noise reduction software removes noise, but they also remove too much detail, and if we have time (8) Star Effects -- Create beautifully-rendered and natural lighting effects in seconds Lens Effects (9) -- Use pixel-perfect effects taken directly from real-world camera lenses and filters. You may download the free trial of these programs. 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 Location: Hamden, CT Please note that all of our workshops require the participants sign a liability waiver. Download it; then print, read, and sign it and bring it with you -- Thank you! Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well. Please note that this and all classes/workshops have no refunds. By signing up for our classes/tours/workshops, you agree to our terms and conditions, see

BREA Photos

2911 Dixwell Ave · Hamden, CT


What we're about

Public Group

We started this group in order to provide photography instruction and workshops dedicated to improving both your SOOC (straight out of the camera) images and your post-processing. We are very active in the photographic community and enjoy helping others find the joy and satisfaction in taking and making

Lisa Cuchara, PhD, Cr.Photog.*, HonNEC, and Tom Cuchara, MNEC, are passionate about photography, both behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. They have diverse creative interests ranging from Nature, Macro and Night photography to Urban exploration, people, and creative editing. From birds and flowers to babies and HDR, they appreciate the world around them and embrace the challenge of interpreting what their eyes see and their hearts feel via their photography.

Tom and Lisa are both very active in many local and national photography organizations. They have had many successful gallery exhibitions, their work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions. Their photographs have appeared in Adirondack Life, Wild Bird, Birder’s World, in calendars and on calendar covers, and on the cover of a paperback novel. Amherst Media recently asked Lisa and Tom to write a photography book about their HDR and light painted images. The book “Fine Art Photography for Everybody: Create Still Life Images from Urban Places and Things” which can be pre-ordered here: . Their images have won awards at the local, state, national, and international levels. They have been photographing weddings, babies, parties, portraits, etc. professionally for over 15 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden CT. Their portrait philosophy is based on “We do not remember days, we remember Moments”.

They teach photography a variety of image capture and post-processing workshops and seminars, in the classroom and in the field. They have presented a variety of instructional programs and workshops (Photoshop, Digital Workflow, HDR, RAW processing, Macro photography, Travel photography, plus fun and interesting travelogue slideshows) at NECCC, PPA, PSA, plus many other camera clubs and other organizations. Check out their photo and editing classes, their photo tours and workshops, and view their photographs at ( They are excited to have an opportunity to inspire you with their "Creativity is contagious, pass it on" philosophy and their “Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like” approach.

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